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

Monday, August 30, 2010

Snowshoe, Cass, & a dossier

We took a nice little weekend getaway to Snowshoe Mountain Resort this past weekend. I found a room for a steal on priceline.com while looking for somewhere to stay near Cass, WV and couldn't pass that up. The resort turned out to be SUPER nice with its own little mall type setting where you could walk around and shop at various stores and eat at different restaurants.

They even had a Starbucks!

Not to mention the indoor/outdoor pool with water slides and hot tubs! The ski lift down the mountain to the lake where you could fish or paddle boat was pretty nice too.

The room was small, but had a bed and a hide a bed that we used for the kids. Wes was up at least 4 times Friday night while Wyatt slept like a little lamb then Wyatt was up about 3 times Saturday night while Wes slept through it all... so mama was a little tired, but not too bad. The bed was very comfy and the room was nice and cold so I went right back to sleep LOL There was also this nice little restaurant called "The Junction" (that was full of train stuff that Wes was in love with) which had great coffee (perfect for groggy mamas) where we ate breakfast both mornings :)

After a fun filled Saturday at the resort we headed down to Cass on Sunday morning to ride the train up to Whittaker Station. The boys LOVED it. Of course we knew they would... that's why we took the trip in the first place. That, and I had decided that my hubby was working too much and if I wanted to see him, I needed to kidnap him off to another state hahahahaaaa

On a bittersweet note, we got back and had this email from our translator:

Hello Phillip and Erin,

I got your dossier. Some documents need to be corrected.

I’ll finish the checking and let you know which one.

Kind wishes,

Ugh! and nothing back from him yet! At least most of it is fine, and there in Ukraine being translated. I was so ready for the paperchase to be over for us though. Now something needs to be re-done, re-notarized, re-apostilled, and re-Fedexed. BLAH!! I am praying that he looked at something wrong and that everything really is fine because we had it checked before we sent it to him and got the A-Ok on it all... but such is the wild ride of international adoption!

Wes starts preschool next week. He's looking so forward to it and I'm glad. I hope he does really well :)

I'm getting my second hep A shot Wednesday and hopefully getting a prescription for some meds to take with us on our trip. I really don't know what to ask for? Any suggestions? Antibiotics? Stuff for our child who might be ill when we get them? Suggestions??????

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hello Kiev!!

That's what our dossier is saying right now because it FINALLY made it there :) Yayyyyyyyyy!!!!! Now I am just praying that all of our paperwork is ok and we don't have to run around like crazy and redo something. We're actually going to try to have a nice relaxing weekend together as a family.

Here are a few specific requests I have if you're intested in praying for us.

Prayers: That we can retain enough equity in our home while we refinance
That the truck we're trying to sell to raise money will SELL!
That all of our dossier paperwork is A-Ok.

Praises: We have made it this far. Something I really didn't think we could do was adopt independently but you know God...

The money has ALWAYS been there when we needed it. When we started this off, we had to wait for a paycheck to go through before we could write a check to the agency... so ya... don't ever doubt God. Somehow I think we are actually better off financially than we were before we started the adoption process. Now there's a puzzle for you. We still need to tie down some loose ends to get enough together before we travel and that is stressing me out a little (because I'm a worrier lol) but I know God wouldn't bring us this far to let us fall flat!

Here is the Dossier's travel timeline because I KNOW you want to see it.
Aug 25, 2010 1:05 PM Delivered kiev UA
Aug 25, 2010 10:02 AM Int'l shipment release KIEV UA
Aug 25, 2010 9:57 AM In transit KIEV UA Package available for clearance
Aug 21, 2010 7:05 AM In transit PARIS FR
Aug 21, 2010 6:08 AM In transit PARIS FR
Aug 20, 2010 10:59 PM Departed FedEx location PARIS FR
Aug 20, 2010 6:53 PM Arrived at FedEx location PARIS FR
Aug 20, 2010 4:00 AM In transit MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 20, 2010 12:48 AM Departed FedEx location MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 19, 2010 3:06 PM In transit MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 19, 2010 8:28 AM Arrived at FedEx location MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 19, 2010 12:37 AM At local FedEx facility RICHMOND, VA
Aug 18, 2010 7:15 PM Left FedEx origin facility CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Aug 18, 2010 4:44 PM Picked up CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

Monday, August 23, 2010

In transit

That's what the fedex website keeps telling me about our dossier. Its been "in transit" in Paris for 3 days now. Gimme something!!!!!! I'm going nuts LOL

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dossier is in Europe!

It departed Paris at 10pm last night. Estimated arrival date in Kiev, August 26th. I think it will be there way sooner though. Our translator emailed us and told us thank you very much for understanding it took time to translate a dossier and mailing it ahead of time :) So glad we haven't even met yet and he's happy lol

Thursday, August 19, 2010


So... I was browsing the internet and came across these cute adoption tees.

Adopt Ukraine T-shirts

oh and these crack me up : Evil Genius Store

I am SO tempted to purchase the one that says"Adoption Horror Stories" I've met my quota of them, thanks! Hah! I want to wear that around all my family who feel the need to not only tell me "adotion horror stories" but feel the need to tell me the SAME ONES everytime they see me! I need some polite, forceful, non-snarky but get-the-point-across comments to reply to them with and that t-shirt would do the trick.

I also want the little toddler t-shirt that has an American and Ukrainian flag on it with a little heart that says "Because that's where I was." I might just buy that one before we go over. Or two... :)

Oh and our dossier is now in transit in Memphis, TN. But hey who's checking it every couple of hours?? Not me!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

And its off! Oh the nerves!

I just took our dossier to the local pack and mail place and paid $98 to FedEx it to our translator in Kiev. I did not expect to be so nervous about sending it off. I want to hold it in my hands and fly on a plane with it and hand deliver to our translator. I know I can't do all that so I prayed over it, asked God to watch over it and give it a safe trip :) I'm also praying that all of our documents are perfect and we don't have to redo anything.

One more step closer...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Dossier: Complete

What?! Did I just say that?? I feel like I am jinxing something by saying that; but oh yeah... it is at last DONE! FedEx man delivered the rest of our apostilled dossier documents this evening and we are gonna send this fat little pile of papers to Ukraine ASAP!

God is so faithful :) I know He is whispering to our little one (or ones) to be tonight saying "The parents I've chosen for you are one step closer and will be here soon."

Friday the 13th

I just realized what today's date is. I am STILL waiting for FedEx to deliver the rest of our dossier documents. They have been in Charlottesville for 2 days now. They came from Richmond and essentially drove right past us to get to the distribution center. Anyways, they are on a truck and should be here by 7pm. Also, to make Friday the 13th a little more fun, I've been chasing papers to refinance our house. I've made two trips to the bank today to try to get the paperwork to the guy so he can file it with underwriting today since he goes on vacation next week.

I got NO sleep last night and I got up early to deliver papers to the bank, pick up a package from the Post Office and take the kids to play at the park then swimming at the lake. I desperately need a nap but those two adorable munchkins of mine are in their beds making train noises for all they're worth.

Saturday the 14th you can't come soon enough.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Waiting for FedEx

I thought that FedEx would deliver our apostilled documents yesterday since they were in transit from Mechanicsville but nope... I am waiting impatiantly for them today :) Once they arrive, our Ukrainian Dossier is complete!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Want to buy a truck?

This post is mainly for the folks coming over here from A Place Called Simplicity Linny has decided to do another "Crazy Love" post and I decided to link up our latest fundraising efforts.

If you are interested in reading more about the "background story" to this truck go Here

Anyways, my hubby who is always the entrepreneur, found this truck that needed some work done to it and bought it knowing that he could fix it and sell it for more than what we paid for it. Well that was a GREAT idea and it would be even more GREAT if someone would buy it! Since its been up and running, we've listed it on ebay, craigslist, and its now sitting in a parking lot with a for sale sign on it.

So... if you live in VA (or want to drive here) and need a truck, do we have a deal for you :) 100% of the money we get from selling this truck goes to our adoption expenses. Leave a comment if you are interested & I'll be happy to give more info. We're approximately only 3 months from flying to Kiev so this truck needs-ta-go!

If you don't to buy a truck (as I'm sure not everyone wants a huge honking box truck lol), but you still want to help us out with our adoption, you can just scroll down a little bit and take a peek at our fundraising widget on the right.

Thanks for stopping by. I love it when I get new visitors on my blog :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Our Dossier Documents Arrived in Richmond

They arrived this morning :) I paid for 3 day shipping with FedEx and let me tell you what, they always deliver stuff early! And for those of you who are wondering, yes, I am obsessing over those papers. Its like sending off part of your life in an envelope and trusting other people to take care of it. I made the lady at the Pack and Ship place put the papers in the envelope with the return envelope then seal and address it in front of me. It is SO not me to be a pain, but hey these documents were the BIGGEST pain in the butt to get completed correctly and if something happened to them it would be like days of my life wasted.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The kids were naughty today

Yep, it started with Wes waking up at 6:45 this morning before Phillip even left for work. Then mess after mess got made while I tried to get myself ready to get out of the house. At the pack and mail place the kids were just into everything! Its also a cute little gift store and has something for everyone including my two who ended up in time out on the floor but kept butt scooting around to touch even more stuff. I did mange to get our documents FedExed to Richmond with a return mailer so by the end of the week I think I should have them back.

So the naughty boys continued being naughty at the consignment shop even after losing most of their privledges in the pack and mail place. Wy has reached the wonderful age of 2 and boy oh boy does he act like a naughty little two year old. I think its kind of funny because as naughty as the two of them were today, they are just the cutest things especially when they are being naughty together. What is this mama to do?

TV is gone.

Storytime is gone.

The trains are on warning and Wes is going to spend his life in timeout if he doesn't quit jumping on the bed.

And ya know what I was thinking today while they were sitting next to each other in timeout (hugging suddenly instead of smacking each other)? I was thinking how cute it would be to have 4 little ones sitting there giggling over how naughty they had been. Yes, I'm crazy...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Its FedEx Time

I've got 5 pieces of paper that need to be apostilled. These are the last 5 pieces of paper to complete our dossier (Lord willing! haha). So tomorrow I am going to hope the kiddos wake up in good moods and are willing to make yet another little trip for paperwork. We've done so much paper gathering the last few weeks that Wes asks me now when we're going to go get more papers for "His baby girl." He is so set on having a little sister. I even asked him if he would be ok if we brought home a brother instead and he said, "I want a baby girl AND another bruder." Hmmmm.... so he's ok with another "bruder" only if he comes with a sister LOL

I've said before that right after Wyatt's birth was really when God laid it on my heart to adopt and its also when Wesley started pestering us for "His baby girl." I think God had a plan in mind, don't you?

Hopefully tomorrow we'll be paying way to much to mail 5 pieces of paper to Richmond and then we'll be a little closer to "Baby girl."

Friday, August 6, 2010

So.... I think....

We got the okay from Cathy today that the rest of our documents were good to go. So.... I THINK that we are DONE with our dossier. Now don't get too excited because we still have to get a few things apostilled and THEN once we have those papers back in our hot little hands with the state seal on it, will we be done compiling our dossier. Then we'll mail it to our translator and wait to get the final okay from him. Whew this is really a painstaking process!

I'm off to can the rest of my tomatoes....

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Waiting again...

We faxed (what we hope) is the last of our dossier documents to Cathy Harris yesterday. We had an issue with our medical form so we had to get the Dr. office to redo them. I'm sure they just love it when I call up there anymore (haha!). So we're waiting for her to give us the ok on the rest of our documents and then we can mail them off to apostilled.

I am getting really anxious about leaving my boys for a month. I've rationalized that it would not be a cool thing to take a 2 and 4 year old on a plane for 18 hours then expect them to sleep in a strange place, haul them around in trains and taxis and sleep in more strange places, but my heart just doesn't want to be away from them. I have never been away from them for more than one night at a time (except for when Wy was born) so I have known that this would be the biggest challange for me. This is the one reason I kept saying, "God you can't be calling us to Ukraine because we would have to leave our boys for a month!" This is why we looked into other countries with shorter stays, but God made it clear that Ukraine is where we are supposed to go.

I know this will be hardest thing I have ever done, but its also something I want to do more than anything I have ever wanted to do before. I am just feeling the weight of how hard it will be to leave my two little munchkins! Three months out and it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about saying goodbye to them. I will most surely be a basket case at the airport lol!

Some people might ask why I would even put myself through this when I already have two little boys? Because I know its what God has called us to do, and there is no greater joy than to willingly go where God has called you to go :)

John 12:26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

I have to tell you that the money issue of affording adoption was never a big deal to me. So we scrimp and save a little more. God has provided for us and denying myself "stuff" isn't a big deal to me. So the trashcan has been broken for a year now. So the patio still isn't finished. So we still haven't fixed my car from the "Deer Accident" at Christmas. Not a big deal to me. Denying myself of my kids for a month IS a HUGE deal to me! I thought that a long in country stay would be the deal breaker for where we would and would not go. Guess what!? God had other plans and gradually He worked on my stubborn heart. But you know what? I still don't want to leave them. I guess that's where the "daily" part comes in...

Matthew 25:40 The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Matthew 25:45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sometimes a song just says it all...

I hate having so much to say, and not knowing how to say it, but this song kind of sums it up for me.
Gotta love Third Day.

To everyone who's lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
when you said goodbye
And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there's nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He'll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that's struggling just to hang on
They lost all of their faith and love
They've done all they can to make it right again
Still it's not enough

For the ones who can't break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you're not alone in your shame
And your suffering

When your lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who suffers from being alone
Wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I have the medical forms

I picked up the medical forms (for the second time) from the Dr. office this morning. They look excellent, but I'm faxing them to Cathy with the rest of the documents she needs to approve tomorrow and hoping that we're finally done with the paperchase. I mean technically we are done, but we've had to redo several things so we weren't "Done." If everything gets the ok, I'll be mailing it to the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office to be apostilled and we WILL be done. Then we'll mail all of these papers with every detail of our life to our translator in Ukraine. Whew!

I will be a paperwork expert on Ukrainian adoption by the time this is over with and will be super glad to help someone else through this process with my newfound experience.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Medical Form - take 2

So... our medical form was completed at our Dr. visit two weeks ago BUT we didn't get the patient ID number in the correct places so it has to be redone, then renotarized, then re-apostilled. PLEEEEEASE pray that everything will be filled out correctly (again) and that it will all be acceptable for the Ukrainian side of things. We are holding on to a few things that need to be apostilled until we get the medical forms (and are given the ok on those) before we send our remaining documents to be apostilled. Its cheaper to do them all at one time instead of one at a time. We are only a little more than 2 months from our submission date and I'm getting antsy to have everything DONE and ready to FedEx to our translator.

I am very thankful that we decided to start gathering documents way ahead of time because we have the time to fix things like this that we didn't forsee being an issue.

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