Saturday, January 17, 2009

One year ago today...

...We were sitting on a plane with three very nicely behaved boys leaving Kiev and heading to our connecting flight in Austria.

We landed in Austria and it was all downhill from there. Misha was especially troublesome. He thought it was funny to run away so we would have to chase him. He ate a piece of gum that he found stuck to a garbage can; told us where to go and how to get there, and that sort of thing. There, he was the worst, but they all were naughty!

After that we were on a plane for nine hours held hostage by three terribly behaved little boys! People looked at us wondering about our parenting skills. Most people who found out that the boys had been in an orphanage only days before melted their annoyed expressions and offered help. We are very thankful to the nice man on the plane that Misha kept waking up and waving to, to the lady in the Austrian airport who gave him a piece of gum that did NOT come off the garbage can, to the families with small children who read books to Misha and to the Romanian Grandmother from Cleveland who rocked Vitali to sleep after seven hours of him mostly crying! We even thank the thoughtful airline which installed seatback televisions and remotes so that Max could play with them in between grumping at us and getting himself locked in the bathroom every 25 ninutes!

How great it was to touch down in the USA, getting past customs and immigration quickly because our boys were so horrible the customs agent took pity on us probably because, no joke, we were reduced to laying them on the floor and standing on the edges of their coats so that they would stop running off in three directions while our paperwork was sorted through! What a relief when at last we saw Babushka and Aunt Laurie whose presence was heralded by a bunch of American flags and bobbing red-white-and-blue balloons!
First day as Americans but we weren't home yet...

...what a dissappointment when we found out that our flight to Knoxville was canceled! We would be stuck in DC for a few days with some potty mouthed boys and our best friends, the monkey leash and the Dawn Dish soap. Thank goodness for Aunt Laurie and Babushka Eimers!

9 comments:

BethPie said...

I can't believe it's been a whole year! I didn't realize the trip had been so rough. ;o)

Mike and Christie said...

LOL!

You know, I was thinking today, hasn't it been exactly a year?????
Maybe not????
And before I go to bed, here it is, exactly 1 year. What a miracle. What a day. :)
Congratulations and what memories. LOL
So thankful for wonderful people who open their hearts to what God has for them.....

Leslie said...

LOL! Thank you for sharing this trip back in time with us! Would love to hear an update on the boys' progress one year later. What have they learned? What do they still struggle with?

MamaPoRuski said...

So glad you can look back a year and now laugh! I couldn't laugh either when we landed, I was just ready for my own bed for a week! Congratulations on One Year US Citizens! Can't believe we're ready to do it again!
And what fine upstanding boys they will be too!
God Bless!

Jason & Melanie said...

Hi~ found your blog on another blog :) We also have adopted a Vitali from Ukraine and his big sister, Inna and arrived home in May 08. Love your post looking back from one year home!! God Bless your family!
Melanie

Lynn Falk said...

Wow, what I notice the most from these pictures taken just one year ago is how much the boys have grown! They seem so small in these pictures.

Drew, Michelle, Luke and Tetyana said...

I remember thinking how brave I thought you were. I only have one boy and you were coming back with 3 who didn't speak English!!

They have grown in so many ways. You guys are such an awesome family!

drdavid said...

We have followed you family on its adoption journey. You have taught us so much and encouraged us so often as we have been on our own journey. This November 20, we arrived back in the US with our own Ukrainian daughters, age 15 and 16. We feel so very blessed but have had a difficult journey. Your last post was very encouraging. It had me laughing with recognition and memories of our own trip home. In one year from from now I look forward to laughing about our trip and knowing that our God has been faithful and our girls are growing in their knowledge of Him. Thank you again for your honesty, faith and courage that you continue to share with us.
Cindie

Tami said...

Wow! A year! We're almost there with Maddie...just a couple more weeks. Its amazing how fast the year has gone...and how far our kids have come, isn't it?