For those of you who are following our adoption saga......
I just returned from Ukraine. Let me say once again I would rather give
birth 10 times than adopt. This process is so long and so hard. I had not idea what people go through who adopt internationally.
I was in Ukraine for 7 days. 7 very long days. Monday left Detroit and
arrived in Kiev on Tuesday. Checked into the hotel. Wednesday met at
the SDA for a 30 minute appointment. Done for the day. Wait, wait,
wait. Thursday (my birthday) waited all day for an appointment at 4
p.m. 5 minute appointment to pick up approval to go to the orphanage.
Waited until 7:30 to go to the airport to fly to Donetsk. From there a
driver named Ivan drove us the 2 hours to Mariupol. Finally checked into my hotel
room at 1 a.m. Very old beautiful hotel called the Grand Hotel.
Up at 6 a.m. on Friday. Off to the inspectors office. A lot of talking
back and forth between the facilitator and the inspector. I am pretty
much there to hand over money. LOL
9 a.m. we are finally at the orphanage/prison. Yes prison. I am sick
that anyone, especially children, need to live there. Vlad walked in and
in one second all of the stress and money and waiting became
unimportant. THIS is why we were doing all of it. The smile in his
eyes said it all. She came. She really came. I think until that moment he doubted that it would ever really happen.
We spent about an hour there. Vlad had to write out a letter
saying that he wanted to be adopted by us and choose his new name. We left, went to court,
where I didn't even go in but sat in the taxi. Went to the notary then
back to court, then back to the orphanage.
I got to spend a good hour with Vlad with an interpreter so we were able
to talk about a lot of things. Home schooling, sports, how he was,
etc. He really wanted to go to public school but for the friends he
would make. Once I explained to him about the other opportunities and
how he was going to have to work hard with me on his English and other
subjects he was good (ha da sha in Russian) with being home schooled.
Ate an early dinner, then bed early.
The next day we couldn't go to the orphanage until 1 p.m. so again, just
a lot of waiting. That is my job over there, wait and hand out gobs of
money. Seems every time I turned around someone needed to be paid for
something. Dima (our facilitator) would just say, OK 450 Grivna and I
would say, OK here it is. :) By the end of the week I felt like an ATM.
On Saturday I was able to spend 3 hours with Vlad. That was precious.
We talked a lot and were able to walk outside (still inside the
orphanage fence, but at least outside). There is a woman (warden) at
the door with a key ring to keep people and children in (and out). Like
I said, prison.
Sunday the driver picked me up at 4 a.m. to drive to Donetsk. Dense fog
and icy roads made for a harrowing drive. After an uneventful flight to Kiev, I sat in the airport until 8 p.m. (11 1/2 hour) for my flight to
Paris. BTW there are zero restaurants in the Kiev airport. To say that
I was a bit hungry is an understatement. I was happy that I had a tiny bag of nuts left over from my first flight.
The flight to Paris was just under 3 hours and only a light snack, but
it tasted really good. Then a 14 hour layover in Paris due to a huge
snowstorm. Again, no restaurants open as it is night time. Spent the
night in a chair. Take my word for it, no fun. Again, an
At 7 a.m. the next morning they let us into the gate area where there
was a nice little cafe. Yogurt and croissant and OJ never tasted so
good. And I had a nice little French pasty to make up for all of my
troubles. A yummy little raspberry tart. Yummmmmm..... Well, I am a pastry chef you know. LOL
A 9 1/2 hour flight from Paris to Cincinnati where I sat next to a HUGE
French man who didn't speak English and spent most of the flight
spilling over into my seat. And they say Americans are rude. HA!
Finally home after the flight from Cinci to Detroit at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
Today I finally feel back to normal.
For anyone who would feel so inclined I need prayers for the following:
Yesterday I submitted paperwork to an organization that donates money
for older children being adopted internationally. They donate up to
$5000. This adoption is going to cost us about $22,000, money that we
did not have and were not planning to spend on an adoption. Please pray
that we find favor with them.
I have booked my final trip and will leave on February 9th. I will be
gone for about 3 weeks this time. Please pray that my family does OK. I
have to drive up to the UP to pick up my father who is going to stay
here and basically make sure my children don't die while I'm gone. Tom
is working 75 hours a week to earn extra to make this happen and they
can't be left alone that long. I'm trying to figure out ahead of time
all of their activities and food so that he doesn't have to do anything,
then when I'm back home I have to drive him back up there. Please pray
protection over them while I'm gone (Feb 9 to about Mar 2).
Please pray for safe travels for me and most importantly that everything goes smoothly. No hang ups.
Thanks so much! I know that satan does not want this to happen and he
is making it as difficult as he can but I serve a GREAT and POWERFUL
God, Yahweh. This is His will and His will be done. I just pray for
His strength to get through this final stretch. It's going to take Him
because I cannot do it alone.