Thomas Artyom and Andrew Vladimir had big smiles when the judge announced her favorable decision granting our petition to adopt them. The judge told the boys to enjoy their new family and life in America, to work hard in school and learn English. She told the boys to be good to their parents and to respect us and listen to what we instruct.
It's that last admonition that I wonder about--ha! They are, afterall, our children now.
"Blessed are you among men" is a quote of Mark's in reference to me and my position these days as the matriarch of the household. Chloe, my sweet girl beagle is the only one who comes close to really understanding me now. Still though, I love my boys even among the stinky socks, random burping contests and other humorus boyish habits we won't mention right now. God has blessed me more than I could ever have imagined and I just pray for the graces that I know I will need to raise these little guys into compassionate, God fearing men that will have the level of integrity that their Daddy does.
I must admit though I am counting on my lovely daughters to rescue me from time to time for a girls only day out.