Tagged: family

Christmas 2015 0

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...

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October in Pictures.

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks of October that I never got around to posting…at least not that I can remember. Rosie wrote this letter in Russian to Max. Every time we host each kid gets a welcome letter from their new family to read (or be read to them) on the plane. Rosie is super excited about Max, so she wrote him the welcome letter all by herself. Ada bathed the baby guinea pigs one afternoon. These...

Halloween 2015 0

Our Halloween Pictures!

It’s so strange to me that our area in Ohio does trick or treating on the last Thursday in October instead of actually on the 31st. It feels bad and wrong! So tonight for Halloween we did nothing. It’s silent outside. Not a thing going on. Here are a few pictures of the kids’ costumes on Thursday night! This was how the evening ended. Brrr! And I posted this in the previous entry, but it should really go with this one...

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Wedding Weekend!

My sister’s wedding is this coming weekend. I’m so excited! It’s surreal though–I remember when she was just a baby, I used to change her diapers. Now she’s getting married. Really? How did this happen? I’m doing the photography for her wedding, which will be fun. The wedding is at a local winery. It’s gorgeous there. I’m crossing my fingers for perfect sunny weather. I don’t have a good picture of the view from the winery. It’s located near the cabin...

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Worth More Than a Thousand Words

You know that quote that says the best things in life are free? I think it’s misleading. As it turns out, the best things in life are the ones that you have to work the hardest to accomplish. The best things are the ones you have sacrificed the most for, the things you’ve been tempted to give up on yet persevered. Free things? Something you’ve been handed, something you haven’t sweated to earn? Those are things taken for granted. Today we...

Ukrainian orphan love 0

Heavy Heart.

First of all, good news: Valik has found a host family! And they are very nice, they’ve friended me on Facebook, and I cannot wait to see how his summer goes!!! If you’re curious about life for Valik and Igor, here’s a pretty good summary. Valik is the boy dancing in this video. http://vk.com/video220994679_170686597 We’re still working on fundraising the last bit of the money for Igor. It’s due in a week! They will give us until May 1st before it’s...

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Mummy!

Last Saturday we went to Cincinnati to see the mummy exhibit. It was fascinating. Unfortunately they didn’t allow pictures in the exhibit, which made me sad. They had mummies from Egypt, mummies that were naturally formed due to heat and acidic bogs and so on, and more recent people who had been mummified somehow when they were entombed in church crypts. Rosie was enthralled. Ada was kind of horrified. Henry kept pointing and saying, “Rawr!” Then doing his fake scream. Tyler...

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Fun Times.

Saturday was family day for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. They buy out King’s Island, an amusement park in Ohio, for the entire day. Everything is free–tickets for everyone on your health insurance plan or an equivalent number of guests, parking, and unlimited drinks. Tyler and Rosie go every year, but this was the first year Ada has been. It was Henry’s first year too, of course. Tyler’s parents also came along and brought my BIL’s daughter Lauren. Rosie and Ada adore...

Heart. 1

Heart.

I think re-hosting Igor a second time has really boosted his self esteem. It’s only been a couple of days but I can tell! He tried to tell Tyler in broken 10 year old boy English how happy he was that we chose him again. He said to Tyler, “Is nice America. Dis four time! My four time America! First….eh? shrug  Second you! Third Sarah. Fourth you me again! Yes! Is nice! I lave you Daddy!” He knows that we purposefully picked...

Goat Milking & Pictures from the beginning of December. 1

Goat Milking & Pictures from the beginning of December.

I’m goat sitting for my friend while her family is on vacation. She lives about 20 minutes away from me, which means out here she’s sort of my neighbor. It takes 15 minutes just to get up out of the area where I live to go anywhere. She has 16 goats. I’m milking one goat twice daily, and another goat is due to give birth any second! Her udder filled with milk a few days ago, which is a sign labor...