Monday, July 12, 2010

Home

We are home at last and getting caught up on rest, laundry, hugs, scheduling, playdates and kisses. Man that trip home was brutal! Makes one glad to not have been a passenger on the Mayflower or in a covered wagon!

Here is how we were greeted at the airport.....Can we say AAAWWWWWW! (This one was posed by the way. The real one contained a lot more hugging and kissing. OK and a little crying too.)

My niece Evi and nephew Sebastian. hee hee

The kids were separated while we were away, Ava with my sister and her teachers, and the 4 others with grandparents in Mexico. 
We owe our gratitude to so many people. We never would have been able to pull off this adoption had it not been for Opa and Oma, Juan and Marlita, Buddy and Danielle, Kimberly and Cameron, Brooke and Brent, Alana, who took shifts watching our kids (oh, and Becca too). 

And last but not least Kasey Marrs, our very dear friend who kept all of our animals alive, collected the mail, and even mowed our monstrous yard. We are truly and deeply grateful to all of you who sacrificed your time and efforts so that two children could finally know the love of a family.

Thank you!!!!


I got an email from Sherry White, who is still visiting her kids at 'our' orphanage every day. She sent me this picture and this email, titled "Zoya!" :
Look what she had on her head yesterday! She was totally rocking your scarf as a Ukrainian hair bow! :) They walked by and I pointed to my head and said she was beautiful like Mama, and she did this little runway strut and gave her shoulders a little cha-cha. Even the nanny laughed and repeated the little cha-cha! :) It was priceless!


This sure made me smile and I thought maybe you would too.



25 comments:

Kristin Ferguson said...

Welcome home!!! I know you are SO excited to be reunited with your kiddos. What a long haul! Can't wait to see the Gotcha Post when you go back for your other 2! Praise God!!!

Kristin

Rachel said...

so cute with her scarf! glad you made it home safely. your journey to your kiddos has touched my heart. thank you for sharing.

Jo's Corner said...

So Happy that you made it home! The picture of your 2 little girls is just Darling! And, Miss Zoya with that Big Ol' Bow! She is a Hoot and I can hardly wait to see how He will use her in this new life! And, to see her grow and fill out! ALL of your kiddoes are Precious! Blessings ~ Jo

traceylynndel said...

Welcome Home! I have heard it said that the bigger the bow on the girl's head the more she is loved. Look how loved Zoya is!

Arizona mom to eight said...

Welcome home Urbans, I know you are counting the days before you can return and get your precious son and daughter.

Christine said...

How adorable! So glad to hear you made it home safe and sound.

Anonymous said...

One Urban boy likes to dress up: for piano recitals and home comings apparently. Very nice!

Love the picture of the girls AND the big bow!!!

Welcome home!

Jan

Gretchen said...

Soooo close. Welcome home! You will have your two sweeties very soon. I can't wait for you....bow and all!

Have that hose ready! (for playing of course!)

the Gower Fam said...

How precious! love the Ukrainian hairbow :) So glad you all made it home safely & the countdown begins for your return to bring them home!

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful post! Welcome home!! I am so happy for you. I can't wait for you to be able to go back and bring Joseph and Zoya home. What a beautiful family :) I love the picture of Zoya with that sweet scarf - I mean hair bow!

Cammie Heflin said...

So happy you are home with all of those awesome kiddos!

Tim Rovenstine said...

Glad you included Kasey Marrs. He had the largest load.

Amy L said...

You have the most precious kids including your two newest additions! I love their signs and their smiles. I can't wait to see Joseph running around your house, you are in for a wild ride with that little guy! Trust me, I have three and there is no such words as boring or quiet around here! Zoya is just an angel, every time I see her picture it makes my heart smile!
Amy

Julie said...

Welcome home! And the scarf is just too precious!

thedickinsonfamily said...

You are blessed to have such a wonderful, supportive network. It was great to see your kiddos anxiously awaiting your arrival. The picture of Zoya with the bow is precious. She has such a fun personality. Can't wait to meet her myself & Joseph too. Enjoy your time together as a family. What a wonderful gift(s) you've been given.
Blessings!

Delahne said...

Yay! Glad you're home, and looking for your next posting. You'll have to keep it up now that you're home, what else am i going to look forward to everyday? The picture of Hope and Ava is precious to say the least.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kids...and I'm so glad you made it home safely. What a journey!
Someday this will all be an event in the lives of the Urbans to look back on very fondly. I know your family is so glad to have you home, and to soon meet the two newbies.
Bless their hearts..beautiful like her mama...how precious is that.
Love you
Aunt Sharon

Anonymous said...

Hi Kids...and I'm so glad you made it home safely. What a journey!
Someday this will all be an event in the lives of the Urbans to look back on very fondly. I know your family is so glad to have you home, and to soon meet the two newbies.
Bless their hearts..beautiful like her mama...how precious is that.
Love you
Aunt Sharon

Tommy's mommy said...

We have enjoyed all your posts but especially this one where you are home safe AND have two additions nearly home too. Congrats!

LOVED the scarf story!

We are much closer to starting an adoption journey ourselves :)

Stefanie and Bill said...

Welcome home! Ukrainian adoption is not for the faint of heart and the Region that you are in, has got to be one of the WORST as far as red tape and speed. By Ukrainian standards, the bigger the bow in the girl's hair, the more she is cared for and loved! She is a hoot!

Deb D. said...

What a cheerful welcome home! How precious. And I have to say I am amazed at how strong Ava looks!

When I saw the photo of Zoya, I thought, "Oh, won't she have a ball at the next Lighthouse Mother/Daughter tea!". She is all girl! What a hoot!

Robin said...

I don't know what made me cry more; the look on Leisel's face in that first picture or the look on Ava's face in the second one! The fact that Zoya is attached to that scarf is fighting for a place in there though.

Evi's sign and Zoya's bow & runway strut made me LAUGH!

jennifer... said...

Home again, home again, jiggity-jig!

Can't wait to see all SEVEN of them together soon.:)

Janell & Kenny said...

precious!

Maria and Family said...

how cute is she ?? Love the bow :) cant wait until you are home with ALL the urbans ;)