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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...

Nazar. 0

Nazar.

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...

Winter Hosting? 0

Winter Hosting?

After praying about it a lot recently I randomly woke up this morning and felt like now is not the right time to move.  This is crazy, but for some reason I feel completely peaceful about staying in this house for now.  You know how badly I wanted out of here. It seems like every house we would want to buy is about $30,000 out of our price range.  If we wait another year we will probably be able to afford...

“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...

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Share This!

With a lot of good advice from the adoption agency we’ve decided to keep Tanya with us as long as possible. We love her and I desperately wish we could adopt her, but she needs to be the baby of the family or an only child for sure.  Everyone who has met her just falls in love with her! While this is not how we expected hosting to be, we don’t regret that it’s worked out this way.  Tanya shouldn’t have...

Meeting Tanya for the First Time. 3

Meeting Tanya for the First Time.

  Too tired to write anything coherent. Still alive. Having fun. Tanya is sweet, crazy, loving, hyper, super smart, busy, and wonderful. The night before she was due to arrive we made her a welcome sign.  It says, “Hello Tanya!” on it in Ukrainian.  (Priveet Tanya!) That night Rosie lost her second top front tooth! We picked Tanya up from the airport in Atlanta on Wednesday.  We had to wait almost three hours after she landed because the computer system in...

Nine Days. 1

Nine Days.

The other day I was talking to my neighbor, who is a middle aged divorced woman.  She lives with her two adult sons.  Her sons are somewhere around my age, in their 20’s.   I mentioned that we were going to be hosting an orphan from Ukraine soon.  She was just shocked.  Flabbergasted.  She couldn’t believe it.  She said, “Why would you want to do that?”   I’ve been surprised at the reactions we’ve gotten from people when they find out...

The one in which Ukraine breaks my heart. 4

The one in which Ukraine breaks my heart.

I got a message last night from the host program organizer letting me know there was bad news about K.  She apologized for messaging me on Facebook instead of calling, but she wanted to let me know right away and wasn’t sure if I’d still be up due to the East/West coast time difference. Apparently when they went to get K’s visa there were some issues with her status.  She should have been available for adoption and free to leave the country...