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!



Monday, June 1, 2015

Weekly Prayer Requests

Hello friends! I am back in a waiting period, waiting for our court date for Truman... so... I'm home and can blog a little bit more! I am finally feeling less tired (Thank you, Italian coffee gifted to me by the team) and more human.

Since I'm a couple weeks behind on prayer requests anyway, I'll just post what's on my heart now instead of recapping.

This week's requests:

  1. That Truman is taken care of as he waits. He had what I think was croup when I left, and it's worrying me.
  2. That my heart is filled with peace as I wait to see him again.
  3. That my family handles the travel and transition well.
  4. That our court date comes soon and goes well. That I have the correct words when drilled during court.
  5. That the rest of our process goes quickly and smoothly.
  6. That my sweet kiddos have a blessed summer.

  1. Truman is an amazing little boy. So engaging and ready to be loved. I am thankful to The Lord for this blessing. He is going to be an amazing addition to our family.
  2. That we were kept safe on our travels and it went so well. We had a wonderful time on our first trip.
  3. That all funds we have needed have been there when we needed them. 
  4. And, that we have such wonderful friends and family who have been with us every step of the way, praying for us, donating, bringing meals, offering childcare, and buying gifts for Truman. It warms my heart to see the Body of Christ moving here on Earth. 
How can I pray for you?? If you don't want your comment public, let me know, my comments are moderated. 



Friday, May 29, 2015

7 Quick Takes


Well, I had quite the week! I got home from Truman's country on Tuesday evening, and was thrown back into the swing of things immediately Wednesday morning. It was a bit of an awful day, but we all survived, thanks be to God... truly.


If anyone is wondering if they should travel internationally with a 19 month old when it is optional, the answer is NO!! Sam is a pretty easy kid, but he was miserable the entire trip, and I will not be taking him on trip #2. 


We don't have our court date yet, so prayers are appreciated that it comes soon, that it goes well, and that I have the right answers. I've been told to prepare for stupid questions like if we're adopting him to harvest his organs, so I need to be able to answer these types of questions with grace.


About to leave on our long trip home. 26 hours of traveling... 


Lily got to see some wonderful culture while we were there. I didn't get to see it because Sam was napping, and there was no way I was going to wake up THAT bear. ;) Our wonderful facilitator took her down to see and they took videos and photos. I love it!


We went to mass at this beautiful church in region. We were so excited that the region Truman is in is so religious and had a Roman Catholic church there for us to attend. :) 


Our baby boy was not feeling well on what should've been our last visit, so they didn't let us play. I think he had croup, so major prayers are appreciated that he is healthy. Poor guy.

And let me tell you, he really IS as beautiful as the picture on RR. He's true perfection. I mean, all babies are, but wow, this guy is a cutie. He's brilliant and lovey, and so sweet. 

I can't wait for all of you to see his cutie self. Here's a little bit. ;) 

Thank you all for helping us get to our boy. We are blessed.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

We met Truman!

I can't post pictures publicly yet, but he is delicious and perfect and so strong and engaging! He's a smart little guy, and bigger than Sam, even though he's younger. We are headed out soon for what I think is our last visit before we go home. Pray for all of us, this will be hard!! I am smitten already. We all are.