Okay, I am going to spare everyone all the details in length because I had MAJOR problems trying to leave Ukraine at the border. In short, my VISA was expired which wasn’t supposed to be a problem but turned out to be and the result was a fine. This would not have been such a major deal if…1. the price of the fine wouldn’t have majorly fluctuated (yes, exactly what you are thinking), 2. the Ukrainian customs control computer and scanner would have been working, 3. the guards would have had some sense of the expediency of my situation and not lolligagged until I almost missed my flight, 4. the banks that I should have paid my fine at would have accepted my payment for the fine, 5. the customs control officers would have admitted the problem and been flexible, 6. the guards actually knew exactly what they were fining me for.
I also would not have made it home if….1)I reached across the border control and took a swing at the heartless officer who was giving me all the trouble in the first place (I was close), 2) it had not been for an Air France employee who took my side the last 10 minutes of the whole ordeal and ended up convincing the guards to allow him to pay on my behalf later (I gave him the money and then ran to catch my flight).
But alas, I am home and the baby is not yet here! Amen. Thank you all so much for your prayers through this crazy week of my life. We will keep you updated with this baby!