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!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Charlie & Levi's Life...

Saturday's visit with the boys was GREAT!!!! My dear friend Marianna Peipon was able to join me on my visit. What a blessing to have someone that can understand & speak the language to talk to the boys & the nannies:) We spent an hour playing outside with Charlie and then another inside playing with Levi (he had a runny nose so had to stay in). And both boys had a good time and enjoyed Mama and aunt Marianna. The best part of the morning was that Marianna was able to ask questions about both boys & the nannies were excited to be able to tell about each of them:)

Here are somethings I learned about both of them....

Is a very good eater. Likes soups, bread, and apple peeled and sliced.
Is a good sleeper. Sucks his fingers when he sleeps
Can dress himself, feed himself
Likes to do puzzles. (Hmm..havn't seen that one yet)
Is NOT interested in potty training (Bummer)

Is a good eater. Likes soups, bread, cookies:)
Is a good sleeper but rolls around a lot(?) not sure what she meant
Wears pampers all the time

I also asked if the boys both understand that they are leaving and going HOME with me and the nannies said that they completely understand:)

Then they let me take pictures of their LIFE...

Levi's Bed

Levi's Closet

Levi's towel, cup & toothbrush

The bathroom including potty seats for each child

Charlie's Bed

16 Little Beds

The Playroom

Our boys have been blessed to be in an orphanage where they are taken care of well. Where the conditions are nice and clean and they are fed well and clean. Where they each have shoes & a warm coat to wear. Not all orphanages are like this:( We were amazed at how well taken care of the boys were. HOWEVER, they are still not held, not hugged, and still DO NOT have Mommy's & Daddy's:( So many sweet faces longing to be taken HOME to a loving family! Charlie & Levi will be the 7th & 8th child to be taken HOME from this orphanage in the past 3 months!!!! The Staff is overwhelmed at how many Loving parents are coming for these kids. Let's not stop. Consider bringing home an orphan to your home. Make a difference for that ONE child!!!


Giving God ALL the glory for where He has me RIGHT Now!!!

He must become greater; I must become less. ~John 3:30


  1. How neat to get an insight to their lives in the orphanage! Before Joel left, we asked if we could see the inside of Darya's and they wouldn't let us. Darya's seems to be fairly nice, but even the "nicest" orphanage is nothing compared to the love of a family and a home to call your own!

  2. This one looks a LOT like Micah's. Definitely a couple of the "better" orphanages, if you can call them that.

    As for rolling around at night... LOL!!! This is SO Micah AND Abby! They sleep in about 50 different positions at night. They are so "busy" while they're sleeping that if you put a camera in their rooms, you might not know they were actually asleep! The DS wants to do sleep studies on both of them because of this. If this is what the caregivers were referring to- good luck, lol!

  3. Wow your boys were so lucky. I have seen some pics. Have a safe flight home.

  4. How wonderful to have those pic to be able to share with the boys someday if you chose to do so. I am praying with you and counting down the days!!! Lots of love from me and my entire family!!!

  5. Thanks so much for posting these Wendy! We were supposed to have taken a tour of the kids' rooms, but didn't end up having time at the end, things moved so fast once we got the passports. I'm so happy to have these pictures for Peyton of where he lived for so long :) What a treasure!

  6. btw, Peyton rolls around like crazy! He rolls from side to side and sucks his thumb to put himself to sleep, then is upside down and sideways all night long. Jessa is an acrobat at night. Every time I get the bright idea to bring one of them into our bed to sleep I end up regretting it. Even with teeny Mimi. You'd think there were 5 of her.

  7. These pictures are great and so nice to see!! When we adopted from this orphanage back in 2004 they were refurbishing the entire place! The kids were temporarily housed in a nearby Children's Hospital which was very stark and un-childlike! So happy to see how nicely it turned out!!
    Thanks for sharing!! ....and congratulations on your two new beautiful boys!!! I've been enjoying following your adventure!