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Meeting Kolya.

We met Kolya today. He was pretty much awesome. Of course now Tyler is having cold feet. It’s a big commitment, we don’t make enough money to add a fourth child to our family, typical fears. He’s also still in love with Igor, but he has to accept that ship has sailed. So this is the plan: Spend some more time with Kolya, and wait for murky waters to clear. One of two things will happen: It will become apparent that this is...

Snot, Go Away. 0

Snot, Go Away.

What is wrong with my body? I am still sick. It’s been almost a month. It’s like a curse. I have five kids to care for and I feel like poo. Still this same cold. I cannot get rid of it. I don’t have any infection symptoms–clear mucus, no fever. It’s just hanging on forever. The cough went away, thank goodness. Then I had a sinus headache in my face for like two weeks. Now I have a very stuffy nose,...

“The kids at this school are hungry.” 0

“The kids at this school are hungry.”

????? ???? ???? ?????? ??? ?????? ???????? The orphanage director explained to a friend who is currently in Ukraine adopting from Igor’s orphanage that due to the conflict going on the government hasn’t been providing enough funding. They don’t have many food staples, medicines, no more toilet paper, or soaps. They only eat watered down soups. My kid is asking me to send him food because he’s hungry. Heart is breaking. Luxury items for them are basic foods and a roll...

Give a Ukrainian Orphan an iPod… 0

Give a Ukrainian Orphan an iPod…

And they’ll share it with all their friends, who will then message you and FaceTime you and beg you to find them a family to love them too. What do you say? What do you tell their hopeful faces on the other side of the screen? How do you answer their questions written while holding their breaths, written with extra question marks for emphasis? I never expected this to happen. I thought we may be able to exchange messages with Igor....

Hard. 0

Hard.

We’re down to the last few days of Igor’s visit. This is the hardest part. He pushes us away by acting rude on purpose. It’s difficult not to take it personally, but since this is the third time we’ve hosted I’ve gained some wisdom. It’s just his way to make it easier for him to say goodbye. Sad, but true. He alternates pushing us away with being extra clingy. Earlier tonight he was laying in my arms stroking my cheek whispering,...

As 2013 Ends… 0

As 2013 Ends…

2013 is almost over. This year has brought about big changes. New baby! New home! This time last year we didn’t know if Henry was a boy or a girl. We had just met Igor. We had no idea we’d actually be able to move. I had no idea that I would be living on the perfect piece of land. What will next year bring? I have no idea. Hopefully good things. With Igor, well….we’re all in. We want to adopt...

Bring Igor Back? 0

Bring Igor Back?

My poor sweet Igor. This is just all wrong. The other family couldn’t adopt him because relatives apparently showed up. We thought the relatives were going to adopt him, but it seems they aren’t. Igor was moved to another orphanage. He has to be so heartbroken and confused. This summer he told the American family wanting to adopt him that he had a mom and he had her phone number with him written down on a piece of paper. The American...

Well this made me cry! 0

Well this made me cry!

A friend I met through the hosting group this summer shared this essay her adopted daughter wrote for school.  I read it not realizing what it was and it made me cry! This woman, Brooke, and her husband, adopted three girls from Ukraine.  The first little girl they hosted over Christmas, fell in love with her, and promptly began the adoption process.  While they were at the orphanage adopting her they met her two best friends.  They came back as soon...

It’s official: Nazar! 5

It’s official: Nazar!

I’m thrilled to announce… No wait, not thrilled. Overjoyed? Over the moon? REALLY, REALLY REALLY EXCITED!!! Yeah, really, really, really, really excited to announce that: We are hosting Nazar for Christmas!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   This sweet little face is coming soon to my house:       I wonder what he will be like.  I can’t wait to buy little boy clothes and stuff. Of course I have no idea what size he will wear.  He’s a 7 year old boy, so probably...

“I will not leave you as orphans…” 11

“I will not leave you as orphans…”

I am completely and totally floored at what has happened for Tanya. This entire experience has been like some kind of insane and unimaginable roller coaster of emotions. What I really can’t get over is the way every tiny detail was not just out of our control, but how it also seemed orchestrated, as if not a single thing happened by chance. It started with the blog entry I read.  Someone was writing about ways to make your summer meaningful and they linked to...