Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New yuri pics

And they are SO cute!! He has grown up so much.

Check out Michelle's blog for the latest dose of cuteness!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Connecting the Rainbow

4 years ago today this beautiful baby was born. He was born with something extra special, a third 21st chromosome. Learning your baby has Down's Syndrome is a crushing blow and I can't imagine with that information coming the recommendation to give that beautiful baby up. To hear how they are worthless, how they will never amount to anything and will only make your life, which is already difficult to say the least, harder. To hear that there is almost no choice in keeping the baby that you carried inside you for 9 months. I don't know what exactly happened when Bohdan was born but I can't imagine that it was easy for his parents to give him up.

We are so blessed in America so have the support systems that we have in place for those with special needs. There is so much we take for granted here like... handicap ramps and parking,  our support groups like the Down's Syndrome Associations, the readily available therapies such as Early Intervention not to mention how it is not a rare thing to see those with a special need out in public. Where Bohdan is from none of these things are true. There aren't ramps at the end of the sidewalks, and you never see anyone with a special need out in public. Not to mention the fact that life is very hard there. Many parents struggle to feed their children and give them to the orphanage just so they know their children will get fed. Can you imagine making that choice?

So why am I telling you this? One thing I LOVE about Reece's Rainbow is that they not only strive to find homes for children with special needs in these countries but they travel to Bohdan's country every year to educate and teach people about DS. The more information this country has the more easily they will be able to set up support systems which will allow more children with SN to stay with their families in their own country. How cool is that!!

By giving to Reece's Rainbow Voice of Hope fund you are helping to Connect the Rainbow. Please consider this this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hodge Podge

As I was going through my pics looking for the pics I had taken of Shawna and Lindsay in the orphanage I came across this pic of Bohdan. This was less than a year ago. Look at how small he was!! I digress.

I have GREAT news!! Remeber Lindsay and Shawna from the boy's orphanage? Well their Momma and Daddy are getting ready to head over there to meet them. Their SDA appoinment is the 14th of December. Here is their blog if you want to follow along. http://livingonhopeandprayers.blogspot.com/
Please pray for them.

I got to spend just a little bit of time with these girls and let me tell you, they are precious! Shawna is such a HAM!! She just kept posing for the pics and smiling and smiling!! I'm so excited to see these girls come home!

This is Valentin. He was transfered to the boy's room a few days before we busted the boys out. His family is on their way to go get him. Their SDA appointment is December 22. I'm so exctied to see another child get out of  THAT room. If you would liketo follow along as his family travels to him here is the blog. http://www.findingthea.blogspot.com/

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful! I hope you all had a great one as well. I didn't get any good pics though. We have had some new developments though...... Drum roll please!!!!
Caius is eating ALL his food by mouth!!! Thank you Jesus!
Bohdan is pulling up to stand on EVERYTHING!
Caius is also pulling up to stand but is still crawling like a frog.
Bohdan is doing better about quad crawling and is building up his muscles. Which is why his pulling up is such a BIG deal. He doesn't have trunk muscles to support himself but he is working on it!!
Now we are working on both of them drinking liquids! Bohdan refuses to hold his own cup.

Ok I know this is supposed to be a blog about the babies but... Look at this pic! Josh and I got away last minute for a weekend so we went to Wolf Creek, Colorado and it was amazing!! The conditions were fabulous and we even remembered how to board even though we hadn't been on our boards for 8 years!! It was such a blessing to spend a few days alone with the love of my life!