Lattes that dreams are made of, people we understand and toilets, towels and sinks that turn on and off by themselves. Were in Munich Germany waiting for the second leg of our flight home to America to begin. What a wonderful feeling it is to be served and understood. The whole mind set of the customer is always right feels so good. The kids are having a lot of firsts. For instance, turning on a sink that doesn't have handles, flushing an automatic toilet or how about floors that move so you don't have to walk. What an amazing new world of firsts.
We have just finished seven wonderful days with Karen Springs and miss her dearly. After spending five weeks in Ukraine in the Donetsk region with very little interaction with others of like mind, it was literally a breath of fresh air to be allowed to stay and spend time with such a wonderful lady. Karens heart permeates with love and passion for the fatherless and her savior and that love and passion fills the rooms of her apartment. It really was difficult to leave her hospitality and friendship behind. It is our deepest desire to continue that relationship and follow her lead in continuing to help the fatherless and to spread awareness of the needs. We look forward to the day we see her again!
The last three days were amazing in how six weeks of work and a year of prep all magically came together. Thursday we had our first appointment with US Embassy even though we still did not have the kids passports. Even still they set us up for our interview on Friday. All we needed was their passports which was suppose to be arriving by train from Donestk by the shake and bake (no Fedex priority overnight here). Friday morning started off with Nadia saying she was off to pick up passports at train station and she had the final translated documents and so we hopped into taxi to go to doctors for medicals and after shelling out more grivna to get to head of the line and more US dollars, I was finally done shelling out money for the adoption and off to the interview. We said our goodbys to Nadia at the embassy and in we went. At the gate, passports came out and again Monique had left her passport at home. Just kidding! This time I pulled out my passport to find I had grabbed Jeremiahs passport, fortunately they remembered me and graciously let me in. Monique had been given power of attorney just in case I had to fly home, otherwise we would have to of gone home and possibly missed our appointment. Interview was basically signing documents and taking oath. The officer excepted my Colorado Drivers license as proof of identity and I signed papers as well. Thirty minutes later we had sealed visa documents and we headed back to metro and home. Tickets were purchased for 645 am Saturday which meant we needed to be up at 4am. Long story short, we had dinner with Karen and another couple adopting a special needs child and by the time we packed and went to bed it was a little after 3am which meant we took a nap before getting up to meet taxi. Literally, the last three days have been a blur but wow, it is finished! Only 7 hours more and we will be touching down in the good old US of A.
Ps: this is not my last post. I have at least 2 to 3 more in me about our journey :)
Sunday, July 17, 2011
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