Saturday, April 17, 2010

We're Home!!

We are so thankful to be home!! Having all three of my babies in my arms at the same time was better than I could have ever imagined. The boys were so excited!! They have been so great with her, so many hugs and kisses and Austin is just in love with her. He wants to hold her all the time and Ty is being absolutely Ty, trying to make her laugh every chance he gets, our little comedian. God has blessed us with miracles every step of the way up until the moment we were able to board that plane Thursday, with 16,000 flights being canceled we were definitely worried, but again He provided the way home. Seeing this little angel with her new family and the joy and happiness coming from her, it breaks my heart to think joining these Russian children with loving American families could possibly stop, it just can't. My journey continues to be one of prayer for all of you waiting to bring your children home. The positive outcomes so outway the negative ones. I can't imagine what her life or ours would have been like without each other. I'm praying for you all.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

One More Day

Now I can say we're counting down the hours, not days until we are home. We spent the day at the Kremlin and Red Square again. We were there almost all day and she did so great. Even though the stroller and pack-n-play were bulky and a pain, they were so worth it. The stroller has been a life saver and allowed us to really get out and about. We've also had the most amazing weather, sunshine everyday. Eddie hasn't worn a coat the whole time we've been here. It's been great for sight seeing. We hadn't done hardly any souvenir shopping so today was our last chance. We got some really cool hats for the boys. We also found her an authentic Russian dress, a spoon to start her collection, a Faberge Egg jewelry box, and a Nesting Doll, of course. While in Kaliningrad we got her a pretty little dragonfly necklace with four amber stones in it, the four different colors of amber. Kaliningrad produces 90% of the worlds amber because it is right on the Baltic Sea, there is amber everywhere. I bought myself a green amber stone ring and pendant to always remember the special place where she was born. Tonight we'll stay in the hotel for dinner and call it an early night. The packing is almost done and we are ready to be on that plane. 17 hours till boarding!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

US Embassy Today

We went to the US Embassy today to get Nicole's American Visa. Oh how we have been waiting for this day. Needless to say, it's been crazy being over here in the midst of everything that is going on. The news is awful here on Russian television and I can completely understand their anger at this woman and her unforgivable decision. I just pray they don't stop everything due to this terrible case. It breaks my heart to think what this women in Tennesse could have done to waiting families and waiting children, and all the lives she could have ruined with her selfish acts. My heart goes out to the families waiting for their court date. I will be praying for you all. From what I have learned while we've been here, court is still taking place. Adoptions have not been suspended on a whole, but some sort of treaty between the two countries needs to be signed. We know our region has put into place more requirements and restrictions.

Despite all the stares and looks we've been getting, we're still getting out and making the most of our time in Moscow. We've been here since Friday and it really is amazing!! St. Basil's, Red Square and The Kremlin are sights I will never forget. We had a lot of time to sight see, but I am so ready to get home. We saw 5 other families at the embassy today, 4 boys and 2 girls total. The woman at the embassy was so happy to see all of these famiies. She asked us to please fulfill our requirements and keep up our post placement reports because they wanted to see this room filled with adoptive parents for many years to come. It was nice to be there and feel such support. We could come home tomorrow, but of course Wednesday is the only day of the week that Singapore doesn't fly to Houston so we have to stay until Thursday. I miss my boys so much. I can't wait to come through that kitchen door and have all three of my children in my arms at the same time. The journey we all take to make this a reality is not easy, it takes your whole heart, body, mind and soul. I will continue to pray for you all that have worked so hard to bring your babies home, God has and will work miracles.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Gotcha Day!!! In Ours Arms Forever

Hi everyone,
I'm 2 days late, but internet access is limited. We picked up our baby girl, I can now reveal her name, Nicole Yelena Romaka, Tuesday afternoon. She is amazing!! We took cakes, flowers and gifts to the baby home as thank you's for taking such good care of our baby the first year of her life. She was so happy to see us, she smiled the second she saw us. As we were coming down the stairs leaving the baby home, we went into the room she normally plays in to say good-bye to her caregivers and she was grabbing on to Eddie, holding him so tight. I think she thought we were taking her back and going to leave again, like on our visits. Not this time!! It was so wonderful leaving with her in our arms. She was wonderful on the drive back and has been an angel ever since. She did not want to eat anything at all that first day and did not like the formula I bought either. She did great in her bath and fell asleep easily. Around 11:30 she woke up scared and crying. She calmed down and then ate like a champ, baby food, but still no formula. Thank goodness for Jeanette's blog, I read it the day before we left and someone mentioned their little boy would not take formula, but he would take Pediasure. I ran to the store and bought some, thank goodness I brought it with us, she loves it. I'm using half pediasure and half formula for her bottles and it's working great. I had to go with our coordinator for a couple of hours yesterday so Eddie took her for a long walk. They walked around the city for almost 2 hours and she did so good in the stoller. Then we went out for some ice cream. We got up this morning and went down to our favorite cafe for breakfast. Now we're back in the room and Daddy and Nicole are both taking a nap, sleeping like babies. She is our miracle daughter. We should have named our blog, Our Miracle Baby, that's exactly what she is, nothing short of a miracle. Thank you Lord for this precious baby. I know she has been in your hands from the beginning, as have we. The road has not been easy getting to this point, but it is so awsome to see your glory revealed at the end!!
Just thought I would share, some essentials I brought from home have been the pack-n-play, stroller, teething toys, pediasure, baby oatmeal, and playtex drop-in bottles(so easy). The oatmeal wasn't working until I added a packet of sugar. Anything I think of that I can pass along for those coming soon I will. Now for some pics!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

leaving for pick up trip

We're in the airport now getting ready to board our final plane to Russia. We pick up our sweet baby on Tuesday. I will post pics as soon as I can. We'll be in "Kaliningrad until Friday and then off to Moscow. We'll spend the next 6 days in Moscow and fly home Thursday the 15th. Thank you all for all your thoughts and prayer. Now the fun begins!!