half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

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The Wildflowers.

To the older man at Inniswood Metro Park tonight–   This evening you saw us playing with our four children in the algae filled pond and in the woods at the back of the park. I know because I noticed you before you saw us. You were there alone, walking on the path with your hands held behind your back and I briefly wondered about you. My grandfather loved to walk too. It was something we did together often, walking several...

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He’s here, he’s adorable, and he’s tiny. He was so excited to meet us. They showed him our picture and the letter we sent. Here’s a short video of his arrival and seeing our house for the first time. :) Lots more to come later!

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One Day Left!

It’s happening!! We’ve finally reached this day! V is the third little one from the front, in the black pants. They’re landing on Orlando tonight and we will meet him tomorrow (Sunday) at noon. I CANNOT WAIT. SO EXCITED! My kids are ready too. This was taken yesterday. There has been much talk of Vladi and they have already planned all kinds of fun things they want to do with him. This time tomorrow we’ll be at the Columbus airport meeting...

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House Tour!

This is the final week without Vladik here. I know that no matter how hosting goes or what our relationship with Vladi ends up being, we will never be the same after. Each child we’ve hosted has changed us all as a family. I cannot describe the impact they make on all of us. Our hearts break for them, we love them, we struggle alongside them, we say goodbye to them and send pieces of our hearts back with them. My...

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Toothless Wonder Boy.

This happened today. We’ve been on the cancellation list to get into dental surgery ASAP, and I knew it was coming, but I’m still horribly sad about my baby’s teeth. I want to cry. Since I was so sick with giardiasis during his pregnancy I had malnutrition, and it caused the enamel on his top teeth not to form. His teeth were really soft, not hard and white like they should be. As a result they quickly began to crumble and...


T-Minus Ten Days!

Only ten days until Vladik arrives. Can you believe that?! Time is going by so quickly. I am very, very excited to meet him. I’m also a little nervous because this is the first child we’ve hosted who is actually in the process of being available for adoption. What if we love him? It’s scary to think of all the money the adoption process requires. I wish it could be free. Of course that’s not the way the world works. ;)...

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Rosie is getting so big. It’s unbelievable. I’m not sure how this is happening so quickly. It was almost 80 degrees out, so I let Henry play in the water. Ada played too, but not for long because the water was freezing cold! Rosie was too old to even be interested. This one…hahaha! He was pretending to be Hulk. Of course today it’s gray, cloudy, misting rain, and in the 50’s outside. One day of nice weather, five days of gray...

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Hiking Pictures!

Man, I guess we have germs. Last week Henry randomly got watery diarrhea. I thought he drank some of the soapy water from the water table they were playing in the day before. He had wanted bubbles in it so I added dish soap. I told him not to drink it, but there was a few minutes where he was alone with it and you know how toddlers (especially boys) can be. But yesterday, 7 days since Henry was sick, Ada...

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Ada Turns Six!

I can’t believe my squishy baby is now six years old. It’s crazy, how did this go by so fast? I remember when I spent so many hours cuddling her, nursing her, and kissing her huge chipmunk cheeks. This was the first time Ada and Rosie met each other! And on her sixth birthday… She’s so big now. She’s spunky, and goofy, and really smart. Here’s a vlog of her birthday, ending with opening gifts and blowing out the candles on...

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Ballet Vlog!

  Here’s a vlog from Ada’s dance class last Thursday. Ada *really* wanted me to video her practicing for the recital coming up in May. After ballet we went to Chick-Fil-A, which is also in the vlog. This Thursday’s ballet class on Ada’s birthday. She’s so excited to tell her ballet teacher!