"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Still here!

We were supposed to go home today, but thanks to little miss Victoria's refusal to eat, we are still here!

When I left for our trip, I ambitiously thought I would be able to do alot of updates. Little did I know that I would be lucky to find the time to eat (Power bars kept me from starving), let alone use the computer.

Here we are at the Atlanta airport. The girls look so sad!!!

Victoria immediately figured out how to unbuckle her seat belt on the plane and eat it at the same time, over and over and over.

The girls were much better on this trip than on the flight home from the Ukraine.

Victoria even slept for a little while!

In Denver, during our fun 3 hour layover, Francesca had a major poop blow-out and, of course, I forgot to bring any extra pants and I lost her shoes too! Never a dull moment.

My favorite part of the flight.

But the real excitement started when I got to Dallas and discovered that I couldn't rent a car.
We were stranded at the airport!

Luckily, a sweet woman named Christie, who lived somewhat close to Dallas, came to our rescue and took us to the hotel. She has a daughter from Ukraine who also has Arthrogyroposis too!! Thank you Christie and Erika!

I love hotels! There is so much to do!

Victoria was in love with the ice bucket.

The next morning, Francesca had her MRI, so since she couldn't eat, no one ate, except for this delicious pen.

Sharing is caring!

We had appointments from 6:00 am until 5:00 pm. It was a long, long day. Together, with quite a few Snickers bars, we made it through!

Francesca had over 60 measurements of her face, taken by an anthropologist, which helps determine when she needs her next surgery. She had quite a freak-out fest over it, though it didn't hurt at all.

Both girls failed hearing test number 3, so it was tubes for everyone! Yipee!

I decided to walk back to the hotel from the hospital. Though it was a tad bit longer than I had anticipated, it was a very pretty day.

I have lots more to write, but the babies are waking up from their very short nap! More soon!!!Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes!!!


  1. What a ride! Bless you my friend and may the Lord give you strength to make it home!

  2. Oh, my goodness! You have the biggest heart. I can't even imagine how exhausted you must be. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  3. I have been keeping a look out for your update and praying all is going well! All the kids looked so cute in the pictures!! Hoping things go smooth on the trip home!! And that Victoria eats very soon!!!

  4. been praying for you along this entire journey... bless you sweet friend...and your little girlies! :)

  5. Have been thinking of your family and praying for you guys. Thank you for updating us all :)

  6. You are so brave! I was a basket case of nerves taking one toddler to a hospital 2hrs aways for surgery - with my husband's help.
    Clearly the fact that you are still functional enough to post on the blog, shows how amazing you are and how amazing God is. Hopefully, Victoria will eat soon, soon, soon. My husband drank my sons apple juice that was required drinking after surgery to get the IV out. They just wouldn't believe us that he had never in his life drank a big cup of apple juice on any day for any reason. I was having visions of being trapped in the hospital for days waiting for our son to magically become a juice guzzler.

  7. I know you are home!!!! :) SO glad you made it safe. :)


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