Kevin and Kostya arrived safely back in Lugansk on the train yesterday morning. Since then it has been running around all over the place getting paperwork for the new birth certificates and passports. We spent the whole day in Stakhanov, the city the kids were born in getting their new birth certificates. We are still working on the passports.
Today is the day that the kids officially became ours! We will always celebrate July 15 as our Family Day, the day that we became a family, legally. The kids have been ours in our hearts long before we even met them. :) It also happens to be Kevin's dad's birthday. Happy birthday, Bill! We got you four grandkids! How about that? Remember before we left home and you said, that we should get more than two or three kids? ;)
Tomorrow or the next day we should be able to see Julian again and bring him home with us. Since we have only met him once it will probably be a little bit strange for him to come with us, but his sister is with to to help with the language and transition. I feel bad that we are turning his little world upside down on such short notice, but there was no other way to do it with him at camp. We are so excited to see him again and all three kids are happy they get to see their brother again soon. I don't think they have seen each other since late last year. It will be so much fun to finally be all together one day soon!
I am opening the blog up again to everyone. I wanted to keep it private until the kids were legally ours, but now I hope that more adoptive and preadoptive parents will be able to read it, along with anyone else who wants to. :)