Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Heading home

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!


Healy Family said...

I loved reading what you wrote and then felt a HUGE smile cross my face and my eyes filled with tears seeing that beautiful smiling face! She is a DOLL! Congratulations!!! I'm glad the court went so well for you too!

I'm also impressed with (and slightly jealous...) the speed in which things happened for you! I'm glad it will work out for you both to come home and then one go back. With kids waiting at home it totally makes sense.

Congratulations again on your beautiful new daughter!

sarah said...

Congratulations. What a great photo. I love the name. Glad you are heading home.

laurietw said...

She is adorable! Congrats to you!

kim said...

She looks like your boys! How awesome is that as a piece of confirmation. God is so good! Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Congratulations on now being the parents of a beautiful little girl! May God see you safely home and bless the next week of preparation for your daughter's homecoming. God, Our Provider, be praised!

Janis B said...

She is beautiful! Congratulations!

The McEacherns said...

She's a cutie! Congrats! And I heard you met the Seaveys. They live a couple miles from us and came over for dinner last week. I love all the connections one makes throughout the adoption process!

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson