Monday, February 24, 2014

My fb post from one year ago today :) : 4 years, 7 months, 3 weeks and 4 days~But finally!! -Saturday, Feb. 22.2013 & today Levi leaves his foster home for good to be with us, his forever famiy..WOW!! THAT'S COOL!


The road to Levi was a long, long, L.O.N.G one. But, God is sovereign all the time. I remember when we lost our commitment to him the first time back in 09 during the invasion of Georgia by Russia. I remember the feelings of mourning I went through at his loss. I remember too, seeing Isaac's face come up on the computer screen as a
request of interest in adopting him. He needed a family that was
paper ready to go. I remember showing his picture to Mat when he came home from work & the absolute peace we felt in giving our verbal commitment to him that night. I think back to that night when the loss of one perspective child was there and the hurt of it and I'm so thankful for that now. Without it, Isaac wouldn't be here, and that thought is a heavy one for me to bear. It was all so sudden our change from one to the other and I can't describe it, but we knew it was meant to be. We knew Isaac was our son. We were blessed with the chance to pursue Levi's adoption again when we got home from Ukraine with Isaac. It was surreal and scary. But we knew we had to go get him. We didn't know how, but we knew God did. So fast forward and here we are today. ♥
Wow! I have sooo much to tell you all about his achievements! He's such an awesome little guy! On the 15th of this month last year we legally became his parents. On the 22nd he came to stay with us in our apartment in Georgia for good. This post is from the 18th last year.  It was my second time meeting with him. It's strange to go back and read about our time there and remember the time before he was always ours. Seems so long ago, but not. Today, Levi is sick with a stomach virus. It's the first time he's been sick since he's been home. :( I'll post again in a couple of days and tell you all about all he's learned, done, has accomplished, is still working to accomplish and more. For now, I'm going to go back to the bed and lie with our son..and enjoy it. ♥

((Meeting Levi))







Wednesday, January 22, 2014

PLEASE PRAY FOR UKRAINE. EVEN IF YOU DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO PRAY FOR, GOD HEARS THE GROANINGS OF OUR HEARTS AND THE SPIRIT WILL LEAD.

Our Isaac hails from Ukraine. We spent a month there during his adoption process. After about a year of him being home I had this really vivid dream. We were living in Ukraine. Our whole family. We were missionaries, supporting other adopting families as they came into Kiev. It was crazy how vivid it was. Since then I tell my kids all the time to keep practicing their Russian..cause I'm pretty sure one day God will be taking us back to Ukraine. :) That was 4 years ago now and we're still her in CA. But Ukraine still holds a very special place in our hearts. Right now the country needs so much prayer! This picture says so much and is so beyond powerful. God is Sovereign and good all the time. If your not familiar with what's happening there and want to know more, here are a few links: http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/jan/18/ukraine-new-dictatorship/
and
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ukrainians-protest-tough-anti-dissent-legislation
and one more:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-unrest-tens-of-thousands-defy-protest-ban-in-clashes-with-police-9070479.html
It's time for us to wake up America. Just because this is all happening in another country doesn't mean it won't impact us here.
I love this photo. It's so powerful and amazing. This is happening now..like right now. The clergymen are currently continuing their prayers on Grushevsky Street in shifts. They are standing between the demonstrators and the special force police force in peace as they sing praises to God. Just..Wow!
http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/67776.htm









Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014..

Ahhh, a new year. I love new starts. This year I'm praying for lots of change to come our way. Change of heart, change of location, maybe a job change for my husband? Change of attitude..just. I feel like I need change. So, this year I've welcomed the New Year. Usually, I don't like change and even having to write a change in the date can be bothersome to me. Don't ask me why. But not so this year. I just feel like the Lord has some plans for us. Not sure what they are yet, but I know my prayer is to align my hearts desires with His. So..welcome 2014. 


So this post isn't really about much, other then letting some pictures do the talking and whats been going on here in our home :) 

Our Eli. This is the one who has me wrapped around his little finger..and he knows it. He's the baby of the family and God knew what He was doing when He gave us Eli where He did in line of his siblings.
Me and him. I love him. ♥


At the top of our hill there's a little valley below where our kids have built their "Tree Fort".


Spider-Man, a.k.a. Isaac ♥



Eli L.O.V.E.S. looking at himself in our camera. LOVES it. :)



And so does Isaac, :)



Beautiful Rubee..


And Naomi ♥


With Isaac ♥ (who always seems to look like he's just rolled in a mud puddle :)


And then there is this little guy..Our little Conqueror. He loves Physical Therapy and is getting stronger all the time. :)


Rubee and Ayla..♥



Mama and Zeke..My handsome son will be 12 this month. He's quite the young man.


I don't know why..but we take lots of goofy pictures together. It's just fun :)




Welcoming the New Year :D


But this little love didn't make it to mid-night.


Me and my girls trying to all get in the shot, but failing miserably, ;)





His favorite Christmas gift..a big magnifying glass. He's still enthralled with it and it's been a whole 3 weeks!


Levi just loved the never ending supply of candy-canes.


His first Christmas with his cousins. ♥



More fun at Physical Therapy. He's working on building those muscles in his back.


When Isaac goes to the mall..♥




Love bug..


Family picture with Santa at the Down Syndrome Association Christmas party :D


Another family picture since Mat was fixing Levi's hair in our Santa pic


Precious meeting Santa. He was a bit overwhelmed by it all. But he did great!


Give this year to the Lord and you won't be disappointed with it :) Happy New year!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

God of wonders beyond our Galaxy..You are holy...Holy.

I often look into these beautiful brown eyes that don't always connect with mine and wonder..

what my little boy is thinking about. 

When his sister comes to hug him, to play with him..I wonder, what's going on in that gorgeous little head of his?

Sometimes I see life jump into those blank eyes. I see recognition when he takes my face in and we're lying on the couch together. I see it when he gets hugs and talked too.

But just as quickly as the life comes into them, it can leave again. And I'm left wondering..what's going on in that beautiful mind?

Is he happy now? Does he know he's loved? Does he feel it? 

And then he reaches out, and his hand is held. And I know..without words, he's telling us he knows.

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said. 
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