This weekend we begin celebrating Purim with costumes, parties and parades. I hope to have some great photos by early next week.
In the meantime, a photo of Karen and Matan with him still in his baby bed.
Yesterday we put up a bunk bed for both of them and they are thrilled with it.
It's great being part of a real family, finally!
The second one is a family shot. Of course, I’m the one behind the camera. Just us hanging out on Saturday.
It feels like we just returned from an extended military mission. Unbelievable what my in-laws did with our apartment. They TOTALLY reworked our furniture to work with the two-kids-in-one-room situation. It looks like a brand new apartment!
The fridge is full, both of daily necessities, and delicacies prepared by my mother in law. There is a welcome home cake on the table, and a welcome home sign when we walked in. The apartment is covered in welcome home balloons, the kids are ecstatic!
Our apartment was full of little things DH’s parents, brothers and sister did to make it the best possible use of space and design. They rock. I can’t picture a more wonderful family to have married into.
And we also love our dear friends, Tal and Sagit, who helped us keep the faith from beginning to end. I hope they know how much we love them. They even called us on our Ukrainian cell phone as we were waiting to board, to give us a final pep talk. We would pep for the short, but challenging flight ahead. More on that later.
And also our neighbors, the wonderful Breznik family, who were always happy to provide support and encouragement. They also decorated our apartment with balloons so the first thing both kids saw when we walked in was bunches of balloons and a “Welcome Home” sign.
Actually I thank every one who commented, emailed or who I just knew was out there – without all of you, I’d have no reason to verbalize, and that was a most cathartic part of this process.
We love you all!
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…..off 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.