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Birthday Party Fun!

Also from June: These are pictures from a friend’s birthday party for her two sons. They were turning five and three. The kids had SO MUCH FUN at this party. It was at a local farm that hosts parties. They had lots of animals to pet and play with, along with a pond for swimming. My friend’s daughter, sister of the birthday boys. Mama and baby peafowl! Or really peahen and babies, if we want to get technical. MY FAVORITES!! This...

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Pigs, Pigs Everywhere!

Another catch-up entry! We also took Vlad to Slate Run Historical Farm. This is actually a metro park just south of Columbus and free to visit. I love this place. It reminds me of growing up as a kid on my family’s dairy farm. I so desperately wished to give my children this childhood too, but despite all of my attempts it hasn’t worked out yet. Henry chose his outfit. I couldn’t convince him to wear the matching shoes! This house...

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Vlad at the Zoo!

Now that I have a few moments I need to go back and catch up on sharing the pictures and videos from June! We took Vlad to the zoo a couple weeks ago. He loved it. I don’t think he’d ever been before. It was in the 90’s outside and very humid, so if you’re wondering why we’re all red and sweaty, and why Ada dumped water on her hair…yeah. Feeding the giraffes is always the best part, in my opinion...

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In Summary…

I have some entire vlogs to put together, but in the mean time here’s a short mashup of hosting…   Unfortunately, Vlad is no longer in our home. I can’t explain the entire drama here. Suffice it to say, the agency and I had a falling out, and we have severed ties with each other. I’m also taking a break from Facebook, if anyone wonders where I went. The Facebook break came prior to the hosting organization drama because I was...

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Amor Vincit Omnia–

Learning to love differently is hard, love with the hands wide open, love with the doors banging on their hinges, the cupboard unlocked, the wind roaring and whimpering in the rooms rustling the sheets and snapping the blinds that thwack like rubber bands in an open palm. It hurts to love wide open stretching the muscles that feel as if they are made of wet plaster, then of blunt knives, then of sharp knives. It hurts to thwart the reflexes of...

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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 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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PAID!!

Vladik’s hosting fees are all paid up! I just paid the final amount invoice today. It was like a week late, but it’s done. WOOHOOOO! Now I have to: 1) Do the $45 background check 2) Do the $40 home safety check 3) Fill out and mail in paperwork 4) Figure out how I’m going to afford the plane tickets to pick him up. I hate that Orlando is so far away from me. Southwest has direct flights to Orlando from...