We are home from what turned out to be a really wonderful trip. As I sort through photos, I hope to post a bunch more. Thank you to everyone who was praying!
We have been getting questions about the visa and residency process here, so I'll try to explain a little. Americans can visit Ukraine for up to 90 days without visas. However, if we want to live here, we have to have residency. That means getting a short term entry visa outside Ukraine and then applying for residency back in the country. Then, with temporary residency like we have had, we renew every year in Ukraine... if we get all the right documents in on time and they don't change their holiday work schedule, like they did this year. We've renewed for seven or eight years before this without any problem.
So, now that we're back, we will get all our documents together again and go apply for residency. Getting visas was just the first step.
Also, we came back to this:
School quarantine! Flu and cold season reached the official threshold to close schools. Music school is closed for all group lessons. Individual lessons are still available, if the student is healthy and the parents aren't afraid. Our art school is private, and they're choosing to stay open. It will actually be nice to have a little bit of a chance to catch up on our homeschooling, as our kids stay home from group classes and rehearsals. Although we'll still send everyone to individual lessons.