Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy to be home

Well I know that I said I would post as we still continue this journey, but I have been crazy!!! Oleg, Ryan and I are getting use to being a family. 3 weeks home and I feel that we are doing pretty well. I have to remind myself that we have only been home for 3 weeks and he is doing really well for the short time we have been home.  He is a completely different boy then he was, and it is so exciting to see him blossom. It is funny I never thought that I would have a picky eater, I just assumed that he would eat anything I gave him but he is really picky so we are trying our best to fatten him up. we did take him to McDonalds the other day, he was digging on the fries, but not the sprite or chicken nuggets. He was so funny he hated the sprite, spit it right out. Christmas was interesting he really didn't care about his presents so we had a few unwrapped under the tree, but he did get them all opened. On a sad note Ryan's grandpa past the day after we got home, he was the first to meet Oleg and was so excited to have a great grandson. It has been bitter sweet being home but missing grandpa!!  A great life ends and a new one begins. We have an appointment for Friday to get him in school he has been a bit antsy and ready to play so we thought a few days a week would be good for him. He has been to the doctor and all is well however, we do not have a record of his shots so we have to start over again, poor little guy, but he sure is tough! well goodbye for now I will write more later!! I love you all!! and so does Oleg. Here is a ton of pictures of the past three weeks....

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Home again jiggidy jig

We are home, we are here and we are fine. The plan ride was nothing that I imagined it to be it was worse, ugh. But before I left Trisha, the friend I was staying with said, "this to shall pass" and I had to remind myself of that the whole time!! Oleg was not scared but does not like being strapped down he wants to run free. the short flights were not so bad but 11 hours from Frankfurt to Seattle was rough!! but we mad it. When we arrived in Denver my grandpa was there to meet us at the gate (he works at the airport so he was allowed to meet us) that was a huge relief. We went up the escalator and there was everyone waiting to see the little bugger. He was so excited to see Papa he ran towards Ryan with the biggest grin. He was so excited to be home, but he was beet.  The ride home in the car was better than I thought. he sat in his chair quietly. The dogs on the other had was a bit to much for him he was very scared of them. Over the past days he has become more comfortable with his surroundings and the dogs!! So for now we get use to each other, our schedules, and our lives. We are over joyed to be home, and we thank you for all the support!! I will keep blogging, our struggles and joys of bring home Oleg, but for now we are taking it easy and loving each other. Thanks again.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

one ends another begins

Tonight I get ready to get on a plane with a 3 year old, who first I can not communicate with and second he has never been on a plane before. I have to admit that I am worried. I try to remind myself that I am not the only one that has done this so I can do it and if he cries, oh well I do not know these people and I will never see them again!!! But I am still worried.
Oleg has had a few busy days here in Kiev but good once. Yesterday we visited the Houghtons with there dear daughter Anastasiya. Today we went to the mega mall, not sure if that is what it is called but it was big. The Houghtons came with Trisha, the kids, and I, and it was later determined that we probably wouldn't have made it without the Houghtons!!  The kids played for 2 hours at the play place and they were pooped. It was tons of fun!! And now I am starting to feel sad. As much as I want to be home I will miss it. It has been a real eye opener and Ryan and I both have grown so close, that I fear that getting back to our lives will somehow make us forget the lessons we have learned and the times we have spent together. But here is to a new beginning.
Well here is my chance to reflect on this adventure, there was a moment in the car on that final crazy day that I broke out into tears think that this was it!! Today was the day of the beginning of the rest of our lives as a family. The song Time form Tenth avenue north came on the Ipod, (here is the song ) and it got me thinking of what an amazing love my Heavenly Father has for me. he gave me this opportunity to see how true his love is for me, how he pursues me and never gives up, just like our pursuit for Oleg. The thing is that this is only a glimpse of His love. I feel honored to have experience this, every struggle and every heart ache. I would climb every mountain and walk to the end of the earth for Oleg. This is the miracle of adoption. The prayer of my heart forever Lord is that I can love my son the way you love me.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


what a long few days and what a long Journey and today it officially came to an end, at least The adoption part the rest of our life with Oleg are ahead!! First of all I want to acknowledge all the support received in this journey thank you, second I want to tell Ryan that am so thankful that he was willing and excited for this journey. This was not his dream but he embraced it and now it is has become his dream as well!!
The day started early on Tuesday 7:30 and I had no clue what I was in store for. I had everything packed and ready to go. I had no idea what to expect and no idea that I would be in the car till I was on the train at 7:00 PM. We started by going to the court and picking up the court decree, however, the judge was not there and we would not be able to get the documents till 10. So we headed to the store to get some stuff that the orphanage had asked me to get; then to the orphanage to drop off the toys I brought and the goodies we just bought. after that to the court and then to the records of vital statistics, and of course that wasn't smooth so we had to come back later. Back in the car to the bank where Oleg had money from the state in an account that needed to be transferred to the orphanage, and me being his Mommy had to sign for it :). Edward was really doing all the work and all I did was sit in a cold car, once in awhile getting out to sign a paper or two. Then to the town Oleg was born in to the office of vital statistics there, and that took an hour and 1/2 plus the traffic. Nothing is easy, it seems like Edward had to fight the whole time for things to get done. We had so much to do and it was getting late so we headed back to town were we needed to get one more thing notarized, however; we could not fined a notary hat was open, we were on the final count down. Oleg the driver and Edward, both got out of the car and ran around trying to find a notary.... mission accomplished then to drop off our papers, then to the passport office and then to the orphanage. The moment I had waited for all day Oleg was going to be in my arms forever!! the Mama dressed him in what I brought, she let me keep his cross and the shirt he had on. She said something and I asked Ed what she was saying, seems she didn't like my choice of clothing it wasn't warm enough. They dress these little buggers in so much during the winter it is a wonder they can even move. We said our quick goodbyes there was no big goodbye like I was expecting, I was able to get a picture of him with all his buds and I did have a teary moment with his mama. I thanked her for taking care of him and loving him, and she thanked me for having room in my heart for him!! We left and got in the car where both Oleg and I cried and cried. To the train station from the orphanage, I got the last ticket and then...... sleep, that's a joke Oleg was crazy crazy. Praise be to God that he place 3 very sweet very understanding men in my compartment with me. They all stayed up with me and took there turn with Oleg helping me out. He was a handful but he was so cute and excited to be on the train. We finally slept at 2:30 and we were up at 6:30. Valentin greeted us at the train stop and headed to the doctor, that took 2 hours and then to the embassy. I thought that it was all done but they where not able to get me in till today to finish the visa. Oleg and I took a taxi to the embassy and got the visa this morning and now....... I can breath!!!!! if it sound crazy it was, really crazy!! but now we can breath and laugh and play, what an experience what a journey.

for now Oleg and I are enjoying our time with Trisha and her wonderful family, and I have luda there nanny to help he understand what he is saying it has been fun. He is doing great still crazy but perfect!!
Here are some pictures I took of our last day!!!

here is the entrance to Oleg's orphanage, I hope that we can see it again!!

Oleg's home town

His Friends in his room, room 10 they are all so cute wish I could take them all home!!

 Edward, Oleg and Oleg

Oleg's new friends on the Train Alex and Andrew!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Just another day

Well, I managed to get out of the house today and walked around the market. I felt as if I was developing bed sores:) so it was good to get out even though it was bone chilling cold!! The good news is that Ryan takes off for home in the morning, good for him at least. The Dehanns and I are on the verge of insanity, I have managed to watch all three seasons of Lost, so far, pretty pathetic if you ask me but I have to do something.   All I can do is laugh;)!!!
Oleg was in such an amazing mood these past days, I like to think it is because he knows that soon he will be with mama and papa FOREVER. Today I had my first moment of mother lion protecting her young. I managed to get upset with one of the doctors at the orphanage. She was insisting that it was way to cold for him to be out of his room even though we were still inside, and I had no problem with that. I was glad to take him back to his room, however, he needed to pack up his toys and I needed to get all my stuff ready before I could get him back. I was putting on my coat when the doctor returned and garbed Oleg's hand and started to take him back, he was crying, and it made me so mad that she couldn't wait 5 sec for me to finish. I proceeded to run over there yelling NEYT (NO) and I took his hand and led him back to his room, I told her (not that she understood) that I was his mother and I would take him back to his room!! he stopped crying and gave me a big smile, he knows that mommy takes him back and that is the way he likes it.
He has been able to talk with Ryan on the phone and that has been really cute. He repeats what I say so he told Ryan that he missed him and loved him!! We also met this family from Spain a very nice couple and we have enjoyed their company. They are adopting this sweet little boy with a cleft pallet, Him and Oleg get along really well, and the couple is just so sweet, so it has been fun sharing the room with them. one more day and he is ours for good, that is if nothing goes wrong!! I am trying to stay optimistic but we will see!! Keep praying and I love you all!!

 My first Ukrainian snowfall. this is the outside of our apartment.
Oleg loves that cell phone now!! it is hard to get it away from him!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

On my own

Sorry that I have not posted in a few day but to be honest it was for the best! If I was to post a few days ago, I would have vomited all my frustration and no one would enjoy this blog anymore!!  so now I have a battle raging inside of myself. I want so badly to get up in the morning excited to cease the day, but I find myself sad, I feel like it is just one thing after another. If I have to hear one more time oh you need to pay for this I might just go postal. I am trying so hard not to feel overwhelmed or scared but I am not feeling so optimistic. Just when I think ok, no more it is going to be smooth sailing form here and it's not. Ryan and I were not allowed to exchange our tickets till the 16th of January ARE YOU KIDING!! We had to make the executive decision and Ryan is going home on the 14th of December and I had to buy a new ticket, so Ryan and I ate $1000 bucks.  I should be Happy despite our set backs, if Paul can remain in Christ locked up in jail, I should be able to see what an amazing miracle this whole process is. I really can't see it, I am certain I will soon. For now I will just keep on keeping on. unbeknownst to us Ryan had to sign papers at the embassy before he left so we franticly had to get him on a train to get back to Kiev so he could sign 2 forms, silly really as we always thought that sense I was the primary on the INS paperwork that my signature was the only one needed (just another example of uncertainties). Now he sits in Kiev and waits to leave for home on Monday.  I miss him and Oleg was very sad today that papa was not there. When I first go there tonight Oleg started yelling for papa it was so sweet, Ryan did call and Oleg was able to talk with Ryan on the phone, even though we had no idea what he was saying. on a lighter note Oleg is starting to repeat the English words that we are teaching him, the one he knows without prompting is banana he loves bananas. He knows please and thanks you, goodbye, hello, and up, I do believe that he will catch on fast. Please keep every adoptive family in your prayers we are ALL struggling and we ALL need the prayer!!
Here is a picture of us entertaining ourselves with a monopoly game we got in a happy meal at MacDonalds, pathetic really. This was the night we attempted to make Fettuccine Alfred but sweet cream was bought instead of cream it was not that good but we ate it anyway and imagined that it was the really deal. 

 here are some picks of our little bugger!!!!

the Dehanns and I went and got lunch a this turkish burrito place, they are sooooo good and the cook was sooo nice gave me a big hug and he took a picture with me, made me realize that my frustration here is not the people, just the system could be better. I promise I will post more!! I love you all!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday Monday

So today was just another exciting day in the Ukraine.  We went to change our flight home and the long and short of it is we are on the waiting list for flights out of here.  Hopefully if that works out we will come home on the 19th or 20th.  If not I may be coming home on the 14th so that we don't totally lose our tickets and Tabitha and Oleg will come home on new tickets on the 19th or 20th with a different airline.  The reason for all of this is because the type of ticket we have is limiting and all the flights that we can transfer to directly are fully booked until January 19.  That is way too long for us to stay so we are looking for alternatives to get us all home. But it will work out.  Lufthansa is looking for alternative solutions and we should know if there are any in the next two to three days.  The good news is that Oleg is well and he is learning a little English.  He can now say goodbye, hello, up and banana.  Pretty good overall.  He listens ok and he seems to be learning how to deal with us and what behaviors are acceptable.  He is a very spirited and a little rambunctious but he is also very affectionate and always thrilled to see us when we show up.  So we are getting closer all the time to bringing Oleg home.  Honestly, coming home can't happen too soon.  Being away from home is starting to wear on us.  We will be fine but we miss the way things are at home.  We miss our beds and food and really all the stuff that we normally do.  We are excited that we are down to under two weeks left in the Ukraine. Then we will be home finally after 6 weeks in country and almost two years since we began.  We miss all of you.  I am trying to get some more videos up but I am having trouble getting them uploaded.  Here are some more pictures of Oleg.  Talk to you soon.

Oleg loves bananas but eats a little too much at a time. Here is his face stuffed full.

Playing cars with momma on the floor.  He actually sat still for like 20 minuets, miracle!!