Finally – the day has come – Ian is ours legally! I feel like I should keep pinching myself! God is so good! There have been shattered dreams in my life in regards to becoming a mother to another child, but yesterday, a new dream realized. Yesterday started out as a frustrating day, as we found out that getting Ian’s ID number was going to take longer than usual and that we would not be going home as soon as hoped. But then, our incredible reunion with Ian. We all shared tears as the staff, who have loved on my dear son the last few years, hugged, said sweet words and gave him very personal gifts. The staff chipped in and bought him a beautiful cross necklace (so that “Christ would always protect him”), a microscope set, and a picture book of Ukraine, written both in Ukraine and English so that he could “always remember where he came from” along with a very personal inscription from the director. I wish I could share pictures but you will have to wait – I haven’t figured it out yet and my better half has to help me. The director, took me in her arms and told me that she didn’t know why, but she trusts me, and knows that we are the family for Ian…more tears….even now. It still feels surreal. Olivia, Ian and I celebrated by going to McDonalds and having icecream (Ian’s choice of course). Ian was giddy. He talks a lot more than anyone else in our family does! He sure likes his sweet treats too! He adores Olivia and she adores him as well. What a true gift that she can share in this experience and have this bonding time with Ian before the craziness begins once we are home. Ian syped with his new “pappa”, and talked on the phone with his new brother and sister and Oma. He counted to 20 in English for them. The only real challenge during our first day was getting him to bed. Of course, he didn’t want to go to sleep….