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

Monday, March 26, 2012

Vote for Mariah!

I entered Mariah into a photo contest a few weeks ago and forgot to check back to see if she'd been selected as a finalist. Well she was! And they've been voting on the pictures since the 19th. Voting ends the 29th. She currently has 4 votes, but the leader has less than 200 so she can catch up easily if everyone goes to vote for her!

This is the picture I entered.

Visit the Go go Squeez facebook page Here to vote for her picture titled "Nature Girl."

You will need to "like" the page before you can vote.

The grand prize is a year's worth of Go Go Squeez and bragging rights!

This is really important to me, not because of the prize, but because I entered the picture to show everyone that kids with special needs are NOT that different from other kids. They just want to play and have fun too :)


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Summer of Zhenya


You can click that link up there to see the little guy we're hosting this summer!

We're fundraising to cover his travel costs to the U.S. from Ukraine and then back at the end of the summer.  You can buy flowers and half of the proceeds will be donated to us for his hosting expenses.

We are hoping to raise $2500 which is the total hosting cost.  We've also been told that we'll need to buy him clothes, shoes, proper luggage to carry things back to Ukraine in, and whatever else an 8 year needs.  He has some minor orthopedic needs that we hope to address or at least find out what needs to be done as well.  I will admit, I was really nervous about taking this leap, but my wonderful husband was all for it and my kids are excited! 

Zhenya has a 9 year old sister who is also available for hosting.  If you are interested in hosting her, pleeeease let me know and I'll hook ya up with the host agency.  She's super cute and has been to Italy three times and speaks fluent Italian in addition to Russian.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Thanks for the comments (count them 4!) on my previous post.

I have some little fake tattoo stickers that I am playing around with to see what I like.  Maybe I'll post more pics... well considering the prevailing advice was to put one somewhere that even a bathing suit could cover up... maybe not.

Mariah is having fun with the tattoo stickers too :)  Maybe we should go get "Mother Daughter" tats???

Yes, I am totally kidding.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Poll:  who thinks I should make this permanent?

I have marks on my body from my pregnancies with the boys.  I have felt for a while like I wanted something to represent Mariah.   Something permanent that I can't just take off.  A butterfly seems very fitting. 

Betchya I finally get some comments from this.

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No, this is not the revelation to our plans that I'm keeping secret for now, but its still a surprise!

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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