‘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, September 03, 2013


Our sweet little visitor this summer 
Sorry for the blog being shut down for awhile! Had some blogger issues and then simply got too busy to fix it and post this summer. My summer program ended Sunday, and now I have my annual month off, and time to post!

Best news of all: Anya had her baby! Sasha was born the last day of August and was a healthy 7 pounds. She is breathtakingly beautiful, and Anya is doing well and breastfeeding. Although we couldn't afford to go back over for the birth, we are calling her every day and sending support. We'll visit as soon as we are able!

On the adoption front - Just waiting for my court dates. With my history of adoption woes, I don't want to assume anything, but the expected time frame is for early October dates. We'll wait and see. I'll then go over for 2 weeks and then bring her home. If you are the praying kind, I really truly appreciate your prayers. Sadly D is being moved from her foster home to an orphanage soon. My prayer is I get over there as soon as possible, as she is really terrified to go back to the orphanage. Who can blame her?

Daniel - Daniel is doing as well as can be expected. I am able to get letters to him, and know he is 'okay' for now. He was at the orphanage summer camp until August 28th, but is now back in the orphanage for his last year. FYI - the new director there is now refusing any and all packages and letters sent to the children. Please do not send anything there anymore. I'm ever hopeful things will change at some point, but for now, there is nothing we can do but pray.

Nastia - Nastia starts her senior year of high school today! I hope and pray its a good year for her! We start looking at colleges in the next few weeks. Her plan is to study art. We are looking locally and in Boston.

I'll try to post regularly again. its hard when so much of what I WANT to post is not allowed at present! Anya also requested I not post any photos here of Sasha, so  you'll just have to trust me - she is really beautiful! She looks JUST like Anya does in her baby photo. And she has Nastia's cute little button nose!


  1. Well, congratulations.... I'm sorry about the baby pictures! I'd love to see her. Relieved, though, to hear that all is well.....

    Thank you so much for the update. I've worried, but knew you must be very busy with Shakespeare.

  2. Anonymous5:43 PM

    So glad to hear that you and Nastia are doing so well - and congrats on the new grandbaby! I'm praying that your adoption goes smoothly -- and it's wonderful to hear your second daughter will really, truly and forever be yours before Halloween!

    Please do let me know if / when it is possible to send packages to D's orphanage. Or, actually, would it be possible to send a package or two to the aged-out girls?? I think I remember you mentioning that you were supporting a few of the girls in a house near the orphanage?


  3. Hooray! I'm glad you're back! Disappointing doesn't begin to describe my thoughts about Daniel's orphanage director. Will pray for you as you await your court date.

  4. So glad to find this open again! :>


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