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Day of decision!

May 8, 2009

Finally after 15 months, numerous documents notarized, apostilled, translated into Ukrainian, then notarized in Ukraine, submitted to government, redoing some of the documents because of some technicalities, meeting with a lawyer, paying court fees and an hour in the courtroom with the judge – the decision has been announced that Sergei and Valera are part of the Kuenzli family. Well, at least in 10 more days as Ukraine requires a 10 day waiting period before it’s all signed sealed and delivered.

Now you may be asking – it that the end? Nope! After the 10 days are over we begin the task of getting new Ukrainian documents with their new names. Which by the way are – Will Peterson and James Peterson Kuenzli. On 19 May we’ll start getting their new birth certificates, tax IDs, and then medical exams (required by the US govt), Ukrainian passports and finally the all important US visa. That should be all finished by 29 May, if all goes as we have planned.

Probably the best part of this whole thing was when Sergei (Will) asked me as the judge was reading the official court decree in its entirety – “if the judge says yes, does that mean we now have a Mom and Dad?” When I told him yes he got a HUGE smile on his face. There was absolutely no doubting what he wanted the outcome to be!

Please continue to pray as we finish the documents and as the boys begin transitioning! Thanks!!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah Beth Earnhart permalink
    May 12, 2009 6:51 pm

    Hello there! My name is Sarah Beth and I’m an MK in Peru! I came across your blog today and I was wondering if it would be ok with you if I added your blog to my blog. See, I have a blog for MKs and I’m added other missionaries blogs that way other ppl can see what God is doing in your field through your ministry.

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    Smiling for Jesus,
    Sarah Beth

  2. June 23, 2009 3:39 am

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