|Bonding at it's best - Daddy style.|
|Mom's slightly-less-active style of bonding.|
Today is day 5. The fifth day of the 10 day waiting period after court. It's hard to believe it's only been that long. The days are long, and that was before Adam left. Now the days are longer. They are good, but they come with new challenges for me now. I have to be brave and navigate grocery stores alone while being followed by walkie-talkie carrying security, walk alone to and from the apartment down dark, stinky corridors and stairs, and (saddest for the kids) show up alone at the orphanage now that Dad is back in America. The irony of this time makes me laugh. I am now a mother to four children, not one of whom I am caring for at this time. Instead, here I sit in an apartment in a very foreign (like, more foreign than Mexico or Switzerland) wondering what to do with my time. I think it's reasonable to assume that this is the first, last and only time I will be looking for things to do to pass the time.
In the past couple of days I've explored new territory and I cannot get enough of this weather. And the trees and tulips...they are in incredible!
|Blessed to be here in the Spring.|
|If I could just take a tree-lined boulevard or two home with me.|
|Gorgeous daily sunrises.|
|St. Michael's Cathedral - Orthodox style.|
I probably shouldn't have been smiling, but clearly I couldn't
contain my excitement at wearing a head covering and apron.
Before Adam left Ukraine, he had to sign some paperwork at the US Embassy. His appointment was at 2pm in the afternoon and since most flights home leave early in the morning he got to experience a stay at the Borispyl Airport Hotel. We were able to Skype with him from the orphanage.
|Making Dad laugh with their goofy faces.|
|A good reason to love technology - the connections that happen because of it.|
Back on the home front, the girls have been doing well with Grandma and Grandpa. I have received many photos of smiling happy children. Each morning I look forward to the pictures from Grandma documenting their day.
The best text I have yet to receive though was this one from Grandma:
Before I forget, last night at dinner Charlee and Andee were talking about how they didn't like boys and Charlee stops and says, "We're going to have to try to like boys now because Max is coming home and he's a boy... he's our brother."Melt my heart!
|Mummifying each other...|
|3 of my favorite girls.|
|Even Grandpa gets in on the homework action.|