Mark and I are enjoying our time in our new city. Our apartment is comfortable, cozy, and in a great location. Compared to Kiev, fewer people smoke and it isn't as crowded. And of course the best thing about our new city is that we get to spend time with our girl! It's been nice to get more into a routine and see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The frozen Dneiper River, complete with hundreds of crazy ice fishermen
Stray furry friends are everywhere
Monday our paperwork will be submitted to the SDA in Kiev. They have up to a week to process it, but we are praying that it's done more quickly. After the paperwork is processed, we can apply for a court date. We aren't sure how long it will take to get a date, but this region of Ukraine usually schedules hearings pretty quickly. Then, after court, there's a standard 10-day waiting period, although, while rare, the court can waive this step. After the waiting is up (and she's officially ours!), we get R's passport, visa, and finish up a few documents, all of which normally takes a week. So as you can see, a lot of uncertainty exists. We could be on a plane to the US in two weeks or it could be another month. Please pray for us to be home as quick as possible. We have family, friends, fur babies, Mark's work, and mexican food to attend to! :)