The Final Poka

This will be a very brief post tonight because our ride to the airport will be here in 6 short hours to pick us up! We will arise at 2:30am Kyiv time to be whisked away to Boryspil Airport Terminal F for arrival at approximately 3:30am. Our flight leaves at approximately 5:30am and we must check in 2 hours ahead. From there, we fly to Frankfurt, Germany for the big layover before departing for Chicago and then Minneapolis.

A good day was had by all. We went to the orphanage to give everyone there the final good-bye, or “poka” in Russian. Gifts were exchanged, cake was consumed, and well-wishes were exchanged among the Minnesota families still stationed in Kyiv in various stages of advancement through the process. I took several pictures, and will try to post some of them when back home. Until we meet again on the west side of the Atlantic…


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karla
    May 20, 2011 @ 14:23:11

    I hope you were able to get some sleep with the concert going on at St. Sophia’s tonight! Praying for a safe and uneventful trip back to MSP for you and the Ritzmans. We look forward to connecting with you again in Blaine, MN.

    Thank you for allowing us to participate in the farewell party this afternoon.

    The Landrys


  2. motorcyclemama5
    May 20, 2011 @ 20:27:43

    Too funny! When I first read your title, my mind saw Final “Polka” rather than “Pokah” as you intended. I thought, “What? He’s switching from a football theme to a dance theme?” So I guess there’s evidence of how far my Russian frame of mind has been tucked away for the time being. I better get back in the swing of things, because my Rooski is going to be back in use in less than 24 hours!


  3. Dave
    May 20, 2011 @ 22:02:54

    Let’s pray them in rested, safe and minimal jet lag. See you soon and the kids soon, Jill. An awesome homecoming. Thank you, Lord!


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