Honestly…this has been a rough 30 hours. Nothing tragic happened but if it could go wrong it did. I won’t bore you with the list but it started with the bus tour that never came Saturday evening and followed us all the way home. Some days are just like that and this was one of them. To have had so few difficulties with basic life in Ukraine for nearly 90 days this 48 hour trip to Rome had more than its share.
We definitely missed the warm hospitality and helpfulness of the Ukrainian people. We are HOME tonight at DCU with that golden passport stamp and so thankful!!
In the Kyiv airport we sent a text message to our kids telling them we were there awaiting our flight to Donetsk and that we would be later arriving tomorrow than expected due to the appointment to do the petition for their passports. We received the following text in reply:
Hi, we all good we miss very much. Thank you for information. We love you!
Melt our hearts. We suspect there was more than one author of this message and that makes it all the sweeter.
So, all is well…and we will be dreaming of the sweet reunion and hugs tomorrow after three days away. God is so good. And we are so thankful!! We’re in the last two week countdown to home and tomorrow at 5 pm these four are officially ours.
Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
Psalm 127: 3-5
Nicole, Pavlina, Alex and Vanya ~ each of you were born in the years we so hoped for more children, we are so thankful God saved you for us.
Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone,
But still miraculously my own.
Never forget for a single minute,
You didn’t grow under my heart – but in it
— Fleur Conkling Heylinger
We Love You and cannot wait to see you tomorrow!!