Sunday, January 17, 2010

We Have Our Kids!!!

Today we got our kids! We went to the orphanage at about 5:30 expecting a big send off for the kids. What was I thinking? We walked in the door, gave them our clothes to change the kids in to while we waiting in the lobby. They brought the kids out and hardly even said goodbye to them. We had gifts for the caregivers which they thanked us for, but there was very little emotion shown by them as the kids walked out the door. Were they happy that they were being adopted??? Were they relieved???? Were they sad???? Oh well, one thing I know for sure is that we were elated! They looked so adorable in their little snowsuits.... you know the kind that are so puffy that they can hardly move their arms or legs.

We took them back to the apartment and immediately Skyped Leah so that she could be part of their first day with us. We fed them dinner which was an adventure. It's been so long since I've fed a baby, let alone 3 at once. Food was all over the place, but Elijah and Vanessa ate great. Elisa hardly ate a bite that she didn't spit out or throw across the room. We never got the orphanage to tell us what they ate, so this is all trial and error for us. Tonight was all error with Elisa, but it will get better.

Right now, it's 11:30pm and we're on the train to Kiev. Brittany and Vanessa are asleep already, but the rest of us are wide awake. Elijah and Elisa are just looking around trying to take it all in...... and so are we.... our first night with the kids! We will have medical appointments tomorrow and them go to the Embassy for Visas on Tuesday. We are praying that all goes smoothly and we get to come home as planned on Wednesday. The only glitch so far is that Vanessa's birthday is different on her birth certificate than we were told. The only problem with that is that some of the paperwork has already been filled out with the old date and was signed by Leah. I'm sure this is common and we can simply make the correction, but it still concerns me a bit.

Anyway, I need to get back to enjoying my new kiddos. I hope we get some sleep tonight, but if not, at least I'm with my kids!


  1. Congratulations! Praying everything goes smoothly from here on out for all of you!

  2. I am SOOOO excited for you guys!!!!! Yay!! God is SOOOO good!!!! YAY YAY YAY!!!!

    --Kellie Lipe

  3. Congratulations!!! Sitting here crying all over your blog... I was at home while my husband experienced "Gotcha Day" with our son and walked through those VERY same doors. My heart rejoices for your family tonight. May God RICHLY bless each of you!!!

    Still praying you home...

  4. Congrats on finally having your babies in your arms for good!

  5. What a wonderful day!!! I am so glad you have them in your care!! We can't wait to see you guys!! Praying for a speedy next few days for you!!

  6. Yeah!! We're so happy that you finally have your babies...its a wonderful feeling and reality that they are yours now. We continue to pray for you as you bring them home.