I appear to have been very negligent in keeping up this blog - so sorry ! Once we got our travel dates, I posted all the updates in a "secret" Facebook group, and am just now realizing I should get back to blogging ! SO, here goes :)
FIVE months ago - on July 5th 2018 - we walked into an institution in Ukraine, to meet "Vijay" and "Athens". I honestly can't tell you what I was thinking that day, it is all a blur at this point - I remember walking into the building and going to the director's office; I remember her gushing and telling us what a wonderful place it was; I remember the doctor coming in and reading the medical files to us; I remember them asking "do you want to go and meet them now?".
The director told us she would give us a little tour of the place, so we walked outside. Our 15 year old, Newt, was with us, so took most of the pictures and video for us :)
We walked along the walkway a little, then stopped where a group of children were hanging out in the shade under some trees. Some were in strollers, some were on a swing, others on little camp beds. There were also a couple laying on an airbed - and it took me a couple of glances before I realized they were our boys !!!
It was a very strange first meeting - but thankfully, I was prepared, and knew that there would be several people standing around watching our first interactions, to see if we would be suitable parents (including Newt LOL)
Eventually, our observers mostly left, and after about an hour, our facilitator, Alex, came back and asked if we were sure, now we had met them, that we wanted to adopt them. We of course said YES, so he went back to the director to set the adoption wheels in motion.
Now, here we are, five months later.
They have been home with us 8 weeks - they are now Nikolai Alexey (Athens) and Viktor Joseph (Vijay) - just look at them now !!
In future blogs I will tell more about our trips to meet them, have court, and bring them home, but I just wanted to mark our 5 month "metcha" anniversary today :)