Friday, April 29, 2016


Our sweet baby #8

Born April 20th

6 lbs 2 oz and 18 inches

Genevieve Mae ZĂ©lie

She is never alone, because her siblings are constantly asking to hold her! She is so loved. 
Little blessing. 


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Quick Update

Dear friends!

I am so sorry! Things have been so crazy here and are finally calming down, just in time for baby 8's arrival. ;)

We celebrated Vanya's 2nd birthday in February and it was so sweet! He's doing really well and is getting so strong.
He ate two whole pieces of strawberry cake!

Baby 8 is looking like she will come between 36 and 37 weeks, which is the week of April 11th.  We won't know for sure until Monday, when my last u/s is scheduled, but if the placenta previa hasn't resolved, we will be scheduling a c-section. This will be my first c-section, and it's going to be a difficult situation with recovery and the other kids, but I know The Lord will provide like He always does.
Isn't she sweet?? 

Everything else is going well. We are gearing up for St. Patrick's Day and Holy Week and Easter. I can't believe how early Easter is this year. All of the holidays seemed to all be packed right with the other. PHEW!!

Hope you're all having a blessed Lent.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

6 mos home, 2 yrs home, and the gender of baby eight!

I have been so bad about blogging! I'm in a bit of a rut these days, so please forgive me. 

Vanya is doing great. He cruises furniture, sleeps well, eats well, and is a happy little guy. His 2nd birthday is next month, so we're gearing up for his very first birthday party!

Maks has now been home over 2 years! Can you believe it?? He is doing great in kindergarten. He can match numbers and letters, and can write an M. We finally found new therapists to come to the house after school, so those are starting this week. He still isn't potty trained, so that's been frustrating, but he'll get there eventually. 

Christmas was great and we all had a lot of fun celebrating Jesus' birth.

The kids got the game Pie Face for Christmas and we played it on New Year's Eve. It's hilarious and so much fun. 

We also found out that baby number 8 is a girl! Genevieve Mae will join us in late April. The kids are so excited. 

I hope you all are doing well. Praying for a wonderful 2016 for all of us. 

Monday, November 9, 2015


This week's homily really spoke to me. Whether it seems like it or not, I always seem to have an attitude towards God when it comes to our growing family, at least at first. 

"You want me to do what? Fly across the world and do what?"

"You want me to give birth and then fly across the world and do what?"

"You just gave me another pregnancy 9 months after giving birth to another one?"

And now...

"I just brought a sweet baby home from Ukraine, what do you mean I'm pregnant???" 

Yes, you read that right, #8 is on his or her way. And I've had an attitude about it, as usual. 

And then Sunday, the words were spoken by our amazing priest, "just when you think you've given all you possibly can, God asks you to give more."

Oh, smack. Right across the face. Right into my heart. God knew what I needed to hear. 

My patience level, our finances, our hectic lifestyle, all need an overhaul, and obviously God knows I need extreme amounts of sanctifying. 

I am blessed, but we could use your prayers as our family grows once more. 


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

3 months home!

Well, I've been a horrible post-adoption blogger, haven't I? With the start of school and all the running around to do, I barely have time to breathe. I do find a way to lay down with the little boys daily for a nap, so that has helped, but man we're busy! 

Vanya is doing amazingly well. He is teething currently, so he's a little cranky, but he is making great progress, has started physical therapy, and still loves swim lessons. He blows bubbles in the water and holds his breath to go under now. It's really cute. It's also been a good bonding experience for us, because he is in the pool with me, while Sam is in the other pool with a teacher. 

He is doing a lot of tall kneeling against furniture, which is great for his core strength, and he's even been standing up in the pool while holding onto the side. He has trouble realizing his feet work, so this is big. 

He had a feeding therapist evaluation and he is suddenly chewing on an age appropriate level. This has made both of our lives so much easier! He's eating lots of big boy food and really enjoying himself. He loves everything except Chick fil a fries. Haha...

We had family pics done a couple weeks ago, so I'll share those! Hope you're all doing well, and I'm so sorry for my lack of posting. 

Friday, August 28, 2015


I am such a horrible post-adoption blogger! I don't intend to be, but the days are getting away from me lately, and now that the kids are in school, we are spending a lot of time in the car!

Everyone is doing well. Vanya and Sam have started baby swimming lessons, and they're doing great! It's so cute to see Sam ride around on his teacher's back in the pool and get more comfortable in the water, and see Vanya try to blow bubbles and enjoy splashing around.

My 3 older girls are all in elementary now, and they're doing great at the new school. We love it so far.

Maks is in full day Kindergarten and he does a little jig every time he sees the bus pull up. It's really cute.

Maks and Vanya both have cardio checkups on Monday, and after that, we will be scheduling Maks' ear tube surgery.

So far, Vanya has checked out completely healthy on his bloodwork, ENT, stool tests, and everything else. He rocked his early intervention evaluation, too. He's not even delayed in the social area, which is AMAZING coming from the orphanage and having Down syndrome.

That's all I have time for today! I will post some pics soon!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Biggest Thank You

I received the list of donors from our Reece's Rainbow grant today. 

Please know that even though we can't thank each and every one of you individually, we appreciate every single one of you. 

To our church family, who prayed for us, baked for us, and hosted events for us.

To the Reece's Rainbow community for always being there to listen, to fight for, to advocate. 
So many people were such a huge part of bringing him home. From the person in Ukraine who sent his file to the adoption authority. To the wonderful team in Ukraine who worked tirelessly. To the wonderful Nancy who dealt with my whining for months while I completed our dossier. To Reece's Rainbow for shedding light on the orphans. For giving them a chance. Andrea, Nancy, Michelle, Serge, Yulia S., Luda, Alex, Yulia, Vitaly. 

Thank you isn't enough. But, thank you, thank you, thank you, for helping us bring our sweet boy home. We really could not have done it without you. 

We love you, dear friends. We are blessed.