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

Sunday, February 26, 2017

SMOs for Ballet

M has carbon fiber AFOs with a chipmunk insert.

She does ballet and gymnastics and complains of foot pain and her legs being really tired when she goes barefoot. 

So we had an appointment to discuss options for balerinas and gymnasts.


We are going to try an SMO or custom lift so she can have more freedom of movement without sacrificing good foot support.

M is so determined! As her mama I am determined to help her do whatever it is she is determine to do!





If you want to read more about what a determined kid she is, don't forget to buy her book on Amazon!



Saturday, February 11, 2017

E's finger Update

E had an injury to his finger prior to coming to the orphanage. It was badly scarred and mishapen but the Dr. at the international adoption clinic didn't seem concerned. She gave us fungus cream and said "the nail might fall off."

Well a few months ago E cut that same finger chopping apples and I took him for stitches. The dr at urgent care said his finger obviously had a bigger issue, so we were referred toa hand  surgeon. 

Two days later we had xrays and saw the bones in his finger were in two pieces. We scheduled  reconstructive surgery for December. 

Surgery went great and a pin was placed to hold the bone graft from his wrist. All was healing nicely till V smashed into it goofing around. E's finger was infected the next day and abscessed. After two weeks of antibiotics, the pin had to be removed. 

The infection is gone now but the bones couldn't heal well so he is going to be receiving a bone stimulator to use every day!

Hopefully my littpe guy will be as good as new by summer. He's had to be careful and not allowed to ride bikes or jump on the trampoline until he's healed up.  



Thursday, February 9, 2017

A brief update in pictures



We adopted a cat from the shelter 


Eli had surgery on his finger


A Letter to Betsy DeVos From A Special Needs Mom

A Letter To Betsy DeVos From A Special Needs Mom

This is the link to my newest article on The Mighty. Its probably not a popular opinion, but when has mine ever been? 😂

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


I am so proud of Mariah!

As you saw in my previous post, she has been journaling in her Handwriting Without Tears and Dyslexia Games books. I encouraged her to put her stories together and write a book. She did just that! I helped some with scribing for her when her hand got tired, but she wrote a book with her words from her memories and experiences. It was such a great healing thing for her and I to do together. She desperately wanted to have her book published so people could read her story and understand more about Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, and International Adoption.

While searching for someone to publish her book, I found a way to publish it myself!

Here is her book, available in paperback and downloadable to Kindle from Amazon.


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