Monday, November 24, 2008

Roge' Cinco

Someone used the phrase "Roge' Cinco" on a comment the other day and I think it fits us well. We had a great weekend with the kids on Saturday. We kept them from 9am until 6pm. Saturday, we bought some clothes for them. Sunday we went to Kiev in the morning for service at the international church, so we didn't get back until 2-ish. Karen came back with us to Boiarka and took this picture, out first family picture. This is not the only shot taken, but it is the only one where all five of us are looking at the camera, smiling, or not picking our nose (OK, i'll try not to do that in the future). BTW...what is it with Ukrainian kids and the peace sign/rabbit ears pose? I couldn't stop Rimma and Zina, I couldn't stop Tanya and Luba, and now this bunch. Everytime we had a good shot, someone would throw it up. Oh well, here's your obligatory rabbit ears photo.
We are in the pre-court phase of our adoption. We had hoped for this to go quickly too, but we are on pace for an average SDA apointment to court date timeline. I call it the pre-court 10 day wait (you all know there is a mandatory 10 post-court wait). If all goes well, we should go to court this Friday. Our judge is waiting until the SDA sends all of their paperwork to her and the SDA said that they will be done on Wednesday. Olga hopes that the judge will stick to her earlier prediction of "court on Friday".
We spend everyday with the kids and they are wonderful. We have English lessons everynight and then we eat dinner together. The kids are cute as the have come to expect us to do certain things at certain times. They know to hold hands and bow heads during dinner prayer and they know to wash hands everytime the come in from the outside (a Kari lesson we learned) and before and after dinner. There are so many of these Roge-isms that they are picking up...and that's great! Part-time parenting is breaking the ground for all of us as we all learn what it will be like in the full-time future.
I don't have much time today, so I need to be getting back to our apartment to catch our routine 2pm taxi to the Detski Dom to pick up the kids. It will be another "down week" until court so in the next post or two, I'll tell you a little about each child's personality, likes and dislikes. See you then!
~ Felix ~


Anonymous said...

Love all the new pictures, especially the family picture! It is absolutely beautiful, rabbit ears and all!

Tell Rimma and Zina I like their bangs!

You all, especially Zina, continue to be in our prayers.

Take care and have fun! Heidi, usually it is Felix who makes me tear up, but your comment about "Mama cooks!" put me over the edge!

Talk to you all soon!


Kathy and Matt said...

What a great photo of all 5 of you! Thanks for sharing it!

Sounds like you're having lots of great time together. All those connections you're building now will be so valuable as you head back to America.

Jim and Kari said...

Love the picture! I feel so honored to be a part of a Roge'ism-but my kids would say, oh, no, they are doomed to the hand washing routine also! I can't wait to meet the kids in person in a couple weeks and see you two again-we miss you!

Twyla, John, Duncan, Mari, and Misha said...

What a great family photo - including the rabbit ears! All the kids look really happy to be with you guys! Your Director sounds wonderful in that she will allow the children to visit you this much!

The handwashing when you come in the house sounds like a great idea from Kari. Anything to get them to wash their hands more often!

Keep us posted about your court date! The Barretts

adopting2fromUkraine said...

Great picture! Who knows why they like to do that, but it is universal.


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Heidi loves to play sand volleyball, sail and garden. Felix loves to fly at the local aeroclub, sail and fish.