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Monday, October 20, 2008

From Artemovsk to Mariupol

We have greatly enjoyed these last few days with Nikita. He is warming up to us more and more each time we visit him. The visiting hours at his orphanage are from 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm. This afternoon we went to the notary to sign some papers and our efficient translator informed us that we are ready to go to Mariupol tomorrow to begin paperwork for Irina. We met with Nikita this afternoon knowing that we would not see him until possibly monday. I hope that he will not forget us. When I went into his nursery to get him, he smiled at me as soon as he saw me. It was wonderful. We had a great time with him and saw his first tantrum x 3! He certainly knows what he wants and what he does not want. It was nice to see some "real" behavior, even though no one likes to see their child upset.

We will be leaving early tomorrow morning for the 3 hour trip to Mariupol. Since after this trip I will not be seeing Irina until it is time to go home to the US, we are planning to stay there until monday to spend as much quality time with her as possible. Then we will return to Artemovsk until the court date; after the court date Tyler is planning to go back to Ohio. I will remain in Artemovsk until after the 10 waiting day period is over and then I will pick up the kids and head to Kiev - which will be an adventure in and of itself, taking two kids with me from Donets'k to Kiev! Anyhow, that's my update for now. I've taken 4 immodium today which has helped some, thank goodness! Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement! I hope to have internet access in Mariupol! :o)

p.s. Tyler fixed our adapter so we can use our computer, charge our digital camcorder AND our digital camera. I'm married to Mister Fix-it! This means that I can watch movies on our computer, but not have internet access unless it's available where we are...we are still relying on internet cafes for blogging/emailing.

8 comments:

Sarah C said...

I am so glad things are going great for you and Tyler. It sounds like Keith is really starting to recognize you. I am sure he will remember you. I hope you have a wonderful time with Irina. I can't wait to see more pictures. We miss you.

Diana said...

We "thought" we weren't going to get to see our older son much before we came home, too. But, because of paperwork and such, we ended up there at least a couple times a week (he was only an hour away) and then we were able to actually assume custody of him on the day we went to court - so we saw him all day every day for the next three weeks! But, if this weekend is all you get, enjoy it and milk it for all it's worth!

Do you know yet when your court date will be?

There's acutally some pretty descent Ukrianian antibiotics that work really well for tummy troubles. They're way better than taking that much immodium. Ask your translator to get some for you at the pharmacy. Just have them ask for whatever is good for water-born intestinal problems. You don't need an Rx in Ukraine to get antibiotics from the pharmacy. They sell even the high powered stuff OTC.

Alice said...

Glad you are feeling better. We will keep you in prayer. Some of my favorite people have CP! I just love your little boy, and I'm so happy for you.

MamaPoRuski said...

Being sick in a foreign country is awful! Praying for continued health! Our honeymoon period lasted not even twenty-four hours with our son. Sounds like Nikita is right on track! Praying for a quick and smooth court proceeding! God Bless!

Tami said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. It's awful to be sick so far away from home. I'm sure Nikita will remember you. Have a great visit with Irina.

Alabama Apples said...

It sounds like it is going well. We're thinking of you and praying for you. I was so excited to see the new post!

Julie said...

So glad things are going so well. I hope you enjoy your time with Irina. I'm sure Keith will remember you!!!

Kathey said...

What an adventure. It does sound like things are going very well, all things considered, and Tyler is such a great Mr. Fix-It! I'm glad you are feeling better. Soon this will all be over and will seem like a distant dream.

I'm glad you've been able to journal the process so well. Love, Kathey