Once he and David, okay, David, got the GPS working we were on our way to Odessa. It was now 4:30 and we knew it would take at least 6 hours. We really didn't want to be driving in the dark but we decided we better leave and not wait for the morning because we had to be in court at 5.
I am so glad we decided to drive. It was so neat to see how people live outside the city. The beautiful landscape. The farmers and how they farm. It was great! We were warned about the police and how they just wave you to pull over, but the drivers flash their headlights at you to warn you that police are ahead.
So we made it to Odessa but now we had to get to our hotel, through the city, with all those streets, with no GPS and it was dark.
Guess what? Some how we made it finally to a landmark........McDonalds!!! Yeah, we knew were we were! It was actually better we arrive after 10 because even though the traffic was busy, it was by no way as busy as we have seen it during the day!
We visited the kids the next morning and they all rememberd us and we had a fun two hours! Court the next day was at 5 and we were told to be ready at 4. We were picked up and dropped our interpeter off at her house, the lady from the orphanage at her house to pick something up and then to the courthouse. Our interpeter met up with us at the courthouse. We went through what we would be asked, how long it would take and who would all be in the room with us. At about 10 after 5 we were called into a litte room where the judge, clerk, two witnesses, procecuter, spokeswomen from the orphanage, spokeswomen from the childrens welfare office, Roc, me, Ken and our interpeter! It was going to begin so they turned the fan OFF! Why? Have no idea! It was so hot and crowded it was rediculas! We thought it was funny and everyone got a kick when the lady from the orphanage said yes we were a good fit for these kids and that Roc was such entertainment for all the orphanage kids and staff and that she would make a wonderful sister!!! After standing and sitting for an hour answering questions it was done. The only part I got tears in my eyes is when they came to Dani's story. She was abandoned. Not in a hospital or orphanage, just left where someone found her. Okay, and the part where they said no one wanted these children made me cry too!
After messing with the GPS we got it working again and headed back to Simferpol. It took a little longer because we stopped off on the side of the road where they were selling things. We bought a small basket at one and yummy cherries at another. People sell a lot of cherries along side the road, about every 1/2 block for a mile or two. Oh, and we were stopped by the police! Yup, they waved us to pull over. We were not speeding so we were not sure what was up. He came over and started talking to us and Ken just said I dont understand. He kept talking and finally Ken said english. He looked at me like I could/would talk to him and I just said, english. He then started talking to us some more and what we thought he wanted was proof we owned the car. We got our translator from Odessa on the phone and we were right, he wanted proof it was our car or proof we had rented it. We showed him the papers and he let us go on. We have been told we were lucky bacause they can make you pay for anything as silly as low air in the tires!!! Hey, when we do something, we go all out to get the true experience of it ALL!!!
On Wednesday morning we headed for the Sloans to meet them and drop off some stuff for the orphanage that they work with. That was quite the trip on getting there! David met us at an intersection to bring us to his and Joleen's home. It was beautiful and their kids are awesome!!! We talked and the Joleen, me and the kids played a game and then they invited us to lunch. We went to a yummy pizza place! On the drive to the restaurant their kids asked if they could go with us. Having Roc, Davey, Nate and Brianna in the back seat and listening to them laugh and talk made me miss home so much! I got to kid around with them, ask them silly questions and hear silly answers! It was the highlight of my day!!!! I miss my kids back home something awfull after that ride.
David didn't want to be in the picture because he knew both Joleen and I were going to put it on our blog!!! So he took the pictures! I hate pictures too but I thought I would put it on here for Lyndi!!!!!!
After lunch we headed for our visit with Dennis where we met up with the McDonald's and TJ (Misha)! They are so nice and TJ is so sweet!!! Here he is dancing with his daddy!
And here, once again, are all of us just for Lyndi!!!!!
On the way out of the orphanage today we saw some kids outside playing with a few caretakers. I asked Roc if she wanted to run the cherries that we bought over to them to see if the kids could have them. They were surprised and happy and all the kids came running over to get some! It was a fun few days and very exhausting!!! I would do it all again in a heart beat!!!!