Members of the Pfeil and Mitchell family with Ukrainian orphans staying with the families through the Host Ukraine Orphan Initiative come together for a prayer before dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The Pfeil family have six kids of their own, and are trying to adopt five Ukrainian orphans.
Jackie McAdams hugs Vika, 8, at the arrival of the Host Ukraine orphans on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. 23 orphans arrived at the Gillette airport, that would be staying with 10 host families for four weeks.
Sergey, 16, and Tanya, 15, write letters at Robert and Janelle Pfeil's workplace while Rayden Pfeil, 2, takes a nap on the couch. With the Pfeil's other kids at school during the day after the holiday breaks, the Ukraine orphans are left to entertain themselves through video games and other means while Robert and Janelle work.
Talon Pfeil watches her brother Sasha crack peanut shells over the trash can on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. "When they're here, we get so close to them. I don't want to see them leave," Talon says.
Tanya hugs Robert Pfeil at the Campbell County Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Around her wrist is a friendship bracelet give to her by Talon. Talon gave each of her Ukrainian siblings a bracelet to remember her as they prepared to make the flight back to Ukraine.
Natalia, 11, rolls backwards across the floor after an attempted sneak up on Derrick Mitchell on the piano, as Leila Pfeil, 9, looks on, during a family get-together on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Derrick and his wife are looking to adopt three kids, in addition to the six they already have.
Robert Pfeil pours feed for the cows into individual containers while Sergey, at left, looks on. Feeding the cows on the Pfeil's property is a daily task the orphans regularly take part in.
Tanya lifts up Rayden as the families prepare a dinner of pigs in blankets, hot dogs and pasta salad. Adoption is a two-way street, both the families and orphans need to say yes. Some of the orphans are more skeptical, having been through the process only to be told no.
Derrick Mitchell spins Natalia around during a family get-together on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. After Derrick's youngest graduated high school he and his wife thought they were done. "Now we're getting ready to do it all over again," Derrick says.
Talon hugs Sasha, left, and Misha tight on the day of the orphans return trip. Talon spent the morning of the return trip, and the wait at the airport, holding her brothers tightly. Not wanting to see them leave.
Derrick and Michelle Mitchell say their goodbyes to Natalia from the other side of the security checkpoint. The next four week trip for Host Ukraine isn't until the Summer. Many of the families are committed to fully adopting the orphans before then, a process that takes an average of nine to 12 months and three trips to the Ukraine.
Natalia plays a dance game on the Xbox Kinect during a get-together with the Pfeil family on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The four weeks begin with smiles and end with tears. If all goes well and both parties say yes, soon the orphans will be able to call Gillette their homes.