UKRAINE—Among the millions of stranded travelers from the volcanic ash from Iceland is the Blecourt family of Holland, who have been trying to bring back their newly adopted son from the Ukraine.
The de Blecourt family is in the final process of the international adoption of their 4-year-old son Jake.
Just when they thought their journey was finally over a natural disaster struck.
"I said a volcano, you've got to be kidding me," said Kim de Blecourt. She was stuck in the airport for days with Jake and her 9-year old daughter . "It was a very crowded airport with a lot of different languages," she said. "Nobody was happy."
Even before the volcano, the family had hit many snags in the international adoption process, from communication issues to legal twists.
"They don't really prepare you for anything in country, so I guess the biggest shock to me was culturally this post-Soviet country and America ... are upside down, through-the-looking-glass different," said de Blecourt.
Despite all the challenges, she encourages anyone to adopt. She said that despite all its obstacles, adopting has been a true blessing.
"Just such a joy to see him smiling," she said. "I can't tell you what that does for me."
If all goes as planned, Kim, Jake and her daughter will leave the Ukraine this weekend and re-unite with Kim's husband Sunday night in West Michigan.
"I have met so many people who's lives have been impacted by this volcano, from doctors returning to patients to families trying to get to their loved ones. I will never forget the faces and the stories," she said.