On the first night, Karen, Ally and I talked drinking tea around Karen's kitchen table. We told our stories, Ally spoke about her adoption, Karen spoke about her ministry and the work she was doing in Ukraine helping orphans, educating families, and I talked about Yana and Alex and why we decided to adopt.
But like any good conversation, it evolved and we found ourselves giggling about some of the folktales that are passed down by babushka's in Ukraine. I shared a few that we had uncovered during summer hosting, Ally shared as well, but Karen having lived in Ukraine for 10 years now had a wealth of knowledge on the superstitions.
Patiently waiting, I decided to sit down on the curb.
Alex began to tell me to get up, Yana was shocked and just was shaking her head in disbelief.
"No, No...up up" gesturing me to stand up and not to sit on the floor.
The conversation I had 6 days prior, popped into my head.
Oh how sweet, I think to myself, he is worried about me.
Knowing why he is so insistent, I quickly get up and ask "why no sit on floor?" Although I totally think I know why.
Alex bends down and puts his palm against the floor next to where I was sitting. He thinks for awhile and then replies "You sick." He didn't have the English to tell what I was told my first night in Ukraine.
If a women sits on the cold floor her uterus could freeze.
I guess even little babushkas will come up to you and tell you to get up.
Love that boy.
I write a quick imessage to Adam and wait until I have wifi to send it,
Remind me to tell you that Alex cares about my Uterus.
His response was,
Disclaimer, I did a quick search on the internet and couldn't find anything about it, but there has got be a reason behind a culture believing this. Please comment below if you know anything about this, I want to know.
I have my final court date. Alex and Yana will be my kids on April 24th. I will be traveling back to Ukraine in 12 short days. This trip will be only to show up at court. Then I come home.
When do they come to America?
My third and final trip. I go back exactly 10 days after my court date. During this trip I will need to get their visas, passports, medical documents, and birth certificates so they will be able to enter this country as legal citizens and my children.
That trip is the longest and most expensive of the three trips.
This part of my journey is almost over and a new chapter of being a mommy of 4 is starting to begin.
As always if you feel called to help bring these kiddos home to a family that will love, respect and honor them, please do so here.