We’re home!

It’s been a long journey, but the good news is we’re now home!  From start to finish, it’s been about 11 months, with about 6 1/2 weeks spent in Ukraine spread across 3 trips.  We enjoyed most of our time there and tried taking advantage of new experiences as much as possible.  Flying home is […]

Hello from Kiev!

We’re now on the home stretch!  We’ve been in Kiev close to two weeks now and I realize it’s been a while since we last posted an update here.  So here’s a glimpse into what we’ve been up to. We were able to pick up the kids on Wednesday, April 25th.  It was a bit […]

Leaving tomorrow to bring these kids home!

It’s been quite the journey, but I’m pleased to say that tomorrow begins our final trip where the kids get to come with us back to Kiev and then back to our home here in Minnesota!  It’s also the longest, often called the “paper chase” trip.  We’ll need to pick up the finalized court decree, […]

Proud parents of 10!

We are currently overseas on our court trip (trip #2, for those keeping count). Court was on Monday, and the judge granted our petition to become the parents of our 3 little cutie pies! So now, we officially have 10 children! I wish so much that we could bring them home now, but country rules […]

Trip 1 completed

I feel like it’s been a while since we last updated on progress here, but that’s mostly been because things have been so busy.  You may have seen our change in plans when first arriving in Eastern Europe, but thankfully the remainder of our first trip went very smooth.  The three siblings we’ve accepted referrals […]

Traveling now! And a change in plans…

This country we’re in is full of surprises.  One must come prepared to change plans at the last minute, not know what’s going on, go with the flow, and trust your team.  We were fully prepared for anything, ready to follow God’s leading, wherever that may be. Harrison and Henry were being actively pursued by […]


Yes, this is really happening!  We were notified of dates on Thursday afternoon, and yesterday I purchased 3 plane tickets to Eastern Europe!  I can’t believe it, it’s finally almost here!  I cannot wait to meet my 2 little handsome boys and my beautiful daughter. Elizabeth will come with us for this first trip.  We […]

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

I hope your family had a very Merry Christmas!  Our family had some illness go through, but we still were able to enjoy our Christmas.  The kids of course loved their gifts, and Mom and Dad are anxious to get the house back to normal.  😛  We wish all of you a blessed New Year, […]

A New Addition!

Did you notice that new photo to the right?  Yes, we have finally chosen our 3rd child! Meet Betsy!  She is 15 years old and lives in an internat in the same country as the boys.  An internat is basically a boarding school for orphans.  We are told it’s not a very good place.  I’m […]

Adoption update and timeline

Now that our adoption petition is officially submitted to the Eastern European country we are adopting from, there hasn’t been a lot to update on from that front.  We primarily wait, fundraise, and prepare for the kids to come home.  We’re thankful the paperwork portion of our journey is mostly done, but it hasn’t meant […]