We are finally back home in Ukraine! It was a joyous reunion when we picked up our children, and it was sheer happiness to me to hear their squeals of delight to see us. Even my big man, Davey, who is outgrowing hugs and kisses, held on tight and extra long as he hugged me. It was simply blissful.
It is below freezing here, and we returned home to no electricity. Praise God for that new wood-burning stove! Unfortunately, though, no electricity for us means no water since the water pump is run by electricity. So, we spent the night in our home, then headed over to the VanSant's house the next day. They even graciously offered their washing machine for our use!
The electricity was turned back on yesterday evening, only to be switched back off at midnight. We gathered the children from their rooms and all finished out our night of sleep in the living room, near the wood stove. Not remembering the transition, my silly 5-year old Nate thought it was a miracle... that somehow he had "floated" from his bed to the couch in the middle of the night.
So, we are home. Poor electricity, low water, freezing temperatures.... but home! Home, sweet, home! It feels so good to be here!