Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Few Facts.

In post-soviet Ukraine, there are approximately 100,000 children currently living in state-run orphanages with an estimated 100,000 more living on the streets or in private facilities. Less than 5% of the children orphaned at 5 years of age or older will ever be adopted. After the children complete the 9th grade, the state mandates that they leave the orphanage. Naive and alone, facing societal prejudice without a family for support and with few employment opportunities, these teens face a bleak future. Within 2 years:
Only 27% will find work
30% will become addicted to drugs
60% of the girls will become prostitutes
70% of the boys will turn to crime

How is it that facts like this are unknown to so many people? I honestly had no idea about this until we started researching international adoption.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Matthew 18:1-14

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! 8 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.
10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? 13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tim's Corps of Cadets Graduation

Ok so I don't get this photo program. I appologize that these are all out of order... I suggest going to the bottom and scrolling up. These pictures are of my brother Tim's graduation from the Corps of Cadets at VaTech.
This is us leaving Tech. Last photo I took.This is my sushi shrimp roll. It had cream cheese, coconut, pinapple, and wow was it good!

Tim with his sushi.

Tim and I.

My little bro isn't so little anymore...

Just waitin'

I wish I had something exciting to post here, but we are just waiting... our dossier submission date is still 5 months away so I can't even start collecting documents yet BUT I will soon! This waiting really sucks. I know my child is in Ukraine and I am here and that just really stinks. I pray every day that God will protect our child, show her love and let her know that someone loves her and will be coming to get her soon.

Oh I did buy a voltage adapter to take with us so we can plug stuff into the European outlets. I got it for like $2 on amazon and its really cool. I probably should get some more since we'll most likely want to use more than one plug at a time.

I found a really cool backpack on Landsend.com that has a laptop sleeve in it so I'm going to get that and use it for my carryon. I actually have a Landsend backpack that I love and have had it since High School, but the zipper started acting stupid while I was taking college classes so I threw it up in the attic. Landsend informed me that they will replace it though because their products are guaranteed. Period. Its about 10 years old so they don't make it anymore, but will let me pay the difference so I can get the new one I want. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Landsend.

Phillip is hoping to repair the head gasket on his truck within the next few weeks so we can sell it and hopefully pick up some extra cash to help out with expences. He will be "Truckless" and here in the south a truck is a mark of manhood, but with gas so expensive he has been driving his car to work anyways.

We have oodles of home projects we need to complete... a patio wall. Wall block is ridiculous so that might just have to wait. Wesley's room needs a lot of work done to the walls unfortunately. I guess he decided that ripping curtain holdbacks out of the wall was more fun than napping? I just found where he has been digging into the drywall with his fingernails at the window. He also chewed on the windowsills. Seriously, what is up with that? He chewed his bunkbed rails up as well. I guess he likes the taste of wood? He gnawed holes in his crib when he was a baby before he could even walk. I keep waiting for him to try to dam the creek behind the house and build a lodge. Crazy kid.

Oh and speaking of crazy kids. Wesley informed me that the reason he and Wyatt were soaking wet and covered in mud this morning was because they were chasing alligators in the mud puddles. Actually, Wesley was catching frogs, Wyatt (so Wesley says) was chasing alligators.

Well that's my update.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A birthday and a prayer request

Tomorrow is my little man's 2nd BD. Wow- where did the time go!? He was born two years ago, THREE days late, on Mother's Day and I was so happy to be "un-pregnant" that I didn't mind spending Mother's Day in the hospital. Phillip had ordered me a mother's ring from a jewelry store on the mall, but because I went into labor, he wasn't able to go get it until a day later. Then my fingers were still swollen so even after he was finally able to get my ring, it didn't fit! Its kind of funny looking back now, but I think he was pretty horrified that 1) He didn't get to give it to me on Mother's Day and 2) It didn't fit. After I lost the baby weight, it fit great, but it took a few weeks!

I am so blessed to have my little WyWy. He is my snuggle bug and the one who always asks me if I'm "K?" whenever I get hurt or when he and Wes run me over (again) with one of their toys. He loves to kiss me a hundred times a day and will fight me for the vacuum cleaner because he just loves to use it so much. He tells everyone he sees that "That's MY mama." He is such a sweetie :)

We celebrated his birthday this past Saturday with family and friends and one really cool tractor cake that had *gasp* edible tires and sky! Tomorrow the 11th is his actual birthday but it is also the day that another Wyatt will be having surgery to repair a cleft pallet.

Our friends adopted a little boy from China last summer, who they also named Wyatt. Wesley calls him "Big Wyatt" and our Wyatt, "Ittle Wyatt." So on our Wyatt's birthday please remember to lift up in prayer "Big Wyatt" as he will be having his second surgery to repair his cleft pallet.

Here is the link to his mom's blog. http://journeytohai.blogspot.com/

Friday, May 7, 2010

Adoption Grant Info/Suggestions?

I've been looking into adoption grants to help us out with that last bit of money that is eluding us. The problem I'm having is that most grant applications want you to be using an agency for your adoption and we're not. We're adopting independently from Ukraine because we couldn't afford to use an agency and for a few other reasons that I won't go into right now, but that is the big one. Does anyone out there in blogland know of grants that can be awarded to people who have a completed homestudy, but are NOT using an agency to complete the adoption?


Thursday, May 6, 2010

An inspirational blog


This is a really amazing blog about a wonderful family. If you want to be truly insprired by adoption and what it means to help others, please check it out. Right now there is a "Crazy Love Party" going on for those in the middle of adoptions who need help raising a little extra money. I find it really amazing that so many people are stepping out and adopting "by faith" and trusting God to provide for them. Please take a few minutes to peek around at some of these blogs and maybe you'll find something neat. A lot of these people are selling some really neat items as fundraisers. Go on! Go look!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Little update

Dear Petitioner:

The State Dept's National Visa Center has recently received your approval Form I600A. This letter is to inform you that your pertition has been forwarded to the appropiate visa-issuing post where the adoption interview will take place.

This case has been forwarded to:
Embassy of the United States Consulate in Kyiv Ukraine

YAY!! Its getting a little more real every day!

We're only 5 1/2 months from our dossier submission date so by the end of next month I'll start gathering our dossier paperwork. Everything has to be dated within 6 months of our submission date, so I can't really get started on it now, or we'll be re-doing things. We have to redo our state level background checks that we had done for the homestudy as it is now.

I'm kind of glad that we have the extra waiting time because we still need to come up with a few (ok more than a few) more dollars before we travel. Not sure where it is coming from.... but I know its coming because God wouldn't have called us to do this if He wasn't going to provide for us. I've tried a few fundraisers and my latest idea of selling pictures in our local businesses hasn't gone quite like I had hoped! I guess I'm not quite the photographer I thought I was -haha! So I am rather excited to sit back and watch God do something totally unexpected and amazing because that's just how He is. All of my "wonderful" ideas to raise money have kind of plopped so I think God is just telling me to let Him handle it and to quit wrestling with it on my own.
Easier said that done you know because I feel like I need to do something!

...but I was praying yesterday and asking God a lot of questions. BEGGING for answers actually. Then last night when I couldn't sleep (unusual for me!) I was reading through my list of blogs I follow and saw this.

- Crazy Love. Amazing blog. Amazing lady. Is this an answer to my prayers? I think so... I keep hearing in my head over and over, "Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find." God keeps his promises :)

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson