Friday, November 7, 2014

let me be blunt...

I want to adopt this baby:

But now is not the time for us.

Adoptions have slowed down in his country because people are scared. Last year at this time, a baby would be snatched up within days of being listed. Truman has been listed now for over a month, and nothing. Girls are adopted more often than boys, so he has less and less of a chance as he gets older. He's so young now, that he would still qualify for Early Intervention therapies. Oh, how he would blossom as a cherished son.

Let me tell you, do not be afraid. The Lord's work is often hard and treacherous. That doesn't mean we give up trying. The team available to help you in country will keep you safe.

This boy is in the Western part of his country. Far away from any tyrants. A more modern area than the one we adopted from.

I imagine most of my readers are parents. You have watched your children fall asleep peacefully in your arms, at your breast, in their swaddles, breathing them in, cherishing their every coo.

This baby doesn't have that. They are carried face out like animals. They are often fed by propped bottles with cut nipples which can lead to aspiration and worse.

Uncherished. Unloved. No mommy to watch them fall asleep. No mommy's milk or skin to skin contact to comfort them.

Instead, an orphanage with too many lonely faces deprived of the thing we all need most. A family.

Truman isn't the only baby listed, either....

This is baby Basil. St. Basil, pray for these children! (He has a family!)
Baby Andrea. (She has a family!)
Sweet Maureen

Adorable Darah. (She has a family!)

These children are just from one country. The ones fortunate enough to be listed on Reece's Rainbow so they can be seen.


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And most of all, PRAY!

I'm honestly tired of the excuses. These sweethearts do not have time for your excuses. Ask me how you can help!!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

One Year Ago Today - Part 3 - METCHA!!!

Oh my. This year flew by. I will try not to be overly sappy, but I have been teary all day. So much has changed in a year. Our boy has grown in so many ways. He is the sweetest little guy.

Happy metcha day, Maks. We love you soooo much! I'm so glad I'm your momma!

I will post my post from a year ago in our travel group and some pictures.

"I'm so sorry you all. That'll teach me to give a time while we're in Ukraine. Things are unpredictable here.

It's 9:35 pm and we just now got wifi in our new apartment.

Ok, from the beginning, the driver was about 45 mins late, so we didn't get to the orphanage until way after 10.

They took us in and we waited around a bit. I was surprised by how nice the orphanage was. I was already choking back tears, it was surreal to be there.

Waiting to meet his big brother

They took us in to talk to some people, they said they admire us for taking a baby so far and for taking on Maksim too. They were all so sweet.

They took us into the music room and we sat down, someone came in to talk about his history. His birth mom is younger than me, but the father is older. They have one other child, a little girl, and they came to visit him one time, just this year in April.

Then the orphanage doctor came in and told us about all of his medical stuff. He has speech therapy and other therapies and responds very well. He's very smart, and can match flash cards to the correct pictures when asked, they said. He began trying to walk on his own, using a chair. He is affectionate and not aggressive at all. He had heart surgery last year and his heart is completely fine now. He started gaining weight after that.

Then they brought him in. Oh my, he is HUGE! This is a good thing, but his belly is adorable and made us laugh. He absolutely loves Kyle. He was kissing him and laughing. It was so so cute.

"I've been waiting my whole life for you to get here."
"I like daddy better."

He wanted to dig in my purse and would pull something out and show us, like "see?" It was so cute. He found the phone the team gave us so they can contact us and he knew exactly how to use it, you'll see in the pics.

But then he saw our notebook and pen and wanted to look and that and draw! He is amazing. He sat with me and we pretended to talk on the phone and then drew, and then the doctor came and he showed off his walking skills. Precious.

We took him back to his groupa after a while because it was time for lunch. We're smitten, you guys. They asked us if we liked him and if we still wanted to adopt him. Yes! We do!

We spent the rest of the day running around trying to find a notary that was working and tracking down a gov worker to leave our paper work with. It was fun, actually.

Our new apartment has 2 rooms, but it's on the 5th floor, no elevator. I'm gonna be so thin after this trip, haha... (2014 comment - I wish that were the case!!!)

I am going to have to send home as much as possible with Kyle, and buy a stroller, because he is so big, I'm not sure I will be able to carry him on my back very much. I also don't think most of the clothes I brought will fit."


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

One Year Ago Today - Part 2

November 4th, 2013, I barely remember. Traveling for 24 hours straight takes its toll on a person's memory. We had the whole morning and midday before our DAP appointment, so we set out to find food and a baby hat for Sam. Unfortunately, we only found a super expensive boutique and spent about $50 on THIS HAT:

"The most expensive baby hat, ever."

We were picked up and taken to the DAP office for our appointment.

It is right next to this breathtaking church:

St, Andrew's

Our appointment was short and sweet. Here is the post I made that day:

"We're back from our dap appt! We meet Max on Wednesday morning.
Apparently the team calls me "crazy mommy." And we got scolded by Serge because Samuel wasn't covered enough even though we were sweating lol.
Here's a baby pic of our boy!"
Baby Maksim!
We had dinner that night with some Reece's Rainbow families. I wish we had gotten pictures. It was so nice to talk to people who had been in country a while.

We bundled up Sam so we wouldn't be scolded anymore:

Officially Ukrainian

And that was that! We were inching closer to meeting our sweet boy and I was enjoying the city, but I so wish we could've toured it and explored some more.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

One Year Ago Today - Part 1

One year ago today, we set out on an amazing journey. A journey to Ukraine, with a newborn in tow, to meet our son, Maksim.

6:30 AM before our first flight.

Our first flight was 4.5 hours to Dulles airport. Then we boarded our 10 hour flight to Frankfurt, Germany (AKA: The worst airport EVER!)

We took one last flight to Kiev, and like a surreal dream, we were in our son's country, just 3 days away from meeting him.

First stop was the grocery store and I was sure to get myself some of the chocolate every mom raves about.

Yum! You will never want an American candy bar again!!

Samuel trying out our first apartment.
We passed out and slept off and on until we felt human again.... Our adoption ministry appointment was coming just the next day.

To be continued...


Friday, October 31, 2014

7 Quick Takes

7 quick takes sm1 7 Quick Takes about last minute Halloween costumes, a great new book for Fall, and popping the Dom on a Tuesday night


I have let my blogging take a back burner since coming home from Ukraine. I'm sorry about that! But I'm sure you understand. I hope I still have a few readers left. I have a lot to say, just not the brainpower to say it right now. Things are finally getting back to normal and I am really enjoying all of my beautiful babies. I am a blessed momma.


The one thing that helped me to accept the role of Mary in my life when I converted were Jesus' last words, "Behold your Mother." I have blogged about it before, but the last couple of weeks I have had raging baby fever and holding onto these words has helped me so much. Jesus wanted us to remember that she is OUR mother too. I am turning to her to help me be the mother my sweeties deserve, and I am hopeful that someday I will be blessed with even more children. They are truly my life's work. Frustrating as that may be sometimes.

I heard on Catholic radio this morning that there is a new book with that title and I definitely want to read it!! I love apologetic books. I'm pretty sure this is it:


I somehow have a knack for sounding very holy when I talk or blog. Let me reassure you, that is NOT the case. I struggle with patience and with zoning out and neglecting my duties (cleaning, mostly). I am so exhausted by all the running around I do, that everything else kind of suffers. My kids are fed and happy, but my house is a mess. LOL


So, today is Halloween, and we have been running ourselves ragged all week! I love Halloween and All Saint's Day, but PHEW, I am tired. Amelia chose St. Maria Goretti, whose feast day is on her birthday, to do her saint report about. It should be interesting. :)

My kids are so cute, I can't even.
Pirate, Rapunzel, Monster, Owl, Monkey, Stitcherella


Maks started school last week, and he is doing so great! He lights up when I ask him if he's ready for school, and I get the BEST snuggles when I pick him up. He only goes for 2.5 hours per day, but MAN it's been an adjustment for me! Separation anxiety for mom!

Here he is on his first day of school. 


I am taking a break from most of the RR rooms on Facebook, but that doesn't stop me from advocating. Adoptions in Ukraine have slowed down a bunch, and we need to get the ball rolling again. Do you feel the holy spirit nudging you to go? Don't be afraid. Truly. The money, time, and every last detail will come together, because if God wants you to do this, He will provide. I promise.


This baby boy has my heart. Seriously. Look at his sweet eyes and his round cheeks and his adorable fingers!!! If we could adopt again right now I would be there!! I love him! Someone please see this pumpkin! He's young enough for early intervention, and he would be such a blessing to any family! Can't adopt him? Share his face. Give a donation. $5, $10, $50 won't kill you, but it could save him!

Happy weekend! Have a safe and wonderful Halloween and a blessed All Saint's Day!


Friday, August 29, 2014

7 Quick Takes

Phew! So, we've made it through our first full week of school, and we're doing well! We're a little more tired than usual, but I think we're getting used to it. The new school has been okay. It's not Kolbe school, but it'll do for now. Amelia is really loving her teacher, and Lily is enjoying making new friends while she has her best friend by her side.

Unfortunately, I'm going to have to be that mom, again... and talk to the priest about why the school supports Girl Scouts.  My girls are heartbroken that they can't join, and I am pretty ticked off that there are still parishes that support them. But, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and believe that they just don't know... Pray for me.

Info on why we do not do Girl Scouts:

Maks is doing great. He has added so many new words to his vocabulary, it's adorable. His newest one is, "BEEP BEEP!" :) We are still trying to catch up on all the doctor's appts he needs, but we're getting there. He has his IEP eval the 9th, and he will hopefully start preschool soon after that. We also have an in-home meeting with our support coordinator for therapies next week. I can't wait to see our sweetie bloom and grow!

Tessa starts her final year of preschool next year. She has the same wonderful teacher that Lily had for Pre-K, so I'm really excited! Pray that the schedule doesn't kill me. I will have kids at 3 different schools and I'm not sure how it will all work!

Man, I'm bad at blogging lately. I don't know how to fill up these last 3 takes... I guess I'll fill them with orphans :)

If you want to adopt from a different country that we did, check out this sweet baby!

If you want to adopt from an amazing region, check out these sweeties. I'd get them if I could, but we're at our limit right now. :(

If you have any questions about the process, fundraising, or the region, ask me! I'd be happy to help!

Happy weekend!

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