Saturday, September 25, 2010


We didn't get to go to the orphanage today because it is a weekend. :( We are missing the girls and hoping they are doing well these 2 days we don't get to go and see them.
It was kind of a lazy day for us. We only got a couple hours worth of walking in today! :) Hee hee... Everyday we are learning more about this city and where things are. We walked all the way to a main center area of the city this afternoon, then all the way over to the SDA. (That is the place we went for our referrals when we first got here.)

Remember this church? It is right next to that

Can anyone tell me what this sign says??

This is a pretty good ways from where our apartment is. But now we know how to get there by foot and where some other places are too. And we got a little shopping in at some souvenir stands down there!

On our way there, we saw these huge beautiful churches.

We did not get to go in them, but taking pictures was a must!

On the way back to the apt, we passed by the Opera House.

There was a lot of people going to enjoy the opera tonight!
Apparently this is a pretty famous place!

We didn't know who these people were heading into
the Opera. I thought it might be the Pope
or something, but Mark didn't think so.

We are still praying for court on Monday. Apparently it is not set in stone, and could possibly end up happening on Tuesday. Please pray that we will have court on Monday! It would set us back another day for starting the paperwork to come home. It would actually set us back 3 days. Instead of being able to start the paperwork on Friday the 8th after the 10 day waiting period ends, we would have to wait until Monday the 11th to start it. We would really love to be able to be coming home by the 16th of October! And getting the new birth certificates and passports for the girls takes time! Once that is done, we would be able to have our appointments at the U.S. Embassy for medicals and visas, the last thing we need before we could fly home! Oh, man I just can't wait til then!!! :)))

Anyway, there is still much left to do. But we are trying to take it one day at a time and keep trusting that God will continue to be with us during this journey! He has been so faithful and good to us so far! We are so very thankful for what He has already done here, and are looking forward to see what is next! Thanks so much to all of you who are continuing to pray for us!!!

Oh, yeah, I realized I never updated the blog about the possible ban on adoptions that was being voted on by this country's parliament. Well, they didn't vote, they just put it off until some future date. So for now, adoptions can continue and that is a really good thing!


Vicky said...

Oh my goodness! I am so excited to happen upon your blog (through Lu's). Last Nov/ Dec, my best friend and her husband were in Ukraine adopting their daughter, Ana. I spent much time on RR's site, looking at the profiles of the children. BOTH of your girls stood out to me and I often prayed that God would bring them a family. They just grabbed my heart!

I (obviously) have not been on RR recently, so I did not realize they had a family! It's so awesome to discover a prayer from many months ago has been answered!

I look forward to following your journey of bringing your girls home and getting to know them better. What a sweet blessing for Magda, Arianna, and their new family.

Praying for the remainder of your time in-country. Thank you for answering God's call!


The McEacherns said...

I think the sign says something to the effect of Ukraine Department of Sports, Youth and Family. Just guessing really! We went to see the ballet of Cinderella at the Opera House. For matinees, it's pretty casual (jeans) and all of the performances are very affordable. Take one in if you have time!

And your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it", whenever you turn to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21

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