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

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tiny Update

M will be having surgery in NJ next week.  We're flying out Saturday!  To be honest, I'm nervous about taking her by myself to another state, but another adoptive friend will be meeting me at the aiprot and I'll be staying at her house one night so M can meet her daughter who was also adopted from Ukraine and has CP :)

The ESL mess with the school hasn't been resolved.

E hasn't been referred for evals like I thought.  That meeting wasn't scheduled so it never officially happened.  I am just... dead tired of this.  I pushed and pushed and begged for evals when we enrolled the boys and here we are now at the end of the year while I am dealing with M's surgery and I'm like "what's the point" of even doing it right now?  It won't even help him this year.  I'm so upset.

I have a tutor for summer.  She's the same lady who worked with M and I'm convinced she is an angel sent here from God to keep my sanity intact.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Please Help - It will only take 1 minute

Due to ongoing issues with the ESL program in our school system, I have started a petition on Change.org asking our governor and state senator to review ESL laws and enforce higher standards.

Please take a moment to sign and share this!  Its not just my boys that are being failed by the system,  every ESL student in our district is being shortchanged.  Everyone that knows me knows that I don't take injustice lying down.  Those who have a voice should use it to defend those who have none.

Please sign.  It will only take a moment, and then please share it and encourage your friends to do the same!

Petition for Higher Standards for ESL Services

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fun at the beach

We are enjoying our much needed vacation.  I might even be relaxing a little bit!  A local restaurant had wood fired pizza for 50% off last night.  We fed 6 kids for $12 and we got seafood :)  Then we went on the Marsh walk. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What does love mean?

I saw this on Facebook and thought "yes!"

Real love isn't sweet and mushy. Mostly its a lot of work and a constant intentional choice every single day through the hard.

When I say I love my kids, this is what I mean.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sensory Seeker

This is E at tutoring.  He love love loves the salt table.  

E is a sensory seeker.  Sometimes it looks like he's just being silly or acting out, when its really a sensory issue.  He was rubbing his face in this salt to get that extra input he craves.  His ST says he's not really aware of his mouth and tongue muscles.  Rubbing grainy textures on his face feels good to his brain and sends signals that he's otherwise not getting.

The low tone, chewing,  and speech issues he has are all part of this. We suspect its from early deprivation.  No one spent much time helping him eat or talking to him as a baby/toddler, so he wasn't aware of his mouth and how it worked properly. (one theory)  He has a chewy tube and vibrating wand from his ST as well to help fill his sensory craving and strengthen his mouth.  

Sometimes he appears to be acting silly when its really a sensory issues.  Thankfully his tutor recognized this right away!  School still has yet to do complete evals, and I sort of suspect some form of sensory processing issue or auditory processing issue.  He really benefits from hands on learning because he craves sensory input.  I am having a tutor who understands how he learns work with him a few times a week. I'm actually pulling him out of school during this time because school is dragging their feet on every.blessed.thing. and while I have spent countless hours researching laws, my kids need help now.  

Monday, April 7, 2014


M will be having SPML (Selective Percutaneous Myofascial Lengthening) surgery by the fabulous Dr. Nuzzo in NJ at the end of this month.  

Today she had her pre-op appointment at her pediatrician's office.  

The stickie things on her are for the EKG they ran to make sure her heart is healthy enough for surgery.  The blood draw was no fun, but she did great.  No screaming at the noise level of a jet engine into mom's ear this time.  I bribed her with fries just to make sure I didn't end up with the same ringing in my ear for 48 hours that I did the last time she had an encounter with needles.  Girlfriend has a set of pipes.  

The best part of the visit was the part where she stepped on the scale and had gained 3lbs since September!!  This is the kid who gained 1lb last year.  I've done so.many.things. to try to help her gain weight.  
I was ecstatic!!!  She's 42.3lbs now!  
This was an awesome time to gain some weight!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Artist

A certificate got sent home with D last week informing us that he was one of only 150 students at his school to have artwork chosen for the Arts Festival held at the Middle School. I took him up there to find his picture and I got to meet his art teacher. She was saying how talented he is and how awesome he is with modeling clay figures too. I am soooooo proud of my big guy!  Home 5 months and finding his talents :)  It was such a proud mama moment.  He is just the sweetest boy and so deserving to be chosen.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Weekend Fun

I've had a sucky week, so Friday night we blew off some steam at the double feature of Muppets Most Wanted and Captain America the Winter Soldier at the drive-in.  Both movies were great and the Muppet movie had an Eastern European twist that made it absolutely hysterical to anyone who has spent time in Eastern Europe!  Phillip and I were cracking up.
This was E's first EVER sno-cone.  He was SO excited.  It was also his first trip to the Drive-In.  He LOVED the whole experience.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I can't take it down

I taped this photo and that verse to my mirror last year when we were in the middle of fundraising the impossible. It was God's promise to me and my promise to them.
It was the first thing I saw every morning and the last thing I saw every night.
I looked at it one last time before we headed out the door to board our plane.
It greeted me when we walked back into our house after 45 days in Ukraine.

Its my reminder that forever, God is faithful.

Triple Trouble

You wouldn't know it by the picture, but these 3 are my bus stop troublemakers.  Hugging one second and tossing someone's book bag up a tree the next.

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