Back in CBATOBE (Svatove)

16 January, 2007

We were picked up by our very prompt driver Sasha this morning at exactly 5:45am for a ride to the train station to meet up with Olga for our wonderful 2nd trip to Svatove.  We arrived in Kharkiv at 12:35 this afternoon and Igor (the family we stayed with last time) picked us up at the Kharkiv train station and drove us back to Svatove (about a 2 hour drive this time).

We dropped our things off at the "Spa" and headed over to the orphanage to visit with Nadia and Peter.  It was great to see the kids again....and I think Nadia was pleased to see us too....Peter on the other-had had slipped back a couple steps...We heard he actually told the director that he didn't want to leave again....Wow....WAY BACK...

We played with them both for a little while and got Peter to warm up to us again...but then it was time for them to eat dinner so we left for the night.

Tomorrow is court...We talked with Irena (Igor's wife...AND...the Inspector "Social Worker" for the orphanages here in Svatove...She seems to think everything will be okay tomorrow in court???  The Judge is asking for both children to be at court with us tomorrow.  We were a little shocked by this since the law doesn't recognize what a child under ten says...BUT, we are just rolling with the punches and moving forward.  The good news is there will not be a preliminary hearing before we go to court, it will all be done on the same day...TOMORROW!  We were also told that we can start the passport process tomorrow....Looks like we will have the kids out of school most of the day....

We will write more after court....

Troy and Deanna

 

 

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