"We had a wonderful trip to
Russia. It was beyond our expectations. As usual,
everybody was wonderful. It was so nice seeing them again.
They all hold special places in our hearts. We did not want
to leave them. The girls loved seeing Russia again and
Larissa's Russian has improved greatly. We loved every
aspect of the trip from start to finish. And, Max is
wonderful. I feel like he has been in our family forever.
He blended into the family from the start. He is
intelligent, affectionate, kind, sweet-natured and loves to
laugh. He has already brought us so much joy. The Lord has
blessed us abundantly.
We cannot thank you enough.
Also, a huge thanks for allowing us to take the entire
family. We know extra people add more work for everyone.
We will always cherish this special family time in Russia.
Thank you." - Debbie.
"Thank you so much for finding our beautiful daughter, and
bringing her home. Maria is getting along wonderfully. She is
active and smart, and loves to eat. I took her to the doctor
yesterday, and she was such a little trooper. She is a very
brave little girl. She got a excellent medical report. The
doctor said that she just needs to gain a little weight, etc.
I don't think that she will have a problem doing that. So far,
she eats anything. The orphanage said that she was a picky
eater, but she does not appear to be. She is very protective
of her big brother. She pushes others away if they get near
him. (He thinks that it is great.) She gives Mama and Papa
hugs and kisses all of the time. However..... she does have
another side to her - a very definite opinion on some issues.
Particularly clothes - She has her own fashion sense and I
haven't been able to figure it what it is yet. She can throw
quite a fit if she disapproves of her clothes and/or her hair.
(I think that it is just a Russian women trait. :>) ) Thank
you again for all that you did for us, and also what you are
doing for all of the children! " - Ann
"We are so blessed to have Roman in our family now - he is
a WONDERFUL child!! And,...did they tell you how ACTIVE he
is??!!!!!! He was a little quiet in the baby home, but as soon
as we got him to the hotel, he never stopped walking/running
and babbling baby talk! In fact, he was even dancing on the
dance floor at one of the restaurants... Roman had his
first doctor's appointment today and the doctor said that he
is the healthiest Russian child she has seen so far. She said
that he was right on track developmentally in all areas for
his age - 15 months. She said he was extremely strong (as she
had a hard time holding him down to clean out some excessive
ear wax :-) - she said his strength was a sign of his good
health! Guess what? While we were in Siberia, Roman went to
the bathroom door which was closed and he started banging on
it calling "Da Da, Da Da" because he wanted his Daddy to
play!! He LOVES his daddy. They bonded immediately at the
orphanage. He loves me too and said Ma MA yesterday...but
Daddy is his buddy, his tumble playmate. Kaitlin is so sweet
to Roman. Oh, and guess what? In the airport after all of our
friends had gone home, Kaitlin says, "Mommy, in a little
while, can you and Daddy go back to Russia to get another baby
sister and baby brother?" Oh well, I thought she would at
least wait to ask this until we had Roman home for at least a
year - we had not even gotten home from the airport yet! I
know this turned out to be a difficult case, but thankfully,
we did not know about the details until after the court date.
We knew this before, but now there can be NO DOUBT, that God
brought Roman into our family. Only the Lord is powerful and
sovereign enough to have worked out all of the details of our
case. It is amazing! If a child is to be in your family, only
the Lord can work it out to bring him home. We never panicked
- we knew there was nothing for us to do, but to trust God. I
am so thankful that Roman is the one chosen for our family. It
is going to be exciting to see the plans that the Lord has for
both of our children. They each have an amazing story and I
know that God will use both of them in a great way! THANK YOU
for not giving up on our case! Thank you for trusting God,
thank you for praying, "- Kathy
"We are finally home, missed our connection in New York and
got home today about noon. I just thank you so much for all
you have done. The trip could not have gone smoother....The
Russian facilitators are absolutely wonderful. I wish i could
express my thanks in a better way but right now my brain is
numb. We love our little boy. HE is something else....you
should have seen him when we got home....I think the
adjustment will be easy. He loves his papa, and brothers, not
so crazy about me yet...but...he will be. I hope you know the
importance of what you are doing....it goes beyond words,"-