Monday she woke up ready to go.
We walked to the airport from our hotel and checked in... this is it... we are taking our daughter out of Ukraine and going home... we cherished every moment of this day.
It began with passport control in Kyiv... checking the documents... rechecking the documents... examining the court decree.... examining her immigrant visa... then the questions... "you adopted this girl but she looks just like you"... passport gets stamped... we board the plane to New York!
We arrive in New York about ten hours later and go straight to passport control...
when an official found out we had adopted we were put at the back of the line...
"this is going to take a while" we were told...
"I need to see immigrant packet from U.S. Embassy and passport."
Looks through paperwork...
looks at us... looks at Karina...
"So, you adopted her?"
"But she looks just like you."
"Yes. We have heard that."
"Take these papers into that office."
We enter the office of the Department of Homeland Security.
"Take a seat and wait until called."
"Please come back here."
Told our responsibilities and obligations... paperwork accepted...
"Karina Ann Nasekos, welcome to the United States of America. You are a citizen of the United States with all the rights and privileges that come with US citizenship. You will receive paperwork in 4-6 weeks... hey, you look just like your parents."
We smile... welcome our daughter to America... and board the plane to Atlanta.
We arrive in Atlanta with 45 minutes to catch the flight to Jackson... the last leg.
We arrive in Jackson at about 10:45PM...
"Karina, are you excited to see your brothers and sister?"
We were greeted with signs, balloons, hugs and kisses. Together, finally.
Thank you Grace, Alex, Ashley, Samuel, Marie, mom and dad for welcoming us. It was great to see all of you - I know it was late but thanks for coming!
After visiting with friends and family for a while at the airport all seven of us got in the van for the thirty minute drive home... the kids could hardly contain themselves.
When we entered the house Karina stopped in the kitchen... looked at us with a smile on her face... looked up... let out a sigh... and said,
"It's good to be home."