Today is visit #7 with our little guys.
Josiah is back home for work and he will return (with my mom!) for court. I am able to visit the boys every day, for approximately 2-3 hours. Since I am by myself, they bring the boys in separately so I can spend quality time with each of them.
As most of you probably know, I can not give out too much information publicly. Once we pass court, we will be able to post pictures, videos, and more detailed information.
We are in a super cute little town. I love it. Typically, in small towns such as this one, there are no apartments or hotels for rent. My facilitator and I both assumed we would have to rent an apartment about an hour away and drive to the orphanage every day.
But this wonderful woman named Valentina recently quit her job as an English teacher at the local school and decided to open her own hotel. It is called, "Hotel Valentina." And it is about a 30 minute walk from the orphanage. It is so, so perfect! I am staying in a small room for 250 hyrvnia/night (approximately $21/night). And there is a little café attached to the hotel, so I can order a nice meal whenever I want to!
A typical day for me goes something like this:
10:00am-Breakfast in my room (fruit, bread, cheese, etc.)
11:00am-Walk to the orphanage
11:30am-Wait at the orphanage for them to "prepare" the children
11:45am-Visit with one child
1:00pm-Visit with second child
Sometimes I stop on the way to buy groceries from the little market across the street
2:30/3:00pm-Lunch in the café. I order my lunch before I leave for the orphanage, so it is all ready for me when I return! They have a really nice selection of food: pizza, sandwiches, fish, borscht, crêpes, salads, etc. They have coffee with ice cream and kiwi, strawberry, and vanilla ice cream, too! Anyone who knows me probably knows that I LOVE my ice cream!
After lunch I return to my room and catch up on emails, paperwork, research, Skype calls with family and friends, etc. The boys have a lot of medical needs, and there is a lot to be done now to ensure everything will run smoothly when we take the boys out of the orphanage and fly home.
For dinner I usually eat an open faced sandwich with mustard and cheese. There is no refrigerator or stove in my hotel room, so I am eating a lot of cheese and bread and fruit.
In the evenings I usually watch TV (nothing is in English, but it's still fun. They have a Ukrainian version of 'The Voice!'!), read, or clean my little room.
Our court documents are being submitted tomorrow (Wednesday) in the capital city, and then we will wait for a court date. A court date is typically assigned about 10 business days after the documents are submitted. I did hear that for awhile it was only 7 business days for children with special needs, but I'm not sure if that is still true.
Please keep praying for this process. Pray that things will continue to move along quickly and smoothly, and that our boys would stay strong and healthy while we prepare to turn their little worlds upside down (in a good way!) :)