I am going to begin counting the 10 days down, not because I don't love Ukraine I do, but I miss my other kids and it is that much closer to Lena being truly ours, and we can bring her home to her new life.
I woke up this morning with Mark calling after he had just come from the Embassy. They informed him that Lena and I would not be allowed to leave the country until we had up-dated our finger prints. Now you folks that have been involved in this process know that you have been medically examined to death over the course of a year or so, and none of us could ever commit a crime because we have fingerprints done every time we turn around.
How could we not have up-dated fingerprints? Luckily for us we have a copy of our dossier, everyone should keep an extra, I can't recommend it strongly enough. So I went and looked and sure enough (thanks to my organized hubby) they were there in our dossier and were up-dated. Our embassy just couldn't find them. By the way, this has happened to other people as well so have copies of everything. Otherwise I was going to have to take a 16 hour train to Kiev to get fingerprinted, then they had to send it to Washington and it could take 10 or more days to get them back.
We were told to scan our copy or e-mail them, seems easy enough, right? Wrong, I am reminded all the time of how spoiled we are in the U.S. Sveta had a taxi driving us around town all afternoon to find some place that could do it. Then after we found a place we sent them, and now she is worried about the papers all getting there because scanning sometimes doesn't work. Since it is Friday we won't know until Monday whether everything got there OK, please pray for us on this one.
We consider ourselves to be culturally sensitive, and we try very hard to respect the fact that not everyone lives like we do, but sometimes I still manage to put my foot in it. I forgot my contact lens solution. No problem I will buy some here. I told Sveta what I needed and we went to about every store in town. No one had any, so I asked Sveta "how in the world do people clean their contacts? There must be solution somewhere!" Very gently she said, "Rhonda, people here do not wear contacts they are very expensive." I began to look around and noticed something I have never noticed in all my trips over here. You hardly ever see anyone in glasses, even the elderly people. You can see that many people are missing teeth, or have had very poor dental care, but poor eye sight is not something you would notice. We are so blessed by such abundance, we should be thanking God everytime we can go to the dentist or put on glasses and contacts.
I have tried to comment on some of your blogs that I follow but unfortunately I haven't figured out how to do it in English it prints out in Russian. I appreciate your comments.