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 […]

Learning a new language

When it comes to adoption, I’ve always felt that learning your child’s native language should be an important priority.  It’s a huge bonding bonus and shows respect for the country and culture your child is coming from.  It also makes things a lot easier, both in-country and once home. Does that mean you need to […]

It’s Giving Tuesday!

Today is the last in the line-up of all the holiday shopping sales hustle and bustle.  Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and today, Giving Tuesday.  Why is giving not first?  God wants our first-fruits, not our leftovers, as Cain discovered in Genesis 4.  Sometimes we can only give a little, and sometimes we […]

Thanksgiving and Joy and… Surprise?

Today is Thanksgiving.  We give thanks to our Lord and Savior for His mercy and grace, for His death in our place, for His sacrifice on the cross for our sins.  It is with joy and gratitude that we take time to thoughtfully consider the great blessings God has bestowed on us: the gifts of […]

USCIS approval!

Last week we had the bittersweet news that Harrison and Henry were no longer available for adoption.  But today we got the news that USCIS has approved our adoption!  So we are moving forward!  We now have the last documents notarized and ready to be apostilled.  I will do that tomorrow afternoon.  Then I will […]

Bittersweet news

Back in August, Matt posted a few scenarios that could happen during the adoption process.  Unfortunately, on Wednesday one of them proved true for us.  The boys are no longer available for adoption.  They were taken into foster care.  While this sounds bad, it’s generally good news.  In their country, foster care often means a permanent […]

Summer + Kids = FUN!

As some of you know, we homeschool our kids.  We school year-round, too, so there’s not a ton of difference between our “regular” school year and our “summer” schedules.  We take out a few things from our Morning Basket time for the summer, but for the most part, we just keep on going.  Our kids […]