Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How is kindergarten going?

The girls have been ready for kindergarten all summer.  

Of course, as a mom you worry (even for me who isn't typically a worrier) a bit over whether they will succeed in this new situation.

I am pleased to tell you that the girls have successfully made the transition and are thriving in their regular kindergarten class.  

They came home with "Purrfect" first day papers and have continued to have great days, minus one day where Dariya pushed Alayna and Alayna pushed someone else.  We quickly rebounded and are back on track.

They love their teachers and going to specials (computers, music, art, PE, and library) each day.

They are very tired even with just the half day in the afternoon.  Dariya is usually asking to go to bed during dinner each night. ;)

We pray that their year continues so well and that they make many new friends. 

Alayna usually talks about the names of everyone in class and so far all we have heard about is teacher names.  It is awesome that she has all those down so quickly but, I am praying for a nice friend for each girl to rise to the surface.

Feel free to throw a daily prayer their way.  Thanks!



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

And they're off to kindergarten


I have to admit I was putting Alayna to bed the other night and was praying for school, teachers and their transition and I had a little tear in my eye.  Alayna quickly noticed and asked if I was ok. Yes, sweet girl.  I just can't believe my 4 pounder is now 5 and off to elementary school.

Last Wednesday morning, Amy Allison, the director of our DSG held a Down Syndrome 101 class at the girl's school and met with the whole staff and administration to in service them about ds. Awesome!

Thursday night we attended back to school night.  The girls were thrilled to meet their teacher, Mrs. Thompson and look around the school as Aidan gave them the official tour.  They both did very well considering the whole 500+ kids plus families were in the building looking around.  It is a bit overwhelming even for us parents.  The staff all greeted the girls so kindly and by name!  YAY for ds 101 the day before!

Monday afternoon we went to kindergarten open house where the girls were able to spend 30 minutes in their classroom and put all their supplies away.  Super thankful to their special education teacher, Mrs. Sickel who arranged for us to go 30 minutes earlier than open house for everyone else so that the girls could spend some quality time getting to know Mrs. Thompson and the classroom without distraction.  Bless her, she is very kind with the girls.

Alayna wanted to greet everyone and Dariya was ready to head home shortly after we arrived.  So typical for them both.  I know it will take a few days for them to get into a routine but, prayerfully they will transition very well.

I went ahead and let them ride the bus today and they were thrilled to get on and away they went.

No stopping us now.

Kindergarten or bust!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome to Middle School

Aidan was cool as a cucumber as he got ready for his first day of middle school.  He wasn't worried about anything but instead was super excited to be starting at a new school and to be able to change classes.



He was even more excited that he may now ride his bike instead of the bus!
Go get em, Aidan.  

Our school district started only the 6th graders (new to middle school) and the 9th graders (new to the high school) today.  The girls will begin kindergarten tomorrow afternoon.

The girls and I as always had hot chocolate chip cookies ready for him when he returned from his big day.

He LOVED middle school!  YAY!  Praying for a fabulous year for all three!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Happy gotcha anniversary!

Today we celebrate getting Dariya out of her orphanage THREE years ago.

I can't even believe that it has been that long.

She delights us everyday with her sweet smile and loving spirit.

I am so thankful that God took us on that journey to Ukraine.

My life is crazy most of the time but, I wouldn't have it any other way.

I love you dearly, Dariya!

Also, 13 years ago my sweet Englishman immigrated to the US.

I am extremely blessed and can't imagine life without either one of my foreigners!

God has put our family on the bench for adopting (suck it cancer) but he still calls us to help orphans.  I still think about those sweet children that we visited with each day while we were visiting Dariya for those 5 weeks.  Those faces still etched in my mind forever.

I can't physically save each of them but, I still can pray and donate to orphans.

We are helping our local church friends, Nancy and Todd Bartelt bring home their sweet Vera from China. We pray that you will honor Dariya by donating to the Bartelt's today.
To go to their tax deductible Reece's Rainbow link click  here.  

Every dollar counts and they still need to raise about $16K and will be traveling as early as July 30th!  So PLEASE donate today!

Dariya's gotcha day video still makes me cry!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!



We hope you have a safe and happy 4th!

Thanks to Nancy Pfeifer for the adorable outfits!