Saturday, April 18, 2009

We Are Home!

Well, we've been home now for over 2 and 1/2 months now, and I didn't officially post our last post for this adoption blog site until just now. Sorry about that. Our trip was quite eventful! We traveled for almost 40 hours to get home, with 3 special need's children. Derek and I did have help. Derek's assistant Amy and his mom Mimi, both accompanied us there and back. They were a huge help and it would have been next to impossible to pull off the trip without them! Ethan had the chicken pox and a high fever when we came home. He was cleared to travel by a doctor in Ukraine. He grunted the whole way home and didn't sleep until right before we landed in K.C. It was unbelievable! Silas did pretty well. He slept part of the way, but Derek walked him up and down the aisle quite a bit just to get him to calm down. Sasha watched a few movies and slept part of the way. By the time we got off the plane, we were all ready! That is an understatement... ha!

We are so blessed to have these precious ones in our lives! They are amazing and bring us so much joy! There's been a lot of adjustments but things are going great and we are encouraged by the growth in our boys lives. All our boys had problems grinding their teeth and rocking their bodies back and forth for self stimulation when they first arrived home. They did this a lot at the orphanage. Now, only one of them still rocks and grinds his teeth, but only a little bit. There has been such significant gain in their little lives. They are much more secure and they know they are loved. They are thriving and we are so blessed by all the Lord has done in each of them. They are all having surgeries this Summer and we are looking forward to all the positive changes that will take place after their surgeries. Of course we are also trusting the Lord to heal each of the. He is able!

Thank you to all of you who have faithfully prayed and supported us through the entire adoption process! We are blessed by your love and kindness and are so excited to keep you informed of all the updates on our children at our other blog at

Blessings and love to all of you!

Renee', Derek and tribe :)