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 us to travel back to the Sea, where we will continue to visit the children for the next 10 days. We'll be playing and visiting and just having fun together. Please pray that we will be able to bond with them and for them to be able to open up to us during this special time.