Friday, September 26, 2008

Home Sweet Home

We made it!  Home at last.  I can't believe that a month has come and gone.  The last few weeks were starting to melt together, and it was hard to keep track of them.  Thank goodness I kept a journal, because I wouldn't have remember any of it.  
We woke up around 6:00 am.  Natalie and Valdimir picked up the Hatches and us, and we headed to the airport around 7:30.  Everything was fine until I had to say good by to Natalie.  I completely lost it!  I loved Natalie.  It was extremely hard saying good by to a person that you so heavily relied on for a month.  Then Valdimir who was so amazing with getting all of our adoption stuff done without any problems.  I was so grateful for both of them.  It was very hard to detach myself from them.  
We got to the check in, and as I thought, our luggage was overweight.  Thanks to Kent for packing another bag.  We filled it, and just barely come in under the weight restrictions.  The Hatch's got through that just fine.  When we got to the check your papers place, Julie had packed her documents that she thought she didn't need, and had to wait an hour, before someone said she had to retrieve those documents.  She had to pull her checked in bag off the plane, and just made the fight in time.  Artem was so worried, that we kept losing him from the gate area, because he was going back to the check in area to see if they were coming.
We were worried too, but we had to get on the flight either way.  Sorry Julie!  We were praying hard for them, and it turned out fine.  The rest of the flight went well.  We knew we were back in the states when we saw organized lines.  The people in customs were actually nice to us, even in New York!   America Rocks!

We were an hour late getting into Salt Lake, but that was okay.  We were home!  Thanks to all of you who met us there.  It was so great to see everyone.  The boys were so happy.  
Today they got up like they had been here all of their lives.  "Good morning, Mom!"  I got from them.  I made them breakfast, they rode bikes, played x-box, then went to the movies with Cat and her cute friends.  Talk about throwing them to the wolfs.

Mostly, it is great to finally have them with us.  We feel so blessed to have them be a part of our family.  


ann said...

So glad you are back! I was planning on coming to the airport to greet you home but ended up at parent/teacher conference instead. Sorry. Can't wait to have luncheon dates with you all again. Ann

michelle l said...

so excited for you guys! can't wait to meet our new family members!

The Brent Milne Family said...

Austin and Christal had a fun time reviewing your blog yesterday! It's good to be home!!!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome Home. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, You are the best!

-David & Eldie Howick

DeDe said...

We are so excited and happy for you guys!! We love you all!!

Marco said...

Great to see them finally HOME!!!!