Thursday, March 31, 2016

Groundhog Day

The ground hog day phenomena has started to kick in . 

We start our day heading to the orphanage with our driver 

We go inside and wait in the visiting room for them to bring him into us 

Today he was only in two layers of clothing! Just a onesie and pjs and he was sooo skinny and tiny without all the layers ! It felt so different holding him. He is much smaller then he appears in all those layers 

We sit in the same spot on the couch so that the lady who is always visiting her twins can have the other end 

He seemed better today so thank you for the prayers. We can feel them! 

We play with him 

Try and get him to sit up for a minute 

Sometimes we try something on him , like this little hat we brought today ha ha, and he is never very amused 

But he is very cute!

We each take turns holding him 

And play with him some more 

He does not know what to do with himself when he is being held, he changes positions 100 times , 

Because he is only used to laying down on his back by himself 

His body physically does not know what to do being held 

We try really hard to get smiles out of him but he still holds back and will only give us little slivers of the smiles we know he is hiding somewhere 

And then he is usually so worn out from our attention that he falls asleep for the second half of the visit. Even in this small amount of clothing today he was sweaty and out of breath by the time he falls asleep ..... Not sure if that's heart related or just that he literally hasn't done a thing for 10 months and any little exertion of energy wipes him out ? 

Then we walk him back to his groupa door, say goodbye, and we head back to the apartment 

We have a few restaurants within walking distance that we know have English menus so we rotate for lunch or dinner and somedays we walk around for awhile before heading back to the apartment for the evening to talk to the kids back home or post here. 

And I have to say the thing that gets me through these ground hog days are all the comments from everyone back home. I sometimes read them all more then once to pass the time and also to feel at home, so thank you for taking the time to leave them! It means more then you know! We love them all!!

In our lunch outing today our Groundhog Day was interrupted by crazy animal people who literally ambushed us and forced their animals on us, then took Kyra's phone out of her hands and started taking pictures , and then they wouldn't let us leave until we paid them an overpriced fee for their "service to us" 

It was quite the experience ! 

The whole time I am thinking "get these birds off my arm!!"

And then next thing I know they put the monkey on my head ! 

Oh the memories !
 So for future adoptive families here , watch out for these guys! They trap 
You! But they did break up our routine a little today ha ha ! 


  1. Ha ha! You were probably also thinking, "Don't you dare poop on me!" Nothing like being pressured into stuff in another country. I was bullied into paying almost $10 for an apple from a vendor in Rome. Left me feeling totally scammed! Keep hanging in there! Love, love, love the pictures of Noah. He's adorable!And love your inspirational thoughts. We all need them, no matter where we are in our journey!

  2. He is just too cute!!! ❤️❤️

  3. That's something we didn't see when we were in Ukraine. So interesting!!

  4. Love your updates. I feel like I am party of your family. :) can't wait to follow little Noahs journey as he comes home. Wow. So exciting even though right now it's all so surreal for you. You'll be home soon! Hang in there. :)

  5. Ha! I'm glad you like daughter keeps giving me a hard time that I'm stalking your blog....but honestly I just want the glimpses of what is down the road for us...keeps me going as I swim through paperwork! Noah is so darling. And I'm glad you have some new recruits coming in to stay with you!

  6. Love it!! I would be thinking the same thing!

  7. Oh my gosh - that's too funny about the bird and then the monkey on your head! Haha!'

  8. So glad to hear that Noah is feeling better today! God is good! Thank you so much for posting this adoption journey. You and your beautiful family are such an inspiration. Can`t wait to see pictures of little Noah going home to his family! He is just adorable!

  9. He is such a sweet little guy. I cannot imagine what has life has been like for 10 months. Every time I clean off our kitchen bench, I think about your daughter that would put socks on her hands to clean (mostly because I think it's pretty innovative) but also that there is a year and a half of her life that you don't know about and they are still learning and observing.

  10. This post just made my day. I'm all smiles as I read it and re-read it. Little Noah certainly looks a lot better, at least from the pictures. I'm sure it will make you and Kris feel so much more at ease once you can get him into your own pediatrician, I can only imagine how you must feel. I admire your patience and faith. As for the animal adventure . . . I would have literally freaked out with those birds on my arms and I won't even talk about a monkey being put on my head. But, as you said, it's all great memories.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences! It's so interesting to read about it and see the nice pictures! It's wonderful, how you change the life of Noah! I'm dreaming, hoping, praying, that we can also adopt a child as you do it - I'm sure, there's a place in our family. But there has to happen a little wonder first, so that my husband changes his mind and agrees. All the best to you and your wonderful family!!

  12. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences! It's so interesintg to read about it and to see the nice pictures! And it's great how you change the life of Noah! All the best to you and your wonderful family!
    I'm dreaming, hoping and praying that we can also adopt a child like you. I'm sure there's a place in our family. But there has to happen a wonder first, so that my husband changes his mind and agrees.

  13. Oh My GOSH! I love the monkey tricks! FYI, they do that in Vegas & NYC too! I LOVE looking at your little boy! Can he get any cuter?!?! I can't wait to see him in person!