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Family adopts four Ukrainian children in middle of crisis

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It has been an emotional and joyous time for a Montgomery, Alabama family who found themselves in the middle of a war zone, while trying to adopt four children from the Ukraine.

A year ago, David and Lisa Bundy decided they wanted to adopt. But, the journey they embarked on last November is something they never expected. The couple landed in Kiev and started the process to finalize their adoption papers for their four children Nastia, Karina, Max, and Alla. A week later the violence in Independence Square erupted.

"You could hear everything, the bombs, the molotov cocktails, the gun fire," Lisa Bundy said. "We went out one time, and apparently there were snipers and we didn't know it until we got back to the apartment."

The Bundy's were just a few blocks away from the heaviest fighting. Hunkered inside their small Kiev apartment the newly formed family of six waited for their paperwork to go through.

"With the things going on politically in Ukraine, now with Crimea and with Russia it is very worrisome, David Bundy said. "I didn't know if the government was going to be disrupted to the point where we wouldn't get the things we needed to get done to complete the adoption."

On Feb. 23, the Bundy's got the final documents approved for Karina, Max and Alla. All three are siblings. The fourth child they adopted, Nastia, still waited for approval to leave the country. David Bundy said the family made the decision to leave Lisa with Nastia and come home later.

On Friday, after nearly three long weeks, the entire Bundy family were reunited in the International Concourse of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

"It is really great to get all of us together," David Bundy said. "I can't express how happy I am now. I don't think it hit me yet."

Lisa Bundy said when she stepped foot back on U.S. soil it was amazing. Through hugs and tears she was welcomed home by her entire family.

"God bless America," Lisa Bundy said. "I am happy to be a mom, finally."

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