Monday, July 20, 2015

Taking Things In a New Direction


Just popping in to say that this blog will soon be taking a new direction.  For the past 4 years it has been dedicated to special needs adoption and advocacy.  While our family is still very much in support of adoption, particularly special needs adoption, we feel that our lives are entering a new season.  So many wonderful changes have been taking place for our family and I am so excited to soon share with you all.

We are so thankful for those who have prayed and supported our adoptions of Dima and Grace.  Both children are blossoming into amazing people, and they have so much to offer the world.  Our family will always have a heart for adoption and maybe someday we will adopt again.  But for now, our family is complete and we are thankful for what we have.

In the meantime, here are some photos from our summer (which is quickly winding down as school begins at the beginning of August).  Enjoy!

Our family was featured in a local publication about larger families. In our rural area apparently we are "large"!
Grace had major surgery at the beginning of June to correct an old injury from her time in China.  All of her brothers AND the dog camped in her room for several days to help care for her.
Eric is now the pastor of Pleasant Grove Church, affiliated with the Key Training Center.  Our church serves those who are differently-abled (which is actually ALL of us!) and this is the sanctuary.
The day before our first church service Eric, the kiddos, and I were running through everything to make sure we were ready to roll.  Since we have no other volunteers at the moment, this new church is a family affair!
Dima says that he will preach one day.  You know what?  I don't doubt it.
Dima was preaching, and Sammy was trying to steal the mic.
This was the first Sunday service at Pleasant Grove Church.  Elijah loves his sister and was watching over her while mom and dad performed other duties.
Carol and her friend came for a visit on that first Sunday!  If you remember, Carol (aka "Totie") traveled with Eric and I when we adopted Dima from Ukraine.  Four years have passed but we remain close with our beloved "Totie".
Elijah loves to give Dima rides on his bike.
Grace also wanted a ride...it didn't work out too well.
Dima loves his Green Machine.
My sweet Sam.
It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since Miss Grace first came into our lives.
So many folks worried what special needs adoption would do to our biological children.  As you can see my biological children are really suffering (please note the sarcasm).
Sweet Sam taking off to his best friend's house.
So as you can see, all is well.  Grace's surgery was successful, the kids have spent lots of time outdoors, and a new adventure has begun.  Life is good and we are so thankful.