"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Road to Poltava

The past three days have been a flurry of activity. We raced to another region, named Poltava, three days in a row, which is about four hours round trip. When we went the first day, the office was closed! Ughh!!

Let me tell you, the road to Poltava is like swiss cheese.

They have delicious cherries they sell on the side of the road.

I tried to pet the cows, but they weren't interested!

My fabulous facilitator, Alex.

Squatty potties are so fun!

My friends, Jen and Wayne are adopting 3 kids from this region too! They went home though.

Francesca pieced the ear drums of many when it was time to ride in the "machina". Just imagine 10 fire alarms ringing in unison.

My friend, Kbac (K-vas). He's very fond of hot dogs. I named him after a popular drink here. It's kind of like soda, kind of like beer and it's kind of gross.

Anya's mom made stuffed cabbage! My favorite! Just like my grandma used to make!

The big day!! Getting dressed.

Saying good-bye

We decided to celebrate their homescoming by sitting in the dark. Yep, the power went out for most of the night!

We're home!

This is the apartment I have been staying in.
I have a new exercise regimen. It's called the "lug two children and a 5 gallon water bottle up six flights of stairs" program. It's working really well.

Francesca has been doing well, but she was scared of the bunny at first! Victoria will not sleep, at all, nada.

We're hoping to be home sometime next week!


  1. WOO HOO!!!! I've been waiting to hear that you finally busted those girls out of that place!!!!!!:) Praise God!!!!!!! Congrats:)

  2. So happy the girls are finally with you and that there is an end in sight!

    I just want to love on little Victoria and fatten up her skinny little arms!!


  3. Great pictures! You are hilarious. Pat tried the kvas today. Not sure he will again. I declined.

    Congrats on bustin' them out! Praying for smooth sailing from here on out...

  4. congratulations!!!!!!!! I have been praying for you guys!! Love the pictures!!!

    Austin Tx

  5. Just delurking to say that I have been praying for you. Thanks for the update I was wondering how things were going. :) Have a safe trip home!

    CC TX

  6. Congratulations on springing the girls from the orphanage. I hope your trip home is uneventful and fast.


  7. Great news, and I love your enthusiasm (still after all this long journey). I am so happy for you. Kvas is supposed to be a healthy probiotic drink. Doesn't sound tasty to me, but hey, it maybe helped your gut when you tried it. :)

  8. Congratulations! You are a mighty woman, carrying two girls and a water bottle up the stairs! (All at once? Wow...) Hope your trip home goes well. Prayers...

  9. YAHOO! Congratulations! So happy for you guys, praying your embassy visit goes smoothly and travels home are safe and uneventful! =)

  10. Kvas is gross!

    You are amazing!

    The girls are beautiful!

    You are the biggest trooper in the universe!
    I can't wait to know you are home, safe and sound, sleeping in your own bed and the girls having even more people to love on them!!!

    Blessings my friend. Miss you!!!


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  12. Hello, We are adopting Jonah (with Aperts) from RR. Our friend, Trina, said you have a very good Dr. When you have time, we would like his info.
    Your daughters are beautiful! I 2nd the biggest trooper in the universe award for you!
    Tom & Mary

  13. Congratulations! I hope your trip home is boring and dull and sleepy! May there be NO excitement!

  14. I check here every day, and pray. I hope you are home or on your way home by now. :)


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