Friday, February 8, 2013

We're Back!!

Ok so a lot has happened since we last posted.  First thing is on Wednesday night we got on a train to our region Krivoy Rog. I'm not gonna lie, when we popped out of the station onto the track it looked like the train to Hogwarts and I was looking for a column to go to platform 9 3/4.  The train took 8 hours and I enjoyed it although Chet didn't handle it very well.  He was over tired and couldn't sleep without falling out of bed at every stop and there were a lot of them.

We got tea on the train which I was able to order from the porter. I told her dva (2)  chai (tea) and made out our compartment number with my fingers. Based on the picture of our cabin door what number did I tell her?

The next morning we went to our apartment which is very nice by the way. It is owned by a man who has an organization that supports missionaries to the orphanages. They go play with the kids and do arts and crafts.

AFter checking into our orphanage we went to the regional Child services office to speak to the inspector about why we wanted these children. She asked us our age and what we did for work. We told her then she said ,"Ok we go!" and we went to the orphanage to meet the girls.

We were able to hear their long they had been in the orphanage and their skills.  Lena is in school outside the orphanage she is in first form....She has started to learn braille (First grade.....although they go at age 8 so its like our second grade) Vika doesn't attend school she is only 7.  Lena was left in the hospital at birth. Vika was left outside a supermarket at 1 month old.  It is their countries way. There are no services or help for special needs and often you cant get medical care for them.

WE met the girls but we didnt get a picture of vika only camera was having problems.  Lena is like Abby but she can only see light and dark....Vika is completely blind...since she doesn't have a cane to use she stomps her foot to see where she is at and how it sounds. But nobody knows this is what she is doing they think she stomps her feet for no reason.


  1. So glad to see your back and you got to see your sweet girls. Can't wait to see pictures!


  2. So neat that Vika us using echolocation. Very bright! So excited for you all!

  3. What a smart girl that Vika is! Both girls sound precious. I am enjoying your blog. We too have adopted from Ukraine. Enjoy your time there.