Today we went to court, it was extremely scary. There was a judge, two jurors , a secretary,
a prosecutor, an inspector, our lawyer, and us. The judge and two jurors questioned us for 45 minutes without smiling even once. Everything was in Ukrainian and our lawyer had to translate. After a grueling 45 minutes we had to leave the room. While we sat outside we could hear them speaking fast and loud for another ten minutes. When we were allowed back in they told us they approved the adoption and confirmed the girls new names. Now we have a mandatory ten day waiting period before we can take the girls. During this time anybody could appeal our adoption, (orphanage, court, family) The only thing we are nervous about is the fact that another family came today from San Francisco wanting to adopt OUR GIRLS! And their big
sister. Their lawyer says they will not encourage them appealing because he knows our girls are happy!
We leave the village Sept 7th to go to the girl's birth place to get new birth certificates. (About three hours away.) After that we get to take the girls from the orphanage and then we will stay in Kharkov. There we will apply for passports. After we get passports, which could take up to two weeks, we head back to Kiev. We have more stuff to do in Kiev, but we're not sure what it is. We'll keep you posted! Check back often, Daniel will be adding pictures that have been sent by camera phone.