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FC: UKRAINE

1: Nastia and Benji

2: Nastia's Class

5: Mike Falvo...he and his family adopted Sasha and "Benji"...both were Nastia's boyfriends! They now live in Florida!

6: We are getting ready! We stayed at a motel with ducks that walked through the lobby! This was my first long distance air flight! We are so very excited to have two new girls added to our family!

7: The USO... treated us so great! | Such a great crew! It helped make our trip! | This is where the ducks stayed and played!

8: Airport... waiting patiently... | Writing letters to the brothers and sister... | Still writing...it passes the time while we are waiting for you!

9: Daddy carrying tiger...he went with us everywhere it reminded us of the kids at home...we miss them so very much!

10: This is our first sights in Ukraine...even though we didn't eat at McDonald's...it was nice seeing the familiar sign.

13: Finally...we have internet. We now have access to our friends and family... | Our apartment in Kiev... such a nice place...

15: This was in our room...the posters are in the bathroom...covering up huge holes in the wall..the water tank was over the toliet...this is the double door...leading outside.

16: The beds were very comfortable... even the girls had a comfy bed.

17: Our view from the apartment | Everybody parked on the sidewalk... | ...another view from the porch.

18: This is downtown Kiev. We had such fun touring around...especially the underground mall! The traffic was so bad! NO ONE could drive! We walked everywhere!

19: Every place we stayed had a water purifier. We had to heat the water before it was safe to drink.

20: This is a church right outside the government building...SDA driveway came right in front of the church! | We had a beautiful view while waiting on our turn to go inside...

21: This was the outside of the SDA building... There were also random statues throughout town on the sidewalks. So many beautiful things to see!

23: This was our favorite restaurant! It was like a Ukrainian K & W! We ate there as many times as we could! We got to experience true Ukrainian style there! Plus, it was very cheap and very delicious!

24: Dinner with other adoptive families... | Eating with our new friends! | Glad to have others to share in our experience!

25: Dreaming.... | This was the experience of a lifetime...we got to spend three weeks in the Ukraine...and we took full advantage of all our time there...

26: Many of the sites we were able to visit...

27: Waiting patiently at the SDA...so many futures are created here...by the stroke of a pen...a child can have a future with a wonderful family...however, patience grows very thin here...the waiting is terrible...my heart ached the whole time we were here...the waiting absolutely killed us...but then...we were handed our paperwork...and we could finally breathe...

28: Beautiful front of the church in front of SDA...

29: Signing papers, saying goodbye to other families...and off to the train station...

32: Our Katherina Isabella Noor...it was love at first sight...I loved her so very much...Katya...will eventually love me as much...she was so beautiful...and such a good girl!

33: Hmmm...what to do now??? | Katya is so smart! | Coloring was good for both of us! | She liked it and it gave us something to do!

35: Notice the arms... | it will be a while before she will wrap them around us... | She loves nose kisses... | but still won't love up on us...for now...

36: My first time holding Katya...I cried like a baby! | She felt so great!

37: Nastia...such a different experience! She was always wide open! LOVED hugging...

38: So many things to experience... | Such a good girl... deprived of so much...but that will soon change!

39: LOVE!

40: Nastia "reading" | Hugging and loving! | Nastia loves her books...

41: Nastia LOVES her Papa! Nastia runs up and hugs...but has her mind set on exactly what she wants! | Even in Ukraine...Joey will find the ambulance...

43: Katya loved her ball! We would play with that during our visits! She would run and giggle...and gesture for more playing! That would be our greatest game!

44: Katya in her room...this is the outside hall...where the coats are kept... | We had such fun!

45: This is Katya playing with her ball! All the other kids would love watching us...they would love to hug and love on Joey and I every time we walked in...

46: Papa being silly! | Papa! | Katya looking at her book... | "reading" each page!

47: Papa with the ball...Katya had so much fun playing...

48: Momma reading to Katya...we are looking through her picture book. I am telling her all the names of her brothers and sister...

49: Hoorrah!!! Ball time!

50: Look at me... | I have my ball... | Wheeee!!!!

51: Hehehehe...Momma and the ball...shameless trick to get Katya to come to me... | Bubbles!

52: Anastasia Mishka VanDyck | Nastia is such a fantastic girl!

56: Nastia spent a lot of time in this building...she would always end up here...just when it was time to go in...she was NOT a happy girl when it was time for us to leave...

57: This is Katya's locker...this is the room we played in...the schedule is on the wall...this place is very routine oriented...

58: This is the schedule for the day... this is also the view of the play ground...

60: Katya Isabella Noor VanDyck | Kind of shy, but really a good girl!

61: Momma and Papa loving Katya! | Forced...but at least I got a hug!

62: ...with a serving type spoon! | Nastia eating pudding... | But...not a drop was left!

63: All done...ready for more!!!

64: Playing with Nastia...sometimes hard, but always wonderful being with her!

65: Getting ready to go outside... | Gotta make sure the coat is on before we go out...in fact...there are so many layers...she was sweating before we even got outside!

68: This is the top of the church right outside the play ground! Such a beautiful place! | Swinging... concentrating so hard!

71: This was the pool for their summer play...Nastia LOVED climbing high on the bars...gave Papa a run for his money!

72: Always playing! The girls loved playing on this... | Papa would spin them!!!

73: Katya...and her purple medicine for her face...she had tiny little bumps all over her...this was supposed to make it better...

74: Papa being silly... AGAIN! | Katya with her picture books... | She loves them so much!

76: Momma and Katya playing...reading of course! | Papa and Katya posing...such cuties they are!

77: Momma and Katya looking through the picture book...and playing ball...her favorite things!

78: I loved seeing her smile...It was hard, but she eventually starting showing her smile more and more to us!

83: This is the church we stayed at... | Mass daily...such beauty surrounding us...

84: The stations of the cross...this is around the perimeter of the church...

85: This made it easy to keep up with daily prayer...

90: These are pictures of the area...we got to visit between visits with the girls...

92: Dnepr hydropower station | Dam to the station...

93: Museum of the Cossack's...

96: At the museum...and, yes, I went up and down the big hill...I didn't even roll!

103: Of course, Papa loved all the guns...

106: We spent the whole day here...I had so much fun!

108: Loved all the crosses!

111: These were breath taking...

112: The one of the "boy" looked so lifelike...It was fantastic!

115: Seeing all of the old armor...and money...just took you back to that time...

116: Wow...old canoes...but still in great shape!

118: Great times with Father Andrew...

119: Totems at the museum...

122: Very nice... completely breath taking... | This is actually in the chapel...Joey took pictures for me... | This is looking up into the chapel...

124: Love these goofie pictures! | Joey and Father Andrew having LOTS of FUN!!!

126: Just beautiful at sunset...

128: Such a beautiful sky!

129: Even at 500 kph...everything was fantastic! I loved getting to site see!

130: Katya loves bubbles!

131: They had such a great time with these! So many bubbles blowing around!

133: This was one of the first times they were allowed together...they had a good time...only a little competition...they didn't understand they were almost sisters!

134: Katya trying to find the prizes!!!

135: Katya still trying to find prizes! Nastia having fun!!!

140: Nastia working hard!

141: Soon child you all will be home... | In Florida...

142: Nastia's boyfriend | Painting...trying NOT to get one drop on her fingers... | ...now in Florida...

143: Miss Priss painting! All of her friends from her class...

144: Nastia loves playing ball, too!

145: Such a cutie...I wanted to bring him home, too...

146: Play time! | We got in more trouble for playing too loud!

147: But, of course, that didn't stop Joey!

148: Such beauties...always looking and watching us play together.. | Running... | tickling... | ...and loving!

149: Kissing... | having fun... | and... | flipping!

150: Beautiful lips... | Trying to kiss...

151: Always playing and having fun!

152: Starting to cuddle... | ...and play...

155: Fun time at the church...eating hamburgers for the first time!

156: Father Andrew...and Andrew, the carpenter. | ...and Rita!

158: Happy Birthday to Joey!!!!

159: Always soldiers to pray for... | no matter what city, state, or country...

161: Joey loved this...learning about military from the Ukraine...

164: Yummy!!!! Father Andrew's birthday breakfast!

167: Joey's favorite pears!

168: My Katya and Nastia | I love you, both!

169: Nastia... | Getting more beautiful as every day goes by...

170: This is my dear Nastia's "profile" Picture... The arms on the hips...that is what I fell in love with first!

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