Saturday, June 28, 2008

Every Little Bit Helps

First of all I would like to thank you for stopping by. Off to the right you will notice a chip-in meter. Please consider donating $1, $5, etc. toward our adoption funds. We realize that we are the ones who chose adoption, but help us bring our little girl home.

Many have said "What are you trying to do save the world". No, we are just trying to give someone a family who otherwise would not have this opportunity in life. Could you imagine this?

We thank you for your support and hope we will have our little girl home soon.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Were going to do it....

I have started the phone calls today. We are going to proceed with adoption. Please think of us and hope everything comes together.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


So many emotions, so many ups and downs. That pretty much explains the feeling of adoption. My DH and I have been on both sides of life. We have experienced the birth of our two children, the death of our son, and the joys and sorrows of adopting two beautiful boys from Russia.

Adoption was not a new thought in our lives. Back in 1995, my husband had looked at adopting domestically as we were told that we would never have any children of our own. At that time the pricing through Catholic Social Services was $10,000. We definitely could not afford that at the time as we each made $4.50 an hour. So, we decided we were going to get a dog...

As we were waiting for our new puppy to be born, we found out that we were pregnant. We had defied the medical community. 9 months later our beautiful daughter was born. Danae you are the light of our life.

In 1999, we decided that it was time to have another child. We again were told that we would not have another child. After surgery to remove my right ovary, I found out that I was pregnant with our son. In early 2000, our son Dayne was born and was all boy. Tragically, in November 2001 our son left this world and is now playing in God's garden. We miss you Dayne. If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

Whew what a blow. At points in your life, you think you are at the top of the world and in charge of everything. Wrong!

In September 2004, I ran across Adoption Ark website. At that time, you were able to sort by boys and girls and age. I ran across a picture of a little boy. I showed Dave and that was all she wrote. We completed all paperwork, home study, etc. In early January 2005, we were off to the Kemerovo Region of Russia, to meet our little boy. After visiting our new son, we waited 17 weeks in between trips and finally in May 2005 we were able to bring Draysen home. From day 1, Draysen fit perfectly into our family. We have not experienced any troubles with Draysen. He does have a little speech delay but, he has come a long ways in the last year. He starts Kindergarten in the fall. My baby...

In mid 2006, we felt the calling to adopt once again. We signed up with Lighthouse Adoptions (Hi Lorien) and we were off to the Mari El Republic of Russia on July 4th. We waited six weeks between trips and in August we brought home our son Devin. The honeymoon was over. It has been a very challenging two years, each day is a struggle, but we keep going and show as much love as we can.

Well guess what, I am feeling the urge again to adopt again. Of course the same questions are out there, where are we going to get the money. Who knows. Any ideas - anybody out there that has won the lottery and want to help us on our journey? Yah right.

More thoughts to come.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Our life has been a wirlwind of adventure. Throughout our 17 years of marriage - my husband (Mr. NWA) and I have had many up and downs. We met in Rapid City, SD. I was going to college and he was in the US Air Force. We married in 1991 and I became a Air Force Wife. We quickly moved into new base housing and I enjoyed the perks of military life. The commissary, medical assistance and such. This only lasted for six months as Mr. NWA's term was up. He transferred to the Wyoming Air National Guard and his travels began.

Now, speeding to the present we are living in Arizona and enjoying the gorgeous warm weather. We have three children and never a dull moment to experience. We are struggling with our youngest son. Roman was adopted from Russia in August 2006. It has been a very rocky road and I am not sure that I see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are trying and hoping that one day things will change.

I am off to CPE for the next two days and gaining all the new tax knowledge that I need for awhile. Well maybe a month or so...

Take care.

Friday, June 6, 2008


I would like to welcome everyone to our new blog. We are soaking up the sun in Arizona and looking at each day as an adventure. I am a proud mother of three children. Two of our children are adopted from Russia. I have been married to my husband for 17 years and it has been a ride. I will be posting about our adoption journey, the precious side of life, and of course our family adventures. Happy reading!!!!