Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday in Kiev

We had our SDA (State Dept of Adoption) this afternoon and all went well. It was a little intimidating at first cause the woman was asking ALOT of questions, well we later found out afterwards that the lady that normally does these appointments was out sick and we had the "headhancho" for ours. She was the director for the adoptions. Now we understand, Yulia (our facilitator/translator) said this woman has 2 friends with children w/ DS and she wanted to make sure that we take care of them in the US. We reassured her that in the US, children and adults with DS prosper and have an opportunity to go to school, work, etc. All she did was give us a HUGE smile and wished us well.
Bryce ( well otherwise known as Ivan- as we found out today is his biological name) We are not sure where Vanya came from and I was so excited leaving I forgot to ask. I'll find out tomorrow. Tom and I are thinking its a stage name. His parents were 29 (mom) and 26 (dad) when they gave him up at birth. He has a sister that lives with them.They gave him up due to the DS,knowing that in the Ukraine, they just don't have resources to take care of him. We were told has a perfect clean bill of health from several doctors, which was good news!

Kiev is definitely a big city...everyone walks fast, moves fast and certainly the driving here is crazy. I thought driving in NYC was nail biting, doesn't even compare to the driving here. And certainly no speed limits. LOL! We managed to get some things from the market here, my little bit of Ukrainian is getting us by plus "cherades" helps. Everything here is VERY inexpensive. We had lunch today at McDs and the value meals, cost $3.50 total for two. Our taxi ride this morning, and let me tell you it took at good 25min through traffic and that only cost $3.38. It's AWESOME!

Tonight we are meeting another RR family here at TGIF for dinner. Very excited to meet another couple in our shoes and can speak with us! Please say prayers for them as they are having some paperwork issues. Hoping for it to be cleared up tomorrow. The only good thing is that we will both have each other until Monday. Yes, unfortunately since the referral for us won't be ready until tomorrow afternoon, we won't be able to go the orphanage until Monday. Thankfully, it's only 1.5hours from here in car.
Here are some pictures since we've gotten here.

picture of Bryce from earlier days-They love to layer on the clothes! They had a recent picture of him in overalls, super cute. Was unable to get that one.
One of many beautiful churches-outside SDA
Tom and I in front of the SDA office

living room

Well keep you all posted as we move along!


  1. vanya is nickname of Ivan. as Natasha is nickname for Natalya. we chose to keep Natasha and toss Natalya as it was what she went by. so glad you are finally there. remember not to eat at the restraunt next to the hotel in Ptown. go around the corner or across the street at the back of the marketplace(the girls there are so sweet.) it isnt a long walk to the big supermarket. turn left leaving hotel. turn left at street corner and walk all the way until you see the building covered in pictures of foods! you will see it on the way into town. PLEASE send me updates about ptown! write about everything you see! love ptown. is Bryce still in baby house or at preschool?

  2. Aww, that's neat you got that picture of him! I know I have told you I am partial to the name Bryce (since I have a son named Bryce too) but goodness he really looks like a Bryce :)
    Have a great weekend!

  3. Love the updates! Wishing you and Tom all the best:-) Cant wait to meet the sweet little boy!

  4. Another good, cheap place to eat while you're in Kiev is Pizza Celantano (pronounced Chelantano). The one off Independence Square has English menus, some English speaking staff, and best of all, YUMMY cheap food! Try the potato al forno... yum!

  5. I am so happy to hear that the first leg of your trip went well. I will be excited to hear about your time with Bryce. Congrats!