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James 1:27 – “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction”

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sonya has a Family- and we have new pictures!

Our family was thrilled beyond belief this week, when we found out that Miss Sonya has a family.  This is the little girl from Julia's group in the orphanage.  Caleb got to spend some time visiting with her on Julia's "gottcha day".  There have been many people praying for Sonya and our prayers have been answered.  The Hinz Family will be going to get Sonya soon.  They will also be bringing Dusty home, he was in Julia's group as well.  Please pray for the Hinz family as they travel to bring home their new daughter and son.

It is wonderful to know that in the past few months, seven children (that I know of) from Julia's orphange have found their forever families. Some are already home and others are in the process of coming home.  While we rejoice for these children, please pray for the little ones left behind.  I think this is one of the hardest parts of the adoption journey.  We see the other children in the orphanage and you want so badly for them to have their forever families too.  Two little girls at Julia's orphange that I can't stop thinking about are Shawna and Lindsay.  (See the side bar on the left for their pictures.)  Both of these girls are nearing the age of being transfered out of the baby house.  This is just too heart breaking to think about.  Another little girl who has captured my heart is Kate (46).

She is just beautiful.  The RR families that have met her say she is a gem.  Please pray for these girls and all of the other children that are still waiting for their Moms and Dads.  Thanks so much.

Julia is doing well.  We saw the ENT specialist last week.  She is being treated for another ear/sinus infection.  The doctor also mentioned that Julia is a great candidate for ear tubes.  I sort of saw that one coming.  I think that will happen in the spring.  We have Julia's evaluation next week, to see what services/therapies she will receive.  She is starting to take some steps on her own, but we can't wait until she starts taking PT and really gets moving.  I'm sure we will need to put some gates up around the house.  This will be strange since we haven't used gates in about 6 years.

Caleb, our resident photographer, will add some of his latest photos to the blog soon.  He has a lot to pick from, so it may take a while to decide on his favorites.

Since it is Thursday, I guess it is o.k. so say, "Have a Great Weekend."

Well, here's some updated ones! Talk about Miss Photogenic :)

                        "Sleep in Heavenly Peace..."

                                The Little Ukrainian Eskimo baby

                                Snuggling with big brother :)

                        And Big Sister :)

                              And because I don't have a couple thousand dollars to buy all of the studio backdrop and lighting gear, I wish I could afford, I've been making due with some comforters, work lights and eager little siblings as models :)

Anybody in need of some family/child portraits? :)

1 comment:

  1. I think these last shots are great! Good work! :) It has to be said though, that your children do better than most would in terms of photo shoots.

    Like you, I have Lindsay and Shawna on my mind... I can't stop thinking how great it would be if they ended up as sisters somewhere. Obviously, taking on older SN girls would require quite a lot, but there must be a family out there?

    Your little Kate actually gave me the creeps- in a good way. When I signed up to be a sponsor of SOS Children's Villages, I was assigned a boy in Zambia born the exact same day as my oldest girl. And now Kate turns out to be the exact same age as my youngest boy- down to the very same day. Looking at him, it is so easy to see the small girl behind the "older girls' page"... Kate really is only a child, and she needs a family. I will pray for her with you.

    Give Julia my hugs, and tell Caleb I am waiting for pictures! :)