Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Homecoming Day

October 8, 2013 we finally became a family of 6.  Today we celebrate one year home for our Nicholas. 

What a year it has been.  So many firsts and so much fun! I cannot imagine our family without him.  He has been such a blessing to our family and an inspiration to so many people. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We got you!

October, 1 2013 was the last day of orphanage life for Nicholas. 
He was stripped of his old tattered clothing and dressed in his very own clothes. Ready to start his incredible journey.

We were able to walk out of the orphanage and begin a new life together. 

A life  beyond closed doors and locked gates.  A life where he was loved and cherished and chosen.  
A life as a son and brother.  He belonged to a family, no longer lost, but found.  

We spent the afternoon traveling in the car then took the 8 hour train to Kiev.  

What a day! 
What a special day!
The day we got you!

Sunday, September 28, 2014


On September, 27, 2013 we were asked by a judge why we wanted to become parents to a boy with disabilities.  Why we would want to adopt when we have 3 healthy children and could have more of our own. 

We decided to adopt, because we have been adopted and loved by the one true Father, Jesus Christ. Through our journey with Him, we came to the realization that everyone deserves a family and love, especially those who are "undesirable" or "invalid".  We were called to help the helpless and find a child who was rejected and discarded.  Our son may have been born a world away, but he was created by God to be our son.  Through lots of prayer our hearts were broken and we were determined to bring our son home.  We didn't know how we would pull it off, but everyday we fell to our knees and asked God to carry us through.  He did just that, and today our son is loved and wanted.  He is a child who has possibilities and opportunities and so much determination that nothing will stop him.  Seriously, nothing. Ever.

I am forever grateful to God for finding me so I could find my son.  Forever thankful for His Grace, because Ineed it, every day.  Forever in awe of the power of His love.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

1 Year Ago

September 9, 2013 was the day we met Nicholas and said "yes" to adopting him into our family.  

Our first visit with our little boy.

We decided to celebrate this day with a meal that reminds us of our trip in Ukraine.  I made Borscht and Russian Tiramisu.  Both were very tasty and were very similar to what we ate while we were there.  

                                           Hearty Borscht for a hearty boy.

       Nicholas must like tiramisu as much as I do, because he said goodnight to the cake.  



Monday, September 1, 2014

Apples and more apples

Yesterday we had dinner at the Monteen homestead.  Their menagerie puts ours to shame.  They have 1 steer, 2 milking goats, 30 some chickens, bees and 3 dogs.  Our family had a great time and enjoyed some new experiences.  We had the opportunity to milk their goats, pick apples and take home some honey from their bees.  
First of all, I am in love with goat milk and the idea of having our own goats for milk, cheese, and soap.  
Second, I love goats. Who can resist a baby goat? I am pretty sure no one.  
I just need to convince the rest of the family that having a couple of goats is a good idea.  
Also, bees will be a necessity too.  Our family is kind of addicted to honey, especially raw unprocessed honey.  

Since we picked so many apples, I decided to make some apple butter today.  Tomorrow I will make applesauce.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summer highlights

LOur first summer with Nicholas has been memorable and fun. As the lazy days of summer come to an end, I decided to look back on some of our summer highlights.  

Swimming probably has to be at the top of Nicholas' summer list.  He absolutely loves the water.  

Many days were spent swimming in our pool. I think all of our kids would agree that swimming is one of the best activities ever.  

Speaking of swimming and water, the boys all enjoyed taking a dip in Sittley pond.  

I think Nicholas drank a few cups of that water, but no ill effects to had for the child with the iron stomach.  

Another fun water experience was our trip to Lake Michigan.  Our whole family loves a day at the beach and Nicholas seemed to feel the same way.

Another fun family day was spent at Six Flags of St. Louis.  

Of course we spent a lot of time outside playing, throwing rocks into the creek and taking walks with the dog or to fetch the mail.  

My boys love their toys and ALL my boys enjoyed riding the dune buggy, 4-wheeler and golf cart through the yard. 

And last, but not least what summer is complete without a streak through the yard.  

I am so thankful for so many good summer memories.  I will miss our lazy summer days and spending the season together as a family.  Good bye summer! We will miss you! 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Snowbelle update

Snowbelle Sweet Marshmallow has found her forever home. She is currently living the high life with my mom and step-dad.  I am so happy that they are taking such good care of her and that we can see her whenever we visit.