Archive for January, 2010

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

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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!

The Girls’ first Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2010 by heart4kids

 

The sisters enjoyed being at a Christmas banquet

 

This was the first time that these girls experienced a real Christmas.  In Ukraine  Christmas is barely noticed.  You can see holiday decorations like trees and Santas, but they are all about New Years.  Christmas is officially on January 7, but is very down-played.  We had to explain to the girls that Christmas is the celebration of the birthday of Jesus.  They were very happy to hear that!  They have each made a decision to follow Jesus.  

They had lots of fun helping with the decorations.

As a result of a generous gift the girls got to attend a performance of the play "The Grinch."

 

Visiting sister-in-law Ariana

 

Christmas morning with cousin Madelynne

Christmas cookie party

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2010 by heart4kids

 

Miranda trys her hand at cookie production.

 

One day Melissa decided to show the girls how to make cookies.  They experimented with several different types of Christmas cookies.  The girls had so much fun they didn’t want to stop.

Jessica displays some of her creations

 

Karina's Christmas helicopter

 

 

 

The best part of cookie making is sampling all of them. They got help from cousins Madelynne and Conner, and our neighbor Autumn.

First Thanksgiving

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2010 by heart4kids

 

Preparing the Thanksgiving feast

 

We enjoyed explaining to the girls the meaning behind Thanksgiving.  They all enjoyed participating in the preparation as well as the eating.  We had a house full of people and all three girls found it to be very exciting.  We all shared about things we are thankful for.

We shared a big feast with friends and family. Brothers are always trying to spoil otherwise nice photos. (Thanks Ian.)

 

Karina shows off some of our holiday decorations. (What's the deal with brothers anyway?)