Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I think We've Finally Settled in.....




It's amazing how life can change so fast. One day you are single parents and can come and go as you please and the next, you're now responsible for two kids. However, we love it. We are having a great time with the girls. They have just adjusted remarkably to their new environment. Everyone said when you get them home, keep their world small. We were able to do that for the first week and since then, we've done nothing but go. So many people were with us on this journey and have been biting at the bit to have the girls be apart of their lives.

Ana and Dasha have been in school for just over three weeks and absolutely adore it. When the short Thanksgiving break occurred, Dasha was very let down to know that she was not going to have school for 4 days. However, we did manage to have a great Thanksgiving with family.

When we first got home, the girls were a little overwhelmed by our animals. Our husky, Yukon greeted them with his normal affectionate "hello." I thought Dasha was going to jump through the ceiling. Then after a few hours they all became instant friends. Once we conquered the dogs and cats, we proceeded to greet the horses. Needless to say, they were born to be riders. They love riding and really have an appreciation for our horses. The picture that I posted was the girls on the horses on Thanksgiving day.

As far as adjustments and dealing with their new lives, we couldn't be luckier. Nothing is ever perfect, but for us, it's been pretty darn close. Ana is an extremely picky eater and refuses to eat meat. However, sausage with cheese is her favorite snack -- go figure!

That's the news for now and I can't thank you all enough for sticking with me!
Heather

8 comments:

Jim and Kari said...

So glad you updated with photos and progress so far and that everything is going so well. Hoping we can share the same thoughts in a few months! What a joyful Christmas it will be with the four of you!

Carrie said...

Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I have enjoyed experiencing it with you. It has given me hope that Ukranian adoption stories CAN have a happy ending. Your girls are beautiful and I wish you much happiness.

adopting2fromUkraine said...

What great pictures! The girls are adorable and you all look so happy:)

June

Kevin & Pam said...

I love the horse picture! Looks like two blessed girls to me. Enjoy your life together. We hope to be leaving Ukraine tomorrow! Our life will soon begin a new chapter also. :-)

Michelle said...

We have been busy since coming home ourselves which has left little time for checking blogs but just stopped by to see if you were home yet. CONGRATULATIONS! The girls are beautiful, you sound very blessed. Praise God!

Staci and Damon said...

Congratulations!! I am so pleased to hear that you are home and settling in well.

Matt and Aimee Garrett said...

Heather, followed you close when you were there (we were in Mariupol at the same time). I'm thinking back to the posts that were obviously so hard to write and read-doesn't it seem like "forever ago"!! We've been back a month and actually find ourselves missing it, but only a little. Anyway, good to see the pictures. What a good thing-way to stick it out. Matt

Payne's said...

Hi Heather! Your girls are beautiful! The photos are just wonderful - thanks for posting them for all of us.

I am still blogging as frequently as possible to keep family and friends updated on our adventures...
www.payne-familyadventures.blogspot.com

Have a wonderful holiday season!