Friday, January 22, 2010

Day 7 - Bad weather, good adoption!

Deep snow at the orphanage


The big news of the day is that Tanya called us about the court date. All of the documents that we could possibly need for court have been accomplished for the Kherson side of things. We spent a total of an hour and a half of document work since being here! Big Nick has done his part, Rimma has done her letter, the Inspector has signed her stuff, and the court application has been filed. All documents have been sent to the SDA in Kiev. Their consent letter is all we are waiting on now.

As for a court date, there are three possible scenarios, but all are good!

  1. If the SDA gets the paperwork here by next Tuesday evening, we will have court on THURSDAY!
  2. If the SDA gets the paperwork here by next Wednesday evening, we will have court on FRIDAY!
  3. If the SDA gets the paperwork here by next Thursday or Friday evening, we will have court on MONDAY!

Nice, huh! This kind of expediency was not seen on our first trip, I can tell ya. But still, try as I may to be a “glass-is-half-full” guy, I’m keep looking over my shoulder and waiting for the big gotcha. Let’s pray that the only gotcha will be “Got-cha Day”!

Rimma's window

Big Nick’s only request of this whole process was that Rimma stay in school and that we limit our visits until after 3:45 each school day, Fridays until 3:00 pm. Big Nick (yes, he is big and his name starts with Nick) gave permission for Rimma to be with us all day Saturday and we didn’t ask about Sunday. Heidi says that Rimma went with her last year after church, so I’m sure he meant for the weekend. We have only seen Big Nick once this trip and that was at the initial meeting where he “joked” with Rimma. So far he has been very amiable and we will not push our luck. We are quite content to visit Rimma for a couple of hours each evening and on weekends. After all, I don’t know how many more games of UNO and Go Fish English lessons I can stand. While at the grocery store today, we bought a 500 piece High School Musical 3 puzzle to spend time with her. Before you ask for my “man-card” Matt, just know that I would do anything to spend time with my little girl!

After a game of Go Fish

Heidi and my ventures out into the sub-arctic like weather have been mostly been in search of sustenance. I’ve been to Kherson three times and each time I want to explore more of the city. But alas, the freezing weather and the constant snow storms have kept us to bus numbers 8 & 12. Number 8 takes us from the Bible House on the road towards the Lenin statue and the Dnieper River where we frequent the grocery store, John Howard’s pectopah, and the cafeteria. Number 8 also goes in the other direction towards the orphanage, CafĂ© Monya, Chelantanos pectopah and the Notary palace. Number 12 gets us to Oskar (Wal-Mart, bowling alley, appliance store, cafeteria all rolled into one) and to the two churches that we attend while in town. I’m sure that it goes elsewhere, but to where, I’m not willing to find out here in Kherson-Siberia.


We have visited again with friends made on our previous visits. Sergey has helped us as translator in the past and we have met up with him a few times. Andrei, the pastor’s son, went to church with us last night and helped us talk with Rimma today at the orphanage. He and his friend Vlad even played Go Fish with us and some of Rimma’s friends. We took Oksana and Helen to dinner last night at Oskar. Oksana will get to attend English school after all in Briton England this next fall. She explained that it was a Christian school and I’m sure AGAPE is helping her achieve her goal. Afterwards, she wants to do mission work in Africa somewhere. Wow, what an impressive girl!

Lenin & Me

Heidi and I and all of Ukraine still wait in anticipation of snow removal. We actually saw a Case backhoe tractor removing snow near the grocery store and Lenin statue. I wonder how Lenin would feel knowing that an American tractor is clearing his street while an American couple, who has purchased an American High School Musical puzzle, take a picture of his bronze likeness. I guess he would be happy for his people (yes, I know he was Russian) and content that he is still remembered. Here’s to you, Leny!

6 comments:

The McEacherns said...

Glad things are moving right along. Stay warm!

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

Dear Heidi and Felix,
Rimma looks great and yes R cubed was the first thing I thought of ... too many years at NCAR! I won't mention it again as both her first name and middle name are unique and beautiful! We are so happy to hear that things are progressing smoothly so far! Tanya sounds like she is take charge! I love seeing the snow get deeper in each of the pictures. Stay warm, enjoy that HSM puzzle, and your time together.

Hugs and prayers, Twyla and John
P.S. Scott Brown won in Massachusetts and Congress has slowed down the Health Care push.

The Houghtons said...

Richard left this morning to join you in Siberia! He threw in an extra vest for good measure after hearing how much colder it's become (I didn't think that was possible!). I'm so glad that things are progressing. We know what you mean about UNO and Go Fish - how many games can you possibly play in one day?!?!? No one really wants to know - cause it's a lot!!

MamaPoRuski said...

Congratulations! Seeing as it is too cold to go outside, perhaps everyone is working and the paperwork is getting done...no matter the reason, this is GREAT news! Praying for continued blessings this trip!

Rolan and Eileen said...

Its those cheap toys and games that kept us going (and helped stimulate the local economy!)
Having a very rough time with Sophie this weekend. Could you squeeze in some prayers for us in your spare time?

Matt said...

Now that I fianlly woke up from the,"Borasaurus" blog from a few days ago, I can write to you. "High School Musical"-are you kidding me? What kind of man has anything whatsoever to do with that non-sense? Oh, that's right-I do! I personally picked out Anya's calendar for Christmas & it's right there on the wall. I did all I could to encourage the Farrah Fawcett calendar and poster, but, NOOOOO! Remember that poster? Who among us didn't worship at the alter of that poster 25 years ago? Saints just beat the Vikings; going to the Super Bowl v. the Colts. This latest entry is the Felix we've all come to know and love!! I do know that every moment is important, too. There's nothing more therapeutic for me than to hammer on you for all the things you do for kids and family, because I'm the same way. It helps me know that it's OK to have a daily goal: "My wife will NEVER out-serve me!" I know you are the same way, just a hell of a lot uglier! :) Oh, so tonight during the NFC game, the always lovely Aimee decided that the carpet exactly in front of the TV needed spot cleaned and vaccumed; she mopped the floor so drinks were unavailable AND-the dishwasher needed running so you couldn't hear the game. Is it just me? And is there anything more boring and stupid than NASCAR? It's like watching my train go around the Christmas tree: is it going to make it over the bump in the fabric...YES!! Will it get by the wiring.....Yes!!! Take care of your wonderful wife-Later, buddy...

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