Three Years!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2012 by heart4kids


It’s now been three years since the sisters arrived in our home. They have all been maturing in many ways and we are proud of them! Interestingly, there is still a fourth sister still in Ukraine who we can’t stop thinking about! She would be 9 years old now. They were all separated when the little one was a baby. We recently found an address where we think she is in foster care, so we are going to try to send her a letter.

Two year anniversary

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2011 by heart4kids

The great outdoors!

On February 14 we celebrated two years since the girls arrived at our home.  Time flies!  It’s been fun to see them mature.  They really enjoy going hiking.

What could be more fun than trying on wedding dresses at the thrift store!

Exploring the wilderness

Remembering Ukraine

Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 by heart4kids

We're a happy family!

It was exactly two years ago that Melissa and I, and Trevor, traveled to Ukraine to finalize the adoption process. We had no idea that we would spend a whole month there in order to finish! Nor did we know that it would take three more months until we actually got the girls home. Nothing is ever as simple as advertised!

We are all still adjusting to life together as a family, but generally it has been a positive and educational experience for each of us.  The girls are proud of their American identity, and we almost never hear them speaking Russian anymore.  (Although people often say to them, “I love your Russian accent!”)

Eleven years old

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 by heart4kids

Today Karina turns eleven years old.  This little girl has been through a lot of dramatic changes in her short life!  She continues to spread cheer and goodwill everywhere she goes.  We are blessed to have her in our family! It’s amazing how one little person can have such a huge influence on so many people, but Karina is responsible for saving her sisters and changing our whole family for the better.

It has now been 15 months since the girls arrived in our home.  It’s getting hard to remember now what our life was like without them.  We still have a big job ahead of us as we continue to discover how much they don’t know about life.  It seems like many of the common sense lessons we learned as kids that we take for granted, they still haven’t learned yet.  Melissa is showing a wonderful amount of patience as she mentors them. They generally have a positive, appreciative attitude and contribute a lot to the family. I know that the time and energy we invest in these girls is well spent.

All my favorite girls

Family time

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2010 by heart4kids

Our home is often a busy place, full of people and activities.  It’s extra fun when Ian and Ari come to visit.  The girls often reflect on how nice it is to belong to a family and be loved and accepted.  As they learn to communicate better in English we continue to learn more about their past.  We hope that we can make up for some of the experiences they missed when they were younger.

At a birthday dinner for brother Trevor

Hiking the hills

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2010 by heart4kids

We discovered a great place to hike on the Santa Rosa plateau, not far from our home.  The girls love climbing and exploring.  It’s a good chance to get fresh air and exercise.  I think they never had much experience with nature before joining our family.

We thought this rock looked like a big animal of some kind

Flying high

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2010 by heart4kids

It’s nice to have a brother who flies airplanes! Miranda and Karina went for a ride with Luke for a tour of the area. Thanks Luke!