Two American citizens and two Ukrainian citizens entered the immigration line at LAX airport around two thirty pm last Saturday afternoon, but at six o'clock, four American citizen (two with dual citizenship until they are 18) exited the airport and got into our family mini-van. We drove south on the 405 toward a forever home and to see the rest of their forever family.
As we pulled into the drive a week ago today, I jumped out of the front seat to move the step-stool blocking the garage parking space. A 4 year old little girl with wet hair and a princess bathrobe opened the door from the house. "Mommy!" she yelled as she threw her arms around me. Oh my bugaboo, I think to myself, but my hug was interrupted when she asked, "where is Yana and Alex?"
I look up and Adam has pulled all the way into the garage now and the charcoal grey sliding doors begin to uncover a new brother and a new sister. This 4 year old girl pushes her mommy away and jumps into the lap of a tired 16 year old boy with his seat belt still around him.
Alex! Alex! Alex!
Lily runs out of the house, bypassing her mommy (who has been gone for 15 days) and jumps on Alex too.
Two pink marshmallows in matching robes jumping around the car screaming with excitement, their brother and sister are home forever.
Yana, carries Elliot into the house and Alex hold Lily's hand. A welcome home banner hangs visible for the entire neighborhood to see.
Wanna see your room? Wanna see your room?
They repeat over and over and over to their older siblings , their bodies quickly bouncing around with pure joy.
As they start to head up stairs, I stop them (buzz kill), "Adam get the camera" I tell him. I make Lily give me a hug and I have the kids help take out the suitcases while Adam sets up the camera in Alex's room.
I get a call from up stairs, "all ready" and so I lead the kids up the hall way.
Here is a youtube link of the video. Alex was pretty stoked, "my room best" he tells me.
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