Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Back for 2 weeks now


It's been 2 weeks that we have been back now. We spent 45 days away from home and none of us were sick once. Since we have been back Voss has a cough for a week and I picked up a stubborn sinus infection. Strange.

We are all caught up now it seems. Well, not way behind anyway. The lights still come on at night and the shower is warm in the morning. Best of all the internet still works. It felt like we were gone forever. Grandma really kept things in shape, especially Bessel who looks like she lost 5 lbs. It's amazing what a few walks will do for a dog ;-)

Some intersting developments as of late. Turns out that Ukraine has not paid it's passport book bill. The passport issueing company has ceased to send the books. All people in Ukraine waiting for passports are stuck. Imagine this, the interpol requirement did not happen and we finish the legal process. We go to get a passport for Ruslan and there are none availible. Ruslan and I are stuck in Ukraine, with nothing to do, for weeks on end. I am not sure that it would have been a good. So you see, everything does happen for a reason ;-)

Some good news I think. Dima emailed today and said that Cindy's clearance came in today. Mne did not. He said that Americans were processed first. Not sure if this means that mine will come in tomorrow or in 2 weeks. It's nice not to have these types of things consuming every waking minute! I am sure it will come soon.

Now we must cover the other bases: make sure that passports are availible, make sure that official paperwork is availible for the birth certificate, and find out if there are any other hurdles anyone sees on the horizon before we plan the trip back.

Lastly, we posted how we were able to buy some great things for the kids before we left. Well I have been given some more clothes, etc to take with us when we return. Additionally we have $200 more in donations to spend on the kids. We would really like to see if we can't keep this effort going and collect more donations. Once we have a good idea of what the total is then we will talk to the director to see what the kids need and go from there. Really, anything helps. The money goes so much further in Ukraine and anything little is much more than the nothing these kids have now.

You can send the money by clicking on the following link (you do not need an account to send $$, only a credit card - just click the link on the bottom left of the paypal page):

Thanks for all the prayers and support.



Greg said...

I want the word "Sazzle" on the basketball backboard. Written in Cyrillic please. It looks like this.


Zenon said...

Cindy wrote GK on the back of the backboard. I said nope, gotta be front. In front of like 20 kids she was writing GK on the front of the backboard. The whole time I was taking pictures of all the loot and Cindy. 5 minutes later Ruslan and his friends managed to erase almost everything off the camera. We didn't notice till later. So, already, Ruslan takes after Cindy ;-)

We will have plenty of time time to work sazzle onto the backboard in March!

Greg said...



jon said...

Hi Cindy. How are things? We are a family from Orange County (used to live in Carmel Valley!) who are adopting 2 little girls from western Ukraine. Our appointment was on Jan. 18 and we returned home on the 29th to wait out the Interpol clearance. Have you heard anything? Each day we check, hoping the next batch of clearances has come through. I also read on someone's blog that no court dates are being scheduled right now due to the contested election? My email is jill@enelsons if you get a chance to drop a line. Our blog is Blessings, Jill Nelson