We had court today at 12pm. Well, it was scheduled for 12 but we had to wait for a little while cause they were running behind and the "persecutor" for our case hadn't shown up yet. "Persecutor" is what our translator calls the prosecutor in case you didn't get it yet. (haha)
Anyways we were asked a lot of questions by the judge like "What is your job?", "Does your family support your decision to adopt?", "Why do you want to adopt when you already have 2 kids?", "Describe your house." and stuff like that.
After about an hour of questions and the formality of reading the paperwork, we were told to go out and wait in the waiting room. Our translator took the orphanage inspector and vice director back to their offices and we waited. The judge was trying to find a way to waive the 10 day wait or at least let us start paperwork during the 10 days, but alas, it just wasn't possible. We found out a little later that even if he had done it for us, the orphanage director would not have honored his decision and would not have let us take K or begin paperwork to finalize things. Things are just different in Ukraine and you just have to accept that its not like the U.S.
Because we can't do any paperwork during the waiting period, we decided to fly back home and that Phillip will return on Dec. 20th to finalize paperwork and bring K home. We didn't want to go home and both leave our boys again so soon and its cheaper for one to fly over and back than two. I signed over my POA to him today so tomorrow after visiting K and saying goodbye, then buying some promised chocolate for our kiddos, we will take a 4pm train 8 hours to Kiev and go to the Boryspil airport and wait for oh about 4 hours to fly out of Kiev at 5am Saturday morning to arrive in Frankfurt at 7am and have a 6 hour layover and then a 9 hour flight to Dulles. We have a 6 hour layover in Dulles to catch a flight to Charlottesville but its a 20 minute flight and a 2 hour drive so my dad is gonna pick us up instead of us waiting all that time for a 10pm flight.
The judge didn't finish his decree today because he was busy trying to see if he could waive our 10 day wait so our translator will pick it up tomorrow, but we are officially the parents of Mariah Katarina Johnson :)
She is 4 years old and has cerebral palsy that affects mainly her legs. She has such spirit and determination in her and she reminds us alot of Wes. We are very optimistic about what the wonderful medical advances in the U.S. can do to help her. We came to meet her very anxiously because her file and picture at the SDA were not very compelling and in all of her 4 years listed with the SDA no one every went to visit her, but we talked it over and prayed about and decided that if this was the child that God intended for us that He would equip us to be her parents no.matter.what. So we went to see her.
We are so very glad we did!