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I am a Christ loving, homeschooling mom who has a wonderful crazy life. I have a husband I passionately love and 11 incredible kids. Trying to live a healthy lifestyle and help others do the same.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Two Weeks Already!

Today we have been home with our sweet kiddo's for two weeks!
I can not believe.. 1) We  have been home that long. 2) Haven't they always been here?

People ask how everyone is adjusting. I think it's funny, because there hasn't been any "adjusting", we are a family and it feels like everyone is right were they were always meant to be.

All the kids (I'm sure if Malachi and Clare could speak English, they'd say it too) are asking when we are going to adopt again. I don't know when, but it will happen again.

Here is what I get to wake up too...

And this...
And this..

What a sweet life...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

We Are Home!

We got home on Thursday and everyone is doing great! I guess it's like giving birth, after you have them you forget all about the pain you just went through. Now we just have to adjust to having 7 kids under 9 years old in the house.

Let the new adventure begin!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Another Birthday in U

Today was our sweet Clare bear's second birthday. We were hoping it would also be gotcha day but that will be tomorrow (my granddaughter's 1st birthday!).

It has been a real treat showing my mom and Madison around our city and letting them meet all the nannies.

We got to see Malachi's great grandma again today for her to say her final goodbyes. It was very sad but also wonderful to see how much he is loved. We also got to find out that when he had heart surgery when he was 8 months old that his grandma went with him. That had been on my mind, wondering if my little guy had to go through that all by himself. I'm glad to know he was loved on during that time.

Yesterday we went to a puppet theater and got to see a very cute children's show. Then after that, our sweet friends took us to a mall that had an ice skating rink and a bowling alley. We played ping pong at the bowling alley and laughed so hard, it was great.

Starting tomorrow we get to have our kids and start the real process of getting them home.
Please pray that our embassy appointments go well. There was paperwork we didn't realize that we needed that Mel had to send. Hopefully it is the right stuff and nothing additional is needed from him.

If everything goes well we should be landing at Dulles on Thursday at 2:45.

Here we go...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Birthday in U

Today was my birthday, and it went great! It would have been better if my honey was here and we busted our kids out but it was still great. I got to love on my kids and go shopping at the open market. I had a wonderful 4 hour birthday dinner with awesome friends in a beautiful traditional restaurant.

Hopefully we will leave our region on Monday and get to go home on Thursday. We have learned that anything can happen in this process, so we are trying to be flexable.

The very best part will be that we get our "Gotcha Day" on Clare's 2nd birthday!

With Malachi, he is learning to like Mama, mostly because I'm the one who carries the cookies in my purse. However, he will always be Papa's boy. I showed Malachi pictures of his Papa on my camera and he would kiss it over and over.

Trying to call Papa

Hopefully he will see his Papa soon and we can share all the wonderful miracles that have happened through this process.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Post for Erika

Hello All,
Well Erika, Madison and Debbie (AKA Nammie) arrived safely in Kiev on Saturday evening and left for the orphanage the next day.  All is well and despite Erika's suspicions to the contrary, she didn't have to show Malachi a picture of me in order to get him to cooperate.  It seems that he likes the Momma after all.  Unfortunately we are once again having challenges with our phone so Erika is unable to send or receive calls.  Fortunately Debbie's new I-Phone is able to send texts, and today's said that birth certificates are in hand.  Friday may be the last day that our kids have to spend in the orphanage.  I know that Erika is  working on getting another modem so hopefully she will be posting herself soon.
As soon as we have the return itenerary one of us will post it.
Please continue to pray in support of Erika and the kids.


Monday, October 17, 2011

We Got 'Em

I know it has been a few days since my last post and I left everyone hanging. My excuse... I got sick.

Court went wonderful. I think it even surprised Luda how fast and easy everything went. We had time to take one picture before grabbing a taxi heading to the train station getting to Kiev in time to get 4 hours sleep before getting on our plane home. So I guess that's my other excuse.

We made some wonderful friends while in our region and am looking forward to my mom and Madison meeting them. We were promised we would recieve a Master Borsht Soup making class when we return, yummy!

Our last day with the kids was wonderful. The nannies let us stay inside and play with all the kids which was great. There was a little girl who was very low functioning that fell in love with Mel. She came over to sit by him and he got a ball to try and play with her. They started throwing the ball back and forth to each other for about 30 min. The nannies looked on in amazement. From what we understand that really was the first time she purposely interacted and played with something so lond. Our hearts are now so burdened to find these children homes.

We felt the favor of God all through out, so we were very unprepared for the devil's attacks when we got home. I had been feeling a little sick the last few days there and when we got home I got a migraine so bad, I told Mel I might want to go to the hospital. I managed to fall a sleep for a while so the hospital was not needed. I still am hurting in my back very badly and am hoping to be able to get into the Chiropractor before I leave again.

Thanks for sticking with me on this.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Well, tomorrow is one of the big days we have been waiting for. We have court Wednesday at 3:30pm! Then we get to rush to the train, head to Kiev and get on a plane home Thursay at 6:45am.

I can not wait to see all of my smiling little faces when we get off the airplane in DC. I'm glad we have a king size bed, because I'm sure there will be some little people sneaking in our bed in the middle of the night ( and I can't wait!!).

When we got here, all the nanny's usually try to send us outside to play with our kids instead of play inside with the other kids. Mel and I always thought, "What could it hurt? Why can't we play with the other kids too?"  Then we had some bad wheather and the nice nanny's let us play inside. I have answered the question " What could it hurt?" Me is the answer. All the children are so precious and my heart is breaking into a thousand little pieces knowing I can't take them all.

I am thankful that it is a nice orphanage with a director and nanny's who really seem to care. The children are well fed and each groupa has a nice little playroom. But it's not a family.

I will be coming back with my mom and Madison for the pick up trip. I am looking forward to seeing my mom's reaction to her new grandchildren. She is a special education teacher, so it might be hard to pry her out of the groupa because she will want to leave lesson plans for the nanny's. :-)

With Madison, I'm going to have to frisk her daily to make sure she hasn't snuck one of the other kids out of the orphanage also. My husband likes to joke that I'm Rumplestilskin and she is Rumpy Jr. How could I blame her, they are all so adorable you just want to squeeze them.

I really am overwhelmed with all the love that has been shown us both here and at home.

How could we ever do this without you?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Our Daily Routine

I thought I would give everyone an  idea of how we spend our day.

We wake up and have breakfast in the apartment.
Jump on the tram for our morning visit.
Spend 2 hours with the kiddos.
Jump the tram back downtown.
Have lunch in a cafe.
Go back to the apartment and read, nap or get on the computer or walk around town.
Get on the tram again for our afternoon visit.
Spend 2 hours with the kids.
Get on the tram back downtown.
Eat dinner at some cafe.
Talk to the kids at home.
Go to bed.

As you can see we spend alot of time on the tram or eating. We don't really like spending to much time in the apartment because it is too quiet. We are used to a loud crazy house and the quiet apartment makes us miss the kids. The apartment is great though, it is right down town next to all the city center things like the mall, lots of cafes and beautiful museums and monuments. It is however right by the tram, so every time it goes by it feels like a mini earthquake! That took a day to get used to.

The town if very safe and almost feels Parisan. At night dinner is at an outdoor cafe and people are walking everywhere.

The tram is very easy and cheap. For Mel and I to ride 4 times a day it only cost 10 grivna which is about $1.25 total.

Eating out is also very inexpensive. For us to eat lunch at a cafe, it's only about $12 USD for our meal, drink and tip.

In city center by one of our favorite cafe's is the Slavic War Memorial.

We have gotten to visit Pirogov's museum and tomb, who was a famous Russian scientist and doctor.

A chocolate maker, Roshen, has a beautiful fountain in front of their office building and they do an amazing laser light show on the weekends that we got to see.

We definately are ready to go home though. We miss the kids at home and are ready for Malachi and Clare to get to play with them and have freedom to take them where ever we want and let them go play in the dirt.
We can not wait to get Malachi a nerf gun and let Matthew and John show him how to go "hunting" in the yard. Or to put Clare's hair up in a pretty bow and learn how to play dolls with her sisiter's.

This has been such an amazing experience that we will treasure always and hopefully be able to tell Clare and Malachi about their home country when they are older.

OK, off to jump on the tram again.

The Babushka's

We have been so blessed to get to meet Malachi's grandma and great-grandma. They heard he was being adopted and wanted to say goodbye. They both have tried to visit him every so often since he was born and brought to the orphanage. We saw them three days ago and gave them a picture of our family to keep and they both were so happy for him they couldn't stop crying.

Today during our visit, grandma came by again with presents for Malachi to give to his new brothers and sisters. She is just precious and so happy for him. She kept pointing at him and us saying "Papa" and "Mama".

She gave us a beautiful card and it had her address on it so we could send her pictures of him as he grows.

God is so good to us. It just made our hearts so happy to know he was/is loved and they truly want him to have a better life.

Praise God for Grandmas!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Our Munchkins

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. We had internet and computer problems for a while and I have just plain been having too much fun here. Our city is wonderful with so much history and we have made great friends who have taken us around to see it. We have learned important words like " Cappuccino"and "Tiramisu".

Our kids are amazing. It is so incredible how well they will fit into our family. We are ready to just snatch and run, but there is a little thing called jail that stops me.

Hopefully we will have court next Tuesday, with a good Judge.

Now to the good stuff...... pictures

Little man loves his Papa and Clare bear just wants to be held by Mama.

Hopefully now I will be able to post more often.
Off to bed now so we can have another fun filled day.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Money Confusion

Somehow a $5000 donation got credited twice to our FSP and we just found out about it. So we are now down $5000.00 and already here so we really can't do any fundraising. Any prayers would greatly be appreciated

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blast Off!

Today is the day we leave for our kids country. We are going to worship with our wonderful new church, Covenant Community Church, have lunch with the family and then head to the airport.

It all doesn't feel real yet. I guess I'm trying not to think about leaving my kids here in order to save my kids there. It really is the most painful experience I have had to go through so far in my life. My heart is torn in two on both sides of the ocean. I hope that all my children will all see how much they are loved, that Mommy would go to the ends of the Earth to save each one of them.

We really are on our way, Clare & Malachi,

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Three Days To Go

Matthew woke up this morning and said," Mom, I'm happy and sad." I asked why? "Because you leave in three days."

We are all so excited and know why mom and dad have to go, but it is really hard because we do everything as a family. This will be the longest we have been away from each other ever and it's hard to comprehend.

Matthew has been giving me non stop kisses and hugs so I can "save them up" to have them while I'm gone.

I don't think Cailee and John know what's about to happen, I pray for all of their sweet little hearts, that God will comfort them while we are gone.

My momma's heart is so torn right now. I have children on both sides of the ocean that I hurt to be with. Thankfully in 6 weeks this will all be over and I will have all my children under one roof.

I am looking forward to having time just with Mel. We haven't been alone together in 10 years. It will be nice to take walks and talk without constant interuptions.

In 8 days I should have my 2 babies in my arms! I'm so excited!!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Heartfelt Thank You

It has been so amazing going through this process and being blessed by people we have never met. We are so thankful to everyone who has donated, prayed and helped us through this journey.

Feeling completely overwhelmed with gratitude!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We Have An Appointment!

We have a travel date!! We will be leaving Sunday Sept.25th, with an SDA appointment on the 28th.

We are beyond excited. It really is starting to feel real.  Now the real craziness begins. Get airline tickets for us. Get someone flown up here to watch the kids while we are gone. Get packing.

Also, the country we are going to changed their law regarding the age difference between parent and child so Mel gets to adopt them with me! But that means a change in some paperwork and a Home Study Addendum that has to be redone, notarized and apostille before we leave in 12 days! AAAAAHHHHH!!!!


I can do this, just have to remember to take it one at a time.

We really are coming for you, my sweet babies.....

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pizza Fundraiser!!

We are so excited to partner with Cici's Pizza on September 15th from 5-8 for an adoption fundraiser.

I guess when you go into a place and they practically know you by name, you probably eat there alot. Thankfully they know our family in a good way, the kids don't destroy the place when we go to eat.

Cici's will let us set a table by the door with Reece's Rainbow flyers and pictures of our kids.

They are graciously donating 10% of sales for the night toward our adoption, so if you live in the Fredericksburg area we would love to see you there ( Central Park location).

Let them eat PIZZA!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

We are submitted!!

OMG, OMG, OMG!!! I am soooo excited! We were submitted today!

Now we just wait to get our travel date, which should be around the end of September. What a birthday present for Mel to get to meet his kids!

And if everything goes right we will be bringing the kids home around my birthday!
Also, our little Clarebear turns 3 in October, no more birthdays in an orphanage!

What a great fall this is turning out to be.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Anyone who knows me well, knows I am not a patient person. When I was pregnant with my kids I would start issuing eviction notices to them at 7 months. I usually can do a little better if I have something to work on while I'm waiting. We have an alpaca that is over due to have her baby by alot and it's making me crazy. I've had to resort to just pretending she's not pregnant.

When we started this adoption journey, it was crazy all the paperwork that had to get done. Getting things printed, ordered, notarized, faxed, apostilled, the works.

Then the happy day of mailing our dossier to our kids country. I thought I would be so happy to be done with all that.

Truth be told, I'm not.

Now I have nothing to take my mind off the waiting. I know I'm am such a baby. There are so many families who wait so much longer than I have to bring thier child home.

I was looking back at our blog and we committed to our kids on May 9th. That's right, just 3 short months ago. How can I possibly complain! But I think anyone could understand if your child was in danger or hungry or even in an unknown situation, one hour would be too long to help them.

But travelling soon is also a huge stress. I have never left my 5 kids for more than 2 nights and now I will be away from them for a total of 5 weeks. I am breaking it up into two trips, but still it is not a "happy place" thing for me to think about.

I have to just keep thinking about Thanksgiving. We will be done. Home. Everyone.
And then all 7 smiling faces around our table will make it all worth it.

How you doin' ?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dossier in country

Got notification this morning that our dossier was delivered and is now in the hands of our translater! So, please pray that the translation happens fast and we can can be submitted to the SDA next week. It will then take about two weeks for them to issue a travel date for 2-3 weeks later.

Clare & Malachi, we are coming soon!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dossier on it's way!!

It's finally done and on it's way over the ocean. Hopefully it will be translated by next week and submitted so we can get a court date by September!

What a huge load off my shoulders to know that we are done with paperwork and the next thing is to meet our kids!!

We will be there soon!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Golden Ticket

I am so excited I can hardly write, so here it goes....

1. All dossier paperwork complete.  Check
2. All dossier paperwork apostilled. Check
3. Got the Golden ticket in the mail yesterday. Check, check
( Here is where I start to hyperventilate)
4. Dossier ready to be mailed to EE tomorrow. CHECK, CHECK, CHECK!!!!!!!!!!!

Everything is moving so fast right now, it is hard to believe that I could see and hold and squeeze my sweet babies next month!

My mind is starting to race already with all the things that have to come together for this to happen. I have my 5 awesome kids here that grandma and aunt Rachelle need to come watch. Oh yeah airline tickets for Grandma and Aunt Rachelle. Airline tickets for me and hubby. Fifteen alpaca and to-many-to-count chickens that have to be fed while I'm gone.. Packing, packing, packing. Money to still raise (maybe that should be first). A ramp to be built for a widow with the Both Hands project. Did I mention I have 5 kids and animals to take care of?

Just breathe Erika, I can do this!

Monday, August 1, 2011

USCIS Walk in

We got our USCIS notice last week that gave us an appointment date of Aug. 16th. I was so excited to only have to wait 2 1/2 weeks thinking, "No big deal." But after reading a few other blogs and really longing for our kids we decided to take a chance and walk in to USCIS today. They didn't even blink an eye and we were in and out in no time. Soooooo, hopefully by the end of August we can submit our dossier! I am so excited, yet so nervous. We are no where near to being fully funded. We were  approved to do the Both Hands project, yet they ask for a time table of 8 weeks. Aaaaahhhh, I don't have 8 weeks! We will see what God can do. He truly is amazing.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


We just got our letter from USCIS and I guess they granted us our expedited request because we have our biometrics appointment August 16!!!!!!!!! Just 2 1/2 weeks to wait. Beats the heck out of 75-90 days! Clare and Malachi, mommy and daddy are coming soon!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Driver's Seat

I like to drive, which is a good thing since we live in the D.C. area and it takes forever to get anywhere. I have to be in the drivers seat, though. I get car sick if I'm not. The only way I can be a paasenger is if I sleep.

My children are so great at travelling long distances, it's really all they have ever known.
They know Mommy know's where she is going, I've got the GPS. They can sit back and listen to the radio, look out the window and daydream. Sometimes they get snacks and a drink. If it's a long trip, they even get to watch a movie. There is really no, "Mommy are we there yet?" because they know the answer, "When we get there, we get there."

We are on this journey to adopt Clare and Malachi and I find that I'm not such a good passenger.
 I'm constantly asking, "Are we there yet?" When I look out the window all I see is the turn in the road and want to know what's up ahead.

But in this Christian life, we are not really in the driver's seat, are we?

We are going to be the first RR family to adopt from our orphanage. This is not the road that I would have chosen! I like the smooth easy road. "God, don't you know I get car sick? How much longer till we get there?" Then I can hear from the front seat, "Honey, just close your eye's, we will be there soon."

I must remember that my Daddy is in the driver's seat. He know's the destination and how to get there. He know's how long it will take to get there. It's my job to relax and enjoy the ride.

We will travel this road as long as it takes to bring our sweet kids home and to open this orphanage to other families to rescue the children there.

How ever long it takes, how ever bumpy the road, we will travel it because up ahead is the prize.

Are you here yet?

Come get me, Mommy!
We're coming, sweet angels. Just a bit longer.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Obviously if you read the last post you could tell I was needing some encouragement. Thank you so much to those who prayed, spoke words of encouragement to my heart and gave to our FSP.

The words "Thank You" are just not enough.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I used to read The Little House On The Prairie books to Madison when she was little. We loved reading about the new adventures that they were going on. I would often wonder had I lived back then would I be a pioneer? I always pictured myself during the Antebellam days being a rich plantation owners daughter or wife, but that really isn't a pioneer. I have been a missionary to Africa and Mexico and went by myself, but someone had done it before me, so I could follow their advice on how to get things done.

Now we were told that we will be the first RR family to adopt from our orphanage. Pioneer. I never realized how terrifying that could be. There is no one who can tell me what to expect from the local officials. No one to tell me if the conditions at the orphanage are good or bad. I'm walking into the unknown, bringing my whole family with me to rescue two children I've never met. On top of that, I have to do the adoption as a married individual because Mel is to old ( by 1 month and 6 months) so I will be standing in front of the judge all by myself.

On top of that, I feel betrayed by people I thought were friends. We let over 150 people on FB know about our adoption plans and our need for financial help. About 5 have responded. Then absolute silence from everyone else. These are people who we have served on the mission field with or served in battle with. People we stood in there wedding or them in ours. We have given cars, cribs, furniture and money to. Went to Bible college with, served in the Army with, and brought meals to when they were sick. Silence. Psalms 55:12 says," If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God."
They may say, "We'll pray for you". How can I trust that they will pray, when they won't donate even $20 to help recue our children. We are so close to travelling and I look at our FSP and see $2311.

Pioneer. I will walk this path with my husband and children out into the great unknown, because I know who leads me there. I know the One who see's the end from the beginning. He is already at that orphanage with my children and will give me the courage and strength to continue on, alone if needed. But how could I be alone when He is by me and my sweet husband and amazing children are all around me.

I will walk with you Lord, out into the unknown....

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Homestudy is really done

We have been waiting for weeks to see what our "in country" liason had to say about our homestudy. Would it pass the scutiny of the judge and country requirements? We came to a screaching halt weeks ago when our country said they were stopping all adoption for 3 months. We got an email a few day ago that said the country will continue to process "special needs" adoption thru the close. So were are now back to 200mph. All we needed was our homestudy to send to USCIS (immigration) for our final piece to our dossier. Then we can send it in country and get a travel date!! We got the go ahead from the liason, so Richmond, here we come for apostilles and USCIS. Who knows, we might be meeting our kids in 2 months from now!! YAY!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

In Memory of Warner

Look at his little face, isn't he adorable! Warner was one of the children we considered adoptiong and is 2 years old. When we chose to adopt our 2 little ones, our 9 year old, Madison, prayed for Warner and Daria to find forever homes. Daria is hopefully going to be adopted with another girl from the same orphanage. Warner now has his forever home in Heaven. He died. Alone. With no momma to hold him as he was passed into the arms of Jesus. From something that good medical care and the love of a family  could have cured. We are broken hearted for this boy, but even more so for the millions that are still in the orphanages ALONE. Bring them home, adovate and pray.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Yard Sale Review

All in all the yard sale was great! Kinda hot outside, but was blessed with wonderful friends to help us out. Also had great people donate LOTS of stuff. We are now $650.00 closer to bringing our babies home!
A great big thank you to those who helped, donated and SHOPPED!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Raffle

We are excited to have our first raffle. We will be raffling a baby diaper cake by "Nana's Diaper Baby Cake's".

37 Luvs diapers size 1
3 burpcloths, green organic "Little Seed" brand
Parent's choice pacifier
Johnson's baby shampoo 1.5 oz
Green baby spoon Learning curve brand
2 Brightstarts shaped teething rings
orange wash cloth
organic bib "Little Seeds" brand
Caterpillar from Kohl's Eric Carle
The very hungry caterpillar book
Cake plate
paper shred
wired ribbon
curling ribbons
.Raffle will begin July 1st
Tickets with be $5.00 each.
More details to follow.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Yard Sale July 2

We have finally gotton serious about fund raising. We are having a big yard/bake sale on Sat. July 2 from 9-2 to benefit the adoption. Any local people, please come out and shop or if you have anything to donate that would be awesome as well.
4035 Plank Rd
Fredericksburg, VA
(between Faith Baptist Church & Powell's Furniture)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Rushing Through Life

In the Washington, DC Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, a man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was estimated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on thier way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule. A minute later the violinist recieved his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

A few minutes later a young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started walking again.

At 10 minutes: A 3 year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several children, but every parent- without exception- forced their chilldren to move on quickly.

The musician played continuously for 45 minutes and in the that time only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth over $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell performed to a sold-out theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the DC Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:
- In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we percieve beauty?
- If so, do we stop to appreciate it?
- Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made, how many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

( An except from CQ magazine)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

God's Sense of Humor

All in God's wonderful timing and His great sense of humor, on the very day I get the last piece of paperwork completed, we get a message that the country we are adopting from has stopped all adoptions for the next three months so they can transition to a new "Ministry of so and so" (agency). That all means that the paperwork that I have spent the last month on is now invalid. So now we wait.............................

Thankfully, our kids are still available when the country reopens and hopefully the new process will go smoothly. Please pray for us.
I feel for those families that were even closer than us and are now waiting to bring their children home also. I have found such comfort in the SN adoption community and know we will just pick up where we left off (albeit with new paperwork) and an even greater appreciation for our family and the gift of adoption.

Now I guess my attention can once again return to my family and our summer plans as we wait. The kids are bummed that it might take longer to get our kids but will have mommy's full attention once again.

Joyfully waiting,

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Facebook Blitz

Okay, so International adoption can be quite pricey. There are not too many people who can afford to hand  over $20,000-$40,000 cash upfront.  Those who make a commitment to adopt internationally find ways to fundraise $ to aide with their adoption. There is a donation fund set up in our name via Reece's Rainbow ( www.reecesrainbow.org/sponsorrogers ) that will help contribute to bringing our 2 children home. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Sometimes $30,000 seems so overwhelming but if you break it down, it's really not that impossible. If......

200 people donated $150.00 = $30,000

250 people donated $ 120.00  = Goal!

300 people donated $ 100.00 = Goal!

350 people donated $ 85.00 = Goal!

400 people donated $ 75.00 = Goal

500 people donated $ 60.00 = Goal!

So here is my challenge....

If every friend I have on Facebook was able to donate $20 and then send on to their friends a message about our family and they donanted, we would hit our goal in no time.
Please remember we are ransoming out 2 beautiful children, that would be sent to an adult institution in their country at age 5, all because they have an extra chromosome.
Thank you so much from the bottom of our heart for your help.

Where Does The Money Go?

I wanted to give a break down of where all the money goes for our adoption. We are ransoming the lives of two beautiful children who would be put in an adult mental institution at age 5 and live the rest of their lives there simply because they have an extra chromosome.
Here it is:
Homestudy                              $2100.00 (paid)
RR Promise Trust                    $2000.00 (paid)
RR Voice of hope                   $250.00  (paid)
RR Application Fee                 $25.00 ( paid)
USCIS                                   $890.00 ( paid)
Fingerprining                           $130.00 (paid)
State Police Clearance            $40.00 (paid)
Apostille fees                          $500.00
Airline tickets to EE                $8000.00
Adoption fee for 2 children     $13,000.00
Donation to Orphanage           $1000.00
Travel in Country                    $2000.00
Clare & Malichi Physical         $300
Clare & Malachi Visa              $810
C & M Passports                    $1200
Living in EE for 8 weeks          $7000
Airline tickets home                 $10000.00

Total                                       $49,245.00

We have paid for $5435.00 so far and have $10,000 left in the bank. We are going to do what ever it takes to bring our kids home and am so looking forward to see how God moves mountains for us.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

New Dream Vehichle

Here is a picture of my next dream vehichle....

With so many little ones, this will be a life saver!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

On To The Next Phase

We are thankfully about a week away from our home study being complete, so now I need to turn my attention to the DOSSIER! I really am excited, but also completely intimidated. I have no idea how you have something "Apostilled" and I have about a bazillion things that need it. Thankfully I don't mind driving to Richmond to get our state stuff done, but sending birth certificates to North Carolina and Louisiana? Then a marriage license to New York? Then the instructions of, "Don't get it done too early, because it will expire in 5 months, but HURRY UP!" AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!
I just keep reminding myself that we are ransoming out our children from a life of bondage, and this momma bear comes out in me and I'm ready to tackle the world, so what's a little paperwork.

As we have been working with our amazing home study agency (anyone in Virgina, use Forever Families in Warrenton, they are awesome!) to get all this done I think, "Next time will be easier."  Yes, we are already thinking about a next time. I guess when your eyes are opened to the need, you just respond. We'll just have to build a bigger house (my poor husband).

I am very glad that through all of this I have the other kids to keep me semi-grounded here. We took them to see a civil war re-enactment and it was great, but I was thinking that I need to get a 4 seat stroller or I'll never survive.

What a great life......

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Social workers

Having been foster parents in many states, we have gone through a lot of social workers. I always found it interesting that after knowing us only a few hours total they would write a report that would affect us forever. How do you explain to a practical stranger that," I know I have five kids under 9yrs old, but we feel called of God to do this.", and " not just one special needs child but two."
The questions like "How do you plan on homeschooling 7 children?" Isn't 7:1 a better teacher ratio than in the public schools or daycare?
Isn't it "better" to go into this completely informed and willing, than to have it be a surprise at birth and then have to figure it out?
I feel so encouraged when I read the Reece's Rainbow profiles of other families who have more kids than I do and they do adoption after adoption of these beautiful, deserving children. I have worked in orphanages before.
I know it will all be worth it when we hold our new babies. I know God will forever change us after walking through the orphanage.

Lord, forever change me....

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bada bing bada boom

I can hear Joey from "Friends" in my head when I look at this picture, "How you doin..." or Robert Diniro," You want a piece of me?"

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Paper Chase

I can't decide which one I am more... Excited... or Terrified! We just recieved our first packet of dossier paperwork to fill out, get notarized, stamped, etc. I didn't think I was going to have to start breathing through a paper bag so early in the process, Holy Moly!! I guess I'm going to get to know the notary guy at the bank really well!

Thursday, May 12, 2011


I know when I tell friends we are fully committed, they must think one of two things.1) We should be committed (to a mental institution, that is) or, 2) Boy, that Rogers family really loves children.
Well, it definately is #2 (although I feel like #1 on somedays). Sometimes I think I really have a lot of work ahead of me, but most of the time I feel so blessed with my kids (and the ones to come) that I just can't wipe the smile off my face.

What an awesome adventure ahead.....

Monday, May 9, 2011

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It's Really Here

After a week of what seemed like none stop printing, we finally have all the paperwork together to commit to our 2 sweet babies. Now the real fun begins. I am fimilliar with how domestic adoptions work and all the paperwork, but this is our first international adoption. The crazy things that have to be done, like get a certified copy of your birth certificate, then have it notarized that it is a certified copy, THEN have it apostilled by the State to say it really is certified and notarized!
All the while, my wonderful children just smile as I mumble all day,"they need WHAT?"

So the adventure begins....