Our Journey To Charlie & Levi...

After 17yrs of marriage and "8" amazing children, God has continued to keep the fire for adoption burning in our hearts. Crazy?... Maybe?!?! But....Doesn't God call all of us to do CRAZY things for him? Isn't that what it means to Live for Christ? To make a difference ONE orphan at a time. So after months of praying that this little guy would find a forever family, he FINALLY has!! OUR FAMILY!! Join us as we pray, cry, fill out mounds of paperwork & fundraise to bring our son home. We give God all the glory for choosing to adopt us & for giving us the opportunity to Choose Charlie...And because we could not get Zhora(Levi) off our minds and God obviously placed him in our hearts... We're bringing him home too!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Progress.....Day 9

We have been incredibly blessed to spend time with many other adoptive families sharing our struggles and our victories with one another. God is so good to give all of these families other adoptive friends going through the same process to comfort & encourage. We have met, hung out & mainly stuffed our face's with families adopting 1,2,3 & 4 children!!! So far 8 families who we Love dearly are either headed home with their little one's or just starting the process. Please join us in praying for each of these families~~~The Wojcik's, Bollinger's, Lewis', Becker's, Nance's, Enberg's, Diston's, and the Clark's(from Ireland-where I will be visiting one day, Ha!)

The Lewis', Diston's & Us - Pizza Yum!!!

The Clark's, Nance's, Becker's & Us - The Reece's Rainbow Hang-out:)

We have also been blessed to spend time with children at the Children's Hospital here. What a blessings to be able to sing and play with such beautiful children. Although I do believe the nurses thought we were crazy singing and dancing around. LOL They said they have never seen adults do that. Too funny!! Thank you to the Peipon's for letting us join them:)

Now on to the progress.....We recieved a phone call from our facilitator around 2:30 saying someone would be picking us up to bring us to the notary to sign a document asking for the 2nd SDA appt. for Levi which means that Charlie's paperwork is complete:) Yay! This means that as soon as we have our 2nd SDA and Levi's paperwork is complete we will have a court date! The only bummer is that Mon & Tues are a holiday here. So please pray that this does not slow the process. Also when we arrived at the orphanage for our evening visit, we found Charlie inside getting his picture made. So we brought Levi in and they both got their pictures done for their passports!!! Yay! They even showed us the printed pictures before we left. One more thing we can mark of the list. Our morning visit was good. The boys are warming up to us more & we have a learned a few words to help us communicate with them better which has helped. They are very obedient, but the language barrier is a nuisance. In addition to that because we do not already have a child with DS we are trying to learn what is orphanage behavior & what is DS behavior. Challenging:) LOL Tonights visit was cut short due to the photos, but Levi was having a BIG time on his little tricycle & Charlie was a little grumpy because he had gotten a shot. (I'm guessing an immunization he may have been missing)

***Please continue to pray that the process goes smoothly and quickly. We are missing our children already & can't wait to return home. I'll leave you with a few of my favorite pictures...

Ready to Blow this joint!

Finally A belly laugh from this little guy...

Levi's FAVORITE thing:)

Loves that Swing!

A return demonstration of Pat-A-Cake...We do it about 25 times in a row. Each time we finish he says AGAIN(in his husky growling voice) Now we're working on Again Please:)


  1. I would love to know the info for the children's hospital. I believe we will be in the same region when we travel next week for our daughter.

  2. Me again, I'm still following along enjoying all the pictures of your little ones!!! Prayers everything goes smooth with Levi's paperwork and you can continue to move ahead. Also, I'm so glad you all aren't alone. I'm happy to see you have fellow families to share your journey with. Must make it alot easier to have friends around :)

  3. I am loving all of your updates! I am pretty sure the kids NEVER use that swing unless they are getting adopted. :( Loved seeing pictures of your visits with Marianna. Why didn't we ask to do that while we were there? Sigh. I'll just live vicariously through you.

  4. Y'all add so much fun to our visits!

  5. Looks like things are really moving along for you. That is great!! Not sure where we are really. Hope you have court soon and can get home to you other children. I know what you mean about missing them.

  6. Happy there are several other families sharing this journey with you.

    Love the pictures. Your boys are so darn cute.

  7. As far as Ds vs. orphanage behavior...sometimes there are some similarities...at least that is what I have found. That, to me, has actually been freeing.

    Your kids are beautiful....all of them!

    Blessings and praying things keep on moving!