Sunday, June 10, 2012

No place like home

Sorry for the late post.  We are home and are doing well I just have not had much spare time to blog...imagine that :-)  We are really doing well, I am not just saying that.  There are struggles, tears, and stress but overall things are going SO MUCH BETTER then I expected, I am so very grateful!  I want to write so much about the trip home, the airport welcome, the generosity of people giving meals, new routines, funny stories about the kids and the things they say and do, and how well the boys are doing...but I really just don't have the time right now.  I am sure you all understand :-)  I will come back and write more but I thought I could at least share some pictures and video.
















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36 comments:

  1. What a precious post. Daniel is crawling! OMG! He likes toys! Dima is speaking english 0_0 So soon! :D
    What love can do!

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  2. Wow they look so happy. And already such a difference in Daniel. He is moving so well. Congratulations and god bless you all.

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  3. Welcome home....neighbor?! My sons are from Eastern Europe as well (1 as recently as December). Been reading the blog for a while and just saw your homecoming video....it HAS to be our airport. Would LOVE to bring you some meals or anything else helpful. What's the best way to reach you without putting our info out there fore all to see? Maybe our homestudy agency? God bless!

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  4. Oh my goodness are they all adorable!! It is so great to see everyone together.

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  5. Beautiful! Loved the video! They all look so happy! Keeping your family in prayer!~Amy

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  6. Wow, he looks less vacant and more connected to the world with every post we see! I see nothing but wondrous achievements to come, now that he is free and loved. They all seem so happy together :)

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  7. So sooo glad your precious children are all home with you at last! Such a beautiful thing God has done!

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  8. Glad you are home safely and can all be together now! It is soooo AWESOME to see how WONDERFUL the boys are looking already!! Love surely does work miracles!

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing a bit of your home sweet home with all of us around the country (and the world!).
    Stacy in Indiana

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  10. Can't wait to hear the story of the trip home!! Enjoy having your family all together!

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  11. The love for one another, and the joy in each others' presence which your children feel comes right through the computer screen! What sweethearts! And what a wonderful forever family for Daniel and Dima to join (and what wonderful boys to join your family, too!). Your children just shine, all of them...

    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 more shining stars from EE

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  12. Oh my goodness, im crying happy tears. I have followed you since the begining and Im so happy for you all right now. I cant wait to hear the rest of the story, and boy oh boy do you have the cutest kids.
    Thanks for letting us follow your journey. Welcome Home Boys, you have no idea how many people around the world love you. xxxx

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  13. Oh my, I just teared up to hear Valentin say "Hi!" and "Yay!" His attention and gestures and sounds have been SO alert and intentional, I've been expecting speech -- but NOT this soon. And sitting up -- himself -- independently -- WOW!
    By the way, I bet that orphanage director got mad when he found out you were adopting Valentin -- because he'd written him off at some time in the past.

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  14. I am so amazed by "Valentin". He doesn't even look like the same child. God is good! Love and family brought together by God will make such a difference for these two boys. Please keep us posted when you can. I am so excited to watch them progress in a real family! God bless you!

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  15. Oh I just love the picture of them all around the kitchen table - soo cute! And hearing the "i love you" - how incredible!! Welcome home to you all!!

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  16. God is sooo good. Valentin--it does my heart good to see him. This is the kid they said was unresponsive and uninvolved? He and Joey will both blossom beyond anyone's expectations. Miracles abound!

    Monique in TX

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  17. WIsh we could have been at the airport to greet you home! Sorry we had to miss that...so glad you are home though!
    Suzanne

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  18. your children are so precious!!!! Absolutely adorable!

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  19. You and your husband are amazing!

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  20. Dear Jamie and Tyler, if you guys had time to blog I would be seriously feeling totally embarrassed by my overwhelm at raising just two little ones! Five kids! You guys seriously have your hands full.

    Praise god...what a blessed and beautiful beginning to this new part of your collective family journey. The boys look so good and while I believe you when you write that there have been moments of stress (I think we ALL believe you!!) how wonderful to see those boys moving around, being praised and loved and having two parents and grandparents and siblings to whom they can attach over time.

    Prayers continue to stream to your family. I have thought often since Thursday about all of you and prayed that this transition has enough moments to give you hope and confirmation that you went where God commanded you and you are all right where you are supposed to be.

    Much love, Jane

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing. They all look so happy, content and ready for life. I know Valetin will go far! The change already is amazing.

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  22. What wonderful pictures and video! Little Emma is so adorable! So proud of "Valentin" and "Joey" and their amazing progress after less than a week home where they belong. I can hardly wait for the next blog post! Praying that you will have grace and blessing as you continue to tackle the hard issues. Your thankful heart and joy in the Lord is carrying you through.
    Tharen

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  23. Where to even begin!!??? There is SO MUCH wonderful stuff obvious already! Woohoo! Hearing Joey say, "Good job, buddy!" (while rolling his eyes) totally cracked me up! He's going to learn English fast! And look how much stronger Valentin is getting already! He's even starting to use his legs to help him crawl! He's going to walk and talk - I just know it. It is also so lovely to hear your delighted giggle at your beautiful children. God bless you all. Praising God that these precious little captives have been set free!

    Blessings,

    Judee in Iowa

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  24. This is so unbelievably wonderful to see. I can't believe the change in Valentin already. Blessings to you and your amazing family and thank you for allowing all of us to go on this journey with you.

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  25. YAY! YAY! YAY!!! I've been thinking about you ALL weekend! I totally understand not having time, but thank you for giving a small update. So sad our paths didn't cross in EE, but praising the LORD the kids are all home! It's so hard to believe that day is FINALLY here!

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  26. This is the best post ever! Thank you so so much for updating! Its amazing to see Valentine, he sure looks like a different child already! So so so happy you're his Mommy and Daddy! And Joey to, he's a happy camper. Glad your home safe and sound! Your 5 children are adorable! Love love love the photos! I'm speechless! I ditto all of the above posts! so amazed seeing your 5 children so happy together! Continued prayers for your beautiful family! xo

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  27. So great to see your whole family together! "Valentin" looks like he is enjoying his new found floor freedom. It will be exciting to see how he transforms and blossoms in the coming months!!

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  28. I know you have heard this and know this, but there is such a huge change in Valentin already! I'm sure not being on "meds" and the physical exercise and love he is getting will work wonders on him.
    We have adopted internationally twice and been through the tough road of therapies. I'm also a sped teacher as well. These boys are going to do so well! Thank you for taking the step forward to free them!

    Kim O

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  29. So wonderful to see the boys home and thriving! Thanks for the update. :)

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  30. Oh I am so glad you all got home safely! And it is so wonderful to see both boys already doing so well at their new home. Valentin (Daniel is it now?) is already so much more mobile and flexible, he is crawling, wow!! It's amazing what a difference "real" clothes make, he looks so cool in his Jeans - way better than those onesies he always wore at the orphanage. And Joey is already speaking a bit English! I am so happy for you and wish you a lot of strength and patience and love and fun =)

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  31. So exciting and amazing! We're blessed to see God at work. May He give you joy and encouragement through the Spirit in those challenging moments and lots of laughter to see you through. Love from the Wangs in Oregon

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  32. I'm so happy for your family!!! All your children are beautiful. Send good thoughts and prayers to all you.

    Bonnie

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  33. So happy with all of you. Just--happy.

    My dream for Valentin has come true, too.

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  34. Ah Jamie!!! I'm in tears!!! Simply amazing. Such a short time and look at how much they have both blossomed. To think what the next six months has in store is almost overwhelming. PLEASE send video and pictures back to the orphanages to show them how much potential all these children have. Just makes me smile ear to ear!! All your children are adorable I might add. What a beautiful family!! Bless you all!!

    Your family is my dream for "my" Kyle. He still hasn't found a family and RR hasn't updated that he's already been transferred. :( Still praying and keeping him in my thoughts.

    http://reecesrainbow.org/4497/kyle-17

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  35. This makes me so happy! God bless you all.

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