Wednesday, April 16, 2014

More waiting....

We are still waiting for our dossier to be submitted. We thought we had everything we needed over there but nope we need one more thing. Since our original USCIS approval expires in July we had to wait until April the file for an extension of it sooo we are waiting on it now. I'm sooo sick and tired of paperwork. Really and truly it's one of the worst things EVER. So no new news on the adoption front. 

The other kiddos are all doing well, they're enjoying the nicer weather and are getting to play outside almost everyday now! 






Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A story to tell.....

For those who know me in real life and on FB they know we have had quite the adventure adopting these past few years. 

Our story is still being written so I can't really tell it yet but I will. It's full of twists and turns and tests of our faith. Crazy coincidences that are so much more than that, they're hints from God that we are on the right path he's laid for us. 

Until then though I press on where he's leading me.....to my kids. 

I can't even describe to you the way our trip last year changed me. Not only opening my eyes fully to the plight of orphans but also to a whole new culture I came to love. I will never stop advocating for adoption and orphan care....never. 



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Random pics of the kids


Kaeden giving me flowers


Callen and Savannah "reading"

Pasha asleep at the Spina Bifida clinic


Messy boys


Four of my kiddos watching a movie 

Pasha with his new AFO's








Monday, March 24, 2014

Begging for prayers

Do you watch the news? Do you get on Facebook? If you answered yes you probably have seen the coverage of Crimea in southern Ukraine. For everyone who isn't a history and/or geography buff I'll recap real quick. Basically Russia sent military personnel to Crimea last month but wouldn't admit they were Russian. They came armed and started by raiding the government buildings and having a new regional parliament voted in, with armed military presence there btw and then took over the airports stopping incoming flights and most outgoing as well. They also set up armed check points on roads leading to military bases and at the borders and outside bigger cities. Eventually they started taking over Ukrainian military bases. Last week the government in Crimea which is like a state held a vote again remember they're occupied by armed troops. The ballot had 2 options either become a sovereign state or become a sovereign state and then join the Russian federation. Now remember they were part of Ukraine, they didn't even have a choice to stay in their own country. Well obviously the vote was decided to join Russia (like they had a choice) anyway that brings it to now. They're still occupied and more troops arrive daily, they've begun making preparations to officially join Russia on the 30th. 

Here is how this affects us....our boys are from Simferopol the capital of Crimea. Remember Crimea is like a state so in comparison it's like Texas and Austin. One of the girls we wanted to adopt desperately is also there. Crimea becoming Russisn means there will be no adoptions from there as they banned Americans adopting from Russia. We are heartbroken and trying to fight even though we have been told it's impossible. Please pray for a miracle for our girl and for the many others stuck there because of this. They didn't choose this and have no say so over their own lives. It's a nightmare come true. 

This was in Simferopol right after the troops showed up, this tank is a monument in the city centre. 

This was protesting right after the troops arrived there. 
This was at the Simferopol airport
These are the kids that were listed on Reece's Rainbow but are no longer available to be adopted because of this....2 of those kids had families trying to adopt them. I have met 2 of those kids and there are several more older kids who had families coming for them. Most of the older kids have met their families. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Faith

Now is one of those times when your faith is tested, it's pushed to it's limit. I'm not afraid to admit I struggle with just giving everything to God and not worrying. Right now I'm praying for miracles and trying to keep my hope alive that I can bring both girls home. The events going on in their country is heartbreaking and scary. Please pray for their country.....

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March madness

Things are moving along with our paperwork. We had our fingerprints updated yesterday with USCIS so as soon as they come back I can get them and a few other things apostilled then ship then overseas for translation. We should be submitting our dossier in about 2 weeks depending how long the update takes and how long translation takes. We then just wait for travel dates. More than likely it will be at least a month before we get dates and those dates will probably be for about 3-4 weeks later. There is no way to really know.

So for now we press on and keep making preparations to the girls room and saving money for the trip and trying to fundraise. We still are needing about $9500-$11,000 depending on when we travel. As it gets closer to summer airplane ticket prices go up and train tickets in country as well. We are so close and I'm excited. The girls room is empty except for their dresser so we are going to paint soon and move 2 twin size beds in there for them. I bought a comforter to match one we already have and I'm excited to decorate their room. Ashlyn will need a new bed since we are taking the bunk beds she has now and separating them for the girls. So I'm looking for a nice used twin size bed for her room now. 

All the other kids are doing good, it's spring break right now but we can't reay do anything. We still have construction workers here during the day working on the handicap bathroom and new laundry room. Don't even ask how it's been being without a washer and dryer for 3 weeks with a family of our size. Let's just say I hate the laundromat. Anyway my 3 wild boys are downstairs yelling and screaming at each other over a toy AGAIN so I better go intervene. 


Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy Birthday from across the ocean...

It's Mashas birthday tomorrow, she's turning 15. I don't know what else to say right now, I'm to emotional over everything. I hate not being able to see her on her birthday, I hate her not being here for her birthday. That's all I've got today. 

Happy birthday we love you so much Masha. I pray you're safe and we are reunited very soon. 

This is part of a gift I sent her last year.