Actually it's from Ohio to Ukraine, back to Ohio, then to China

Thursday, September 11, 2008

we have the visa (and I do not mean the credit card even though we have one of those as well)

We were able to pick up Wesley's visa today, so we are ready to go home!! Our flight leaves on Saturday at 12:55p and we are schedule to arrive in Dayton at 11:14p (God-willing). Here is a picture from the other day - Wesley is dreaming of the day he will go home to America. (Really though he is people-watching the busy intersection by our apartment) The medical exam, paperwork drop-off at the consulate, and the visa appointment all went well. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was all pretty easy. We dropped off our paperwork about 9:15a and this took about 30 minutes. We then went to get the medical exam done at another office. This took about 45 minutes, but that was mostly spent waiting on the doctor, then waiting on the results. We went back for our visa appointment at the consulate at 2:00p. There were four other US families there, so we finished up about 3:30p. The other families we met were the Paynes (, Kim from Minnesota, another couple (I cannot remember their names) from Indiana, and another woman (I forget her name too - can you tell I am bad with names?) from Kentucky (I think). They are all leaving tomorrow, so we wish them safe travels home!


It's hard to believe that we are ready to go home! Tomorrow we are going to do a little shopping and packing to head home!! I just can't stop saying that we're going home!! What a great feeling and a relief!!
Love - Staci and Damon
who doesn't love a picture of a boy and his mom's pocketbook??

he's excited about the washing machine, so I hope to one day get help with all the laundry he generates!!

I'll leave you with this picture of the "innocent look" (he was trying to get in Damon's backpack)


DoveFamily said...

Congratulations - mission accomplished. Enjoy your last bit of time in Kyiv without any real pressures left, and I pray that your travels home are safe and uneventful!

Debbie said...

Hooray! I'm excited that you'll be COMING HOME. :-) And I love the pictures. What a cutie.

Kathy and Matt said...

Whoo-hoo!!! CONGRATS!!!

So excited that you have completed all the paperwork and now just have to get on that plane home! I know how great you both must feel!!

Wesley's pictures are all so cute. Enjoy these last couple of days in Ukraine.

Praying you have a safe and easy trip home!

Payne's said...

Nice to have seen you at the consulate today Staci and Damon. You have one cute little man on your hands! Have a safe journey home on Saturday.

Paka Paka!

Ruslan, Inna and Victor said...

Congrats on finishing the last leg of the paperchase in Ukraine. Wesley is just so cute! There will be many more explorations for him at home - everything is so new and exciting.

Praying for your safe return home!

Amy said...

What great news! I hope that everything goes well for your flight and little Wes has an enjoyable time on the flight!

Best wishes and safe travels! Can't wait to see the first picture of him HOME!


adoptedthree said...

I will look for you in the skies tommorow night!

jennjenn said...

yay! I'm so glad you are bringing Wesley home finally! We pray for safe, and not so tramatic, travel. Now I just wish we were anywhere near "home" to see this cutie in person!

Shawnie said...

I have been following your story and I am so happy for you to finally be coming home. You are in our prayers that you will find the best doctors. It will be so fun to see how much he grows and develops with a loving family!!

The D'Antuono Family said...

Hope that you are home and safe! You are in our thoughts!

Kathy and Matt said...

Hoping you're all home safely by now! When you find a minute (hard to do, I know), post a short update so we can all celebrate your return!

Sara G said...

I have really enjoyed reading your adoption story. When I first seen the new house you bought I thought to myself "that looks like an Ohio house" and then I ready that your flight was coming in to Dayton!
We live between Dayton and Cincinnati.
Good luck with your baby boy! He is sure a cutie.
Take care

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