We called the girls yesterday morning. Our wonderful neighbors who have been translating during our phone calls come every time we call at 9 in the morning. This time our friend, Brenda, who opened our eyes to helping orphans, also came over with a 15 year old Ukrainian boy she is hosting for Christmas. He would help with the translating as our neighbors have a hard time understanding everything. We in particular wanted to ask the girls about their two younger sisters who we thought weren't alive anymore according to what we thought the girls had told us previously.
We called and were told that the girls were in class. It is 6 pm for them, so that seemed odd. We were told to call back 1/2 hour later. We decided to play a game while waiting which turned out to be really fun. Our kids joined us, our neighbors, Brenda and her host son in a lively game of spoons. I've got to bring that game to Ukraine to play at the boarding school (the girls' orphanage).
A half hour went by and we called again. We were able to reach the girls. We skype to a landline in Ukraine. I love it because we can all hear the girls over speakers and we can all talk to them. Our translating neighbors were glad to find that Brenda's host son, a really nice kid, couldn't understand everything the girls say too. They haven't lost as much of their Russian as they'd thought! We were able to learn from the girls that as far as they know, their sisters are alive in in a different institution. They haven't heard anything about them since they were separated when Lyuba was 6.
I have talked to our facilitator about this and the Ukrainian facilitator will be looking into whether or not we will have to adopt all five at once. Not knowing is becoming hard on me. But I have faith that things will turn out how they are supposed to.