Sunday, March 28, 2010

Welcome Home!

We are so happy to be home. I promise I will post lots of details when my head stops spinning. We got home last night (after being delayed and stuck in Washington DC for 16 hours and literally having to beg Luftstansa to put us on a plane in both St. Petersburg and Frankfurt due to a ticketing problem) Everything was quite an adventure.
But all those things aside, obviously our previous posts via blackberry did not work out so well, and in case you missed our facebook updates, here is the nitty gritty:
Baby Deetz is perfect. He wasn't so sure about us at first, which hurt our hearts at in the beginning(because we were the "momma" and "poppa" celebrities of his groupa, all the other 15 children were vying for our attention when we walked into the room), but really that was exactly the best way to be. He was very attached to his caregivers and orphanage doctors, and thought we were strange people speaking a language he didn't understand.Once we were left alone with him, he warmed right up. He is very independent, understands every word spoken to him (in Russian)Says more words than we originally anticipated, was super intelligent, and was a very serious little guy. His wheels were always turning. He is labeled by his caregivers as "foxy" which would translate in English to "mischievous". He was wise beyond his years. It's was hard to believe watching him that he just turned 2 last Saturday. He is such a little man!
I promise I will start a day by day once I feel a little better. Our heads are spinning and I want these next posts to make sense!
Most of all, we thank you for your prayers (and continued prayers) Chad and I decided that this was the hardest week (physically, mentally, spiritually) of our lives. I have never before felt so completely bathed in prayer. Every step we took felt as if you were walking right beside us.
Talk to you soon!


  1. I've been thinking about you guys all week and praying for you! I bet your little guy is in the same groupa as our little one (she turns two in May)! We weren't able to see the whole groupa so you are lucky! Can't wait to hear about your trip!

  2. So glad to hear your trip was so great! Can't wait to hear more about your baby!
    Prayers coming your way for a speedy court date!

  3. Great news that your little guy is perfect!!! Can't wait to hear more!

  4. So glad to hear you are home and that your trip went well. Cannot wait to hear more.

  5. I'm so glad to hear your trip was a success. My husband and I are leaving for Pskov on Thursday. If you have time in the next couple of days I'd love to hear all about Pskov and what we can expect.

    Natalie Morris

  6. Sooooooo happy you had a successful trip #1 and baby Deetz is of course perfect!!!

    Can't wait to hear all the nitty gritty details. Totally agree trip #1 is beyond stressful, in good and bad ways. Everyone has been supporting and thinking of you so often!

    Take care of yourself and label your pictures/videos ASAP. I still haven't finished labeling our videos and am wondering if it will ever get done :). We will start a new round of cupcake videos in 2 days!!!

  7. So glad things went well . . . like the others, can't wait to hear more!

    How was the flying?

  8. Welcome home! Can't wait to hear more.