Monday, March 2, 2015

Prayer Requests

I would like to do a weekly prayer request post throughout our adoption process. I would actually love to continue it once we're done, too.

Prayer is obviously something very important to me. I find myself praying many times throughout the day. It has gotten me through so many things. I have blogged about it before, but it definitely got me through our adoption of Maks. I believe that the prayers of my friends and family helped prepare us and Maks for the process. We were very blessed.

So, I would love for you to add us to your prayer list, and here are some specific intentions.

  1. That our USCIS approval comes this week.
  2. That our fundraising efforts are blessed.
  3. That we encounter no delays in the process.
  4. That baby "Truman" is being well cared for and is prepared by the Holy Spirit to have a family.
  5. That baby "Truman's" paperwork is in order and we don't hit any snags as far as that goes.
  6. That our process in his country goes smoothly and that we are kept safe. 
  7. That our family handles the process and transition with grace.
  8. That our extended family realizes what a blessing this baby is and begins to support us. 
  9. That The Lord provides for us a car that can fit all of our children. 

Now, how can we pray for you? Please let us know and we will keep you in our prayers. 



Sunday, March 1, 2015

My God is a God of Miracles

Baby Truman was posted on Reece's Rainbow's website back in September of 2014. I was shocked when no one stepped forward immediately. Kyle was just entering his busiest time at work, so it was not the time to talk about growing our family.

Our leftover USCIS approval from Maks' adoption was about to expire, so we did a homestudy update and sent in the application to extend it, just in case.

Kyle and I had a brief conversation at the beginning of February in which he brought up some concerns about adopting again. I told him I understood the concerns, and that maybe we could talk about it some more a little later.

I prayed and gathered information. I put together a presentation of sorts. Information about what our life would look like if we added a baby to the family. How we could do the trip differently this time instead of staying for 5-6 weeks. How the future would be with 2 sons with Down syndrome. And I asked him to think about it and pray over it.

And then I waited.

In silence.

Anyone who knows me knows I don't do silence well. I have a big, loud mouth, and I hate silence.

But I knew I could not and would not pressure my husband into an adoption. That the Holy Spirit had to speak to him. That this was not about ME, this was about God and "Truman" and that I needed to shut up.

5 days later on February 23rd, I asked that he discuss it with me again. And he said yes!

So, here we are. Paper pregnant, fundraising, and so very thankful that God has called us to this sweet little boy that we will be able to call ours in just a few short months.

Beware when you choose your patron saints. Mine is Mother Teresa, and she prays so very well. ;)


Saturday, February 28, 2015

An American Girl Giveaway!

We have about $20,000 to raise, and about 4 months to do it! I know that sounds scary, but I know that it will all come together.

So, to kick this off, we have a wonderful giveaway to start!

My girls received their first American Girl dolls for Christmas and they are in LOVE with them. For those who are not familiar, they are heirloom quality dolls that can even be sent to an American Girl "hospital" for repairs. These dolls last decades, and are truly beautifully made. They have historical dolls with a wonderful world of stories, just like you dolls that you can match to your daughter, and baby dolls who are absolutely adorable. 

So, without further ado, the giveaway information!!

SHARE this giveaway, you receive one entry. (ONE entry total for the entire giveaway)

$5 donation - 1 entry
$10              - 2 entries
$20              - 4 entries
$50              - 11 entries
$100            - 25 entries

You MUST comment here that you have shared the giveaway or donated and how much plus your email address or you will not receive your entries!  If you want your comment to remain private, just say so, my comments are moderated. 

Our goal for this giveaway is $1,500. When our grant reads $1,878 the winner will be drawn using and will have their choice of any doll currently available on the American Girl website.

This includes bitty babies, bitty twins, or the 18" dolls. Up to $150 value.

bitty baby
bitty twins

18" 2015 Girl of the Year of the year and book

Historical dolls 

Plus many more customization options or dolls to choose from!

Good luck, and thank you for helping us make baby Truman an American BOY! :)

Friday, February 27, 2015


Look closely!

Yes, we are adopting again!

God willing, baby "Truman" will be ours!

Check it out! :)

We are so very excited, and things are moving quite quickly. If things line up well and we don't encounter any delays, we could travel as early as June. JUNE!!! We need to raise the fees and have lots of fun fundraisers already planned.

We appreciate your prayers and love, and please share our Reece's Rainbow link far and wide!

Thank you!


Friday, February 20, 2015

Calling All Phoenicians!!

I am setting up a local fundraiser to benefit Reece's Rainbow and I need YOUR help!

Do you have clothes coming out of your ears? I know as a large family, we sure do! Purge your closets and donate the clothes and shoes to us and Reece's Rainbow gets a chunk of the proceeds!

I will pick up anything you've got within the Phoenix Metro area!!!

I have a little under a month to gather a huge amount of clothes, so please consider starting your Spring Cleaning today!!

Thank you! :)


Monday, February 16, 2015

My Birthday

I have had infamously bad birthdays in the past, but within the recent years, they've started to get better. I am not the type of person that freaks out about getting older, because for me, it seems, my life gets better and better as I get older.

I am 34 today. I have changed so very much in the last 10 years.

10 years ago I was pregnant with Amelia on my birthday. She was my second pregnancy; the one after a horrible and traumatic miscarriage. I was living in California, unsure of what the future would hold. Kyle and I were so young and in love. We're still in love, but I guess we're not really all that young anymore.

In 10 years I've converted to Catholicism, had Amelia, had Lily, married civilly, had Tessa, had Charlotte, Kyle converted, we got married in the Church, had Samuel, and then traveled 6,000 miles to adopt Maks.

10 years ago I was impulsive and silly and didn't know what I was doing. Now I'm a wife and mother of 6. I love my faith and my Church. I am a work in progress and I'm glad I have found a husband who will deal with my flaws, and who works so very hard for us and takes care of us. I've learned so, so much.

My heart swells with love today. My heart also aches for the children in orphanages. I pray constantly for these sweeties.

So, you thought I would get through a whole post without mentioning orphans? Haha... sorry. My life has been changed since finding out about them. My life has changed sharply since seeing their lonely faces myself. I don't see the world or my life like I used to. I don't understand the lifestyle of America anymore.

Children have changed my life. My children, the children I used to nanny for, the children of Ukraine, the orphans of the world. Children are the greatest thing in this world.

My birthday wish is that this sweet baby's grant reach $1,000.

Will you consider throwing in $5 today? For Truman? For me?


Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Lily has been struggling since having to leave Kolbe school. Her new school was overwhelming her. She was becoming completely opposite of her nature. It was sad to see. She was like a deer in the headlights. Her class was large and full of rowdy and rough children. She has never been able to deal with that type of thing well.

Last week I had expressed my concern to the principal and asked that they consider putting an aide in that class. I told them that if they couldn't provide an aide, I would be pulling Lily out of the school.

They brushed me off, said that Lily was doing fine and they didn't feel the class needed an aide.

So, Friday was her last day.

As soon as we told Lily she was going to do homeschool for the rest of this year, she was back to her cheery and lovely self. Our first day of homeschool was yesterday, and she was beaming. She loves her worksheets, and I'm enjoying having her here with me.

An education isn't worth it if a child's spirit is completely squashed. I am most concerned with my child's soul, not some silly common core standards. She is bright and capable, and just needs a loving environment to grow.

This is only temporary, as we are going to try yet another school next year. If that doesn't go well, we will homeschool all the children.

Please pray for us in this new endeavor!