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!

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!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dariya's weighted blanket

While the girls were off enjoying communication camp for two weeks, Aidan and I decided to finally make Dariya's weighted blanket.  Alayna absolutely loves her blanket I made for her months ago.

We used the same directions as for Alayna's .

After a couple hours of pressing, pinning, sewing and measuring we were all finished.

We were very pleased with the outcome.

Alayna loves it!

Unfortunately, Dariya isn't a real fan, she still has residual fear of being held down from orphanage life.  So while it is really pretty I don't think it will get much use by the intended party.

Last I checked Alayna was sleeping with both blankets on top of her!  LOL  Whatever works I guess.