Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Home Sweet Home


Ruslan and Ann at home


Ruslan and guys wearing souvenir hats picked out by Ruslan

Family and Friends at the airport


Stephan and Ruslan reunited



The whole family at the airport

Well, for those of you that don't know. WE ARE HOME! Most of you have heard by now but we arrived home Saturday night after about 25 hours. We left our apartment in Kiev at 3:00am on Saturday morning and flew from Kiev to Frankfurt Germany. After a five hour layover we flew from Frankfurt to Denver Colorado. That is a LONG flight. Anyway, the folks at the Embassy in Kiev told us Ruslan would automatically become a citizen when we touched down in Denver. We have to admit it felt very good to be back in the good old USA.

Some of you may be wondering what happened to us and why the posts just stopped. We really didn't want to stop posting, but given some complications and a set of circumstances that we weren't controlling and that were quite complex, we felt it best not to post anything on the Internet. Needless to say, we had some trials, but in the end it all worked out.

One thing we will mention, we thought we were going to have to use a new computerized system to obtain the new birth certificate, but as it turned out, technology was a little slow. When we arrived the morning of December 2nd to start this new process, we received the good news that the government needed more time to implement the new system so we got the birth certificate the old fashioned way, SAME DAY!! For those of you that might be going later, it will probably start on December 20th. Sorry. After we obtained the birth certificate the next step was a new passport. After that it was on to Kiev for medical exam and a visit to the U.S. Embassy. The final step was returning to the Embassy the next day for a final interview and issuance of the visa. Then it was over. What a process!!!

We have to say the goodbyes at the orphanage was emotionally gut wrenching and not something we were not totally prepared for. The kids certainly didn't want Ruslan to go. He is family to them. We know how difficult it was for us to experience, we can only imagine the pain that Ruslan was going through. All we could do was hug him and reassure him we loved him and were there for him. Ruslan seems to be adjusting fine in our family. So far so good. He is studying English now everyday with Rosetta Stone. He knows a lot of English, just has a hard time verbalizing it. It will come with time.

The airport scene was almost magical. It certainly was emotional. Special thanks to the Richardsons, McBeths, and Fuhrmans who were kind enough to bring their children to the airport to see their Poltava classmate come to America. Ruslan saw those three kids and he ran to them and hugged all of them. When we looked over, he had a giant smile on his face. Thanks to all of you that followed our little journey and posted your comments along the way. They sustained us!

An extra special thanks to our children. While we were having a life changing experience, they had their own little experience here at home. Thanks so much for being the people you are. We never doubted that you all would handle our absence with class and work together to support each other. WE LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!! It certainly feels good to be home.










6 comments:

Margie said...

Congagulations!!!!We have been worried, and we can't wait to hear your stories.

arrianna said...

We are so incredibly happy for you! It is so great to have you back safely! You will have to come to the lunch, so we can hear all about it! The picture with Ruslan and Stephen is priceless!

Corissa said...

glad to finally see a post. i think you should keep this blog going though dad. even though you said it was just for the trip. I like reading what you guys are doing since mom never tells us. wink wink.
love ya!

Louise and Ray Evenson said...

Jeff and Ann,

WE MADE IT! ENOUGH SAID. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON.

Ray and Louise

p.s. Where is Tanner going?? - Toronto??

Wendy said...

Anne, we would LOVE for you to come to lunch with us. We meet the 3rd Thursday @ 1:00 @ Fashion Place Olive Garden.Please come next month! Just so you don't feel left out, here is my comment that I'm leaving on all the previous adopting families blogs.
Hi, I'm Wendy and we have about 10 couples going to the Ukraine this year to adopt. In an effort to help time pass as we wait for our SDA appointments, I've decided to do a research post. I'd like to publish a post to help all of us with our upcoming adventure in the Ukraine. I found your blog through the Save A Child Unofficial blogsite. I'm hoping you could take a minute and share with me any and/or all of the following:
1. Travel tips
2. Things you did that worked for you
3. Things you wish you would have done differently
4. Things we should know about customs, traditions, manners
5. Things to help our children (both in the Ukraine & at home) through this experience
6. Thing to do, see, and/or buy while we're there!
7. Eating tips or secrets.
8. Anything you'd like to share.
You may comment on my blog at www.blessedwitharichhart.blogspot.com or email me at richharts@msn.com .
All comments and suggestions will be appreciated and I won't disclose your name or anything in my post, unless you want me too!
Thanking you all in advance!

Wendy said...

Sorry I put an e on your name!