SDA (Adoption Program) Appointment

Trip Start Aug 06, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It was a beautiful crisp morning when we woke up, with temperatures in the 50's. The washing machine repairman came around 11:00 to try to fix the washer and get my clothes out. Our appointment to see which children we want to adopt  was at noon. Ukraine has implemented a "foster care" program since the last time we were here. They are paying Ukrainian families to take in orphans with hopes they will eventually adopt them. This has reduced the number of children available for adoption greatly. We were shown several children, many with physical handicaps. We eventually selected a brother and sister to go see. They are healthy and are located at an orphanage around three hours from Kiev. We will be able to have someone drive us there. We were told the boy really wants to be adopted, but the girl told two families already she didn't want to be adopted by them. So, they have not been adopted yet. For this reason we are trying not to get our hopes up. We can always request a second appointment at the SDA if things don't work out. We are trusting in the Lord. After the appointment, Lancie and I went to lunch. We had the best dessert- a giant chocolate truffle. It cost a whole dollar! When we got back to the apartment, the washer repairman was still there! He managed to get my clothes out, but couldn't fix the washer.  After resting, we went on a long walk. We walked to the Opera House. They were advertising several operas and ballets, but, unfortunately, they don't premier till September. We then walked to the mercantile quarter of Podil. Someone built a cafe, called the overlook cafe, on the knoll overlooking the city. However, we discovered another overlook across the street. We walked down to the Dnipro River and sat for a while at a "Coke Cola" tent that sold beer and Cokes. It was a beautiful setting.
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liz-wendel on

Arno and Lancie!
Great to hear from you. Keep us updated. It sounds like the weather is wonderful (unlike last time) and you're having fun....good luck! Love you.
Liz, Wendel, Tony, and Kristen

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