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

Monday, July 14, 2014

Eight Months Home

Where has the time gone?
Some days it feels like an eternity has come and gone with all of the issues we've had with school.
What I had hoped would help ease some of the stress of our transition instead added a nearly unmanageable amount of stress to it.  
I feel like I've lived 5 years of hell in a meeting room since learning about ESL laws.
There is nothing I wouldn't do for my kids, but I sit here at eight months home and never thought I would still be dealing with what I am from our school district.

Then some days I am driving down the road, listening to a song on the radio and I remember listening to that same song what seems like just yesterday, crying and wishing my kids were here.

And now they are.

So despite the crazy, ridiculous, unexpected struggles we've had with school, we have tried to celebrate every milestone no mater how small, and just celebrate the fact that our kids are here forever.

So what have we been up to lately?


He turned 12 last week.
And we celebrated our dossier being submitted exactly one year ago on his birthday last year.
Only God.

Some of my brothers met us for a Hibachi Grill birthday dinner for D.
My kids are nuts.
Especially that littlest one on the end there.

E ate so much food I was actually afraid he might explode.

D is looking way too grown up.
I missed too much.  

W is a loon.  
If he was stuck on a deserted island, he would find something on it to amuse himself with.

E wanted to sit next to me.  Its like a competition and he "won" this time.

My brother felt that he needed to show E how to properly flex.
In a restaurant.
This is what comes of having 4 brothers in the Army.
Muscles are meant to be show off, right??

Finally they are all looking at me.

My baby Wy looks just like my "baby" brother.  

Its like turning back time 14 years.

Today we went peach picking.
The shirt tells the truth.

She was excited to pick peaches too, but WOW was it hot today!  99 actually.


More photo-op fun from my crazy children.

No, we didn't plan the clashing plaids.  

E desperately wanted an apple slicer.

Beautiful views from the orchard today!

We hit up the splash park after the orchard to try to cool off.

D got an iPod for his birthday.  The bonus is that now I get actual photos of me in my photo stream!
I exist!

One of our favorite things to do this summer has been swimming!

E got a haircut the next day after this picture.  I swear.

D with his cake.
He was so happy this year, and I mean who wouldn't be happy knowing they finally belong?

Real smiles.  
Real happy smiles.
When I met him, he wouldn't make eye contact.
I have little moments of awe every time he smiles at me.

Happpppppy Birthday D!!
(it was sort of a pool party, so excuse the lack of clothing)

Blowing them out!

He begged for a Darth Maul lightsaber for months.
Happy kid.

My dad bought him a hammer.
He loves making things, so again, happy kid!

His gift from us, an iPod touch.
I'm a little jealous because I don't have one yet.
(I bought it from amazon warehouse deals for a steal)

Two seconds later he figured it out and was taking pictures of everyone.

Showing off his brand new Puma Shoes 
(again thanks amazon deals)

His favorite color is red.  
He actually asked me why God didn't give him red eyes because he loves red so much.

One day I caught all the boys doing THIS.
Yes ladies, they will make stellar husbands one day.
Its diapered, dressed, and in the carseat.

M's drink and wet doll is just too.much.fun.

Watching the Fourth of July parade.  It was, for the first time I can EVER remember in my life, raining and chilly.

We've done some of this.  
The boys love my cooking so much that they LOVE to pick blackberries so long as I promise to make a cobbler.

E ate a lot and picked a few.

M faithfully picked a handful at a time and brought them to my bucket.

IHOP had a .57 cent pancake day.
Lets just say, we won't be going to the .58 cent pancake day next year.
Seriously some of the worst food I've ever eaten.  
BUT (the important thing is) the kids loved it.

After therapy dash to the store to stock up on more lunchmeat.
My kids eat so.very.much.food.
So.very.very.very.much. food.

D's favorite flower is a rose, so I bought him a dozen for his birthday.
He was so happy and couldn't believe I got him 12 instead of just one.

Eight months ago we landed back on U.S. soil with our newest three children.
With the exception of when I went to New Jersey with Mariah for her surgery, I've always told the kids goodnight before they go to sleep.  I give hugs, a kiss, and an "I love you and I'll see you in the morning when you wake up." 

Tonight as I was telling all of the kids goodnight and giving them hugs, D gave me a little peck on the cheek.  Its the first time he has EVER done that.  During hosting he would get in his bed, face the wall and pretend to be asleep as we tried to tell him goodnight.  Its was the most heartbreaking thing to see.
Now he is all "Mommy say goodnight one more!" but he had never given me kiss.

Happy Eight Months Home to us <3 p="">


Carolina said...

So sweet! :)

SammE said...

What a lovely family you have. I've been reading since before the boys came home, and it's wonderful to see how far they've come! D certainly loved his birthday celebration! You're doing a great job, mum!

daniellem02 said...

What a milestone that kiss is! Congrats

sylvie damey said...

wow, thanks for all the news and pics, it's so cool to read about your beautiful family !

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