‘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

Friday, March 25, 2016


Apologies for the infinitely long absence. I'm still battling Lyme Disease and the energy and focus it takes to write a blog post has kept me away. I find I still need to save my energy for day-to-day living and caring for my girls. however, with my doctor's tentative approval, I am headed back to Russia in May. I haven't seen Anya in three years and I simply can't wait any longer. The last time I was there she was pregnant with Sasha, and now Sasha will be turning three this summer. I'm willing to risk the inevitable sickness that will follow, as I'm sure any of you would, too!

Nastia has misplaced her passport and after 3 weeks of looking, we realize we have to get her a new one. Hope to get that done in Boston next week. Our hope is to leave around the first week of May. We will stay a minimum of three weeks, because it is likely we won't get back again for a few years.

Anyway, just wanted to update those of you who still follow our story and have invested in our lives over the years. I'll try to post a more detailed update on all the girls soon. For now, here are photos to enjoy:

Anya and Sasha
Sasha - growing up too fast

Matilda and me last month.
Most recent photo of Nastia I can find - from last summer.


  1. Good to hear you after a long pause! Life has been crazy at our house also with our adopted children form Ukraine . your writing always uplifts me and give us hope. We are return this month to Ukraine to visit some of the children family!

  2. I am really thrilled for you that you will get to go see Anya and Sasha! Hope your disease will not limit you too much!
    (And thank you for the update. I understand how you need your energy for more important things, but it's great getting an update!)

  3. Your girls - all of them - look like they are thriving. Safe travels!

  4. I keep your blog on my list so when you do update, I can get it! It's good to hear that you are going to see Anya and Sasha. It looks like your girls are doing well, and I hope your Lyme doesn't prevent you from doing what you want to do in your travels to Russia.

  5. I'm praying for your safe travels and to be as healthy as possible. May God bless every stage of the journey there and back!

    Your girls are all beautiful.

  6. So glad to hear from you and to see you! :>

    I've been thinking of you and praying for you--and for your girls. Matilda has been on my heart!

  7. I love your update! It's so good to hear and see things are going well. Best wishes on your trip to Russia and with your health.


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