Monday, February 22, 2010

Day 38 - Got-cha Day!

The 10 day wait is over! It is official now. We have Rimma Roge'. Today, our facilitator picked up the court decree and I accompanied her to the registrar's office to sign documents for who knows what. I think it was to get a tax ID number for Rimma, an authorization to change the birth certificate tomorrow, and paperwork to get the passport ball rolling. And then there's that whole registering and de-registering of an Ukrainian citizen, a throwback to former Soviet times.

Tomorrow at 6am, we travel to the town where Rimma was born to change the birth certificate and to get our copy. The last half of the day will be the passport application work. Then it's a wait until we get the passport. Last word is that the passport issue has been resolved and it will take up to four days to get it.

I'm fairly certain that we will not make our flight on Saturday. Everything has to fall into place by Wednesday night so we can get on that night's train to Kiev. Medical & Visa appointments would have to be done before the Embassy closes on Friday at 10 am (note to PAPs: the Embassy closes the last Friday of every month at 10 am for training). Barring a miracle, the passport wait will push us into the weekend.

Fair enough! I realized that during the 10 day wait and it's no biggie. I'm OK with being here a few more days and we can certainly change the flights. Last time we bought our own airfare, this time we went through Golden Rule (Eldo) for the same price and I don't have to sweat the details! We just call him up and he takes care of us.

So, we should be flying home sometime between Saturday the 27th to Wednesday the 3rd. I told Rimma that this will be her last week in the orphanage and Lizzie is getting prepared, albeit sadly. I am attempting to get as much love in as possible and I'm gathering friends to be with her when we leave.

Game on! These next several days promises to be a busy and fun week. Keep reading as we make our eventual homecoming! Here we come!

17 comments:

Kevin and Pam said...

The Homestretch! We will stay tuned!

Anonymous said...

Hooray Hooray Hooray!!

David Cottrell www.ukraineorphans.net

The McEacherns said...

Woo-hoo! While we'll be praying for speedy passport processing, what's a couple more days when you've been waiting years to bring this beautiful girl home?! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

I hope Lizzie's time passes very quickly! Congratulations to you and Heidi!!!

Cathy S.

Jon said...

Congrats Felix. Jill has been telling me how crazy your wait has been. Glad to hear you are finally there!

Jon Nelson

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Christine said...

COngratulations!

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

The day has finally come and gone! Congrats to you both! One burden off your shoulders. Praying for a miracle. You may just yet be on that Saturday flight.

Mayme said...

May the game go your way all the way to the plane next week!! good luck. Missed seeing you this weekend.

jandt said...

Yeeessssss!

Let's get er done and get her home. We have a surgery scheduled for next week so with our luck that will be when you fly in. Otherwise we want to be there when you land. If you'll have us?

Matt said...

Hey, knucklehead! That you have managed to stay there, on your own for 6 weeks is amazing-nice job! I can hardly survive here for 6 weeks, let's review the last 10 days: I had my 1st @ fault accident in 19 years in my brand new UPS truck (actually, I just bumped an electrical utility box-damn tail-swing!)Can you say, "Warning Letter"? In the past this sort of thing resulted in a 30 day suspension-yikes! I've given three technical fouls in the last two boys varsity games I've officiated and two intentional fouls, one resulting in an ejection! State tournament starts tomorrow & I get to do the top two teams in the state. My knee is locking up on me and is totally swollen; I've successfully made all four teen-age girls cry at least once and my lovely wife; it just goes on and on and on...yes, it's wonderful to be alive!! Don't be fat!!! and NO full-frontal hugs when I see you in a few days.

Heidi and Felix said...

What can BROWN do for you? How 'bout a nice chocolate frosty! See ya soon!

Felix

MamaPoRuski said...

Congratulations! Now the hurry up and hurry some more phase, while waiting...Having her completely yours makes all the difference though! God bless your journey to HOME!

Karen said...

see you in Kiev soon! :)

Rolan and Eileen said...

Oh boy! An outing to the airport! I gotta get a wheelchair! I have one of those super wonderful handicapped parking cards. We are watching!

adoptedthree said...

A long wait but worth every minute! :)

The Mallons said...

Hi Heidi and Felix!
I just stumbled across your blog and I just wanted to say congratulations! You both sound like such wonderful people and I hope the last leg of your journey goes smoothly!

My husband and I hosted a little boy from Ukraine through Frontier Horizons over the Holidays and have just started the adoption process for him and his sister. It's great to read about your process to prepare ourselves for what's to come.

We wish you all the best!
The Mallons

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