Today we went to the Embassy approved doctor for the girls medical examinations. The medical center was filled with families moving to America and other foreign countries. Apparently the doctor we visited is approved by most of the embassies for permanent placement in the various countries. There was only one other adoptive family there with a little boy that was heading back to America. They have also been here for a while. I felt so bad for the father -- he had no idea where they had even been for the last month adopting their son. I thought I had it bad! He and his wife appeared to be completely exhausted and full from the process. Quite surprised, I also thought they would have been more receptive to the thoughts of communicating with another adoptive family from home. I guess we all digest information and situations differently. I would have never made it this far without the love and support from my fellow adoptive families from Amercia -- those that have been here, those that are in process and those hoping to start the journey. I can't thank you enough. I also never realized how many friends Jim and I are fortunate to have in our lives -- thank you! Most importantly we can't thank our family enough for their love and support and knowing how to deal with me in what was to say at the least, a very challenging time in my life. Living in Ukraine and going through this process alone requires so much strength. I would not have been able to do it without the strength and support of my family. Most importantly, Jim...... thanks for being the best husband ever and giving us the chance to raise these two beautiful daughters we now have. The ironic part is you've never met these girls and I know how much you already love them.
Tomorrow we pick upthe visas for the girls and then wait another 2 days before we can come home. For the next 48 hours I will be chomping at the bit to get out of this place. I can't wait to see the looks on the faces of the girls when we get on an airplane for their first time!
Until next time,