Thursday, November 12, 2009

Yes we've made it home.

We made it back to sunny CA on the 29th. Gracie (Olga) was an amazing traveler. She managed to endure three flights with only a 2 hour nap. I was a whimp compared to her. Anyway, she was able to finally meet the rest of the family and is still adjusting. As far as the run of the house, she has that down. She is everywhere and into everything. I forgot how five year olds behave. She is going to keep me in shape.

Gracie, has been helpful too. She understands when you ask and show her what you would like her to do. She has been helping me with her big sister Emily. She likes to help me put lotion on Emily after her bath. Emily, does NOT like this but Gracie doesn't care, she helping.

We have been home for 2 weeks now and I'm still getting into the groove. I know things will settle down and I will get back into a routine. For now I just want to thank God for His faithfulness. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around what has happened over the last month and that He would so graciously entrust Gracie to us. It just amazes me! This whole journey has been overwhelming at times but we are so blessed. Gracie, is showing her thankfulness too, she says her prayers before meals and at bedtime. Even if it is putting her hands together and making whisper sounds, our King hears her.


  1. What a sweet girl! So glad you are home.

    Jodi Lewandoski
    Adopting 'Hunter' on RR from Ukraine

  2. Your daughter is just beautiful! I am in awe of your family, what a blessing sweet gracie will be :) hugs!!

  3. Your daughter is beautiful! Congratulations!

    Could you email me? I'm interested in more information about adopting from this particular institution.

    Much love~Stephanie @ Ralphcrew

  4. I’m holding a $1 challenge over at, on the countdown to Christmas. Kiril is a little boy with significant special needs who has been waiting on Reece’s Rainbow for a long time, and has been bedridden in an institution for over 6 months now. My goal is to get as many people as possible to come and donate just ONE dollar to Kiril’s RR grant, and then pass this message on to just ONE other person of their choice.

    Apart from people I know well, I’m contacting 50 people whose circumstances I’m not as familiar with - so if you’re in the middle of an adoption etc, I obviously don’t expect you to donate. But *please* pass along this message, whether you can give yourself or not.

    Thank you and Merry Christmas!