Well...here we are in Mykolaiv. We officially petition the court tomorrow to adopt a precious little 3 year-old boy. This little boy, who I'll call "A" was shown to us at our first SDA appt., but we did not choose to visit him. I was drawn to him immediately, but due to a medical condition, we decided to visit the other little boy in Kharhiv. We arrived here on Monday and got to meet him Monday morning. We got to visit a little again on Monday afternoon. We ran around all day Monday getting the proper paperwork processed. This little boy has a 6 year-old brother who is in foster care, so we had to get that verified. He is not available for adoption since he is in foster care.
We doubt that our little one remembers his brother because he has been at the orphanage since he was 5 months old. The brother was never there.
We get to visit "A" each morning 10-11:30 and then again 4:00 - 6:30 each afternoon. We have had fun playing on the swings and slide. Like any little boy, he gets really dirty, but then doesn't like it when his hands are dirty.
This is a nice "family town" - especially the downtown area. We spent Sunday and Monday night in town. It has a "walking street" where the street is closed to motor traffic. There are many shops and restaurants on the street.
Speaking of restaurants - so far, we have had authentic Ukrainian food such as borscht, potato pancakes and a spread made of baconfat and garlic, spread on bread. We have had "Dixie" barbeque ribs and crackle jack. We have had pizza twice. We really miss fresh vegetables and eat salads every time we get a chance. But, there is little lettuce to be had. Salads consist of onions, bell peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes. There may be a little bit of lettuce.
The orphanage that our little one is at is so much better than the one we visited is Kharkiv. We found out after we got here that the first one was an orphanage of special needs children. At the current orphanage, it is bright with murals and they have music lessons and they go outside twice a day. There are some precious little children here and we are getting to know "A's" group and there is one little girl in there who loves Tim. She had to give him a hug and kiss bye today and she was holding our hands begging us not to leave. It just broke my heart. The caregivers here are wonderful and you can tell that they love the children.
We are renting an apartment from one of the ladies who works at the orphanage. We think she actually moved out to rent to us. We are about a 10 minute walk to the orphanage and about a 2o minute walk to a good market.
Keep us in your prayers. Keep the people of Ukraine in your prayers. The way they have to live is so different from the USA. Most have to walk or use public transportation. The cities are not that bad, but when we went to Kharkiv, we saw people walking for miles in the snow just to get to the main road to catch the bus.
We will post photos of the apartment and such later. Haven't really taken any. I want to show the real way people have to live.
If you are looking for a charity to support, we suggest that you support a Ukrainian Christian Ministry or an orphanage.
We know that each and every step we have taken here has been God's way of telling us that we should support and participate in the ministries here. The people here have been wonderful, nice and helpful.
R & T