(WIBW) - International turmoil stranded one Topeka family in Ukraine but they finally made a return trip home with their four adopted children Saturday night.
Don and Lisa Jenkins ran into delays getting passports for their children as the turmoil with Russia erupted. They had been in Ukraine since early February waiting for the issues to be resolved.
The Jenkins told 13 News the final passport was delivered Friday morning. It allowed them to complete final paperwork and processing by Friday afternoon. Don, Lisa and the four children were due to board a flight out of Kiev early Saturday morning, local time.
The Jenkins family arrived at Kansas City International Airport around 9 pm Saturday.
On a Facebook page updating their plight, Don Jenkins posted Friday: "We are all way too excited to sleep at this point....
So looking forward to all of our family and friends....and a Diet Coke from a fountain...with ice."
On her page, Lisa Jenkins added:
"If you only knew the depth of gratitude that our family feels to those of you that continually lifted us up in prayer. It helped (along with our own prayer) to get us through.
"Thank you to our BNSF management team for working with us and giving us peace of mind that you were supporting us the whole way!!! Our friends at BNSF continually reached out to support us as well. Just like family. It meant a lot!
"A big thank you to Pat Roberts and Lynn Jenkins offices for continuously working to get us out of here. In fact, the people at the Embassy told us today they received congressional inquiries daily about our circumstances. So, thank you!!
"Thank you to the friends and family back home that helped us stay informed an helped keep our life in Kansas still in operation. You know who you are!!"