Bruce Arrives Safely in Kyiv!

I was excited to receive a quick email from my sweetheart this morning confirming his arrival in Kyiv.  The layover in Chicago was long – about 4 hours.  He said everything went smoothly except in Chicago when an agent came around weighing everyone’s carry-on baggage with a portable scale.  I can’t remember what he said the limit was, but it doesn’t really matter because he was WAY over!  So he had to take out anything he wanted for the trans-Atlantic flight and check the rest.  He slept for a few hours on the plane.  He only had a 35 minute layover (oy!) in Munich, Germany to get from one gate to the next, but he said they arrived 15 minutes early, so that gave him enough time.  Sergei picked him up at the Boryspil Airport in Kyiv and zipped him to his apartment.  We were texting each other during the drive and managed to have a little conversation before his arrival at the apartment.

Once he got settled in and got internet fired up, he called me on Skype and it was awesome to get to talk to each other!  Bruce reports that the new apartment is nice and he is happy that it is in a much quieter neighborhood than our last one.  We were literally in the grand central station of Kyiv, across from the very famous and busy Opera House.  I should provide a link for those who are interested in reading up on the history of the Opera House.  We found a great web page about it and enjoyed learning more about it during our first stay.  We saw A LOT of activity right outside our windows and it was like watching TV.  We saw protests, a parade, a movie shoot, a special BMW display, many photo shoots, an award ceremony, the arrival of some dignitary with many police/military officers on guard every 10 feet or so, and many different shows being advertised at the theater.  We would have loved to go, but it just didn’t fit into that trip.  Maybe Bruce and Nathan will have the opportunity to do that!  The traffic level matched the activity level and it was very noisy, so Bruce is happy to be on a quieter street.

He reported on facebook a while ago that he is having trouble sleeping (naturally) but his plan is to be on the Metro by 8:00 am to get out to the orphanage by 9:00 to spend the day with our son.  The court decree should be available tomorrow and some of the exit paper work should get started in the afternoon.  We are unclear on whether Bruce would actually take custody of Nathan tomorrow or if that wouldn’t happen until the next day.  Either way…  we’re really close!!  It would be so fun to be there to witness Nathan leaving the orphanage for good, but I believe that God has very special plans for the two of them during this time together.  They will have a rare opportunity to spend a lot of meaningful time together and I am trusting God to knit their hearts together in an even deeper way than they have so far.  So my brief sadness of missing out is quickly replaced by my wishes for something very special for my husband and my new son.

Respecting the privacy of other families at the orphanage, I have refrained from mentioning too much about what’s happening with other families who are currently in Kiev or other parts of Ukraine and still others who are coming soon.  But as some of them continue to wait for referrals, court dates, SDA dates, etc. I’m asking our faithful prayer partners to also lift up these other families in prayer to our merciful Lord.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The McEacherns
    May 04, 2011 @ 06:56:55

    I can’t believe they weighed everyone’s carry-on bags! We’d be in big trouble on that one!

    Too bad you didn’t get to see anything at the Opera House. When we were here to adopt Isabel, while we were in Kiev waiting for our 2nd SDA appointment, we went to a matinee performance of Cinderella- the ballet. It was great… and cheap, too.


  2. motorcyclemama5
    May 04, 2011 @ 16:44:16

    We would have gotten nailed on the first trip. This was United/Lufthansa, so different rules than Delta/KLM. SOooooo glad we flew Delta/KLM with the whole family for a number of reasons.

    BTW Marcie, I’ve been trying to comment on your blog and it just won’t let me. But I am reading and am so happy and excited for you!! : )


  3. Dave Ritzman
    May 04, 2011 @ 21:34:38

    Great talking the other day. We’ll be praying for the decree. It’ll be great for Nathan and Jason to be neighbors again in a different neighborhood and not as orphans anymore. God’s blessings to you all!


    • motorcyclemama5
      May 05, 2011 @ 00:13:01

      Yes, it was, Dave. Thanks so much for calling! And thank you for your continued prayers. I just sent Bruce a text and he is up for the day and feeling great after a good night of sleep. : ) He said that he wasn’t given a plan for the day, so he is just going to head out to COCH and be there. He is hoping the final steps will be processed today and that Nathan will be released too.


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