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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Blast Off To Reading

In addition to Dyslexia Games to help with letter confusion and reversals I decided to try this book with the kids.

Orton Gillingham was recommended by Dr. Federici for my kids.  I started the first lesson today and I can see why he recommended this teaching method.  It's much more verbally based than traditional teaching methods.  The print is also large and bold.  Mariah did very well.

Monday, September 28, 2015

What I'd Say

Two years ago we were two days from boarding a plane to Ukraine.  

So so much has happened in two years.  So much has changed.  

One thing has stayed the same though.  God has been faithful through our adoption process, adding three new kids, countless hours of advocating, IEP meetings, doctor appointments, neuropsychological evals, lawyers, therapies, a new school, moving, paying two mortgages, finally selling our house, a difficult pregnancy, choosing to homeschool all of the kids, a new baby... 

We've crammed a lot into two years. 
I had it all planned out...
Those plans crashed and burned. 

I've learned a lot. If I could go back and say something to myself two years ago it'd be something like this: 

This isn't going to go at all like you planned, but you're not making a mistake. 

People you respect, trust, and are depending on will hurt you. Remember your kids are worth it. You are changing the course of their lives. The devil doesn't like that so he will throw hell at you in many forms. 

Give it back. 

It will be harder than you ever imagined. 
You will want to give up. 

You will have a few good friends left. Treasure them.

You are doing a better job than you think you are. 
Be kind to yourself. 

Pray more.
Laugh more.
Try to take time to enjoy the kids more.
Drink more wine. (You're gonna need it)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

"I just want to be like everyone else."

M told me tonight while I was nursing EG, "I wish I was in your belly. Then I wouldn't have cerebral palsy. I just want to be like everyone else. I want to climb trees."

I don't feel like I get a lot of things right with M.  She's complex, acting out behaviors in negative ways sometimes before finally saying anything.  All I could say was "I wish you had been in my belly too.  But, you ARE like everyone else.  Your legs don't work as well but you are like everyone else and if you want to climb trees then go ahead and give it a shot."

I really hope that was the right thing to say.  I honestly have had the same thought many times in the past month about all of my adopted kids.  I wish I could have had them all from the start when they were so tiny and vulnerable.  

One month

Little miss EG was one month old yesterday!

This is happening ALoT at night.  She's great all day... Loves to be worn in a baby carrier but then bedtime... Whaaaaaaaahhhhaaaa!!!

She's a tiny little peanut.  She was 7lbs 1oz when she was born (my smallest baby of the 3) and she lost weight down to 6lb 12 oz so I do try to feed her whenever she wakes up.  Right now I'm feeling rather drained and hoping she starts sleeping better soon!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dyslexia Games

I've posted before about how many of my kids have been diagnosed with dyslexia.  One of the things we've found to really help them overcome letter confusion is Dyslexia Games.  We've worked through part of series A with most of the kids and would LOVE to order all of series A, B, and C.  I've bought a few of the series A books off of amazon as we could afford them and I make copies of the pages so each child can work on them.

Since the creator of Dyslexia Games has recently come out with many other activity books, I've been perusing all of them, drooling.  Basically I want to try them ALL with my 5 dyslexic kids that have an alphabet soup of learning disabilities, ESL issues, dyslexia and special needs.  Even my typical 7 year old enjoys doing the activities with his older siblings.  I think he feels left out since I give them to everyone else.

The Dyslexia Games FB page is doing a giveaway for mommy bloggers, so I've chosen the next book I'd really like to try.  The Do it Yourself Homeschool Journal for the Creative Student.  I think D especially would love this book as he's so creative and always making something or drawing.

These DIY journals are especially appealing to me now with a brand new little baby needing lots of attention :)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Like Mommy

Just a picture in honor of little miss being three weeks old today :)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

And then there were 7

Lucky number 7 graced us with her presence last week.  We are all so in love with our new baby girl!  After a little bit of a scary pregnancy early on and some other complications I am very happy to have her here on the outside!  We chose to have a natural birth at a birthing center which was a great experience.  She was 7lbs of complete perfection and apparently is going to be an overachiever.  Tonight she rolled over twice!

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