After our 3 connection we finally landed in Kiev. All bags were there and Serge was waiting for us as we walked out of the large sliding doors from customs. He drove us to a smokey restaurant in Kiev to meet Igor as we waited for the necessary papers for court tomorrow.
My mom and I slept for a bit, but woke up to Serge out of the car talking to a police officer on the driver side door. Not sure what happened or why, but after he showed something from his bag he let us all go. I asked Roma what happened, but I didn't really get a reply, just a shrug. Serge was back in the driver seat and we were off again. I really didn't care and were glad we were on the move, it has been 30 hours of traveling at this point. Maybe I'll ask again tomorrow.
We finally arrive at the beloved mushroom hotel. Oh sweet home away from home! I have my same room with 1 bar of wifi only if I stand on my bed and reach my arm up to the small single window toward the restaurant across the parking lot.
After bringing everything to our rooms, Serge headed back to Kiev and the 3 of us (Roma, my mom and I) came to eat and talk about tomorrow, and court! Dun Dun, DUN.
Anyone who knows me knows I HATE talking in front of people, so....boy do I need prayers!!!
Since public speaking is not my forte, I'll be either shaking or crying, but right now I feel like it might be crying and shaking because of the sleep deprivation.
I have taken 5 pages of hand written notes on college ruled paper that I should "memorize" before tomorrow. Some things that do not even make sense to my fuzzy brain right now.
Apparently the judge wanted Adam to be here this trip. He does not believe Adam has given me consent to adopt Yana and Alex, even though we have the correct documentation. Really?!? What wife adopts two teenage kids without her husbands consent?
On a positively amazing note:
I get to see the kids tomorrow and so does their Grandma Noreen. We will be bringing them the clothes I bought them for court. They are going to look so cute.
God willing, if all goes well tomorrow, it's only 11 days until we get the court decree saying Alex and Yana are my kids. MY KIDS. My. Kids.