It’s good to be home again! Rhonda and I touched down in Detroit on Thursday late afternoon. Since you can’t turn on cell phones until AFTER completely clearing customs, I couldn’t call my mom to tell her we had landed and I had no idea what her arrival time was. As Rhonda and I exited the “secure” area of customs into the greeting/arrival area, I heard my mom telling Tatiana “over here, Tatiana, here’s the bathroom”. And then she saw me – and I got the BIGGEST hug! Man, did I miss that girl! Perfect timing!
I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked “don’t you wish you could have brought him home on this trip?” in the last couple days. Well, not to be rude, but DUH! Of course I wish that! However, I can honestly say, when you know going in what the program is, it’s easier to accept going home and waiting. Waiting is NEVER easy, but it seems to be more understandable when that is the plan from the get go.
So now we wait.
Thankfully, the wait this time around SHOULD not be nearly as long and painful as two years ago. (I am knocking on every piece of wood in my eye sight right now!!) The average turn around time for court is 6 weeks in St. Petersburg. Compared to Vladivostok, where the average is 3 months (with some families waiting as long as 6 months or more!) – this will be a walk in the park. Plus this time I have nothing done. And I have a Tatiana to help keep me busy and preoccupied.
Speaking of Tatiana, she’s SUPER excited to be a big sister. She saw pictures of Baby Soup and proclaimed her love already. She’s been picking out movies for him to watch. I realize that approximately two days after his arrival she’ll be ready for him to leave again, but for now we’ll settle for excited!
I made good progress on the pre-move office clean up today. I don’t think my office has been this clean since I moved here. I may try to talk Gramma Darlin into heading down to Art Van (furniture store, for those of you non-Michiganders) tomorrow to check out some dresser options. Even though I feel like I have lots of time – 6 weeks will fly by before I know it.
Another teaser for the day – sorry that’s all you get for now!