Monday, January 07, 2008

Going to Get Our Boys

We left Knoxville yesterday at 11:00 am and are now in Atlanta at Melissa's Aunt Susan. We are headed to the airport and then to JFK and onto Kiev. We will then take our 190 km/hr (115mph) taxi ride into Kiev and catch the fast train to Kharkov at 5:00 pm Tuesday evening. We will get picked up at the train station and arrive at our apartment about midnight on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning we will pick up our court decree and go see the boys. The boys will stay at the orphanage until at least Friday because we have some very long 12 hour days in a little Daewoo. Over the next few days we will be working on getting new birth certificates, id #'s and passports and of course more of Ukraine's lovely blue notary stamps! We are not quite sure how long all this will take and what new laws might have taken effect on January 1st.

After getting everything in order we will head to Kiev with the boys. We will have to sign several US immigration forms for the boys, have physicals for immigration and get 3 US visas for the boys as they will be traveling on Ukrainian passports. My mom and sister Laurie will be flying into Kiev and helping us escort the boys home.

Please continue to pray for the process of collecting documents.
Pray for our family's health and stamina these next few weeks.
Pray that our boys will bond with us.

Thanks to everybody. Got to run!


Steve Eimers


jeff and rachel said...

JFK-so close to us! We are still praying for you!

Melissa E. said...

We'll wave out the window to you!

Nataliya said...

Safe travels back to Ukraine and good luck for the remaining paperwork. Remember to have $400 in cash for each child's visa - it just gone up from $380 to $400.

Auntie G said...

Praying for a safe trip and smooth process.

BethPie said...

Prayers for safe travels, a speedy paperchase and for the boys - who are about to experience so many new and exciting (and possibly confusing) things!

Take care!! :o)

Kathy & Matt said...

Safe travels as you bring them home. We'll be praying for you.

Grandma Falk said...

It's good to have the girls back here! They are all doing great. And Aunt Jeanne is here to make it extra fun. I do schoolwork with them, and she does the fun stuff!

We're praying that you will adjust quickly to the time change and that your reunions with the boys will be everything you've been hoping for.

Love you!

DoveFamily said...

Lots of prayers going up for you guys!!

Drew and Rita said...

We have been thinking of you and your family every day. Safe and speedy trip.

christie said...

Our entire Church is praying for you
God Speed!!!!

Folded Wings said...

I am deeply touched by your postings about the adoption. It is a wonderful new beginning for your sons and for you as a family. May you walk deeper into the heart of God in making your passion and mission a reality.

Jennifer Eimers said...

We look forward to meeting our new nephews. It has been good to be able to follow the progress from here in Niger!
Safe travels to you and hugs and kisses to the little guys!
Jen and Will

Leslie said...

We're praying for you guys and the girls at home!

Nataliya said...

Thinking about you and waiting for the update! Hopefully the paperwork chase is going smoothly!