SDA Appointment - January 29, 2008

We are having a great time in Ukraine. The streets are really slippery and we are doing a lot of walking. We walked to the McDonalds and really ENJOYED having fast food! Randy is amazed by the way people drive and park. You can park on the sidewalks - which means you walk in the streets a lot. All of the streets by our apartment are one way - this does not mean that they only drive one direction. The signs say one way but Randy is of the opinion that all traffic laws are suggestions, not actual laws. Seat belts are always fastened and behind the seat, where they do absolutely no good. Yelena looked at us a little askew when we put them on.

The churches here are absolutely beautiful and are our favorite landmarks to find our way back to the apartment. All of the buildings here have amazing architecture.

Our apartment is within walking distance of the SDA building. Right next to another lovely church. We met with an interpreter and a social worker who showed us the girls (as babies) and told us that they are indeed available for adoption. They were both abandoned at the hospital at birth. Lera's birthday is September 2nd and Lena's birthday is May 4th. They asked how our kids felt about new sisters and we asked if they had any medical information on them. The medical information is sketchy at the SDA. The orphanage has better records about this. They did say that Lera was diagnosed with Cardiopathy and Lena was diagnosed "congenital heart disease and hypotonia". Not really news.

I showed them pictures of our kids and showed them a few photos that we have from Wendy Saunders. They said our referal will be ready tomorrow between 5 and 6pm tomorrow. We have train tickets for tomorrow night to Odessa and then we will be taking a taxi to Izmail! I can't wait to see our girls!


tammyand03 said...

This is great news. Can't wait to hear how your new daughters are and see the pictures. Bless you all

Shelley said...

Congratulations Shelia! Can't wait to see pictures of you with your girls.

Amy W said...

Hey Sheila,
I'm very happy to hear you guys are having a good time! Yes, the driving is crazy and can be quite humorous at times. I can't wait to hear all about your girls!!

Christina said...

So glad to hear that everything went well today! I will be praying for safe travel for your trip to finally meet your new girls!

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Dolores said...

This is so exciting, I can't wait to hear how it all goes! I hope the girls are well!

AZmomto7 said...

Oh wonderful news! You will be on your way to see them soon, I am so excited for you! For them!

I remember the look with the seatbelts, DH got it, but we did not wear ours, when in Rome....LOL
As soon as I got in our van here, I put mine on though, I always felt odd in a car with no seatbelt on.

Meredith said...

Sheila... we are within walking distance of YOU! I hope we can get together! 8 099 333 9969


Anonymous said...

I feel like I almost got to see you since Meredith was talking to you on the phone less than 3 feet from me. I hope that your train ride goes OK. Have fun meeting your girls!

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tammyand03 said...

Hope your appointment went well. You are in our thoughts and prayers