Tagged: Ukraine

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Vlad’s Story: The Prequel & The Beginning

You know, sometimes I think we spend a lot of time denying ourselves happiness and joy in life. Who in their right mind would turn down joy? That would be absurd, would it not? But every time someone tells me they could never do that– They could never have x amount of children because it would be too exhausting/expensive/scary/whatever. They could never host or foster a child because it would be too hard to send them back. It’s not fair to...


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!!...



Tomorrow is December 15th. Do you know what happens on that date?? At 2:50 pm Igor will arrive in the Atlanta airport and head through customs! Tyler and Rosie are already down there, staying with Tyler’s grandma in Fayetteville about 45 minutes south of the airport. Today they went to Legoland, and they’re enjoying visiting with his grandma and other relatives. We’re so excited to see Igor again. It just feels like he’s been away on a trip or something and...


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...


Hosting Update!

Quick update on our fundraising for Max: We’re getting so much closer. Yay! Can’t wait to meet this little guy. We only have about $800 left to go. :D Here’s our YouCaring page. And look at our Facebook event…we only have the last row of numbers to check off on our grid in order to be fully funded! The money for hosting is due next week, and there are only 65 days until the kids arrive. Can’t wait!


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...


A Million and One Ways to Break Your Heart.

First thing this morning I got a call on Skype. He was using his roommate’s phone. He was sniffling. He asked me if he could please come to me again, that he wants to come home to our family. He begged me to bring him home to us for Christmas. :’( He needs us. We can’t get rid of this kid. It’s hard, it’s scary, and for whatever reason God insists that he is mine. And I love him. And Tyler...


Why can it never be simple and easy? Where is the happy ending?

Igor is already back at the orphanage. His mother and older brother dropped him back off today. Two days. They kept him for two whole days and then returned him to the orphanage without his suitcase full of food and winter clothing. Only with his backpack. I don’t know what was in the backpack. I hope it was his new backpack. We also sent back his old ratty backpack because we’re supposed to return everything they bring since it’s orphanage property....



It still feels like someone is missing from our home. Everything is too quiet. Too easy. Tyler and I made a video slideshow of our summer with Igor. (Click on the video to watch it full screen and in HD!) Monday the kids are starting (home)school. I need to finish finally unpacking our house and get us into a normal routine. Life continues on. We got word that Igor’s bio family picked him up once he got back to Ukraine today....


This isn’t how it’s supposed to end.

Something happened yesterday that probably gave me a shock of gray hair right down the middle of my head. We live in a subdivision with construction at the end of the block. During daytime hours we have a constant stream of dump trucks and flatbed trucks going up and down our street loaded down with heavy materials. Our house sits in a slight curve of the road and the trucks go fast around it without slowing down. The speed limit is...