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We are hoping to raise enough money to bring Tanya home! You can definetly help by donating and participating in fund raising event and by inviting your friends and family members to do the same! We can do it together! We hope to hear from you soon and would like to read your comments and suggestions!

Thanks, Bahr Family

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The End is Here!!

We got Tanya's visa from the embassy yesterday. Now we are heading home tomorrow.  I won't say much here now, but we will be in Utah by midnight tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving wishes from Ukraine

We heard last night that everything is looking good for the passport, but we still need to change our tickets from November 22. to the different date. At least  with the promise that the passport might be ready at the end of the week we felt with that that we could change our flight. So finally we can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

We do apologize for the lack of updates since our apartment in Kiev does not have WIFI or even a cable connection to the Internet. We have to do everything at McDonalds and we try not to go there everyday. We would have more update and even pictures as soon as we get good connection. Please bear with us. We are almost there. We will miss Thanksgiving celebration, but decided to invite our missionaries and make close enough Thanksgiving lunch for all of us so we would remember home and appreciate it. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and our best wishes to you and your loved ones!

Monday, November 19, 2012

We have our daughter now!

Our long waiting period was over. We came back to orphanage on Thursday, November 15. We had a special Farewell in Tanay' s honor when the kids were able to sing and dance or just to share their warm feeling of love and expession of best wishes towards Tanya and our family for adopting her. We were so touched by the presentation and abundance of love that we were all crying and hugging everyone. We could not express our gratitude to the kids and teachers who gave all their best  effort to make Tanya and other kids a little bit happier at the orphanage. They are doing a great job, but we were wishing the kids to be able to find their families with whom they can be together forever. We picked Tanya next day. Our facilitator was great and able to get all our paper work done quickly so we were driving that afternoon to Donetsk to submitt everything on Tanya's passport. When that was done he also was able to get our tickets to go back to Kiev. It was totally awesome! We came back on Saturday to be again with Vira's family and wait in Kiev for Tanya's passport. We were so blessed that the Lord was providing a way for us to complete everything soon.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

10 days waiting period

This is the hardest time for us to wait 10 days after the court before we can get Tanya from the orphanage. We went back to Kiev to stay with Vira's  family. Most of the time we didn't have an Internet connection and couldn't update our blog.  We are heading back tomorrow on the train and should be able to pick her up on Friday morning.  The orphanage is going to have a going away concert for her on Thursday night. We will put more information on the blog as soon as we get back to Mariupol assuming that we are in the same apartment.  It is the only one that has wifi as far as we can tell.  We are looking at coming home on either the 29th or 30th (1 week later than we had hoped, but not too bad). We hope you are still with us and we will see you soon!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Court Day!

Well, no photos today.  I guess I was too anxious to remember to take any.

So we started out the day with a phone call from Sasha about the court telling us the procedure and how everything would work.  Well, it seemed pretty straight forward for the most part.  We were anxious already though and so we stressed a little more.

Then later on we heard that the Prosecutor was against our adoption.  Probably don't have to tell you that our little bit of stress wasn't so little at that point.  We didn't understand why she would be against it.  Some of the persons at the orphanage tried to explain it.  And Vira did her best to translate for me, but I still couldn't understand.  Anyway, after our visit to the Tanya, we went back to the apartment to prepare for the court.  And to pray pretty intensely.

At this point I should tell you that we had listened to President Monson's talk entitled "See others as they may become".  Well I was praying about the court and asked Heavenly Father what we should do.  Then I discussed it with Vira and we remembered a story where a missionary said that he would look a person in the eye and imagine them under different circumstances.  If they were the most antagonist person, he would picture that the person was receptive.  Then he was able to speak the way the spirit dictated.  We felt that was what we should do.  We should look her in the eye and picture a woman who was trying to do the best she could at her job.

When she stood up to interrogate me, I looked her in the eye and smiled and softly answered her questions directly to her and not the interpreter.  After her first question, her face softened and she became so friendly.  In fact, she only asked me two questions.  And they were very appropriate questions.

She also treated Vira with the same kindness.  I think she could really feel the spirit, especially from Vira, who spoke so eloquently that everyone in the court was deeply impressed by her.

We can't tell you how impressed everyone was with Elijah and his cheerful personality. He tried to make everyone smile even judge and after the court was over he made many people laugh by answering their questions and playing with Tanya. He was fantastic.

Well, getting down to the end.  The Judge ruled in our favor.  Tanya is our daughter.  They were unable to waive the 10 day waiting period, but we are alright with that. 

We have a new daughter!!!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Day At The Museum

Well a lot has happened since our last post.  Most importantly!  We got the paperwork from the government that we've been waiting for.  It came overnight last night and our coordinator picked it up this morning.  That means that we will be able to go to the court tomorrow.  It is scheduled for 4:00 PM Ukraine time.  Please pray for us.

Other than that it has been business as usual.  We have been seeing Tanya each time twice a day (since she was still out of school for their Fall Break).  Saturday we were able to take her to the Natural History Museum.  I don't know about you guys, but when I was a kid, I didn't really enjoy museums.  And Elijah was no different.  Actually, he was probably better than I was since I was able to show him some cool items and get his interest peaked.  Tanya, though, was amazing.  She was so excited to do something outside of the orphanage that she was super-stoked about the museum.  She loved it so much.  It was really a ton of fun watching her and Vira look at the different exhibits.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thank you so much for your messages, thoughts and prayers. We truly need it.

We were hoping to have our court yesterday, on Wednesday, but because we didn't receive our documents signed by the Ministry of Children Affairs from Kiev, so we had to re-schedule the court date for Monday.  We were all very upset. I was crying during our family prayer and was asking the Lord to help us to receive those documents by Monday. Everything is going well here.

We are safe and have been provided with all necessary things (apartment, food, driver and ext), but we still want to go home ASAP! It is so hard to wait.

Though we are blessed to be able to see Tanya every day even twice now that she has Fall break this week. We are so in love with her. She is such a kind and delightful person. Every day we are getting to know her better. She has many great qualities and attributes that we love and amazed by. Tanya is everything and more that we were dreaming for as a family. She cannot wait to come home with us. We definitely need the Lord's help and your prayers would help us.

We are hoping to get our court decision of permission to adopt Tanya on Monday.

We are also hoping to get the waiting period to be waved due to Elijah's injury of his right hand during his ice skating. He was skating with other kids from the orphanage and fell on his right hand. Because of a fracture from the pressure the doctor put his wrist in splint to protect from more pressure. He is doing well and is as cheerful as he could be, but we still want to come home as soon as possible to be able to consult with our family doctors.

Elijah and Tanya get along well together and have a lot of fun. We all have a good time and are truly blessed with so many good things including safety and protection, good Ukrainian food and wonderful people. We wish you all the best and hope to see you soon!

Yesterday we were invited to watch the children at the orphanage perform in a little sports competition among themselves.  They were divided into 3 groups, white, blue, and red.  They performed wonderfully, especially the 3 boys who led the groups, Loesha(white), Arcadi(blue), and Volva(red).  The following video is a short example of the boys in action.  I have a longer one if anyone wants to see it when we get home, but it is too large to post.

 Hopefully, we will have more stuff for you to watch soon.  Until then, we are praying for all of you.  May God be with you always.