We found out last tuesday that Marina's passport would not be ready for our deadline of Dec 14th so we went to the embassy and I signed the papers I needed to for Dave to be able to fly back and pick up Marina by himself. We were able to rest for a day and drive to Winchester to see our amazing daughter Liz graduate with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah U. She has worked long and hard for this and we wouldn't have missed it for the world. Liz was the class representative and gave a great speech. She also won an award for Outstanding Graduate! We are so proud of her!!
Dave had to leave early the next day for New York to catch a flight back to Ukraine to pick up our girl. I am exhausted so I am the lucky one to get to stay home with these kiddos. He is there now getting ready to pick up our girl and do the embassy and the exit medical. He tells me it's 12 below! He'll be home with our new addition by Friday in time for Christmas! Marina has never had a Christmas before with a family. She's never owned a toy or a piece of clothing or been given good food to eat. So many firsts for her and for us. We are looking forward to watching her blossom in her new family. The extra money we had to spend on another flight is tough at this time of year. You can donate to our paypal if you feel led to do so. We appreciate all the prayers and support we have received throughout this journey. Your prayers were answered, our thanksgivng is your thanksgiving. God bless you and Merry Christmas! He is the reason for the season!!
She's so ready to leave! Thanks for helping us give her a real family!!!