Monday, November 16, 2009


Well, I thought my husband would be happy that my brother decided to help pay for my daughters to go, but he still thinks that taking them is not a good idea.
He thinks that they will be fine here, and that they will learn from it as well. I do think he is right , but I also know that they will never have this experience again.
My husband first concern is that everyone has said that the cars are so small there and that me, My husband and 3 kids will not fit into one car.
I have not been there, so I really don't know. If anyone reading this has been there, and knows more about this, would you please respond and tell us if taking them all would be worse for traveling??
I was so excited about taking them, but now I'm back where I started. Feeling sick to my stomach about leaving them behind.
Please pray that My husband comes around to wanting them to go as well. I know if its not meant to be, its just not.
Thanks so much in advance for your advice, Leah


  1. Oh, Leah, I'm so sorry!! What an emotional roller coaster for you this is!!! As far as sitting all of you in a car, you can do it. Just expect to have one of the kids on your lap - seatbelts are optional there, and most people just go with the flow and don't worry about it. You'll squoosh in. If the girls are young, then it might be more of a pain to take them, and they wouldn't really get much out of the trip, if they are older, squooshing will be harder, but they will be more appreciative of the trip and be easier to have around.

    Just some thoughts - you'll end up doing the right thing! :o)

  2. I can only speak about Russia (however I think the cars where you are headed are similar), the cars are small. You will never fit five people, plus a driver, in a car. At least in most the cars you see driving around, there is no way. You'd have to see about hiring two drivers, especially for when you are going to and from the airport. I agree it would be a great experience, however you are also bringing several kids home, so not having all the extra ones there might help. And it will give the new kids more time to bond with you one on one before hitting the home life. :)

  3. Leah, in Kyiv the cars are the same size, brand, style as American cars. We have ridden in very nice taxis here and some have been SUVs and vans. You can request a larger car when you call for the taxi in Kyiv, not sure about anywhere else. We easily fit three adults and two kids in cars all the time and we have fit four adults and two kids and three adults and three kids more than once in a regular five person car. It is not that difficult. You just hold your kids in your lap (in the backseat of course!)

  4. Hi Leah,
    We took our 2 children 11 and 12 and I thought it was a great experience for them. My 11 year old is mature but we made sure to bring his gameboy and a couple of chapter books. My 12 year old has this new adventure side to her and still talks about traveling to Europe when she is older. In Kiev we had a large SUV but in Dneproptrosk it was a smaller car and a couple of times we did have to have one of them sit on our laps.