Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Quick Update

It is Sat. morning at 9:00 AM. I want to give you a quick update about what is going on now.

First off, for those of you that know our private midco email addresses, please know that problem #24 prevents us from getting that email. Please use the yahoo addresses that are listed at the top left of our blog. I never name them directly in the blog so that web crawlers can't learn them.

Our internet connection through the cell phone works great for little things, but stinks for uploading big pictures, problem #18. I have three larger posts saved that I will post when we get a better internet connection. I'd rather wait than post postage-stamp sized pictures.

Today, we fly to Odessa, which is where all the adoption drama will be for us. Our flight leaves at 3:50 and takes an hour. We will be staying with friends in Odessa. Our plane tickets were $190 for the three of us.

Our luggage was delivered at 9:15 last night. It is good to have everything again.

Dima will be giving us our referral paperwork to take with us to Odessa. I will look it over and see if I can make anything out of the Ukrainian. We are anxious to know the details of Valya's family. Maybe our friends can translate it for us later today.

We have a small scanner along. We're going to scan some of our Ukrainian paperwork for souvenirs. At our SDA appt., Oleg gave us our old dossier from March that had expired and was never submitted. Now we have that for a souvenir. It has all of the Ukrainian translations and notaries. It is very elaborate how they sew the documents together.

I was looking over one of the Ukrainian documents yesterday and was able to make out that Valya's full name is Valentina. We think that is a pretty name. It is so feminine. The Tolly's were telling us about how they saw her at the orphanage playing soccer with the boys barefoot in a field. The Tolly girls say she is "wild".

We should be able to see Sergey soon. They say he is bouncing off the walls.

Will post more later when we get a better connection.


Anonymous said...

I check your blog first thing in the morning. It is really good to know what is going on. I am anxious to hear more about Valya "Valentina". I like that too. We head to Sioux Falls today. Plan to stay with Dusty and Erin and also to go to a Northern basketball game.

Julie said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this exciting and hopefully not too stressful time. We have our third and final home study meeting Friday, Dec. 5.

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

I so glad that you finally made it successfully to Odessa. Valentina is a beautiful name. Congratulations to you both.

Ashley said...

Love Valya's full name...just beautiful.

I am so happy you will soon see Sergei! I can picture him bouncing off the Wait - when is he NOT bouncing off the walls? haha just kidding. I know he is so excited that he can barely contain himself. Please tell him hello from me and that I will write to him when he comes home.

Please also give Grisha my love and if you see Dima give him the same. Thank you so so so much! I AM SO EXCITED FOR ALL OF YOU!!!