Rosie and Tyler are at King’s Island today. (Amusement park, for those not local…) It’s Toyota’s free day there. Toyota rented out the entire park and workers get free tickets for everyone in their family. Tyler has made it a tradition for him to take Rosie every year and Rosie *loves* it.
It’s weird having half of my family in another state without me. Ada doesn’t know what to do without Rosie here! It’s so much work too–I have to actually watch Ada every second because Rosie isn’t helping me. How sad is that? I don’t realize how much Rosie does until she’s not here. She’s an excellent helper and tattle tale, haha!
I’m getting super excited about hosting this winter. We’re still waiting to find out about Karina, but if she can’t come this little other guy stands out to us–he is super adorable!
His name is Nazar and he’s 7 years old. His bio says he was hardly able to talk when he came at age 6 but now, a year later, he’s doing well at school and totally caught up. He’s described as cuddly and liking to tell stories and talk about books he’s read. Sad to think of what might have happened to him in his first 6 years of life that caused him to be so behind. The only negative thing the bio mentions is that he has really bad teeth, poor kiddo.
I wonder if we might not be better off with a little boy so we don’t have three little girls fighting over dolls and clothes! He has the same color hair as my girls and the same shade of blue eyes that Rosie has. :)
In order to host him we’d have to move the litter box to the bathroom closet and turn the back room (current home of the litter box and cat food) into his room. That shouldn’t be too hard, assuming my orange Gus kitty decides to start using the new litter box. Frustrating! By the way, for those that asked in my previous entry the litter robot is called The Litter Robot. That’s the actual name of it! (This reminds me of Dr. Who…doctor who? The Doctor! DR. WHO! What’s the name of that litter robot? LITTER ROBOT! Ahem…) The Litter Robot is freaking awesome. We’ve had it for a week, and there’s just hardly any smell! It’s like night and day difference. When you walk in our house you don’t immediately smell cat. When you walk in the room with the litter box you don’t immediately smell it. And you never have to squat down and scoop it, I hate doing that.
Anyway, back to winter hosting–
All of the kids from this particular orphanage that Nazar is at look so pale and scrawny to me in the pictures. They told us that the kids from Tanya’s orphanage were the best fed out of all the orphanages they’d ever visited. That must be true because at age almost 8 Tanya wore size 10/12 clothes. She was quite hefty and new how to pack the food away, that’s for sure.
Christmas isn’t that far away. The host organization is still visiting orphanages and compiling the photo listing of kids to choose from. They plan to have at least one hundred kids on the list this winter! The photo list should be done in October. I’ll share it here in case anyone is curious, once they post it.
So far they’ve just posted photos from this one orphanage. Tyler and I were looking at them and we both pointed out Nazar at the same time. Our choices are limited because you have to be 15 years older than a child you adopt from Ukraine according to their law. (I think you also have to be at least 25 years old and married for one year.) So we could adopt a kid 11 and under. We wouldn’t want to host a kid we couldn’t adopt in case we fall in love! And we wouldn’t want to host them knowing we might be taking an opportunity for them to be hosted by a family that *could* adopt them.
There are so many older kids on the list, up to age 16, that look like they are full of potential. Some of them are able to come here on student visas once they age out of the system at 16 if they are sponsored by host families here. That basically saves their lives and gives them a chance to choose college instead of prostitution, organized crime, or suicide. There’s one boy on there whose bio says he’s very intelligent and wants to be a computer programmer. Another boy wants to be a preacher. One loves animals and dreams of studying to be a vet. In Ukraine when they age out their only options are organized crime or some kind of basic trade school. I would love to help those kids one day, when we’re older. It seems right now we’re in the season of our lives where we’re young and have little kids.
I don’t know what will happen with Karina. We would have trouble seeing her on the host list and just forgetting about her, you know? We’ll just have to wait and see I guess. Always with the patience and waiting!!
Of course all of this is pointless if we don’t get the $2,700 to host. You know how that goes. I will be praying my little heart out and also brainstorming some fundraisers.
Why is money so overwhelming? If we do decide we want to adopt we will need to round up so much money too. I wish it was free, but love alone isn’t enough. I guess faith goes a long way. That whole faith the size of a mustard seed thing again…
I want to approach the Ukrainian church here and ask them if they would be interested in hosting, fundraising, and translating. They would be such an awesome resource. The church is very strict–they even wear head coverings for women in church and they only speak Ukrainian in the services and Sunday school classes. (They also speak in tongues there…) Tanya loved their church when she was here. Tanya said she’d never been to a church before. The Ukrainian church members we talked to had never heard of orphan hosting before and seemed intrigued by the idea.
If there are 10 host families in our area (OH, KY, VA, and a couple other east coast states) then the kids will fly into a local airport instead of Chicago. That would be amazing! The other KY host family is hosting two kids, plus if we host one, and there’s another lady in VA who is hosting two brothers, and if Tanya’s family hosts her again…that’s six kids. We’d only need a few more families to reach the magic number of 10 kids for our area!
I’m getting so excited.
I know that not everyone is able or willing to host or adopt an orphan for multitudes of personal reasons. But this is the best part, my favorite part–it’s kind of one of those “it takes a village” ideas. Every single person who contributed to the hosting cost for Tanya was a part of bringing her here and helping her find a family. Not just me alone. Lots of people weren’t able to host, but they were able to send a few dollars (or more) so that we could host her. Lots of people were able to help give her a wonderful summer and possibly save her life. You guy saw the difference between her sad orphanage picture and then the pictures I posted! She was able to get correct glasses so she could SEE. Tanya couldn’t see the TV when she first came to our house because the prescription was way too strong. Orphanage hand me down glasses are not ideal. If nothing else we sent her back to school this fall with the gift of sight, and you all contributed to that. She was able to start public school this fall, she’s not in the horrible mental institution right now like they were planning.
Sure, we can’t save the whole world. I cannot save every child who has no mother or father. But we can love one at a time, right? It’s kind of addicting. :)