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Ukraine Adoption

Ukraine Adoption is told in this touching International Adoption Tale about Vitaly.


Ukraine Adoption: Born from the Heart

Day Sixteen: "Masha hat"- noon downtown

We go to the internet cafe. We are going to download a picture of Vitaly to send to everyone. We are all so excited for something to do. Masha goes shopping. It takes over one hour to download one picture.

4:00 p.m.- Orphanage
We are going to the orphanage. Our cab drivers are getting greedy. They are like sharks swarming our hotel, when they know we will need a ride. When, we first got to Ternopil, cabs cost about 6 gryvnas one way. Now, they are charging 9 gryvnas. We think they have been talking amongst each other. When we see Vitaly, he seems very grumpy. We give him some juice, which helps to calm him. He is definitely very hungry. Masha plays with the Gameboy, while we play in the dark hall with Vitaly. We really wish we could use the nursery. Vitaly really seems to like Larry.

He likes to look at everything. We take a picture of him in the Masha hat. ( It is a really cool different colored hat she wears.) Of course, we think this is really funny!

7:00 p.m.- Europa Cafe
Oops, here we are again at the Europa Cafe. Nothing else to do but eat. We really like the Europa. They have traditional american style pizzas, and play American music. Whenever, we go in they will find us a seat- even if it is reserved. It is always crowded. We stop at the milk store on the way back to the hotel to get some drinks for the morning. We are tired and decide to go to bed early. Larry finishes his book and I play on the Gameboy.

Day Seventeen: "The Judge"- 9:00 a.m. Hotel

I awake early again. I am glad we have brought the Gameboy now for entertainment. We get ready to go meet Masha. Wait- no hot water- so no shower for me!

11:00 a.m.- Notary
We meet Masha and go to a new department of state office. We are notarizing documents, we have previously notarized. We wait two hours. Then they say it will be a LONG wait. At least, a couple of days for them to notarize. So we leave.

1:00 p.m.- office
We meet the Inspector Lady, who wants us to meet her boss for the final document she has collected. She is very happy and excited for us. Her boss is dressed in a very nice suit and looks great. We, on the other hand, are looking very shabby. Imagine, everyday we have tried to look presentable just in case, but the day we don't care BINGO. He asks us many questions like why Ukraine, why Vitaly, etc.. Suddenly, everyone is congratulating us and shaking hands. We have the signed paper needed for the NAC!

1:30 p.m.- Downtown
Time to notarize the NAC paper. We run to the first notary-not there. We run to the second notary- refuse to do it. We run across town to the third notary- too busy. We pant back to the first notary- jackpot! He says he can do it, but to come back later. This is bad, because we have an appointment to meet the court judge at three.

4:00 p.m.- Courthouse
To the notary's office to pick up the papers. We then go to see the Judge, but he is not there. A lady Judge talks with Masha and says he will be back soon. We wait, the building closes at six. It is now 6:10 p.m. We are pacing back and forth. Suddenly, the Judge arrives with his friends. He refuses to speak with us. The lady Judge asks him if she can do the case. He couldn't care one way or the other. So, she takes the case and reviews it. She sets our court date for Wednesday- Yippee!! Could we be leaving for Kyiv by Saturday????

7:00 p.m.- Dinner
We decide to try a new restaurant to celebrate the court date. It is called the Mermaid. The waitress is very friendly. The food is not very good, but the prices are. Our total bill is28 gryvnas for food and drinks. We decide to drink some vodka to celebrate. I ask for a bloody mary. Well, unlike American drinks, the liquor and juice are not mixed. So, you first shoot the vodka on top, then drink the juice underneath. We rename the drink a bloody Masha. We of course think it is very funny! Now, we have stayed to long at the restaurant. We are racing to meet the train to Kyiv by 8:45 p.m. We barely get to the train, with our papers for the NAC, before it departs. (more...)

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