I’m not sure if “gotcha day” is when the court decree is finalized or if it is when we officially have custody of Ian. My daughter and I arrived in Kiev yesterday to find that Ian had moved to a new camp with his group several hours away and that he won’t arrive back into Kiev until Wednesday, but our court decree became finalized yesterday (Monday – also the day of my 18th year annivarsy!). So, it’s a bit disheartening to FINALLY be Ian’s legal parent and not be able to be with him. But..at least we know that Ian is an official Fisher (our 6th Fishie) and for that we are so thankful. I think it won’t sink in until he is with us! We were able to move forward with the legal process today. We got his new official birth certificate today, and tomorrow morning will apply for his new tax ID number (which I think might be his future SS #). It’s unclear to me how long we’ll have to wait for the tax ID number – possibly several days, and then we can apply for Ian’s passport! I am praying that we can get home mid-August so that there is some time at home with all of us as a family before the other fishie kids go off to school.
On another note, my daughter and I had a wonderful but short time visiting our relatives in Austria (except that our luggage got lost – one bag arrived and one is still MIA). Because we had a special type of humanitarian ticket, we could make the quick stop over for only $100 extra!) We stayed in the village where my mom grew up. It is the first time that I was there without my mom (and I was really forced to drum up my German). I missed walking the streets and walking up to town castle without her and hearing the stories about her childhood. It was quite some time since I was there last and I realized how much I want my kids to know about their heritage. I also want to keep alive Ian’s heritage for him as well. It will be more of a challenge since there is not much of a Ukrainian culture where we live, but we will try to do what we can. If any experienced adoptive parents have any suggestions on how to do this, please share.
So, off to bed. We had to leave for the Vienna airport at 2 a.m. yessterday.