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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…