Category: Adoption & Hosting

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I am still so torn over Igor. I feel like we’re stuck with him, in more ways than one. First of all we love him, and that’s a big thing, and it’s not going to stop regardless of what happens. However, the trauma. The trauma of hosting him and returning him over and over–it’s rough, and I don’t just mean for us. It’s hard for him. It’s such a double edged sword. He wants to be here with us, yet the...


‘Til Summer–

Today is the day the kids and I say goodbye to Igor until summer. He and Tyler are leaving for their two day drive to Atlanta. It’s too sad. Nobody wants to say goodbye. Henry is crying and saying he’s putting his boots on to go with “my Han” which is what he calls Igor. Henry thinks Igor is the coolest brother on the planet earth and looks up to Igor like he’s a god. Igor is telling everyone he meets...



This is an example of classic Igor stubborn behavior: He gets up in the morning wearing a t-shirt and cotton pajama pants. He is shivering and complaining about how cold it is in here. (It’s 70 degrees in here, but yeah it’s like 11 degrees outside and snowing, so…) I suggest he put on long sleeves, maybe a sweatshirt, or even perhaps cover up with a blanket. He continues to complain about how cold it is in here and decides he...


Time for Goodbye

Like many other Americans, I bought a Powerball ticket yesterday. I don’t normally buy any kind of lottery tickets. Actually this is the first time I’ve ever purchased one. But I thought, What the heck, $2 for a Powerball ticket isn’t much.  Just in case a miracle should occur… I know exactly what I would do with that money. Happy days to all of my friends who are adopting and struggling to raise the funds! Your adoptions just became fully funded!!...



“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet Happy New Year, friends. I’m curious to see what this year holds for our family. Edit entry Delete entry  


Christmas Videos!

Here’s a video of the kids opening their Christmas presents. Igor was so excited when he discovered his Kindle Fire under the tree. So sweet! This is the same video, but not in fast forward. It’s much longer, but you can actually hear what everyone is saying if you want. I have lots of pictures too, but no time to edit them yet. Soon! This was our first Christmas away from family. It was weird. It was so warm out, and...


Igor Videos!

I have things to write about, but it’s already 2:15 in the morning. I need to hurry up and go to sleep. I was exhausted all day today. I have to get up at 5:30 in the morning because Baby E (daycare baby) gets here quite early. I am not a morning person. I get my second wind at night around 10:30 and I’m happy to stay up half the night soaking up the (mostly) alone time while the kids sleep....



He’s been traveling for 24 hours. He’s here and he’s very happy! They have begun the eleven hour drive home. I’ll get to see him tomorrow. :D


Today is the Day!

And it’s right NOW. Tyler and Rosie are at the Atlanta airport waiting for Igor to come through customs. Igor was very excited about the trip. It feels like he’s coming home after being away for a few months. I’m a little anxious about how his behavior will be, but most of all I am excited to see him again. We’re working on a new plan to unravel more of his status mystery, and trying to figure out how we can...