Saturday, July 25, 2015

Quick Update


I'm so sorry I haven't been blogging. We have actually had a fairly easy transition so far, it's just busy having 7 kids! (WOW, I have seven kids!) The boys are in bed supposed to be napping, and the girls are out on a date with daddy.

Anyway, Vanya is doing amazingly well. He stopped drinking when we got home, but he started up again a couple days ago, so that was a relief. He had his first checkup yesterday. He is doing great, is 22 lbs and 33 inches. He's a BIG guy! Now the testing begins; bloodwork, stool tests, etc. Plus, his specialist appointments; cardiology, orthopedics, and anything the bloodwork results might add.

We have the intake appointment for Early Intervention set up for this coming Wednesday, and I can't wait to get this sweetie the therapies he needs! I'm hoping for feeding/speech therapy and physical therapy for sure.

Little guy has orphanage trained hands during mealtimes and we are hoping to break free of those chains soon.

Yesterday, he surprised us by grabbing a fry and eating it himself! He ate two whole fries without any problems. Nutritious? Nope. Do I care? Not one bit! He fed himself!!! Amazing the progress that can be made just by having a family.

He is crawling like a champ and trying to pull himself up on furniture, but he's in that soon-to-be-a-toddler phase where he is bonking himself on things like crazy, so his sweet little forehead is almost always bruised.

Maks had a hard time when we first got home. It's hard that I was away for so long, so he was acting out from that, and then add on a new kiddo, phew. He was not happy. He's doing much better now, but I've started limiting TV time, so he's mad at me again. He's doing great with Vanya, though. Maks starts Kindy on August 10th!

Sam and Vanya are totally bonding and it's soooo cute to see. Sam is 5 months older, and went through a little jealousy at first, but now he kisses and hugs him all the time, they baby babble and touch each other's faces, and it's so sweet to see. I think they will be best friends forever. :)

Charlotte is a smothering big sister. Which, we knew from having Samuel and adopting Maks, but it really is tiring. She's so very sweet and loves her brothers so much, but she gets a little carried away sometimes. She keeps saying things like, "I can't believe God made Vanya so cute! He is just so cute, I can't stand it!!! Mommy, isn't Vanka cute?!?!!" And when we're out of the house it's, "Momma, I miss Vanka Vanka! Let's go home." *swoon* It's precious.

The three big girls love him, and get lots of snuggle time in all day. It's nice that this was all done while on summer vacation so we all could bond with him and as a family. I need more pics of the big kids, apparently! I can't find any! :)

Hoping to have airport pics from our photographer soon. I'll post them as soon as I can!

Happy weekend!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We're home!

I'm so sorry I haven't kept the blog updated. The end of process was crazy, as you can probably imagine. 

But, we're home! We got in last night, had a good night's sleep, and we're so happy to be back with our family where we belong. 

Thank you all for being with us every step of the way. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Urgent Plea

I hate asking.. But I'm putting pride aside and letting you all know my need. 

I vastly underestimated the amount I would need to get us home. Apparently they do not offer discounts on children's tickets during the peak season. Our tickets home are going to cost around $860-900 each. 

I underestimated that by about $1300 total. It's so very hard to estimate, especially when the ticket prices fluctuate so much. 

I'm asking you all to please pray. I know that most people cannot keep donating towards our adoption, but prayer moves mountains. The Lord has provided for us every step of the way, so please keep praying that we will have enough without worry. 

And if you can donate, we would appreciate it so much. Or if anyone has airline miles for United or Delta we could use, even better. :)

Thank you all. Praying for all of you from Ukraine. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Our family is pleased to announce that we have passed court and baby "Truman" is ours!

So, without further ado, I introduce to you...

Ivan Paul McIntee (nick name Vanya)
Born 2-13-2014
Born into our family 6-23-2015

ee-vahn: Ukrainian form of John, meaning gracious gift from God.

In staying with our papal theme for our boys, Ivan Paul honors Pope Saint John Paul II, a wonderful man who inspired so many, who had a hand in bringing me to the Church, and has worked miracles through both of our adoptions.

God is good, my friends. Thank you all for helping us bring him home. We could not have done it without you.




Ours. Forever and ever. 

Praise be to God. 


Monday, June 22, 2015

One big prayer request!

Tomorrow is court for Truman! I will post as soon as we are done and I can get to wifi! Please pray lots, specifically that I am not nervous and answer the questions in a way that makes the judge happy! :) thank you!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Weekly Prayer Requests!!

Hello friends! I am a bit frazzled right now because we leave TOMORROW, but I wanted to write up something quick.

This week's requests:

  1. Please pray that our travel back over to Truman's country goes smoothly. That Sam is happier, and that if he's unhappy, I can find how to help him. Please pray that he sleeps!! :)
  2. Please pray for our court date on the 23rd! That it goes well. That I have the words when I am asked ridiculous questions.
  3. Please pray that everything goes as planned with the rest of the adoption and we are home safely and quickly.
  4. Please pray for my husband and children who are staying home. 
  5. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to sustain and prepare sweet Truman's heart for what is to come.
  6. And pray for our transition once we are home.

I will be offering up any of my travel woes for all of your prayer requests, so let me know how I can pray for you!

Thank you all!



Monday, June 8, 2015

Weekly Prayer Requests

Hi friends.

We have had a fun week. Charlotte's birthday was yesterday and we had a fun party celebrating our girl turning 4! She's my youngest girl, and I am always astounded by how fast they grow up.

I have been keeping all of you in my intentions, and offering up some of the struggles of waiting for my baby and dealing with jetlag for you all, too.

This week's requests:

  1. Please pray that the lies being told about me online are cleared up and that truth prevails. I dared to express an opinion and have been threatened, accused, and my name pulled through the mud as a result. I'm letting it go, but I would appreciate some prayers.
  2. Please pray that Truman is safe and healthy and that he's ready to come home.
  3. Please continue to pray that court goes well, that I have the eloquence and grace to impress the judge and that he rules in our favor.
  4. Please pray that Sam is calmer on this trip. He was so sad last time and it broke my heart (and eardrums ;). I am hoping he does better this time. 
  5. Please pray that we are safe while we travel and that our process is smooth. 

If you would like to join in saying a rosary for the intention of our court date and for all waiting children, please do so on June 22nd at 7 pm PST. If you are local to the Phoenix Metro area, they will be praying at St. Bernadette's in Scottsdale. 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you are getting a great start to your summer!