What another whirlwind day! We have been all over this region gathering various documents and signatures! We got a new official birth certificate for Elliott, closed his bank account, and got his passport. Elliot took his second car ride ever (his first being from the hospital where he was born to the orphanage.) He was very freaked out about getting in a car, but then he was so fascinated by the sights going by as we were driving, that he forgot how freaked out he was:) He will experience his first train ride tonight as we go back to Kiev and then he will have his first airplane flight on Saturday…yes, Saturday! We have been cleared to book our return flights for Saturday. We can hardly believe we will be home just shy of three weeks after we left. We really cannot believe that Elliott gets to come home with us. Only a month ago we were not sure we would even be traveling before Christmas and we thought it was not even a possibility that Elliott would be able to come home with us in only one trip! God has moved mountains in our lives.
As I type, Elliott is playing with Daddy in our hotel room. Elliott has already heard Jon talk about the finer points of Eurpeon football as they bonded over some eurosports on the television. He is a handful in this hotel room, so it is probably a good thing we are going to have an apartment in Kiev…a little less fancy:) Elliott will enjoy his first dinner outside the orphanage tonight with us before we board our train at 8pm. I can only imagine the next several days!
We are thrilled to be connected, however, with some local missionaries in Kiev..thanks, Melanie Lenow! We hope to meet with them if time permits!
Hopefully we will have internet in Kiev and we will be ablet o check in as usual. Please pray for our last leg of travel…that we do not encounter flight cancellations or delays as well as Elliott’s peace and trust that he is safe with us.