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We got home Friday afternoon, so we’ve been home for a few days.  The day we left, we found a tiny kitten, took one last walk along the Sea of Japan, and a squirrel wanted to fight.

We love being in a place that actually has a fall season.  Cool weather, beautiful trees!  Ahhh, we love it.
We love Russia

But look out, this squirrel meant business

“You better keep walkin!”

One last gaze at the sea.
So lovely!

Before we headed for the airport, we had lunch with our amazing gals, our team, and I showed them pictures of our time.

 We had a short layover in Korea, our favorite, and got one last green tea doughnut to share.  We realized we would not be traveling this way next time.  We slept most of the flight from Korea to LA, except I decided to watch Rock of Ages, but almost passed out due to boredom, so I decided to watch What to Expect one more time because it’s so funny–I mostly wanted to hear the one line, “It reminds me of my phantom pregnancy, ahhh,” by that really funny blonde lady–she delivered yet again.

When we got home, Andrew’s awesome parents picked us up and even had dinner waiting for us.  We scooped up our big boy, I hadn’t seen a child this size in 6 days!  We looked at the pictures of his days with grandma and grandpa and auntie and counsins, boy did this kid have fun!

Today we took him to the pumpkin patch.

So did you know that the 30 day wait is actually now 27 days?  🙂  Every day is a day closer until the day we can go back one last time, and this time we don’t come back without them!  I have already started packing some things I will need: my moby wrap, some warm hats of Finley’s for Elijah, and a few other things here and there.  We got Maria’s desk in her room (garage sale!) but now I realize I want to paint it white.  Once their rooms are all finished, I will post some pictures.  All the fun things can happen now.  All of my adoption friends say this wait is like nothing, it goes so fast compared to waiting for court, and so far so good!

An amazing person gave us a crib they didn’t want for us to use for Elijah.  Then when Andrew went and picked it up, they also told us they were getting rid of a train table and a huge collection of Thomas the train tracks and trains.  Finley is in HEAVEN!  So neat, right?  Feeling blessed by every tiny, and big thing right now.  Man oh man, life couldn’t be better, well, except for in 27 days!  🙂

Paka and pajousta!  And thank you for your support and kind words, but mostly your prayers from our court day.  We felt lifted up by the spirit literally the entire time we were in court.  Words cannot express the gratitude we feel towards old friends and now new friends for walking this road with us on our journey.  I don’t say this lightly–we love you very much.

Did I mention?

27 days?!?

“I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,’
    and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.’”
 Isaiah 49:9
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  • Squiggly Rainbow October 16, 2012, 11:37 am

    I have been thinking of you guys all day, the kids and I prayed on our drive to school this morning… Bless you x x

  • Courtney October 17, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Praying the days fly by for all of you!

  • Rebecca Higgins October 17, 2012, 4:39 pm

    Ditto what Courtney wrote!

  • babyarnie October 17, 2012, 6:06 pm

    Thank YOU for sharing the journey!! It has been so inspiring. I have referred many to your blog who are interested in helping the orphans cause! 2 less! Praise God! Your pictures are absolutely stunning as well!

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