Friday, March 20, 2015

Picked up our beautiful princess!

Well the day came and Maureen, now Arianna Joy Walter, is no longer an orphan.  She has a loving. Mommy and Daddy, and three sisters who love her dearly! We are still in Kiev waiting for her passport so the embassy can print her Visa inside it.  She is a joy and so much fun.  I brought her size 18 month clothes, but they are way too big, so she is close to a 12 month size and she is now two years old.  I brought her some pedia sure and she loves it, so we will be getting her fattened up within the next six months.  Right now her hip bones and spine stick out, but Arielle was the same way when we brought her home, so I know she will do well.  Hope to go home Wednesday, if all goes well.  Thank you for all the prayers and financial help, she has been blessed and will now flourish and grow into a beautiful young woman of God!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Court complete......

We got home yesterday evening from Ukraine, yes I can say that now that Court is over.  All went well and now we can pick her up on Tuesday March 17th!  I could not post while there cause for some reason the internet was very shotty this time.  All other times I have never had any issues with the internet service, so it was weird.  Plus it was a very short, hectic trip.

I am pleased to introduce Arianna Joy Walter.

She is a precious little angel, so loving and cuddly and we cannot wait to pick her up and get her home.  She deserves a loving Mommy and Daddy and sisters.  I always tear up and almost cry in Court when the Director of the orphanage tells the Court that she was abandoned at birth and brought to orphanage and how she has never had any visitors or people call to check on her, visit her in person or support her in any way.  It is very sad to me that a person can walk away from such a beautiful precious child, but their loss is our gain.

Again, we want to thank everyone who has supported our endeavors through prayers and donations, we could not have done it without your help, thank you!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2nd trip soon...

Our Court date was originally March 3rd and now has been pushed to Friday March 6th.  So airline tickets have been purchased and we are ready to leave next Wednesday.  It will be a short trip, arrive, travel to region, have Court, visit the next day and then home on Sunday.  Cannot wait to see our precious baby girl again, I have missed her so much.  But I keep telling myself, not much longer and she will be home with us.  Our pick up date will be March 17th, so we are almost there!

I have been researching pediatric occupational and physical therapy in our area.  Looks like I will have to drive over an hour to Dallas to get the therapy she will need.  We currently use ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) they come to your home and help, but they cannot offer the type of services in our home that I feel Arianna is going to need.  Her little body is limp, she has no body strength at all.  When you lay her on the floor she can only hold up her head and nothing else.  Bless her little heart she cries when you put her down on the floor, but I guess if it took so much work to lay there I would cry to.

On the other hand, she loves to be held and cuddle, so I a ready for lots of that! Thank you to everyone who has supported our journey through prayers and donations, we are grateful, God bless you!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Home from first trip

We traveled home on Sunday and were happy to see our little girls!!  We will return to Eastern Europe on March 1st, for Court on March 3rd.  Nice to get home, see our girls, clean house and get organized again for trip number two.  Things will move quickly as I have a lot to do.  Cannot wait to get back and have our day in Court to officially make Maureen ours.  Thank you to all who donate and pray for Maureen and our family!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Met our baby girl!!?

We finally meet.  Maureen is such a precious and beautiful baby girl. She is much bigger than I anticipated very tall for her age.  Her birthday was a few days ago and she turned two.  She has waited a long time to get a mommy and daddy and finally her time is here.  What a blessing she is to us already and will be forever! It was a long day yesterday driving here, then meeting her, then doing paperwork, getting checked into hotel, then back to see her again, then back to hotel, dinner and finally bed.  We overslept this morning and missed breakfast, now the trick to find a place to eat for lunch and get ready for our visit of the day.  Again thank you to all who donated allowing us the opportunity to come and bring this angel home. I cannot wait until I can share pictures of this angel!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

In Country...

Just a quick update to let everyone know we are in Country! We had our appointment this morning with the Department of Ministry, looked at Maureen's file and accepted the referral. Another great piece of news, our awesome facilitators worked magic today and we actually received the written referral instead of having to wait until tomorrow. So we leave first thing in the morning for the region she is located in and will meet tomorrow! Very excited and so happy to be here so quickly.  Thank you to all who have donated financially and prayerfully,  we appreciate all of you!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Leave in 4 days!

I thought I would be nervous, but I don't have time to be! I have spent the past two days in bed with vertigo and am hoping it passes quickly. I guess if it had to hit, then this week is better than next week after we are in Eastern Europe.  I still have a lot to do to be ready to leave on Sunday.

Our girls are very excited about seeing pictures of their new baby sister, but not so much about Daddy and Mommy being gone a week. The hardest part of this trip is going to be leaving them behind for a week to make this first trip. They have never stayed without at least one us being there.  Thankfully our goods friends, whom our kids adore, have agreed to stay at our house to make it easier on the kids.  At least they will be able to sleep in their own beds.

We are so thankful to all donors to our FSP, know matter the size of the donation, it still made a difference.  We have at least reached our goal to make this first trip possible that we have to pay our facilitator fees, which is the biggest chunk of the money.  Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!