‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Our Newest Adventure

Meet Dasha! In just 17 days this little sweetheart will be coming to live with us for a month and a half. I had looked into hosting a child the past few summers, but the timing was never right. We were always either just coming back from Russia or just heading over! This time it worked out perfectly. I received an email query from New Horizons for Children, then Nastia and I spoke about it, and the next day we sent a letter of commitment.

For those of you reading this of the Christian persuasion, this program is something you should look into. I am incredibly impressed with their organization. Their training for host families is outstanding, their support network exemplary, and their commitment to these kids nothing short of awe-inspiring. You can visit their website at: 


They also have a facebook page.

Some of you may wonder why we would give up the time, energy and resources to host a child when we are still struggling to bring Nastia's sister home. Well, it has been nearly five years of working to bring Anya home, and my Nastia truly longs for the experience of siblings. We felt that this would not only help Nastia feel hopeful about getting her sister here, and give her something to do in the meantime -- but also it was a way for us to help another child. Why wait till life is perfect? Why not do it now, when life is messy and complicated? We felt in our hearts that hosting was exactly what ALL of us needed, not just Dasha.

I asked permission to post about Dasha and our experiences while she was here, and they wre actually very encouraging about it. As long as I don't give out her last name, birthdate or orphanage, we're free to share about our time with her! She arrives June 25th. Stay posted for lots of photos and anecdotes. We are waiting with baited breath to see this sweet little face in person!


  1. Cant wait to hear more!

  2. Can't wait to hear more about her!

  3. Hooray! We're hosting a 15 year old through them too! Can't wait until June 25! Good luck!

  4. Oh, you won the jackpot! When I saw that picture I just thought she was adorable.

  5. Thanks guys! I am already dreaming about her, as is Nastia. We are on cloud nine...Nastia has been "nesting" all week!


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