From door to door it took 22 hours to get home yesterday. Considering the Seth, Sammy and Gloria were only one week out of an orphanage, the trip home was great. God led us home.
We arrived at the airport with what we believed to be plenty of time ... um ... maybe for one person traveling. Everything took forever; check-in, security screening, passport control. By the time we got to passport control, it was past boarding time. The passport agent was holding us up, he kept asking for more documents and Ukrainian documents .... I was like ... dude ... they are ALL Ukrainian documents ... see that Cyrillic ... US documents aren't in Cyrillic. Ok, I didn't say that, but I thought it. Before long a Lufthansa agent was at our booth ... they were now HOLDING the plane for us and she was hunting us down. Boarding was complete, except for us. She called the captain, said she found us and was trying to help get us through passport control. The agent then went to work on our behalf and helped us figure out what the passport agent wanted. They got us to the gate and outside where an empty bus was waiting to take us out to the plane. We really should have missed that flight, we were more than 20 minutes late. And the Lord protected us as we boarded the plane - there were no snide comments or evil eyes ... even from the people that had to move b/c they were in our seats.
HOME!!! There really is no place like home. Thank you God for getting us here! Praise God with us today as we are all under one roof.
The long awaited first pictures ... wow ... all nine of our children together!!!!
Please continue to pray for us. We have a long road ahead, but we know the Lord is leading us and we are ready to follow Him as our family transitions.