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Policia.

It’s mid morning and the heat index is being driven towards 100 degrees due to the stifling humidity. We’re walking at a snail’s pace through the parking lot of the local park. The sun is blinding. The blacktop is reflecting shimmering heat onto our damp skin. The kids and I were supposed to meet up with new friends at the park, but we’re forty minutes late because it took so long to get all four small people dressed and out the...

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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...

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Sad Face.

Here’s the deal: Igor is attached to his family, sort of. He calls them several times a week, mainly his mom. I found an app where you can buy about 45 minutes for $5 then it routes the call from a local number to Ukraine. So it’s not that expensive. Igor said this past spring that he wants us to adopt him. Recently his mom changed her mind and said she doesn’t want him to be adopted. The thing is she...

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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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Quick! Igor’s friend V can be hosted (nearly) for free!!

Guys, guess what? Igor’s best friend Vitalik has a full scholarship for hosting. If you would like to host and have been afraid of the cost this is the PERFECT opportunity. Vitalik is on the adoption registry. He’s goofy and sweet. He has watched other kids get hosted and adopted, but no one ever comes for him. He is 10 or 11 years old. It is finally his turn. Vitalik is short for Valentin. He’s chubby and the older kids at...

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The Full Story (of Igor, Forever & Ever.)

Look who it is!! An online friend I met through the hosting group (Children’s Cultural Connection) arrived at Igor’s orphanage to adopt her summer host siblings. She posted this picture of Igor for me. He was on his way to school this morning when they got there. All of the kids in Ukraine dress up in suits and white shirts for school. It’s part of their culture. Igor looks so happy! I’m not sure if they told him who the picture...

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I’m not sure what to write. Where should I begin? I don’t think I can tell the long story right now, but… This morning I talked to a lady who visited Igor’s orphanage in February. She talked to Igor a lot while she was there. He told her that his mom is disabled and cannot care for him. (Igor has told us in the past they were in a bad car accident when he was little.) Igor says that his mom...

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Unexpected Shock!

Tonight I was going about my business, wrangling small people and such, when I got a message from a local friend. She happened to see this post on the Facebook page of an adoption agency. Apparently this adoption agency has started a Ukrainian hosting program to find adoptive families for older children. Tyler and I both immediately started hyperventilating and had a tug of war over who could grab the laptop and find out more information on their website faster. THAT’S...

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“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...

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Anna, with a prayer.

Last week Tyler told me he had a dream that Nazar couldn’t come for hosting, so we hosted a girl named Annika instead. Tyler rarely has dreams.  He is always jealous that I have vivid dreams because he says he never dreams, or never remembers it.  It was weird for him to even mention having a dream. But surely, I thought, Nazar would still be able to come.  It must have been just a weird dream Tyler had.  I’ve been praying...