We are adopting two adorable girls who have a little something extra, Down Syndrome!
We are excited to add them to our family.
We will use this blog to update family and friends on our adoption progress and fundraising efforts.
Just joining us? Click on the 2011 posts in the archive to find out why we are adopting the girls.
Babysitters worked out! Thank you so much Kimberly, Emily and Gina for your generosity!!! 

Now we are madly trying to get packed and get all the loose ends finished up before we leave.  I am so scared, excited, nervous, thrilled, anxious, and elated!  I keep randomly crying.  Some tears of joy that I am going to get to see our adorable girls, some tears over having to leave them.  Some tears over leaving my other 8 children behind for a week and even more over having to leave them for 2 weeks the next trip.  I do not leave my children well.  In fact, the last time Kevin and I both left the kids for more then one night was 4 years ago to bring home Tate.

I just keep telling myself over and over again, IT WILL BE WORTH IT.  This will be just a short moment in time and it is worth the eternity we will be a family.

We have used our entire luggage allowance to bring big bins of donations for the orphanages.  Kevin and I are just packing carry-on bags for ourselves and so far, things are fitting really well.  I guess we have become good at this.  Next trip will be harder since we will be bringing more donations, gifts and all the stuff to bring the girls around the world.

I think I am nesting big time because suddenly my house looks like a disaster.  EVERYTHING needs to be cleaned.  It is also looking far too small for 12 humans, 1 dog, and 1 cat.  I am getting the moving itch and it scaring my hubby to death ;).  He keeps saying, "Stop looking at the MLS's!  We are going to Russia in a week!"  Poor thing ;).  Not that we have the money for a down payment or closing costs right now, but still sooooooooooo fun to look!  There is a 9 bedroom home in the country on 3 acres that calls to me in my dreams.  :)

Kevin is applying for a promotion that would be WONDERFUL for our family. He would also be perfect for the job (in my humble opinion).  We are praying that the Lord's will is done and whatever is best for our family will come to pass.  Although I must admit that I am biased towards the pay increase ;). 

We have less then a week before our LOOOOOOOONG flight and two meetings that will change our lives forever.  This now seems real.  Before it kind of felt like something we just talked about, not really real.  Now, it is real.  Wow!  Wow.


  1. I have been following your blog since I heard that "Alice" had a family. We were actually inquiring about her at the same time that you and your beautiful family commited to her :) My daughters still talk about her and pray for her. They also were very happy she had a family to love her. Although they couldn't understand why it wasn't us ha ha! Now we are FINALLY in the process with our homestudy half way done. I don't know what it is about Canada, but it seems like it takes double the time and double the money than our American neighbours! Even so, we are pushing forward! Have a great trip to Russia!!! We will continue to pray for your family. I can't imagine leaving my daughters for a week either...I'm going to be a mess!!!!

  2. So excited for you to finally meet you girls. praying that all goes well with your trip and your family here. We are right behind you!

  3. Wow!! How exciting!!! Keep us posted! One of these days, I need to pick your brain on our... next step. Praying for safe travels and an abundance of love to carry you through having to leave your crew at home in the process of creating a BEAUTIFUL family of 10!!!!! XOXO