Tuesday, March 20, 2012

To Krakow and Back

The Florian Gate in the old city center

We made a quick-in, quick-out trip to Krakow, Poland last week for new visas. Despite moist, cool weather the whole time we were there, we had a good time and were able to accomplish what we set out to do! (We missed the 60-degree, sunshiny days by only 1 day. Oh well.)

I really enjoyed having a break from my usual mothering responsibilities, and it was fun to spend time together as a team. I had great hopes for posting to the blog while we were there, but the trip proved to be really fast and busy! Since I got back, it's been lots of rest, and lots of laundry. :)

Hanging with Denise on the night of our arrival! 

We did a lot of walking! One of my favorite stops is pictured in the background. ;)

Stopping for lunch at an Indian restaurant while waiting for our visas to be processed.

Visas! No one can understand our happiness who hasn't been through this process. BTW, this is
our wonderful team, minus Nathan and Katelin, who are back in U.S. right now.

With recent changes in immigration policy, staying long-term in Ukraine has become more and more of a challenge. It is doable, but the process can be confusing and full of obstacles. With the help of a wonderful lawyer friend and our local Ukrainian church, plus a lot of hard work and planning on Joshua's part, we were able to get our letter of invitation and other documents for obtaining the above visas. However, these visas are only valid for 45 days. In this limited time frame, we now have to apply with local government offices for extended registration in the country. This will allow us a one-year stay, with the potential for a second year extension. So far, God has made our way smooth and we believe He will help us through the remaining steps.

Thanks to everyone who has been praying for us! We have seen God's hand leading us through this whole process. The children also did wonderfully back in L'viv with their caregivers.


  1. Yes, too bad about the weather! It was incredibly beautiful while we were there. I'm glad you had a good and successful trip, though.

    1. Thanks, Phyllis! I was just reading about your trip as well. Looks like you guys had a great time! (And getting visas is a big plus. ;) ) At least we're starting to get some warm temps in UKraine now! I'm not sure how it is your way, but we've had nice weather here.


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