Sunday, July 31, 2011

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 open so we could go the terminal 5. We rechecked our bags and arrived at our gate just in time to board. British airways is very family friendly, they even have a security check line especially for families.

Now we are getting ready to walk around Kiev a little. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is our appointment. After our appointment, we can travel to the town where the kids are.

So Dasvidanya for now. . .

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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 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 in Kiev is on Aug 2 at 12. The appointment is extremely important because this is the time when we will find out if our requested children are available. We will have the opportunity to view their medical records and find out about their history. If we choose to pursue their adoption, then we will be given traveling papers giving us permission to VISIT them. We have been hearing conflicting reports that the children we requested may not be at the orphanage until 2 weeks after we arrive. I'm not sure how all this will affect our referral. Please pray that the Lord will give us wisdom and will lead us to our children; whether it be the group we requested and have loved and prayed for for 9 months or another. This can be a difficult decision; accepting a referral or not, please pray that the Lord will firmly shut the door to anything that we may consider that is not of Him and that he will open those doors, without room for questioning, that He would have us walk through.