The second appointment went well at the US Embassy in Kiev. Our younger son now has a Ukrainian passport to leave the country and a US visa to enter his new country!
Doug and Karen will start their journey as many of us are headed to bed. Their flight leaves Kiev at 6:45am, which is 11:45pm Ohio time. They arrive in Munich, Germany at 8:10am (2:10am Ohio time) and leave Munich at 11:30am (5:30am Ohio time) and arrive in Washington DC at 2:45pm. Their final leg home to Columbus will leave at 5:00pm and get them home right after 6:00pm.
Today, every time I thought about Elijah coming home I got butterflies in my stomach, and got excited. Then almost instantly, my stomach went to knots, thinking about our other son who has to stay in Ukraine. He's MY son. He has OUR last name, and yet he has to stay in another country. I know we have little control over the situation, but it feels horrible leaving one son behind.
I know that when a child is in the process of begin adopted, other children at the orphanage are jealous. Why wouldn't they be? One kiddo is being visited daily, doted over, getting special treatment, candy, and undivided attention. Others sometimes tease and make fun of the kiddo being adopted out of spite. The child, in this case; our son, was counting down the days, asking when he would be going to America. He could see the light at the end of the tunnel. He knew the end was near. And then, as soon as the end was near, a detour was put up that would take him a different direction, and take a long time to get home. He had counted the days. And now, the countdown will take much longer. I'm sure the teasing has continued. Kids can be so mean. I pray that my son can rise above the meanness and jealousy of others.
I pray that the next six months pass quickly. I'm ready to be a mother of 4. Our teenage son....the one who stated our adoption journey in the beginning...will be home with a family that loves him very much. Christmas and birthdays have been hard before, and I have a feeling on both sides of the world, they will be even harder this year. With God's grace, we will be able to look back on these next six months and say "that wasn't so bad....time went quickly."
Hurry home boys. There are three girls at home anxiously awaiting your arrival!