Monday, February 20, 2012

We're Back!!!

After 30 hours of travel, Matt and I are finally back in Kremenchuk, Ukraine. It's almost midnight here, but I wanted to let you all know we made it here safely.

We had some crazy turbulence on one of our flights that made Matt and I both nauseated for the rest of our trip, and we usually don't get plane sick. But that same flight (Washington Dulles to Munich) was such an empty flight that almost every passenger was able to stretch out across 2-3 seats, which made the 8 hour flight more comfortable (minus the turbulence).

We had a 4 hour layover in Munich, so we decided to rent this really cool nap cab! It had a bed inside with relaxing music. We only rented it for an hour, but it was so worth it (although I still felt like I was bouncing around on a turbulent plane!). :-)

The 4-hour car ride from Kiev to Kremenchuk always feels risky. We are far too familiar with brief escapes from head-on collisions with 18-wheelers while our tiny car tries to pass other 18-wheelers in the ice and snow. We bottom out a lot hitting pot holes at 60mph, and we often slide on the ice, sometimes swerving off the road. It's alway a relief to arrive safely and step out of the Ukrainian NASCAR race!

Tomorrow will be a day of paperwork as we begin the final steps to bringing our boys home. We don't think we'll be able to visit the boys because we'll be completing required tasks all day, but if we get done in time, we'll definitely head over to the orphanage to hug on our lil men whom we miss dearly!

Please keep all of us in your prayers. Sawyer (our 11yo) developed 102F fever shortly after we left Sunday, and Selah decided to party all night Sunday night (which means Mattie and Meribeth are exhausted). Ella melts down regularly when we're away, and Asher really needs the consistency of our normal routine. Oh, and I strained a muscle in my shoulder. No doubt Satan continues to throw fiery darts the closer we get to rescuing our boys, but we cling to our Hero, as this battle is His, and He is mighty to save, our Protector and Provider. Praise Him!!!

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