As far as I know, Jay and Martha are the only ones still in Odessa continuing on this adoption journey. This is their latest news regarding New Year's in Ukraine:
We went to McDonald's today and heard a fellow in line ahead of us speaking flawless English. Jay said, "You speak pretty good English!"
Man: "Hey, I'm Ned (or something else) from Arizona."
Jay: "I'm Jay from New Mexico."
Ned: "We're neighbors! What are you doing in Ukraine?"
Jay: "We're adopting a couple of teenage orphans."
Ned: "Wow, that's great!"
Jay: "What are you doing in Ukraine?"
Ned: "Getting a wife."
Silence and a long pause...
Jay: "Well, good for you."
We both wondered about the most appropriate response to someone who has just said that.
Ned: "It's not as easy as it sounds. I've been here two days this time..."
Silence and long pause...
Jay: "Well then, good luck to you!" We quickly retreat.
I swear we do not make this stuff up, except for the fact that we can't remember his name so I made up a name for him! Other than that, it's all true! We truly walked away scratching our heads.
Tip of the Day - If someone comes to Ukraine and decides to make something for dinner, say spaghetti, they should NOT buy mushrooms in a jar. They should use fresh. The mushrooms in a jar are pickled mushrooms and could very likely cause the spaghetti sauce to taste pickled. Just a hint. No extra charge.