Monday, April 14, 2014


Last night we got to bust out Tavin from the orphanage and it was a beautiful thing!

His nannies were so sweet, tearing up as they said goodbye and telling us many things we couldn't understand. 

Getting him dressed in the clothes we brought for him:

Some of his little room mates saying goodbye...they are each so sweet. I pray a family finds them soon. 

Then after giving the nannies chocolate and flowers and the permission slip to take him out..

we said final goodbyes as they kissed his cheeks, and wished us well. Yes I did cry. One last pic in front of his orphanage....

and we walked out the gate for the last time, holding our son. I can't explain the emotions at that point! 

He was wide eyed for the ride to the hotel...

Isn't he so handsome??

Then we got to give his a bath and he loved it! Unfortunately the tub didn't want to hold water so it was a short one. He's gonna love splashing at home!

We had a little time to snuggle before going to the train station. Those little moments are the sweetest. 

He did great on the train and fell asleep after about at hour. (Our train left at 10:00pm). He slept through the night, despite the swaying, grinding and screeching of the wheels, and the fact that he and I shared opposite ends of a bench/bed. 

Today we had our first embassy appt and clinical, tomorrow we should be able to wrap them up and be ready to head home mid week!

It's just an amazing thing to look over and see him WITH us! We couldn't have done it without you all. Thank you!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Our last visit at the orphanage

Because he's so cute and I can't help myself here are a few pics to enjoy of our newest little guy. 

Those were from our LAST visit in the orphanage this morning!!! The next time we walk through that door tonight we will walk out with Tavin forever!

Today we showed his nanny a photo book we had brought with pictures of our home, vacation, the boys, etc. She teared up and sniffled and made motion over her heart of her heart pumping, asked if we were taking him today, kissed Tavin and sighed and talked to him. It must be very bittersweet for them to say goodbye but they are obviously so happy for him to have a family. The nannies here are very kind to the answer to many prayers! Definitely not the norm at many orphanages here in Eastern Europe. She's on the left here:

Then I asked if I could take pictures of his crib. I had been hoping all along to get to see his crib but wasn't sure how they would feel about it. She took me in and plopped him in his crib adding a pillow and toys. 

He wasn't excited about it and immediately started shaking his head, I imagine he's had too much time in there. I hadn't meant for them to put him in but with the language barrier I was just glad they let me take pics in the groupa. And it was lunch time so I knew they would take him right back out to feed him. 

Then they wanted to show how he pulls up and stands in his crib. 

There are 7 cribs in his room with 6 other sweet little ones spending too much time in there. 

Then we said goodbye and walked out the gates for the last time by ourselves.

4 hours from now he will join us forever. We can't wait!!