Monday, November 9, 2009

Adding to the Story

It has been over 2 years since our life changing trip to Ukraine. It's amazing if you think about it. I don't know which part is more amazing, being a parent or how much we love him, or how much we learn from a kid!

Voss really puts substance into everything we do. Before kids there was a lot of stuff to do. With a kid in the picture, everything you do with them actually has more meaning. I don't mean to belittle what life was like before child, but it's just different in a good building a steering wheel for the pirate ship in the backyard treehouse. Such a simple thing, but so rewarding.

In the last 2 years, we have done so much. I hate to try and wrap it up in 1 posting so I won't. More to come later on what has happened over the last 2 years. This update is just to start the ball rolling for our next chapter as a family.... the addition of Ruslan!

Ruslan (pronounced ruse LAN) joined us from Ukraine for 3 weeks this past August. He was visiting from an orphanage in Ukraine and came as part of a summer hosting program. It was really amazing how it happened and really amazing how we have made this decision to move forward and adopt Ruslan. We are now in the thick of the bureaucracy of Ukrainian adoptions and waiting to hear word on our appointment to travel to Ukraine. Of course the latest outbreak of H1N1 has the country closed for adoption, but considering what we went through the 1st time, (and how things just have a habit of working out) we are optimistic that there is absolutely nothing to worry about.

So now that the stage is set , we can share the story of what has happened over the last 2 years and how we came to meet Ruslan in our next updates! Above are some recent pictures of Voss.


Conethia and Jim Bob said...

What wonderful news! I would love to follow your journey.

Vince Bailey said...

I have been looking to see when this newest addition to your blog would begin. That means really that your process to adopt Ruslon is coming to more of a reality!! I can't wait for this to take place. God's speed. Praying for you all. I know Ruslon is waiting for you:)

Kelly said...

Congratulations on your appt! I am so happy to have found your blog today. We met at JFK this summer when the kids arrived for hosting. My family hosted the very sweet, and energetic little red head named Rita :) We had an amazing experience this summer, Rita took a piece of my heart the day we had to place her back on that plane in Aug. I would love to catch up with you and your adoption of Ruslan. Rita was adopted just after returning to UA and is now home in Italy with her Mama & Papa.
Kelly Selkirk
Cleveland OH
My email is kelly_ selkirk at hotmail dot com

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Greg said...

Very exciting. I will be following along.

jzwartendijk said...

Okay I just read this part of the blog which I haven't before and of course, I cried. Voss is such a sweet and amazing little boy and we are so excited to meet Ruslan.

Love the photo of Voss and the knight in shining armor. Thanks for including that photo on your blog!!