Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Paperchase Continues

"Smile Daddy", says my 12 yr old as she snaps this picture.

We are still working on all of the neccesary documents we need to get out of Dodge. We got the birth certificates done yesterday. Today, Olga must have them notarized and made official. To get to this point she jumped through hoops to "unregister" the kids from their addresses in their villiage (old Soviet Union way of keeping tabs on people) and request a waiver because Kolya was never registered to begin with (address-wise). She also had to find the court decree showing that the kids birth parent's rights were terminated. It seems that it was never filed or registered either, so we paid for someone's incompetence by spending a day doing their job that they should have done a couple of years back.

We are working on tax ID for them now and after that will come the Ukrainian passports followed by the medical appointments and US visas, etc. This has proved to be the hardest part so far. I now know why everyone gets "whiny" around this timeframe. I am holding onto my Christian beliefs and trying to control my attitude. I don't want my children to see my angst and I wish to lead by example, even when I thought someone intentionally splashed me yesterday with their car as Nadia and I were walking along the roadside. Just another day in paradise!

It's going painfully slow for us, but it is progressing. Everyday, I ask Heidi for a best guess day to go home. Right now it is looking like the end of next week. Stay tuned though, we may need to fix someone else's mistake.

~ Fidgety Felix ~


Matt and Aimee Garrett said...

Yeah! It gets to that point, doesn't it. Posts get shorter, patience starts wearing thin...I'm telling you, by the last 2-3 days I was using what little Russian I had learned over the years to start marking my territory and pushing my agenda-"Getting out of Ukraine". End of NEXT week!?!? Ugghhh. Remember, do not try to wrap your Americanized brain around the Ukrainian way of doing things.

Kathy and Matt said...

Praying that things go quickly for you during the process.

I recall so vividly the desire to be on our way home, as we were going through these last few days.

Hang in there. A lot of us are with you in prayer!

Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for you as you go through all of this. This part of the journey is hard and we understand that.
Richard & Cindy

Sal said...

Hey Fidgety Felix!
We're thinking about you and praying for as quick as possible a turn on all the documentation. Hang in there!
Sal & Gary

Debbie said...

Oh, man! Such the run-around...and yet, can we all join in and say it now: That's Ukraine! We want you all home, so we'll keep on praying.

Anonymous said...

Hoping you get the paperwork you need down quickly. Sounds frustrating. Hang in there! You'll be home before you know it! So excited for you and Heidi and your family. Can't wait to meet the kids. John will be ready with his spanish!

adopting2fromUkraine said...

That is THE LOOK when you are at the end of the journey! LOL

It's all excitement meeting the kids, visiting with them, going to court, but after court, you're ready for a quick conclusion and that just doesn't happen in Ukraine.

You've done all you can do now. The passports are applied for. Just enjoy the rest of the time you have there. You may be back, but your kids probably won't. When you look back, it will seem much shorter;)


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