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Одна семья!

Adna Simya! One Family!

Praise the Lord! Kathryn, Clayton, and Kevin came home with us tonight from the orphanage, and are now are permanent members of the Chris and Lisa Booher Family! There are still lots of documents, passports, visas, etc. to finish up, but we will live together as a family from now on, and before we know it we'll be home. It's been a long journey, but I believe that it's been one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I know my family echoes that sentiment. We can't wait to share all the details with you all at home, we love you and miss you!
See ya soon!
Chris (for the Booher Bunch)

Trains, Buses, and Taxicabs!

Monday, at 10:00 PM, Lisa and I boarded a bus for Kiev. Since Lisa will possibly be leaving before all documents are finished for the adoption, she needed to sign some papers for the US embassy which are necessary to bring Kathryn, Clayton, and Kevin into the U.S.

The bus ride to Kiev took almost 8 hours (about 400 kilometers), and was extremely rough in many places. Road maintenance is not a big priority here in Ukraine, as evidenced by the many potholes, broken pavement, etc., which caused the bus driver to alternate between swerving and braking, so sleep for me was not easily obtained. Lisa, on the other hand, was able to rest without much trouble, and I need to add that she did fit better between her seat and the seat-back in front of her! We rolled into Kiev about 6:00 AM, where Yuri (our translator/facilitator) met us and took us up to his beautiful apartment on the 23rd floor, which gave us a spectacular view of Kiev sprawling below us. After a real, American-style shower, (and…

Waiting.........

Previet friends, sorry, we have not posted in a while; but we just haven't had much happening with our adoption. We have been visiting with some wonderful friends here and have been attending two bible believing churches, though, and we are so excited about our new friends here. It will be difficult to say goodbye. Regarding our adoption, we are in a waiting period now and have sort of settled into a schedule with school in the mornings, lunch, naps, orphanage visit, dinner, and bed. We are looking forward to returning home and getting back to a "normal" life. (Those of you who know us well are probably chuckling about our "normal" lives.) We have one more week until we can take the kids out of the orphanage and begin our life as one family. Although Kathryn, Clayton, and Kevin are legally Boohers, there is a required 10 day waiting period which allows other family members to appeal. Although the 10 days end on Saturday, we must wait until Monday for t…

News Flash!!!

The new Chris Booher Bunch!

Court Tomorrow!

It's finally here; our day in court! We will be in front of the judge at 9:30 a.m. and the children will be questioned around 10:00. The judge and the jury will be deciding tomorrow whether or not it is in the best interest of the children to be adopted by us. Please pray for wisdom and peace for us as we answer each of the judge's inquiries and for the children to be confident in their desire to become a part of our family. If all goes well, we will be posting our "new family" picture tomorrow (Wed.)!

Here's an old hymn that we sing at fellowship occasionally, and I was reminded again of these comforting, encouraging words today...

The mercy of God is an ocean divine,
A boundless and fathomless flood;
Launch out in the deep, cut away the shore line,
And be lost in the fullness of God.
Refrain:
Launch out, into the deep,
Oh, let the shore line go;
Launch out, launch out in the ocean divine,
Out where the full tides f…

Zheltye Vody, Ukraine

Hannah, Samara, and Eliana
take a breather...

Sunday, Sept. 4th Zhelty Vody, Ukraine

Hello Family! We just came from a wonderful church service here in ZV, Ukraine. The pastor taught on the priesthood of the believer, and how Jesus is our high priest, using Hebrews chapters 1, 8, and 9. Of course it was all in Russian, but Sveta, who's husband Pasha is a super keyboard player, composer, and arranger, sat behind us and interpreted the teaching for Lisa and I. They invited us up to share and sing a couple of songs, so we said a few words about why we were here in ZV (with Sveta interpreting) and then sang, "Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying," and our "Create in Me/He Touched Me medley." Then the whole church prayed for us, and told us they were going to be having a prayer meeting the same time we would be in court on Wednesday, and that they would be praying for us. It was difficult to hold back tears as we felt their warm sincerity, and we realize again that God, who created all things for His praise and glory, hears the praise …

Almost One Month Down, One To Go......

We are continually amazed at what the Lord is doing!

Firstly, we've had the pleasure of meeting some of the Saints here and have very much enjoyed fellowshipping with them in their homes. They have been such a blessing to us; feeding us, speaking English with us, sharing music and ministry videos with us, showing us around town, and just generally being available to help anytime we have a need. These same special people have even managed to procure a 3 bedroom apartment for us, completely furnished and with a kitchen and washing machine, 2 necessities when you have a crew as large as ours! The apartment belongs to a beautiful lady named Nina who was happy to move in with a friend just so that we could stay in her home for the remaining 3 weeks of our stay here at ZV. Thank you Jesus for shining your light on us, through these people.

Secondly, we HAVE received our COURT date; Sept 7th is the BIG day! We were hoping for something a little sooner, but when we looked at the cale…

While You Were Sleeping......

Hi Ya'll! We just got back from meeting with the kids and Rema, the director. The children have said Yes!!!

We went to the orphanage today to meet Rema (the orphanage director) and discuss our desire to adopt the children. It was a little intimidating with her behind the desk and all of us in row, being asked question after question; but we knew that the Lord was in control. We answered her questions via our interpreter, Roma, and then she called the children in. They spoke for a time (all in Russian of course) and then we left. As we were walking out the door, Roma asked the children if they wanted to be part of our family, they said yes, then we filed out to the playground at the orphanage where we awaited the city inspector (Ukraine's version of a CPS officer.) When the inspector arrived, she took the children into an office, where they stated to her their desire to be adopted, and were then required to write a handwritten letter stating the same, all whil…

Eating Dried Fish (Riba) in Berdyans'k

Here's Samara with some freshly dried (and very smelly) fish














Lisa and Marina prepare the fish (picking off the heads and other unwanted parts)



































Lisa prepares herself for that first bite of delicious fish!


















Still preparing!
























Here goes nothin!


































Chewing...













A moment of uncertainty...


























Not so bad, after all!

Back in Zholty Vody!

Another update! We were not able to discuss any details with the kids yesterday, however, we did have a wonderful time with them, and said goodbye with a chorus of " Can't wait to see you in Zholty Vody," from everybody. We left Berdyans'k this morning at 5:00 and arrived in ZV today about noon, got checked into the hotel (really nice rooms!) and then Roma set us up with a taxi to Dnipropetrovsk (2 hours away), where we were able to get to the notary just in time! Amazingly enough, the young woman (Yulia) who was hired to translate for us at the notary's office saw the childrens' passports and said, "I know them!" She said she had had another appointment, but cancelled it because she felt led to come to ours. There are over a million people in Dneprop., and we just "happened" to have her as our translator. She knew nothing of our adoption before this and in fact was hired by the notary, not one of our facilitators. It turns out that …

Update from Berdyans'k 8/18/2011

Today is a big day! After 12 wonderful days of spending each afternoon with the children, today we will ask them (through Roma, our translator) if they desire to become part of our family. We feel very positive about their response, but also know that this is an enormous decision for the children, as they will be leaving everything they know behind, to face an unknown future in a far away country where very few are available to even speak their language. We just ask that you might keep the children in prayer, and for us, that we will continue to diligently seek the Lord through every moment of this journey! We are so thankful for the way He continues with us, and know the He that hath begun a good work will finish it!
Here it is Monday the 15 already, and looking back on the past weeks' events I can only think what an incredible week it's been! First the amazing trip from Kiev to Zholty Vody, then on to Berdyans'k, then back to ZV for one day (two nights) and finally back to Berdyans'k (300 miles, 6 hrs driving one way) where we have been enjoying sun, sand, surf, and most of all, interaction with the children we hope to adopt; Katya, Sasha, and Shurick. It's truly something that only God could have brought to pass! All the details that fell perfectly into place in order for us to have this wonderful opportunity to be with the children in this amazing setting could have never been scheduled or orchestrated by us! It's been amazing to Lisa and I how quickly our children have bonded in spite of the language barriers: truly, love knows no bounds! I spent some time today teaching Sasha and Shurick some chords on the guitar, which they really seemed to enjoy, then Sasha picked u…

Fresh off the farm: New Kittens!

Stephen and Karina, our neighbors, who have graciously volunteered to look in on our place every day, sent these pics today of our new kittens. We are always amazed by the beautiful things God gives us to enjoy, even when we are thousands of miles away from home! Thanks, Stephen, Karina, and kids, for taking the time to take these great pics and send them-you really made our day!

Fun in the Sun!!! 8/7/2011

Here's another update we only posted to Facebook, so sorry! Better late than never, right?

We started out our day today here in Berdyans'k (near the Black Sea) with a walk to find the nearest supermarket. After stocking up on some bread, cheese, moloko (milk) and cream (slivka) we headed back to our hotel and proceeded to get ready for the beach. We're staying only about 3 blocks from a sandy beach here so we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful spot to bide our time until the afternoons when we are allowed to visit the children. The water was a little chilly since it was morning, but the kids didn't seem to mind. They had a wonderful time swimming and splashing around. The beach was quite crowded, and there is a lot of skin showing, which we are not used to. I think we probably stick out with our modest swimwear. Of course if we were hanging out in LA, it would probably be no different. While we were at the beach, we noticed some other &qu…

Update 8/5, Day 7

Sorry, we forgot to post to the blog, but posted only to Facebook, so we are backtracking for those of you who don't have Facebook.
We got to meet the children yesterday! We are in love! After a 5 hour drive from Kiev to Zheltye Vodi to pick up the social worker (It is amazing how things work here. A social worker would never up and leave the office to travel round trip 10 hours, not to mention spend the night in the car with us) and a 5 hr drive to the camp where the children are staying we were able to meet and talk with them and the their liasons for about an hour. It was a little awkward at first, but pictures and our little Eli broke the ice and by the end of the meeting, we were getting hugs and preparing for our next visit. After the initial meeting, we got back in the van and drove the return trip, another 5 hours, back to ZV to pick up the part of our group we left behind at the hotel and set to work arranging for transportation and lodging for all of u…

Update from Berdyans'k, Ukraine

Things are going "ochen harasho" (very well) here in Berdyans'k with our children. We've visited the local zoo, seen a dolphin show, ridden a boat, walked the beach, ridden in little electric cars, and seen a 5D movie show. We've been busy, but today was wonderful to just hang out as a family in our hotel room; playing games, eating watermelon, playing with clay, teaching guitar and fiddle to the children, and eating the FISH!!! (We've finally got up the nerve to try it. We know that these are our children without a doubt, and I'm pretty sure they know it, too. Katya is calling Lisa, "Mama," and our girls, "Sistras." It's such an overwhelming feeling to know that after all the paperwork and waiting,wondering and anticipating, we are finally here, about to bring our children home! Now, all we're waiting for is a written letter of consent from the children stating their wishes to be adopted by us, and the orphanage director…

Exciting New Developements!

Looks like we're heading to Zhelty Vody tomorrow at around 3:00 AM! Since finding out only yesterday that the three children in ZV were available, and apparently the ones the Lord is bringing into our family, a lot of exciting things are falling into place quickly! What has seemed like an impossible situation has suddenly turned into a miracle A van was procured to take us to ZV in the morning, and then on to the coast where the children are currently at camp. There we will have our first opportunity to meet the children, so we are praying that this time with them goes well. I appreciate so much a word that the Lord gave Cris Mahy for us at a time when we needed it the most: 1 Thessalonians 5:24: " Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it!" We have so very much to be thankful for!!! More to come...

New Pics

Here we are!!

Hello everyone,

We are in Kiev!!. We arrived yesterday around 12:15. After going through Customs, we were met by our adoption facilitator Yuri, who took us to our apartment. Our apartment has a living room, kitchen, master bed and a loft. The kids slept almost all afternoon, while Mom and Dad bought groceries. We got a really yummy watermelon for only $1.50 .

We flew out of Portland to DFW, where we had lunch with our friends the Wallace family. They are loaning us their daughter Bethany. Kenneth's 10th birthday was Friday, so they made him a birthday cake.

From Dallas, we had an 8.5 hour overnight flight to London. We arrived in London very tired, but after napping in our hotel, we rode the "tube" to Piccadilly Circus. It took us about 45 min. but the kids had fun watching out the windows. We were very brave and ate dinner at Macdonalds.

We awoke the next morning at 3:00 took the wrong shuttle to the airport, so we waited about 30 min. for the subway to op…

Look out Kiev, here we come.........all NINE of us!

After months of waiting, we finally received our invitation to travel to Ukraine. We are making lists and checking them twice, spending hours...no days on the phone trying to get airline tickets booked for nine people using miles. Thanks to the Lord and his provision of Betty, our American Airlines agent, and our friends for donating extra miles, we were able to get our tickets booked and save around 10K. We are leaving out of Portland bound for DFW on July 29 (Kenneth's 10th birthday) at 6 AM, then we'll have about a 5 hour wait where we will be joined by Bethany Wallace, one of Ericka's best friends. She is coming along with us to help provide care for our children while we are in appointments and because we love her company. We fly out of DFW around 5pm and arrive in London around 9 am their time. Then from London, it's on to Kiev, our final destination where we touch down around noon on the 31st. Kiev is 8 hours ahead of us here in Oregon.

Our appointment i…

It's Official! We're Adopting!

Many of you already know that for the last year, we have been working towards the international adoption of a sibling group. Along the way, we've had joys, disappointments, heart breaks then more joy. Feelings of inadequacy..."this is crazy, we can't do this!", followed by confirmations from the Lord to continue. Bouts of frustrations over the amount of paperwork, not to mention the costs!?! and perfect peace. Impatience..."why does everything take so long?" and the knowledge that everything is perfectly timed according to God's will. It has been an amazing journey so far.......

PHEW! All those documents finally DONE! Now we are officially announcing that we are (Lord Willing) bringing home a sibling group from Ukraine. Our packet was filed with the Ukrainian courts May 31 requesting a specific group consisting of 2 brothers (ages 8 and 9) and their sister (age 14.) We have loved them for over 7 months now, but they do not know we exist...yet. …

Happy Birthday Hannah!

How many fingers is she holding? Four fingers, because yesterday was her 4th birthday. I think she broke the world record for opening gifts. Grandma and Grandpa B came over to help celebrate. After supper, cake and gifts, Grandpa B. popped popcorn and we watched part of Where the Red Fern Grows. Look at all those candles! Happy Birthday Hannah!






Here is the largest egg we have ever seen. Maybe it'll be a triple yoker?
It is HUGE and I am not eggsaggerating.








By Ericka