Tagged: orphan hosting

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The Big Flashing Neon Sign.

I’m not sure what just happened. It involves my big glaring neon sign (see previous entry), an hours long phone conversation, and a child named Vladik. O_O You have to know that I hate talking on the phone. I avoid it. I don’t answer it. I never, ever talk on the phone for hours. Ever. My friend told me there was a cute little boy named Vladik on the host list for summer hosting with the organization she uses. I looked...

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Torn

I am still so torn over Igor. I feel like we’re stuck with him, in more ways than one. First of all we love him, and that’s a big thing, and it’s not going to stop regardless of what happens. However, the trauma. The trauma of hosting him and returning him over and over–it’s rough, and I don’t just mean for us. It’s hard for him. It’s such a double edged sword. He wants to be here with us, yet the...

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‘Til Summer–

Today is the day the kids and I say goodbye to Igor until summer. He and Tyler are leaving for their two day drive to Atlanta. It’s too sad. Nobody wants to say goodbye. Henry is crying and saying he’s putting his boots on to go with “my Han” which is what he calls Igor. Henry thinks Igor is the coolest brother on the planet earth and looks up to Igor like he’s a god. Igor is telling everyone he meets...

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Sigh.

This is an example of classic Igor stubborn behavior: He gets up in the morning wearing a t-shirt and cotton pajama pants. He is shivering and complaining about how cold it is in here. (It’s 70 degrees in here, but yeah it’s like 11 degrees outside and snowing, so…) I suggest he put on long sleeves, maybe a sweatshirt, or even perhaps cover up with a blanket. He continues to complain about how cold it is in here and decides he...

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Time for Goodbye

Like many other Americans, I bought a Powerball ticket yesterday. I don’t normally buy any kind of lottery tickets. Actually this is the first time I’ve ever purchased one. But I thought, What the heck, $2 for a Powerball ticket isn’t much.  Just in case a miracle should occur… I know exactly what I would do with that money. Happy days to all of my friends who are adopting and struggling to raise the funds! Your adoptions just became fully funded!!...

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Honestly…

I made it public, officially on Facebook and my blog. Igor is coming back. I hesitated because I was nervous. I was honest about our struggles this summer. I didn’t know how people would react to finding out we are having him back again. Mostly positive response, which is good. Lots of private messages from friends. It’s hard because I get several different responses when I talk about what it’s really like, the nitty gritty of life with a traumatized child....

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Big Change of Plans…!

On Tuesday night of last week one of the coordinators from the host program called me. She was very upset. She said that Max’s director at the orphanage didn’t want him to come for hosting any longer. She was crying because she knew how excited we were and she was just heartbroken for our family. This has happened to us (and only us!) multiple times now–our host kid cannot come at the last minute. We had a Russian speaking friend call...

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T-shirts!

We’ve decided to try out a t-shirt fundraiser! Tyler wanted to design the shirt, so I told him to go for it. It’s a short sleeve t-shirt. It has a quote on the back. The shirts are $20 plus $5 shipping. Check it out! https://www.booster.com/christmasformax We’ve sold six shirts so far. I think we needed to sell eleven to get them printed. (If we don’t sell that many Booster refunds people the purchase price.) I’m hoping to sell way more than...

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Jaw on the Floor.

Today we went to a church a couple of miles from our new house. On the way there Tyler and I were talking about Max and what we’re going to do. Fundraising basically is going absolutely no where this time. I’m sure it’s because we’ve fundraised so much for other kids over the past few years. People are tired of it. Everyone wanted a happy ending with Igor, and it didn’t happen because it was just harsh reality instead, and now...

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Prepare Thyselves–

Last summer there was a picture of one boy on the photo listing for www.heartforhosting.org, which is the group Igor was hosted through the first two times. This boy’s picture really stood out to me. But we had just re-discovered Igor listed with the other agency, and we had committed to hosting him and seeing how everything played out. We all know how Igor’s story is going. It’s heartbreaking. We love him so much. My heart wants to keep him forever, host...