|About to head to Church|
Well, I’ve got about 2.5 minutes here while 4 children are occupied with activities and one sits on my lap. We made it back safely to the States on Thursday. It was a rough 2nd trip. Very busy and exhausting, and by the time we were coming back through Kiev, I was at the end of my strength and resolve.
Running on about 1.5 hours of sleep, we started out the journey home at 3am (Kiev time) and traveled for about 22 hours to reach our front door. There was a mild freak-out moment for the kids when we made it home. But after about 30 minutes they were warming up and coming out of their shell.
It’s been so good to be home. Things are crazy, chaotic, and challenging. I’m still exhausted. And I spend every waking moment of the day putting out proverbial fires and re-directing little ones and trying to stay ahead of the game. Anton and Lena don’t know our ‘house rules’ and have to be watched all the time and corrected or re-directed. They are sleeping well, so if I could just get Carson to cooperate, we’d be doing pretty well.
We hit the ground running… arrived home Thursday evening, and Friday morning, Jeff was off to work as usual. Saturday we had a family-only birthday party for Lilly in the park, and all the kids had a blast. And Sunday, we went to our regular Sunday morning activities. The kids have been troopers.
And Google Translate stays up on our computer at all times. In fact, I was just interrupted and had to use it to help Lena understand what I was telling her.
Thank you for following our journey – but really – it’s just beginning. So I hope you all will stick around and keep praying for us. (I need it!!!)
Anton and Lena DID meet their buddy, who grew up in their orphanage and now lives 5 minutes from us. It was so precious to watch. Our friends got pictures and video, but they’re on vacation at the beach with no internet, so I promise I’ll post pictures from that when they get back into town.
Again, we still need your prayers as we are making this HUGE family transition.
God is good… and we’re taking it one day at a time…