We're here! We're really here... and let me tell you... Kiev is a beautiful city! We received VIP treatment when we arrived at the airport. Our representative, Zhenya had an associate waiting with a sign with our name and he took us to the head of the line at customs and we picked up ALL THREE OF OUR SUITCASES, (the luggage that hopped from one plane, to the other, to the other... right along with us. Thank you Lord!) Zhenya and his driver took us on a brief driving tour of Kiev and then on to our apartment (nice 1 bedroom w/ kitchen, bath and little wash machine - no dryer.) Zhenya has really taken to Patrick... he thinks he is hysterical! He called his colleague on the phone, she's going to give us a walking tour of the city tomorrow... Zhenya kept saying Pat is funny, Pat is so funny. He also said our job is to: 1.) Pray (you gotta love that) 2.) be happy 3. be open minded & patient.
I'd like to close with a quick tribute to our 4 sons back home. They each wrote us one letter. The letters were marked, "Plane 1" "Plane 2" etc... On each leg of our journey we opened a letter and our hearts were deeply touched by the prayers and encouragement of the boys. SOooo, thanks guyz! What a blessing to have something to look forward to on our long journey. In a small but very real way... all four of you came with us!
Love, Dad & Mom