Sunday, October 28, 2007

Thank you all for your encouragement! I am sure that we will hear soon but it so hard just waiting!

Theresa e-mailed this morning that she and Mark will be giving out gifts to our waiting children and will be visiting Rymma's orphanage today. :o) They planned on taking her with them to get ice cream. It makes me smile to know how delighted she will be to get such a special treat as ice cream!

The reality of actually going to get Rymma and our other daughter is starting to hit home. On Friday, we received a travel kit from our agency so we have the information we need to start preparing.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Still waiting for our phone call ...

Our 20-day approval period is up ...
Our 30-day waiting period is up ...
Our anxiety is up ...

It's A Small World

Over the last couple of days, we have been reminded just how small the world really is. A friend of ours is a sales associate for cell phones and blackberries. He met a young lady the other day (19) and noticed she had an accent. When he asked her where she was from, she said Ukraine. It happens that she was adopted from Donetsk a few years ago. He told her that John and I are adopting two young ladies from Ukraine and he said she grinned from ear to ear. When Brian mentioned Dyetsky Dom (a home that our church helps to sponsor), she was totally surprised that he and John even knew about it - much less have been there and helped to renovate it. Brian is going to ask her to contact us so that perhaps our girls will have a connection at home and she can give them some insight at more of their age level.

Aerosvit Luggage Rules

Yes, I was able to find them! Go to Section 14 for all the details!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Dearest Daughters,

As we anxiously await the news of when we travel to bring you home, these are our wishes for you always ...

Smiles when sadness intrudes
Comfort on difficult days
Rainbows to follow the clouds
Sunsets to warm your heart
Hugs when spirits sag
Beauty for your eyes to see
Friendships to brighten your being
Faith so that you can believe
Confidence for when you doubt
Patience to accept the truth
Courage to know yourself
Love to complete your life

Our additions:
Sunrises that brighten your day
Dreams to aspire to
Protection and wisdom of a father
Nurturing and teaching of a mother
Strength of sisterhood
Nourishment for your body and soul
Memories to never forget where you come from
Desire to make a difference in someone else's life
Music to dance to
Knowledge that God brought us together
Feeling that you have never been loved more
Trust that Mama & Papa will be always be here for you
A night sky filled with stars to make your own wishes upon


мама и папа (Mama & Papa)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Something Russian

Tuesday night my sister-in-law Paula, Timmy and I attended a local Russian Festival at an Eastern Orthodox church. It was really cool! They had a Russian Dance Company that did several traditional dances. One that was really neat to watch was "The Sailor Dance." It was a story of a sailor and his lady wooing each other. It was nice to see the younger children doing their traditional dance too. The visit was nice but bittersweet as there was one girl in particular who looked like what I imagine Taya would look like when she is a little older. I couldn't keep my eyes off of her. She was beautiful and had the most genuine smile.

The food was good too!! They had a huge spread! Timmy had chicken kiev. Paula had a kiev meal (kiev, halushki (noodles with cabbage), green beans, salad). I had pierogis (with butter and onions - YUMMY!), two cabbage rolls and a blini (crepe with sweetened cheese and strawberry sauce). Ok, so this particular food isn't in my diet plan but I saved up my exchanges so I could enjoy it!

They had a lot of Russian/Ukrainian giftware and jewelry. The pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) display was really neat. Very intricate detail. Paula and I want to make some with the girls. Won't that be cool?

I grew up in a very traditional Italian family and know the importance of keeping those traditions. We want the same for our girls. Our dream is that they will one day return to their homeland and give back to other children who are living what they will have overcome. Isn't that what it's all about?