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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 Drive Home & Homeschooling.

I’m not really sure what to say now. I’m sad. Especially about Misha. I can’t help but wish for some sort of miracle that would allow me to just adopt Misha and live happily ever after. I’m trying not to think of it. The drive home from Atlanta was tough. We passed through so many terrible storms. My 20 year old sister was with me, so at least I wasn’t completely alone. I think the trip will be good birth control...

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Departure.

How can I ever stop replaying those last few moments in my head? The airport’s international departure terminal is bright. White walls. White floors, glistening. New. Floor to ceiling windows line sides of the building, letting in as much natural light as possible. The entire terminal is wide open, with a high arching ceiling. It gives the illusion that everything is shiny and happy, full of fresh air and sunlight. The crowds are small on this day. People mill about in...

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Oh.

Giving away pieces of your heart unconditionally is dangerous. And hard. And painful. Very, very painful. Mariana has such difficult behaviors. First there was the aggression–biting, hitting, pinching, punching, grabbing things roughly. Breaking things on purpose. Destructive. The bedwetting. Nightly. Sometimes pooping in her underwear and hiding it. Refusal to eat anywhere except at our house. (And at first, not even at home, or at all!) Outright fear of strangers. Refusing to go into someone else’s home, instead standing outside and...

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Are you here for this?

Imagine. A few years ago you began this crazy journey to get to the top of a mountain. At the top of the mountain you would parachute out of a plane, and it would be insane and amazing. You’ve never seen the view from the top, but rumor has it the climb is worth it. The journey to the top of the mountain was long. There was bad weather. Unexpected challenges. You were pushed to the very edges of your ability....

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Wordless Wednesday!

Can’t forget Double Trouble! Listen, they insist firmly on dressing themselves. I’m not going to fight that battle. Not worth it. Why is Rosie growing up so fast? What is happening here! She hopes to try contacts after her fall eye doctor visit. Next braces. Then teen years. I might cry. She’s totally lost the little kid look now. Sweet little chipmunk! Holds my hand the entire time we’re walking around the block, every time. Her hair. God Bless it. Of...

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Meeting Kolya.

We met Kolya today. He was pretty much awesome. Of course now Tyler is having cold feet. It’s a big commitment, we don’t make enough money to add a fourth child to our family, typical fears. He’s also still in love with Igor, but he has to accept that ship has sailed. So this is the plan: Spend some more time with Kolya, and wait for murky waters to clear. One of two things will happen: It will become apparent that this is...

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Snot, Go Away.

What is wrong with my body? I am still sick. It’s been almost a month. It’s like a curse. I have five kids to care for and I feel like poo. Still this same cold. I cannot get rid of it. I don’t have any infection symptoms–clear mucus, no fever. It’s just hanging on forever. The cough went away, thank goodness. Then I had a sinus headache in my face for like two weeks. Now I have a very stuffy nose,...

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Love Like That.

How do I even begin to convey the way I feel with words? My eyes are leaking. To be honest I don’t really know why we started hosting orphans. It just seemed like a natural thing to do. I saw the website with the hosting info. The quiet voice inside of me said go forward. I went. It was hard, but once you take the plunge there is no going back. There is no un-knowing what your heart has learned. It’s...