The last two days have been a lot of fun.
We had a great day yesterday with our little guy. We were excited because we found out we get to leave Thursday for our first break. The inspector and director really seem to love our family. They hug and kiss us upon greeting and leaving like we are family. It is SO neat to see how God answered that prayer on our hearts. It really does make a huge difference in Ukraine adoptions if a director and inspector like you. I don't know what we did for them to like us, but they do.
It's funny because Tim usually leaves his face scruffy and shaves maybe once a week. He said with the director kissing his cheeks he better shave because his face was really prickly so he got up early and shaved his face. Yesterday morning he said to the director, "I want you to know that I got up early and shaved just for you because I know my cheeks are rough and I want to leave a good impression on my new son's director." This director is in her late 60s and just thinks he's the cutest/funniest thing ever. She answered, "Thank you for shaving today and I now will forgive you for the last 3 days of rough cheeks." This director is usually stern, but with us she is very fun-loving.
Edik picked his name yesterday. He will be called "Matthew" Edward.
We had a whole lot of paperwork yesterday and today and whole lot of running around. We had fun playing ball with Edik yesterday and building Lego robots. He is an absolute JOY!
Today he signed his letter of consent for the adoption. He was able to write it within 5 minutes and his handwriting is VERY neat! It is such a relief to have this part of the trip finished. For me, it is usually the most stressful because there are so many unknowns regarding meeting a new child and working with an inspector and director. This went SO smooth. Your prayers have been very evident, my dear friends and family. Please keep them coming!
After he wrote his consent we were able to get some pictures outside by the Dnieper River before we had to leave. It was finally a beautiful day today so we could be outside. It has rained the majority of the time we have been here. Yesterday it even snowed a little.
It was a sad good bye, but we are SO glad everything has gone so smoothly. Edik is a smart boy and he understands that we are only leaving for a little time. We told him that we will miss him while we are gone and gave him a gift and photo of our family. He said he will miss us too. He had a very sad face, but he still was smiling as we left. He waved to us until we were out of his sight. (Sniffle).
This afternoon we went to the Embassy to file our I-600 (Visa for child). God worked out that detail as well because our I-600A form is set to expire on 1/8/14. However, we found out we were able to file the I-600 today and it is good for a YEAR. Phew! That saved us a hassle and a whole lot of money.
Keep praying God moves the miracles so we can maybe bring him home by Christmas. I'm glad today is only a good bye for now. In a month or so he will be home forever. :)