Monday, July 21, 2008

Mamma Mia!

Oh My Gosh!

The girls and I had a chick flick afternoon yesterday and went to see "Mamma Mia!" If you haven't seen this movie yet, GO!!! It was awesome! Meryl Streep is hilarious and really outdoes herself. Her two sidekicks are a hoot and a holler! LOL If you don't go to see it for Meryl Streep's performance, it's worth it just to hear Pierce Brosnan TRY to sing! LOL

I was amazed at how the writers of this musical took the ABBA songs and made them work for this musical! I think you will be impressed too!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Girls are official U.S. citizens! + 120 miles per hour

Greetings all!
July 8th the girls were sworn in as US citizens :-)
For those of your reading this blog who are yet to adopt just an FYI: If your child is 14 years or YOUNGER when they arrive on U.S. soil, they are naturalized U.S. citizens and nothing else other than paperwork you complete at the Embassy is needed. HOWEVER... if your child is over 14, like Julia and we arrived on Rymma's birthday (March 6th), they will need to be sworn in. So both of the girls had to go to the Federal Building to be sworn in as citizens. It was kinda funny because I believe the oath they took was exact oath I took when I joined the army. So once they finished taking the oath, I had a huge grin on my face and shook their hands and said, "Welcome to the Army!" (OK, perhaps you needed to be there to appreciate the effect of my humor).

Two down, one to go! :-) We are finishing up some last minute paperwork before we submit our dosssier for Krystina. This time around is totally different because for this adoption we are 100% raising the funds through "donations only" to complete the adoption of Krystina. We will be posting more about the fundraising shortly ... and if any of you have suggestions we are all ears!

120 miles per hour! Below are photos from our recent trip to Cedar Point. I really missed Shauna coming along this time again and Sammy ended up having to work so it was mostly Rymma and I on the roller coasters. The pic is from Top Thrill Dragster (video from CP website). 120 miles per hour in under 4 seconds! WHAT A RIDE! Rymma is in yellow and I am beside her. What a hoot! Not only is this ride fast but a reminder of how life goes by sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fast! We have been home a little over 4 months now! Goodness! You blink and a day passes by you. I find myself wondering at various times what Krystina is doing. Thank God we can send her text messages and call her.

Today was Ukraine day at our house to the max! Rymma talked to her best friend, Julia, who was adopted by a family in Iowa. She got to call Krystina in Ukraine and as I type this, Lucia, Rymma and Julia are heading to Akron to meet Alena from AZ who happened to be passing through Ohio today. I stayed home because Sam wasn't home from work yet. So I took advantage of the moment to blog a bit.

SO, at this point, we are just praying to raise the funds for Krystina. The world is telling us we are crazy for taking in 2 girls so far and we are nuts to go for a 3rd daughter. This will put us at 8 kids. But the more I pray about it, I still believe this is meant to be. For me the decision is simple. James 1:27 sums it all up and tells us to take care of the widows and the orphans. It's sad that the world is blinded and follows a different direction. When I die, it won't matter much how much money I have in the bank or how many customers my business has. What matters most is if I chose to follow God's directions for my life. Did I love enough? What kind of seeds did I plant in my own family? Some of these seeds I have already seen grow and some of them I won't live to see. But I want my legacy to be that I forever changed lives for Christ; that Lucia and I took 3 young ladies out of hopelessness and gave them a clean slate for their future. Just like Christ has done for us.

AGAPE,
John

120 miles per hour- US Citizenship

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

"Hi, Mom!"

Okay, okay ... I know ... I personally haven't posted ANYTHING since we got back. My bad! Hopefully, I can now keep up ... at least a couple times a month or so. :o) I will attempt to catch up over the next few weeks. Be patient with me! Remember, God isn't finished with me yet either! ;o)


First off, I quit my job of over two years - my last day was June 27. I really enjoyed my work - and more imporantly, the people I worked with. I will miss all my "peeps" terribly! But, it was getting to be too much with the commute, keeping up with the house, the cost of gas and ... more importantly, keeping up my energy for the family. I am now working for my husband for 10-12 hours a week. Talk about a test of your marriage! LOL Another advantage is the shop is only 17 minutes from home - not the 35-40 minute one-way commute to my old job.

The girls and Timmy are happy that I am home with them more. The girls have really begun to open up to me more and we are getting closer every day. :o)


On Thursday (July 3), I went to work at the shop and on to a doctor's appt. I came home and Rymma walked in the kitchen. "Hi, Mom." WOW!!!! I looked at her and said, "What did you say?" "Hi, Mom." I went over to her (ok, ran to her!) and kissed her and hugged her and told her thank you!! You see, that is the first time she has called me "Mom" and this was a very special moment for me! All weekend, she called me mom and it just made my heart sing! She even asked me "When dad come home?" We are bonding and building trust, people!! And it's great!!!

Julia is still processing and it may take her some time before she feels that I am "mom" and John is "dad." She still calls by our first names ... but that's ok. We know she loves us and she will call us "mom" and "dad" on a regular basis when she is ready.

Grandma Speaks To Me

On the day John and the kids went to Cedar Point, I was able to spend a day doing what I wanted to do - no kids, no husband. I took full advantage of it! :o)

I got up and spent all of the morning and until about 2:00 cleaning. (I am one that cannot clean when there are others in the house and it actually relaxes me when I can look at my house and go "Aaaah!" Anyone else like that out there?) I got cleaned up and went to a scrapbook store in a little town called Strasburg. Next to the scrapbook store is an antique flea market. I decided to go in and take a look around - I like antique furniture, depression glass and knick-knacks. As I entered the store, I told my grandma (I called her "Nana") that if she approves of what John and I are doing with our girls and with our lives to show me in something that reminds me of her.

I walked down a couple of aisles and perused the pretty depression glass in blues, greens, oranges and antique tables and such. As I turned one corner, there was a chest of drawers and on top, smack in the middle, was a platter that matches the dishes that I inherited from my grandma when she died - 8/25/91.

My Nana made sure that I knew she approves and it made my entire day! I was on cloud nine the rest of the day.

I did get to the scrapbook store and had a great conversation with the owner about what happened next door and she told me a little about her mom and a good friend of hers. We must have talked for an hour or more after I finished my purchase! :o)

John and the kids got home around 11:00. They were SO excited! They told me about the rides and showed me the stuffed animals dad had won for them! Julia told me that she was going to go on the Demon Drop but she chickened out - "I go. I see. Whoosh! I no go!" It was too funny!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fathers Day 2008

Father's Day 2008



Greeting's all,

Just a quick post. These pics are from Father's Day I spent with 4 of my girls at Cedar Point. Check out pic of Rymma's first Magnum Roller Coaster ride!