We're so glad to be back in the United States and to be united with our Josi and family in PA.
We left Kiev Tuesday morning at 5:30am--here we are at the Kiev airport at around 3:15am checking our baggage.
After a 7hr. layover in Frankfurt, Germany, we finally boarded the plane for Philadelphia at 1:55pm Germany time. I decided not to try to keep track of all the time changes and whether we should try to stay awake or sleep. How nice it was to just go with the flow which I believe God truly honored because we all seem to be doing well so far with the time change.
Nadia decided a nap was a good thing to have so I enjoyed watching her sleep in her big girl airplane seat.
After spending an hour in the "Secondary Inspection-Border Control" area in Philadelphia, we finally got to see Josi and my parents on the other side of customs. We arrived at 4:15pm East Coast time but didn't get to see our family until 6pm. That was the worst part of the trip. Otherwise our travel was smooth and uneventful.
This girl was happy to be able to get down and walk around--can you tell?
The sisters get to meet at last!
Josi couldn't wait to hold Nadia and Nadia was happy to oblige--could this child be any easier?
Nonna finally gets her hands on her newest grandchild. Lots of hugs and kisses!!
Grandpop's turn to get acquainted with yet another granddaughter.
First picture of the Four Fergusons Kiddos. How fun!
We have been so blessed by the evidence of your prayers. I told Allen and Michael on the flight home that we have truly been carried on wings of eagles throughout this entire 17 days in Ukraine.
My sister, Nicole, sent me an e-mail while we were in Ukraine with the beginning of a list of answers to prayers she had already observed on our journey. Here is what she wrote:
The health of the 4 of you travellers(after exposure to Jessica, no one threw up or had fever)PRAISE
Nadia is the kuddly koala you had hoped she'd be PRAISE
You all have bonded w/her and the love is evident PRAISE
The boys are having a wonderful experience PRAISE
Josi is enjoying herself and feeling the love from her family here in PA PRAISE
You are meeting wonderful people and are creating amazing memories PRAISE
I'd like to add a just a few more of the many, many answered prayers!
Our body adjustments to the time changes have gone AMAZINGLY well. Nadia slept from 9:00pm until 5:30am today without waking up during the night. She went down at normal nap time today (1:00pm)!! HUGE PRAISE
My missing luggage when we got to Kiev made all the difference in our getting through customs with the large amount of cash we were carrying. The girl who helped us process our lost luggage filled out the declaration form for us in such a way that no questions would be asked!
Nadia has bonded with Jim like he's always been her father. I'm telling you...I don't stand a chance with either of my girls when it comes to their being Daddy's girls!!!
Thank you again for your prayers!!! Going through this journey with ALL of you has made it that much more amazing and special.
Can't wait to post "Nadia in the pool" pictures. After 3 traumatic bath experiences I was totally surprised that this girl LOVES the pool in my parents' backyard. Guess we just need to get a bigger bathtub. :)