Thursday, July 17, 2008

We have Julian!

2 down, 2 to go! ;) We picked up Julian today and it is so nice to have him with us! I came to the internet cafe by myself to type this up and when I left Alina was showing him how to flush toilet paper down the toilet. :) (In the orphanages and many other older toilets it is thrown in the trash can.)

We had a very hot and long car ride. First we went to both orphanages and we picked up the director at Julian's. So Kostya, Kevin, Alina and I all sat in the back seat of a Lada driven by our facorite taxi driver. Alina was on my lap and it is a very hot day! The camp where he was is about 2 hours away. We arrived and all the kids came running to greet us and the director. Julian hugged his sister and went straight to his Papa. So sweet. Alina was so happy to see him she just held his hand and kept touching him and smiling, like she didn't believe he was there! We got to hang out with him for about 10 or 15 minutes and a caregiver whisked him away to shower him for us. We were taken to eat lunch with the director. The children had just finished up lunch when we arrived and were all headed to their rooms to rest. After we ate Julian reappeared in the outfit that we brought for him to wear home (thanks Uncle Jeff and Aunt Melissa, the clothes fit great and are so cute). We wanted to take some pictures with his friends but they were all resting. We got a few pictures and walked outside to leave. All the kids were hanging out their windows to say good bye to Edik and the rest of us. I got some pictures of that. They are too cute! I feel like the whole process has been crazy with him. Poor kid will have very few pictures to look back at.

He is so sweet and cute! He sat in Papa's lap all the way home. Alina slept in my lap next to him and they held hands and chatted the rest of the time. I can't wait until we are all together tomorrow for the first time.

Tomorrow we will go to the oprhanage to pick up Lily and Tate and throw parties for their groupas (and Alina's). Then we will take them home with us! Saturday we are leaving on the train for Kiev. The tickets were all sold out for tonight, tomorrow night and all weekend. Kostya was telling our taxi driver and he said he could get us some because he knows someone who works there. Each cabin holds 4 people so we are buying 8 tickets for the 6 of us so that we have two cabins to ourselves. Both Alina and Julian have been on the train with the orphanage before and both want to sleep on the top bunks again. By the way, since we have spent so little time with Edik he has no idea we are going to call him Julian. We will add it in slowly like we have done with the others.

Also, I accidently erased all the wonderful comments everyone wrote us yesterday. Thank you so much. I read them and somehow I deleted them, I think. Thank you for all your kind words. :) I better go. Papa is home with the kids and they are probably waiting for some dinner. I will try to post more pictures tomorrow. Hopefully one of the six of us all together!

13 comments:

DoveFamily said...

Wonderful story - looking forward to more great stuff tomorrow!!

Lelah said...

Yay! I am so happy that you finally have Julian with you. I think it is so sweet that he and Alina are so happy to see each other. We will continue to pray that bonding with Julian goes well. Can't wait to see pictures!

hdemaio said...

so glad to hear that you have Julian with you now - and I'm sure it feels like the completeness of your family is coming together after a very long wait. looking forward to seeing the pics of your whole family together!!

Kevin and Tammy said...

Two down and only two more to go. What a great papa to keep them on his own in the first days. Hold on to the faith. You will have them all together soon and then te real fun begins.

stilllooking said...

Many blessings to you and your wonderful family! :-)

Kevin & Pam said...

This is all too exciting! I just can't wait to be in Ukraine. What a wonderful thing for you guys to have your kids. :)

Adina said...

Squeeeee! This is so exciting! I can't wait to see pictures.

I'll be praying for a smooth trip home.

Maggie Slater-Tool said...

We are so excited it is finally all coming together! Can't wait to see the whole family photo. We hope we will get to meet our nieces and nephews before too long. Good luck with the final hurdles.

Laurel said...

Congrats. I'm so glad I found your blog. We adopted in Lugansk also, orphange #2. We have 5 kids (4 are from Ukraine and 1 domestic adoption) ages 4, 5, 6, 6, and 8. So we should chat after you all are home! It's a handful, but so much fun. Enjoy your blessings.
Laurel
http://boylanadoption.spaces.live.com/

jewelzmiller@gmail.com said...

can't wait to see your first family picture!! :)

Signature Scrapbooks said...

Congratulations krista!!! I am so happy for you and have been back track reading all your entries since you blog opened back up!!!! I am so happy for you. ~Shawna

alewis said...

Kelly shred your info with me. Christine and I sat and read about your whole journey. Thanks for sharing. Youa re all so blessed to have found eachother. Pete and I have been working for a year to adopt here in the US. Your story have fueled my passion even more. Thank you, I can't wait to here more. Amy, CA Harbor Trinity

Tami said...

YEA!!! I'm so glad you are all together. The part about them holding hands had me tearing up! How sweet! :) Can't wait to see pictures! :)