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I’m still trying to figure out what happened. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Moving house

One reason I haven’t been a posting machine lately is that I’m in the process of moving my blog to my own domain. Yes, yes, mistress of my domain. Please save the jokes and any other Seinfeld references you may think of. It’s probably too early to leak this, but my new home will be at:

A lot is happening, really, but I have so little time to think through and analyze any of it since it feels like I’m on a fast moving train most of the time. Next Friday we are throwing a small pajama party from Karen. It really warmed my itty bitty little heart when I started calling the parents of her closest friends, and they were all so excited and happy for their daughters to attend. In the not so distant past, we have had complaints about Karen fighting with other girls, and I know at least one mother who is completely afraid for her daughter to be around mine. Since I’m never sure which parents have had issues with Karen in the past, I was afraid the response wouldn’t be quite as warm and excited.

We had a wonderful Purim, and Karen’s costume, which she first described as Queen Esther, but later advised us that she was in fact dressed up as Vashti, the evil queen in the Purim story. Now I need to worry about her identifying with the “bad guy”, great.

So, I’m very excited to be moving, and I hope some of you will provide feedback on my new site. A friend is creating it for me, and one of these days I hope to be able to post more about the creation of the site and the positive spin it puts on the issue of peace in our region.

Tech geeks

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I work for a wonderful company called Zend. If you are into web apps then you know them as the PHP Company.

While I’ve been on maternity leave, they just announced some interesting news about the PHP app community. They recently polled Zend Framework users and discovered that:

· More than 70%(!) of ZF developers are using it to build business-critical applications

· High level of satisfaction with ZF across a diverse group ranging from independent consultants to organizations with 5,000+ employees

· Approximately 27% of respondents said they now use Zend Server or Zend Server Community Edition during development

· Close to 70% of respondents said they use Zend Studio or Eclipse PDT for development

· 46% of respondents said they plan to sit for the Zend Framework Certification exam

I will be going back to work in a few months, and I don’t even want to think about how hard it will be for us to juggle 2 full time jobs and 2 kids who need and deserve special attention. I’m just grateful that Zend, as a company, has already supported me greatly during both my first, and now my second international adoption so I’m confident we will find a recipe that will work well for all. GO ZEND!

Classic Mustang, aging chassis

That was what I dreamed about last night, after we completed our escape from Lugansk.  The full body ache of carrying Matan, all 8.5 kg of him, from Lugansk all the way to Kiev was not something this old body is used to.  
I know Tamar warned me, again and again, but a stroller would just have been even more of a hindrance.  I can’t imagine climbing the slippery stairs from tarmac to plane and back down again with anything more than we already had with us.  DH took responsibility for Karen, and all hand baggage, and it was almost more than he could manage. 
It seemed almost like a military mission.  We got the passport, not before a final attempt to convince us it would take another week.  A call to our agency, and we got it same day. 

Goodbye Babyhome


Thursday afternoon we picked Matan up from the baby home.  The caretakers all gathered around to wish him goodbye.  I thought I saw a tear or two.  It was clear they were both happy for him, but sad to see him go.  They were happy to take a group shot. 

We spent one last night in Lugansk with him, and flew out of there at 6 am.  To my surprise, Matan managed to sleep, and we made it to the airport, even though our facilitators told us they were worried about us flying in “terrible weather”.  

We were pleasantly surprised by the fact that our 1 hour flight (instead of 16 hours by train), was on a decent sized jet and the flight was smooth as silk with clear skies and a good pilot and crew.  The view was fantastic, white fields as far as the eye could see and a beautiful sunrise. 

View from above - approach to Kiev


I think it was an Ebraer jet, and belonged to a small, Ukrainian charter company called Dnieproavia.  Great flight.  But this old body isn’t used to carrying 8.5 kilos for 5 hours – to the airport, thru security and and somewhat against his will while waiting to board.  He really wanted to walk around, but was so tired he was falling all over the place, and putting his mouth on everything, so in my arms it had to be.  

I wasn’t able to update or access Internet from the time we got Matan’s passport until just now.  Everything happened so fast, and we had to quickly pack up 4 pieces of luggage, get the kids, and ourselves a few hours of sleep before leaving.  

Sergey, our driver, met us at the airport and took us to the same apartment in Kiev that we spent or first week in.   Unfortunately, we only got the modem late last night, and it didn’t work.  Needless to say, I was in serious withdrawal, plus I knew family was waiting to hear from us via Skype, this blog, or email.  We had no way of communicating with anyone outside of Ukraine.  

Early this morning, our adoption family buddies, Tal and Sagit, called us, and with some encouragement from them, we managed to get the modem connected.  Bad wires mean we could lose it anytime, so I’m uploading this and will give more details shortly….if it’s still working.  I love you all and miss everyone so much.  We can’t wait to come home!  

Going to court!

We will appear in court on Wednesday.  It should be interesting since our team here hasn’t prepared us at all.  When we had court for Karen’s adoption, our translator told us not to worry at all.  She would translate all the judge’s questions, and regardless of what we answered, she would “translate” the answer correctly.  In other words, we could say what we wanted and it would have no impact whatsoever.

Here, our team hasn’t been nearly as communicative with us, but I’m still confident that things will go well.  They have already met with the judge.  These things are usually just a formality.  

After court, we have a 10 day waiting period and then receive the official verdict.  It should then take us a couple of days to get Matan a Ukrainian passport, a new birth certificate listing us as his legal parents, and then… to Kiev where we get a visa to Israel for him.  The visa is usually a same day procedure.  Now that we are nearing the end, well, almost, I’m almost sorry it’s going to be over.  It has been really great spending all this time as a family, just the three of us, no work, no gan (pre-school) no friends, and no TV.  Just this lonely laptop.  Which brings me to the next issue.  Three of us sharing 1 laptop is not optimum.  Karen is having a fit now because she wants to play one of her games.  My time is over.  Later.

Internet, so-so

Just an FYI to our friends and relatives, the Internet connection we are using is intermittent at best.  If you are trying to Skype us, and we appear offline, it means we have lost our connection.  Luckily, we have an Internet cafe downstairs, so I will be updating here, as usual.

We visited Matan today, and took some photos.  I’ll post more shortly.

Introducing, Matan!

Karen calls him Matani-Matoki.  Shhh, don’t anyone tell DH that I uploaded a photo.