"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day Six.....

Day Six started with a flurry of activity to get ready for some very special visitors...the Social Worker and Center Psychologist came by at 9:00 a.m. for an official visit.

They brought Nathan some pretzel sticks and chocolate. After visiting a bit, the pyschologist (a pretty young woman)asked where is "Mama" and he pointed to me!!! And where is "Tata"? And he pointed to Kevin. As usual, Kevin was being his funny self and then suddenly stood up and said, "Well, thanks for stopping by...." They caught the joke, but only stayed for a few more minutes anyways. And, they said things were going so well that they are done with the official visits to our hotel.

Later, we heard from our facilitator's nephew Dushan, who is staying here at the hotel with us, that they got great news that the reports are all done and they are now just waiting for the Minister's signature. Once we get that signature, then we can proceed with the Adoption Ceremony and final paperwork... Yay!
Will you pray that the Minister signs soon? This will allow Jasmina our facilitator and our SW ample time to get everything in order to finalize the adoption.

The rest of the day was very lazy. After the meeting this morning, we had brunch up in our room (what a great plus this is as it is included in the room cost) and then we bundled up Nathan and went for a little walk around the neighborhood. Kevin just loves the old buildings and quaint neighborhood shops; he says it reminds him of a set from his high school theater days.

Nathan was tuckered out after the walk. So he and Kevin took a long afternoon nap. It was a good day to take a nap as it was raining and then snowing all day.

After nap time, we headed off to nice mall so that Nathan could play and walk again.This is the name of the play place....not sure what it means other than it is describing what Kevin and I will look like if we keep eating all this great Serbian food! :) Oh, and they have wonderful coffee drinks and ice cream at the Lumpi....
When we got back, I tried to wash clothes in the tub, but Nathan insisted on having a bath. We are in a very nice room which has a jacuzzi bathtub...I once again added too many bubbles.....
While Nathan and I stayed back in the hotel room, Kevin and Dushan went out to a favorite local food joint and then brought us some yummy food. Not sure what it was....a hamburger with cheese and ham inside wrapped in a pita-like bread. And, this wonderful salad I have had three days in a row....I can't remember the name but it has tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and is topped with white shredded cheese.

Nathan had french fries :)

As I type this, Nathan is sound asleep.Kevin and Dushan went down to the hotel restaurant to visit...continuing a long, very interesting conversation about the war in the Balkans.

All in all, a very good day! Chow! (meaning goodbye, not eat... HA HA)


  1. LOVE IT!!! I think that salad you are referring to is just called Serbian salad. I loved it too! :) Enjoying the updates!

  2. Looks like fun! That is so neat that Nathan pointed at you and Kevin as Mama and Tata!!! All the food sounds yummy! I love the picture of Nathan on the couch!! So fun skyping with you yesterday!!!

  3. The process really is so different than in Ukraine. While I don't love the mandatory 10 day wait, I also can't imagine taking custody of a child the very first day you meet them! We are praying for a quick signature from the Minister, so you all can get home quickly.

    You're too funny about Lumpi! And as for too many bubbles, Nathan looks like he doesn't believe there is such a thing! You all look incredibly happy together, and I pray the day will be soon when you'll have ALL of your family under one roof!

  4. So exciting to read the updates! We are fervently praying for you and the paperwork process! It was so nice to see your other kids in church...some pretty neat kids that have some amazing parents!! Maria Olson

  5. Tell Dushan that Bill and Missy say hi!! I know what you mean about that salad. We had it the first night at our hotel (Jasmina ordered for us) but we didn't know what it was called and never figured out how to order it again. :( Your boy is gorgeous and looks SOOOOOOO happy! And I agree...he doesn't seem to be complaining about too many bubbles. :)

  6. Well he just couldn't get any cuter!! What a treasure. I am so thrilled for your family and I just can't wait to find out his name.