Thursday, January 24, 2013


I want to veer back to the topic of orphan advocacy for an entry or so.  After all, this began as an adoption blog, right?

As stated in my previous entry our son, Dima, has been home for 16 months now.  I'm not going to lie, there have been some super tough days with that monkey.  But every painstaking moment has been more than worth it.  This time last year we were still homeschooling and Dima was merely learning how to be part of a family.  He is now in a public mainstream school learning how to read, write, add, subtract, make good choices, and he is so independent.  He is blessed to have so many in his life willing to help him learn and grow.  I especially want to give a thumb's up to his amazing teacher who visits this blog from time to time.  Thank you Mrs. Ca*****s!!!

I want to share two videos with you that show some wonderful progress that we have made with Dima.  One shows him learning how to read via pictures and the other is of he and our dog, Caleb, shaking paws.  One year ago this was not possible.  One year ago Eric and I were undoing so much damage we could not even imagine him in school or playing nicely with a dog.  We are so proud of how far Dima has come in a mere 16 months!

I am not sure if you can tell, but Dima is speaking full sentences in English!  It really feels as though he has been with us forever.  So what does this have to do with orphan advocacy?  Everything.  Dima is living proof that International adoption can be successful.  That children with special needs can be adopted and flourish in their new culture and family.  Again, it takes a lot of hard work, patience, and love, but it can happen.

So I bring before you yet again, Yasmine.  

This beautiful, precious girl used to reside in the same place of residence as Dima.  She has since been moved to a different place, but as far as we know via the Ukrainian adoption database she is still available for adoption.  She, too, has special needs and will require a family committed to doing everything they can to properly care for her.  If our family was able I would be doing the paperwork necessary to complete that adoption but we are unable to adopt again at this time.  Does Yasmine not deserve all of the opportunities and love that Dima has experienced?  Please consider adding her to your family.  Pray for her.  Contribute to her grant so a family can commit to her with less of a financial burden.  Dima remembers her and he would love for her to have a family of her very own.  All he wanted for Christmas this past year was Yasmine.  Oh how I wish we could have humored his rather large request.  But I will do the next best thing.  I will advocate for her, pray for her, and donate to her grant as I can.  How can YOU help?  How will you be part of Yasmine's redemption?

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  John 14:18

1 comment:

Mandy said...

Hello Monier Family. We are a family from Canada who is in the process for adopting 2 children from Ukraine. We also have a brother who sports the extra chromosome! We love your blog and celebrate Dima's progress! We are not allowed to adopt special needs children in our part of Canada which is terrible. However we are doing what we can within the laws right now. We have a question for you... you mention the Ukraine adoptions data base. What is this? We can't read anything on the site but we LOVE the photos there! Can you help us understand what this is?
Travis & Mandy T