Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Jar

We got home Christmas Eve after spending the evening at church and with friends and found this on our door step

God continues to overwhelm us through the generosity of others.  There was no note or indication who gave this gift.  So who ever you are, thank you, Merry Christmas, and God bless.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Pie Time

Okay all you VT/NY  locals, it's pie time again!
Taking orders now for Christmas.
$15 for an old-fashioned lattice top apple pie.
Delivered Tues., Dec. 23 or Christmas Eve Day.

 (Other delivery times/days can be arranged as needed)...

All proceeds go toward bringing Nadia home!

Friday, December 5, 2014


Next Fundraiser!   Are you sick of us yet? LOL

We have revamped our Etsy site and have begun listing the many awesome vintage items that were so generously donated to us specifically for this adoption.
The first batch is up and ready for browsing....

New listings daily until everything is posted. So keep checking in!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Surprised Again

We were again overwhelmed this Sunday.

Our pastor announced that WE are the Christmas giving project this year. Yes, you read that right.
We were stunned and amazed. The pastor has asked everyone in the church to donate sacrificially toward our adoption this month.  We are so grateful, and humbled  to the point of being physically shaken.

There is nothing God can't do.

Mark 10:27 "...all things are possible with God."

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is Nadia's birthday.  She is 6.

Oh how we wish she was sitting down to this table with us.
But we are so grateful for so many things.
We are grateful that she is not in an orphanage.
She gets physical therapy.
She can count to ten in English!
Her most recent photos show a happy girl, as well cared for as circumstances will allow.
And we are so grateful to a living God who sees her and loves her and is working to bring her home to us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Nadia

I do not think it is a coincidence that this little girl's birthday will fall on Thanksgiving this year - the year we committed to bringing her home.

 She will be 6 years old!

 Would you be willing to give $6 to our FSP to wish her a happy birthday and to hurry her home?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You never know who God will use

Can I just say that you never know how God will move or who he will use?
I was feeling a little discouraged on the financial front. But I committed to doing as much fundraising as I could handle.
I'll be honest, I didn't expect much and I was feeling a little alone out here.
But God was about to teach me a lesson.
Our auction brought in much more than I expected. Donations came in from all over.
Then our auction post came across the desktop of one lovely lady, an acquaintance of my husband's from work. She shared not only our auction but our story. She has run two very successful fundraisers of her own and solicited donations from her friends and contacts.
I am dumbfounded.
I have never met this woman, but God has given her a heart for adoption and has moved her to help us.

 So hang in there folks! Do your part. And pray, pray, pray.
Who knows what God will do?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Wow.  When Cathy totaled up the results of the auction I had to re-read her email a couple of times to make sure I was seeing the number she type correctly. Wow!  Through your generosity we are that much closer to bringing Nadia home. "Thank you" just doesn't seem adequate.

We are continually blessed by people and their willingness to help.  Some we know well,  others we have never met.  But all seem to share the same desire, to help us fulfill the calling that God has placed upon lives. 

So I will say it again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The clock is ticking

Things are really starting to heat up with only two days left in our first fund raising auction.  If you have already bid you may want to go back and check to make sure you weren't out bid.  If you haven't bid yet don't wait too long.

Thanks so much for your generosity.  It is overwhelming and humbling to be on the receiving end of everyone's generous support.

Please donn't forget to keep praying for us, we really need it.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Orphan Sunday

Hey church , today is Orphan Sunday and I thought this video might be a good tool to put the need in perspective.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fund Raising Auction-Starts at 12:00am November 1st

All items can be viewed at :

Auction Rules
1. Please bid in $ amounts only, no cents
2. Every picture has an opening bid and shipping amount
3. Highest bid at the end of the auction wins 
4. You will not be notified if you are out bid so check back often
5. Winners will be contacted after the auction ends for shipping information
6. Auction ends November 7th at 11:59pm.

Thanks for helping to support our efforts to bring Nadia home.

Follow along with us at

Payments can be made through PayPal or tax deductible at

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Facebook auction

Okay, get ready folks.  Adoptions cost $$$$$.  We are selling everything that ain't nailed down.  Our FB auction begins Sat. 1st.  Still accepting last minute donations. (Just send me a photo of the item you would like to donate-and then be willing to pay to ship it to the winner.). I will post the actual auction link as soon as the photos are up.  Thanks for your help and support.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

More Information

It appears that I never mentioned the nature of Nadia's physical challenge.  She has Cerebral Palsy and  has undergone four surgical interventions to help mitigate some of the effects and give her more mobility, two of which were on her Achilles tendons, and two of her hip joints, in which she had implants to help correct a dislocation.

The last operation was in the middle of this year and she is still recovering, which restricts her ability to crawl or stand up straight without someone holding her by the waist. Her doctors plan on doing more operations because she still can’t overcome the abduction in her hip joints. Her upper limbs are less spastic than her hips and legs and her left side is better than the right one. She mostly uses her left hand while eating, drawing, or throwing.  She can hold a bowl with her right hand while eating with the left one.

Her future is very bright but there is no doubt the road will be challenging.  For more information about Cerebral Palsy, visit

The other piece of information is an approximate time line for this adoption.  Here are the highlights.

  • Our dossier must be submitted early next year.
  • Assuming that is approved we will most likely travel in the spring for an initial visit, which will be between 7 and 10 days. 
  • If we continue the process after that visit, there is a 90 day waiting period. 
  • After that we will travel back, go to court, get her passport/visa, then bring her HOME! 
If all goes well, we should complete everything before the end of next summer.  The clock is ticking and there is much to be done.  Keep those prayers coming!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Here we go again....

Two years ago Cathy and I set out on a journey to bring home a teenage boy with cerebral palsy from Ukraine. We jumped through all the hoops and by the grace of God we arrived in Kiev with high hopes and great expectations. Ten days later we were headed home empty handed and broken hearted. Our almost son decided to stay in Ukraine, thinking and planning at such a young age, that his future was brighter there. To this day we stay in touch with him and while his path has not been an easy one, there is at least hope.

Fast forward two years and here we are again, ready and eager to embark on another journey to a different country for another child in need. We are again hopeful and trusting completely in the providence of the Almighty to bring this adoption to fruition. Our three boys are excited about having a little sister and Nadia will have a small army of her own to command when she finally arrives. They will love, help, protect, cherish, and watch over her as big brothers are supposed to do. Many plans have already been made as the boys have begun to explore creative ways to help her over come her physical challenges. There is no doubt that she will receive the lion’s share of attention in this household, but no one is complaining.

Nadia is a beautiful, charming, and sweet little girl who is making great strides in her ability to walk, speak, and even learn English; she just needs more one-on-one time and attention. She will benefit enormously from having her own home and family with resources that will help her grow and overcome her less than ideal start in life. She is a radiant child who needs the hope of a family and the shared love of Christ so that her warmth and enthusiasm never fades. The whole family is eager to bring her home and are aware that her presence will have a profound and radical impact on each of us.

Please pray for us as we continue along this exciting path that God has laid before us as we undertake Mission:Nadia.