Saturday, January 19, 2008


These pictures may not be in perfect order but just be happy I have the time to post them! All six kids are in bed and the only ones awake are Hannah and Annette who are still so excited and who don't have jet lag!

Enjoy! It is good to be home!

(Steve and Max leaving the Internaut for the last time. As I was taking this picture, Max kept turning around and saying, "Mama! Idee Suda!" or, 'come on!')

(Maximus Stephen Eimers on his last day at the Internaut. He was very proud to be leaving and very proud of his new clothes.)

(Poor Vitali was napping when we went to pick him up. Here he is with his little fists full of cookies and candy as the ladies there got him dressed in his "going home" clothes.)

(Misha was very excited about going in the car again!)

(Stuck in DC.
Almost-Uncle Rick is a fireman and he and his friends there treated the boys to a tour of the trucks. Right after we left Rick called us and said that a guy had just come on duty who spoke Russian. Too bad we missed him!)

(Vitali on Babushka Eimers' lap in the airport before our flight was canceled.)

(Max with some of the balloons that Grandma Eimers and Aunt Laurie brought with them. When Max saw them coming he ran and wrapped his arms around Steve's mom calling out, what else? "Baboooshka!!!")

(Our little guys loved the planes. The passengers around us were smiling as the boys chattered loudly in excited Russian to each other during takeoff.)

(Vitali's new haircut. )

(Max showing off his new cut.)

(Misha was the one most changed in appearance by his hair cut. He looks like a different boy. He was so proud!)

Best of all.
The whole family together at last.
I hope to get a better photo soon but this will do for now. Pretty amazing, isn't it?


John Laurie said...

Your family looks amazing! I am so happy for you guys. God is good and it is amazing how He makes everything come together! I never post and I am proud to be the first one on this.

Melissa E. said...

I am proud of you, John!!!

Welcome to the early-posters club! I think there should be prizes for first comments, don't you?

Thanks for the compliments! It is amazing to be home!

Auntie G said...

Yes, AMAZING!! The boys just fit right in. I love all the pictures showing how happy the boys are. You are blessed and they are blessed.

Tami said...

YEA!!!! What awesome pictures!! I can't pick a favorite, although I would have to say it's probably the one of all of you together...or the one of Steve and Vitaly walking way, or the boys and their new haircuts...
See? I can't choose! :)
Welcome home!

Kristen said...

It is amazing, and so wonderful and beautiful. Our prayers now are for a smooth and blessed transition to this new family life! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

Dawn said...

YAY! w00t! Hoo-Rah! etc...
So happy for you all.
We will continue to pray for this transition.
Blessings on you.

Rachael said...

Thank God... how amazing

Anonymous said...

Home at last! It was hard to keep the tears from flowing when we saw the last pic of the whole family together! You can't send too many pix -- it makes us feel like we can already get to know them before we finally hug the boys ourselves. Loved the haircuts and the beautiful pic of father and son leaving the orphanage for the last time. You are blessed.

Love to all 8 of you!

Uncle Steve and Aunt Susan

Kim W. said...

God blesw you guys. I never post either, just a lurker, but I just had to say how profoundly beautiful your family is. It think the picture of father and son leaving for the last time could be used as a poster for any family even considering adoption from Ukraine, or anywhere for that matter. Simply stunning. I will continue to keep you in my prayers and the real work begins now. Keep the pictures coming.

John and Amy said...

Congratulations on your three newest little ones! What a great way to start the new year!

Thank you for sharing your story!

jmgrassmick said...

Congratulations Eimers!! What a journey. I bet you are exhausted. We will be praying for a great transition--I can't imagine. Hope to see you all this summer. We love you! The Grassmicks

Anonymous said...

It is great to see the entire family in front of HOME together in first family portrait. I don't think another could be 'better.'


Stange Family said...

Absolutely beautiful!
How handsome (and older) the boys look in their new haircuts!
I will continue to pray as the next phase of transition settles in.

Stange Family said...

Oh, I forgot...Melissa, you look beautiful in that last picture. Your face radiates the love that God has given you as the Mother of those six blessed children!

LynnFalk said...

Wow! So good to see all 8 of you in the same photo! What a good looking family. The boys will fit right in. I am really eager to meet them and have our boys meet them!


cara said...

I love the photos!-especially the family photo-Pleas keep blogging so we know how everyone is doing! Cara Norby in SD

Mark and Courtney said...

Welcome home! We just adopted two boys ages 4 and 5 from the Donetsk region in December, so we're right there with you in the transitions! Keep us posted on how everything is going. :) :)

BethPie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! The pictures are great and we're soooooo happy for you!! :o)

Major Mom said...

Just found your blog from Beth's Walk by Faith. Beautiful homecoming!

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Major Mom said...

Just found your blog from Beth's Walk by Faith. Beautiful homecoming!

christie said...

Great photos! Love the firestation one. congratulations, everybody looks great.

Margarita Powell said...

Hello Melissa , Steve and the whole family!!

I am so happy for you!. We can wait to go an visit you. All your kids (boys and girls), are so beautiful.
Wish you the best.

Margarita Powell said...

Sorry is Can NOT wait. :)

MamaPoRuski said...

Welcome Home! We will be praying for your adjustment, jet lag and initial bonding time. Don't forget to REST as much as possible!

Mrs. Greg Green said...

Just absolutely glorious! I am so, so thrilled for you. Thank you for listening to the Lord and bringing these kids into your home! In the photo, they look like they've been with you forever!

Karen said...

I just found your blog and am in awe of your beautiful family. It takes a huge heart to adopt—and three little boys all at once—wow. My husband and I adopted our 6-year-old son from Kazakhstan this past April and we're going through some regressive behavior right now. (This too shall pass.) I can't wait to follow your story as you face many of the same challenges (and successes) as we will.

God bless your family,
Karen, Bob and Garrett (adopted from Uralsk, Kaz)