It feels like we just returned from an extended military mission.   Unbelievable what my in-laws did with our apartment.  They TOTALLY reworked our furniture to work with the two-kids-in-one-room situation.  It looks like a brand new apartment!

The fridge is full, both of daily necessities, and delicacies prepared by my mother in law.  There is a welcome home cake on the table, and a welcome home sign when we walked in.  The apartment is covered in welcome home balloons, the kids are ecstatic!

Our apartment was full of little things DH’s parents, brothers and sister did to make it the best possible use of space and design.  They rock.  I can’t picture a more wonderful family to have married into.

And we also love our dear friends, Tal and Sagit, who helped us keep the faith from beginning to end.  I hope they know how much we love them.  They even called us on our Ukrainian cell phone as we were waiting to board, to give us a final pep talk.  We would pep for the short, but challenging flight ahead.  More on that later.

And also our neighbors, the wonderful Breznik family, who were always happy to provide support and encouragement.  They also decorated our apartment with balloons so the first thing both kids saw when we walked in was bunches of balloons and a “Welcome Home” sign.

Actually I thank every one who commented, emailed or who I just knew was out there – without all of you, I’d have no reason to verbalize, and that was a most cathartic part of this process.

We love you all!