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

Thursday, March 28, 2013


When we committed to adopting these boys, we knew we could not afford it.  We knew that God would have to provide every single step of the way.  After hosting, we didn't even have the money to write the first check to our home study agency, but God put it on someone's heart to send a check BEFORE we even decided to adopt them.  

I set up a non-profit adoption fund through Adopt Together and we watched as the money came in.  We are so grateful to all of those who have donated!

Because of YOU, we raised enough to pay for our home study completely.

Our next fee is the $5900 adoption agency fee.  We have raised slightly over half of it!  That is so exciting, but we still need $2196 to pay it in full.  I am so in awe of how God has provided.  We knew in our hearts that these boys were ours, but its easy for the human mind to tremble in fear at a $40,000 mountain standing in the way.  

We are still far from reaching the total amount we need, but right now we are only in immediate need of $2196 so we can pay our agency fee and get started compiling our dossier.

We are being featured with other families and waiting children on the Mulligan Stew Fundraiser that I linked to in my previous post.  There are over $5000 worth of awesome prizes available to those who donate a minimum of $5 to two of the featured families or children.  For people local to us, we also have some great prizes.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and donated to help us bring our boys home!

We serve a faithful God.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Local Fundraiser - Amazing Prizes!

We have had a few businesses in the Central Virginia area offer their services as prizes to help us raise money.

Prospect Hill Plantation Inn has offered a 2 night stay worth up to $800.

Albemarle Therapy Center has offered your choice of a Speech, Occupational, or Physical Therapy Evaluation worth $200.

Dapper Design has offered a one hour photo shoot worth $150.

Please go check out our giveaway HERE.  This is where you need to comment on the prize of your choice with your entry.

Entries are $30 each and you can put your entry on the prize of your choice.

You can donate to us through our Adopt Together Fund.  It is tax deductible!

The great thing about this is that over on the Mulligan Stew giveaway

Grab This!

you can go tell them you donated to us, choose another family or waiting child to donate a minimum of $5 to, and be entered for those prizes as well :)  There are OVER $5000 worth of AMAZING PRIZES over there!!!

I will be drawing a winner for these prizes in the second week of April.

If you donate AND share this on Facebook or your blog, please comment on the photo in the Facebook album and tell me. I will give an extra entry for sharing!!  You can get an extra entry only once :)

These prizes are transferable.  If you win one of them, you may give it to whoever you like.

All proceeds go to help bring these sweet boys and their baby brother home!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


I came downstairs this morning to find my sweet little boys emptying their piggy banks into the fundraising jars I have been working on. "So you can go get them faster." 
Talk about crying tears in my coffee...

See how much these two love their soon to be big brother?    


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Facebook Fundraiser!

We have a fundraiser going on Facebook right now.

Click HERE to ask to join.

We have some SUPER fun items up for bidding and a few larger items that will be raffled off.  A $30 donation gets you an entry for the prize of your choice!

We have

A Speech Therapy Evaluation donated by Albemarle Therapy Center.

A photo shoot by Dapper Design.

A 2 night stay at Prospect Hill Plantation Inn!

There are also a lot of smaller items up for bidding!  Go check it out!

If you want to help but aren't interested in bidding on items, you can make a tax deductible donation to Our Adopt Together Fund.

ALL proceeds from our fundraiser are going right to our adoption expenses!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


I spent a lot of my childhood feeling in the way.  As a teen I took on unnecessary guilt for things that happened in my family that were out of my control.  I desperately needed not just my parents‘ approval but their enthusiasm about being involved with me.  Instead I got pushed aside in the middle of a nasty divorce, expected to pick up the slack in what was once a two parent household, and blamed for things that I had no control over.  I spent good bit of time wishing I had never been born because I felt I had no purpose.  I was in the way in the middle of a bad situation that I couldn’t fix, and no one was willing to fight for ME or care about MY feelings.  If God hadn’t blessed me with a boyfriend (now my husband) wise and caring beyond his years, I know for a fact that I would have walked away from God, certain that He didn’t care either.  

There have been times in my life that I felt SO very alone and unwanted, but looking back I can see how those times have prepared me for the calling God would place on my life.     

A child, especially one who has experienced family turmoil, needs to feel wanted.  They need someone to prove to them that they are not just loved, they are needed, cherished, and above all wanted, more than anything else.  They need to feel that someone is not happy without them.  There is no better feeling in the world than to know that you and the things you are good at, the things you love, are important to someone else.  A child who has felt rejection expects rejection.  Sometimes they will even TRY to make people reject them because its easier to do on their terms than to have it hit them in the face unexpectedly.  A child that has been rejected needs to be fought for.  They need someone willing to go to bat and prove to them that they are a wanted and needed member of a family.

A child who continually feels in the way never learns to appreciate their own gifts or explore their own talents.  They don't value themselves or the gifts God has blessed them with if there is never anyone there to tell them how special they are.  A child needs to hear a parent say "I don't care what everyone else did.  I was too busy watching you."

While we were hosting our boys during Christmas, I needed to run out and get groceries one night.  I decided to wait until we had put all 5 of the kids to bed and go after that.  D was the last one downstairs and saw me putting on my boots.  He asked where I was going and I told him “Soopearmarket.”  I didn’t need to speak Ukrainian to understand that he was asking if he could come too.  In my “mom mindset” I told him no it was bedtime and he headed upstairs while I went to walk out the door.  But then it hit me.  He wanted to go get groceries with me.  How many times had a mother taken him shopping?  I turned around and told him to get his shoes and come with me.  I have never seen a child light up like that.  At the store he wouldn’t even let me touch the cart.  he wanted to push it.  He wanted to be needed.  He would ask if I wanted pretty much every item on the shelf and I thought it was because he wanted those things.  I asked him if he liked canned pickles?  “Nov, mama.”  He just wanted to help me.  I listed the items we needed and tried to describe them in my broken Russian and he listened as if he knew what I was saying.  It took me twice as long to get groceries that night and I had to explain to a 10 year old that flasks really aren’t appropriate for children and papa doesn’t want cases and cases of beer, but I am so glad I took him.  It would have been so easy to say that I just wanted to go alone so I could get done quicker, but what does that prove?  That a child is not worth the extra time?  I know that feeling all too well.  

Give me the child, the messy projects, the sticky floors, and the extra time they take any day. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

March Madness Fundraiser

My little man in Ukraine sent me a message.
In case you don't know sign language, he is signing "I love you."

We are starting an online auction and giveaway on Facebook for some VERY nice items and services.  Its open for bidding and donations on March 10!  Check it out!  New items are being added daily and if you want to donate something to help us out, let me know because my little guy and his brothers need to come home!

These are just two of the many items available.  Go check it out!

Friday, March 1, 2013

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