After 40 of hours of almost no sleep I made it to Kiev late last night. It was quite an experience and please forgive my last post, at that point I was bleary eyed and drooling. Also, the internet was very expensive in London and I was trying to hurry before my time ran out. We found out there was an oil leak in the main engine and we couldn't make it to Kiev on one engine. I explained to the fight attendant that I had this very important appointment that I couldn't miss. I was only asking her about finding another flight, not that I expected us to continue on, and she laughed and said "well it was land in London or the ocean floor." Landing was definitely a good idea! I really wish I could have spent the night in London I lived there for 5 years, It is where I met my husband and my first child was born there.
God was so awesome because there was another couple on the flight from Florida who are adopting 14 and 16 year old girls. They have 3 older boys. Their appointment was an hour after ours at the SDA. We had to take the longest way to get here but I didn't care what it took as long as I was at the SDA office at 9 this morning.
When I arrived my facilitator who is wonderful and also a dear friend greeted me with an arm full of roses. She is fantastic if you are thinking of adopting I can highly recommend her. She is a warm fuzzy, very well connected and liked and just takes such good care of us.
What I didn't want to share until after our SDA appointment was that I had to come to the SDA appointment alone. A few days before we were to leave my husband was unable to fly. We made the decision for me to go on without him and at least show the SDA that I was there. We were afraid if we cancelled and asked for another date that it could delay it for up to months. The best expectation was that they would give me the referal without him, worst was they would send me home and tell me to get back in line for months which is what would have happened if we had to reschedule. We hoped for anything in between. They were actually understanding during our meeting but did not show me the file. They told Sveta, my facilitator, that they would give us an appointment as soon as Mark arrives which will be Monday morning at 9 so we are hoping to have an appointment that afternoon and catch a train out the same day or the next day.
I have another family here with me that live in Houston and are adopting a 14 year old girl from the same orphanage that we are going to be adopting from. Their daughter knows Lena well and is friends with her. They brought their daughter with them and she is translating a lot for us. We got together today and we went to a great place to eat. It is so nice that I have these families with me it has made being here alone much easier and more fun. My only regret is that I could not have my wonderful daughters with me they would have loved it. I have much to tell you and I so wish that I was a writer so I could make Ukraine come alive for you. I am already envious of those of you are coming when I will be gone. I love Ukraine in a way that has no words.
My time is growing short I need to go but I will try and post tomorrow when there is more time.