After a long week of learning patience, Mary and I had our second appointment at the SDA today! With some experience under our belts, this appointment went much better than the first appointment and I kept much better track of our time. After looking through several files we found two good possibilities and, after some discussion of the two options, made a selection. We requested an official referral to visit with some children in Kharkov, a city to the north and east of Kiev. There are three children in this sibling group. Two girls (ages 10 and 11) and one boy (age 12). We feel really good about this opportunity. We should receive the official paperwork tomorrow and travel to Kharkov on Thursday. To say that we are excited would be a little bit of an understatement. It feels great to get past waiting and move forward again on this journey. We are looking forward to meeting these kids!
In front of the SDA office.
This evening, we decided to enjoy dinner at the restaurant "Richelieu". We pass this restaurant each Sunday when walking to church in Kiev and, with my fascination for European history, I talked Mary into eating there this evening. They served a mixture of French and American food. It was quite good. I couldn't resist getting a picture in front of the Richelieu portrait hanging in the restaurant.
On our walk home, we passed the main building of Shevchenko University. The building is painted red but they also light it up with red at night. All that red associated with a university is just wrong for a BYU fan but works out just fine for the Ute in the family.
We finished our day talking with our sons back in Virginia. Their support has been simply amazing and we are grateful for such great kids! I pray that we will be able to successfully complete this journey and see them soon!