Saturday, March 8, 2014

I LOVE MISHA!!!!

     Our little Molly girl who continues to call herself Misha, which I found out means "Little Bear" made a complete sentence this past week.  She looked at me and said very plainly, "I love Misha!"  She does and so do I!  Misha is such a gift to us.  She is now in school and seems to love it.  This is a picture of her coming home from school.  She is wearing her harness which keeps her in her seat in the bus.  She will not keep a seat belt on!

 
She has grown an inch in just 8 weeks and gained 11 pounds!  I am trying to grow her hair out of the bowl cut she came with, thus the pigtails.  I was amazed they were still in at the end of the day!  She is not fond of anything in her hair. 
 
 
You can see from this picture of her first haircut here at home just how much she's grown.  She's grown very comfortable here and is my official Mess Maker.  She's very good at it!
 

You can see how this Misha has grown up in such a short time.  It is a great joy to watch her blossom and thrive as we hoped she would.  She is growing into all the clothes Marina Joy grows out of.  Marina Joy will be 12 in just a few days.  We will have 2 twelve year olds for seven months.  We dedicated both girls to the Lord at our church on David's birthday.  It was very special.  This picture shows  Marina Joy and Molly's legs.  She was being held by our friend Maurice as she was being very shy.  David said a beautiful prayer.  It was very touching.


 
 
We got Molly's official U.S. Citizenship certificate in the mail yesterday!!!   Misha is the fifth child we have adopted from Ukraine.  Ukraine has been in the news lately and our hearts have been so torn for their country.  The people there are brave.  They have been protesting in Independence Square since November in the freezing cold and would not go home until their voices were heard.  Tragically it led to many deaths.  The streets are covered with flowers in every place a hero has fallen.  A peace treaty has been signed, the president has fled,  elections will be in May.   Kiev will never be the same and we pray for this country that has experienced such heart ache.
 
 

 
We will be heading to Ukraine this summer to do our conference.  God has put it on our hearts to start a respite center for children with disabilities in Kiev.  David will be traveling in April to visit the center in Odessa that Dr. Irina Galina runs and to other places in Ukraine.   We know God will make our mission clearer because of this trip.  Please pray with us for Ukraine as they are struggling with a teetering economy.  We will be visiting two special needs orphanages while we are there.  We are looking for interested persons who would like to go with us on this trip.  If you would like to donate to help the orphans you can use the Father's Heart link to do so.  May God bless you!!!
 
 
As you can tell it's been several days since I wrote this.  I've had no success with getting it published!  I'll add some new pictures of the girls and try again.
Marina was singing Happy Birthday in this picture!  She sings a lot!!!!
 
 
 
 
March 2nd was a very special day in our house.  Our Marina Joy turned 12 and our Emily Rose turned 19!  We've had Emily since she was just 7 weeks old so we've gotten to celebrate every one of her birthdays with her.  She's such a wonderful child and we feel so blessed to have her.  Even though Marina turned 12 this year it was only her second celebrated birthday.  We celebrated ALL DAY!!!
 
 
 
 
 
These last two are of us laying hands on the birthday girls and praying a blessing over them.  We've been doing that as long as I can remember and they all look forward to it. 
And the last one - Misha praising the Lord in church.  It didn't come naturally to her as it did to Marina Joy but she joins right in now.  What a joy!
 
Goodnight everyone!  Hope this time it lets me post!  God bless!
 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Blessings Galore!!


     We are having so much fun with our newest gift from Ukraine!  Molly arrived with her dad on November 8th,  just two days before Jack's 17th birthday.  Dave left on the 19th of October to pick Molly up and thought two weeks would do it.  It should have.   A mistake was made on the passport which kept them there another whole week.  David spent that time bonding with our girl, feeding her and winning her heart.  She always preferred me on our trips there but she found out how FUN dad is and what a good cook too!
She just couldn't believe ALL that food was
 for her!!!
 
    
 
Molly has been home six weeks now and has learned many new words and signs.  One of her
favorite is EAT of course!  She has picked up the signs for STOP and BEAUTIFUL GIRL too!  She
doesn't respond to the name Molly but calls herself "Misha" which means "little mouse" in Russian.  She is a little mouse too so we call her Misha a lot.  She is so happy to be here and we are thrilled to have her home with us at last!!!
 
This was taken two days after she got home.  It was Jack's birthday and we were at a picnic for Special Olympics.  She did so well with all the people there.  She charmed them all!
 
Miss Molly was hanging onto my hand as she was very shy and apprehensive.  Those days are gone believe me!  She is still shy but busy exploring her new world.  She doesn't want to sleep at all! 

Molly loves to look out the front window when the kids leave for school.  I think she'd like to be with them but not yet.  We're working on getting her enrolled but love having her home with us.  We need time with our Misha. 

Today is very special because it is one year since Marina Joy has been home!  She has grown so much it's amazing!  She has gained 16 lbs and grown almost 4 inches in this short time!

                                                    



  Marina Joy and Molly were put in the same baby house and transferred at the same time to a Level Four in Znemenka.  Their birth names were both Marina and they slept in the same pod.  They are six months apart in age with MJ being the youngest although Molly looks like she is the younger one.  Molly is only 3 ft. 5 inches and weighs 45 pounds.  She has gained 4 pounds already!  What she needs to do is grow taller!!! 


Here they are sharing a room again but it has windows and it's pink and pretty for these two princesses!  They have their own dressers full of their own clothes and a closet full of pretty things that don't have numbers on the front of them.
 
 
Isn't she pretty in pink? 
 

Our Marina's in their forever family.  Sisters at last.....  We are so blessed, blessed, blessed!!!!


                                                          



                                       MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL THE DAULTON'S!!!!!
 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What a day!!!


     The day finally arrived!  Our baby girl, our only birth daughter, getting married!  We had two weeks to prepare for the big day once we got home from Ukraine.  The alterations got done, the shoes were bought, matching ties for 5 guys....the list went on and on.  We took three helpers with us to get us through the rehearsal dinner and the wedding.  It was a job getting 8 kids clothes, shoes, toiletries, plus our clothes.  We almost left my dress!!!

     We arrived on Friday just minutes before the rehearsal at 4:30.  All the kids needed to come as most of them were in it.  Emily was a junior bridesmaid.  Jack and Philip had baskets of programs that they gave out at the door.  Anya had the guestbook for everyone to sign.  Tom and Ben walked me down the aisle.  They were all so proud to be a part of this wedding.


















    Dave had the best job of all, walking his baby girl down the aisle.  She was radiant and joyful as every bride should be.  I couldn't take my eyes off of her.  She only has eyes for Bryce and I hope someone took a picture of him seeing his bride. 
 
The program was absolutely wonderful.  The scripture reading was from Song of Solomon.  Dave and I had just bought a wedding picture with the scripture on it that was used in the wedding.  It was a God thing.  Liz picked the song, A Thousand Miles by Mark Schultz, one of our favorite artists.  We were so pleased!  Dave said a blessing over the couple.  There was not a dry eye in the house!
 
After the wedding the photographers took our pictures again because we missed some people on the first try.  Can't wait to see the one of all the Daulton children except Molly.  Dave goes to pick her up on the 19th.  One of the many thoughtful things they had at the reception was a memory table.
 

So Brian and Daniel and my parents photos were on display with others from Bryce's family.  It was a sweet touch.
 
It says, "We know you'd be here today, If heaven weren't so far away"
 
The reception was so fun!  They had a great DJ, a photo booth for the young and young at heart to have their pictures taken with silly props.  You got to keep a copy and they glued the other copy on a scrapbook page.  What a great idea!
 
I did not know where our table was but I figured it was the one with the coloring pages!  They had crayons on top of a page with a bride and groom riding off into the sunset.  One of the neat things they did was after the traditional bouquet toss and garter toss they did a teddy bear toss for the kids!  My great niece caught the teddy bear!
 
 
Dave and Liz danced to Butterfly Kisses and I don't know how he got through it.  I was a mess!  He said he and Liz talked the whole time and he didn't even hear the song.  That's how he did it!

 
 
One of the great things about a wedding is seeing relatives.  All four of my sisters made it there which made everything sweeter!  Three of my sisters and my niece Mandy were in an automobile accident on the way to the wedding on Friday night.  It was raining horribly and there were a lot of accidents.  They hydroplaned across three lanes of traffic, never hit anyone, and ended up facing traffic.  The guardrails stopped them and people were whizzing by.  A lady in an SUV stopped and called 911.  She told the girls she was going to pull her SUV out so traffic would have to go past her.  She waited for 911 and then left.  They never got her name.  She was an angel.
 
This is a picture of me and my sisters at brunch the morning after.  Such a good time was had by all!
 
 
Dave leaves this Saturday to pick up the last Daulton kid!  We are still short by a few thousand and could use your help.  Thanks for coming on this journey with us!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Day to Remember

    
     We had been in country for 24 days waiting for court.  Time is not the same in Ukraine and I'm not talking about the time difference.  They move to the beat of a different drummer for sure.  They always seem puzzled by our fixation on schedules.  Time is unhurried there.  BUT we had changed tickets twice, our plane was leaving the next morning at O Dark Hundred and we needed to be on it!  Our Philip's much anticipated 17th birthday was in two days and we needed to be there!  This didn't seem to make much of an impression.

     We were told by our facilitator who knows a little English,  that court would be at 11:30 or 12:00.  That came and went and no word.  We went down to see Molly before she became officially ours. 

 
She calls us Mama and Papa but doesn't understand what that really means.  How could she?  She's never had a family.  The orphanage director came down with us to Molly's room and posed with us.
 
 
Tatiana is a wonderful woman and a great advocate for these kids.  We went back upstairs to her office to wait and wait.  She got busy signing papers so we were hopeful that court maybe would really happen after all.  We were looking through pictures and found a publication with Molly's picture on it.  She was just a baby!
 
 
 
At four thirty Tatiana motioned for us to come with her.  We have no translator so we mainly smile at each other and play charades.  She had a car and motioned for us to get in.  We went on the very bumpy roads to get to the courthouse and our facilitator wasn't there.  He is Tatiana's son however so we knew she was in contact with him.  They at least can talk to one another!  We were more than a little relieved when we saw Andre pull up with our translator and social worker.  Whew!!
 
When we were waiting in the hall our translator, who they used when we got Marina Joy, told us that it was a holiday in Ukraine.  Guess what it was?  Adoption day!  She told us it was an official day of Hope and Love in Ukraine.  How about that???  God did have a plan after all!!!
 
Court was in the same small room with the same nice judge.  He smiled as he went through the documents and saw all our children.  We amuse him.  He did say that Molly had never had a visitor, that no one cared for her at all.  I remember hearing those words nine months ago when we adopted Marina Joy.  Both girls are from the same baby house.  Molly was transferred there at the age of 3.  They've always known one another. 
 
We got the decision at six thirty.  Marina Joy and Molly are now sisters.  Fourteen children, two call heaven their home but 12 are left here with us.  Six boys, six girls.  Perfect!  We are so blessed!
 
Thank you all for going on this journey with us.  We aren't done yet!  David goes back for Molly on the 19th.  We had to get our fingerprints redone last week.  Hopefully they'll make their way to Ukraine next week.  Our daughter Liz is getting married this Saturday.  What a busy blessed life we have!  Thank you for your prayers and your support!  If you would like to donate to help us bring Molly home you can do so on this page.  God bless you all!!
 
 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Because



     Because the internet connections are spotty, because the prompts are in Russian, because I have little to say, I haven't updated this blog in quite awhile.  We are 21 days in country now and I swore I'd be home by now.  I was determined not to have another stay like last time, 26 days, and here I sit.

     The good news is that court is on Monday!  We have hung in waiting for court because I cannot come back with David to pick up our little one.  I cannot leave the kids again for two weeks.  Last time our Ben was in the hospital most of the time we were here.  It was miserable, trying to be brave and praying for a good outcome.  This time our Ben has been a model child our caregivers tell us.  We are so happy to see signs of growth from Ben.  All our children seem to grow up when we are away.  It'll be so good to see them!

     We had to change our tickets again which cost a lot but what can you do?  The Lord went before us though and because we met a matching grant we had the money to change tickets two times.  He is so good!  Dave still needs the money to come back here in two weeks so we continue to pray for provision.  We will fly in the day before our Philip's 17th birthday!  He is so excited about this birthday and we cannot miss it!

     Our little Molly has bonded very nicely with us.  We are happy to spend time with her each day.  She is a precious one who deserves a chance at life.  Can't wait to watch her blossom and grow. 

 
 
God bless you all for praying for us supporting us.  Please share our story with your friends!  We are not done yet.  ALMOST! 
 

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Waiting Game

     We've been here a week now and the wheels do move slowly!  We had a few nice days last week that we got to visit with Heather/Molly and the other kids outside.  It was great to see the kids outside enjoying the fresh air!  The kids remember us from past visits and are quick to gather around and play.  They like our camera's very much and are constantly posing for pictures.  We have been impressed with the level of care the staff gives to these kids.  They are so well taken care of here.

     We built the first playground here back in 2005 courtesy of our friends from Play Mart.  Nathan Beach was a friend from church and heard about this orphanage and our mission to it.  We told him they had nothing but a couple of tires coming out of the ground to play on.  He took it to his parents, the owners of Play Mart ,and we met with them.  They told us they would love to fulfill the director, Tatiana's dream of a playset  for her children.  They graciously gave them a $19k playground which Dave and friends put up with the help of many workers.  Many years later there is a regular playground for the children as others have come alongside this orphanage to help them.

 
I have pictures of the other playground now but I have not been able to download them yet.  Sorry.  We are without internet access most of the time.  We come to our home away from home, The Food Gallery, for WiFi which sometimes works!  It is life in Ukraine!
 
We should hear very soon about when our day in court will be.  We are trying not to be anxious and to enjoy our time here.  It is hard, as any of you know who've done international adoptions, to be away from the children at home and all the things you should be doing!  We are now raising money on a $500.00 matching grant.  We still have about $350.00 to go!  Please read this and donate if possible.  Share our story with your friends please!  Here are some pictures of our girl who turned 12 on Friday!  She is the size of a four year old now.  God bless you !
 
 
 

 

    

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Six days and counting!

     We are blessed!  This Sunday the sermon was all about the blessings of God with a capital B!  Pastor Dan talked about how our Heavenly Father wants to bless us even more that we want to bless our own children.  For those who are parents, you know there is nothing that gives you more delight than hearing your children squeal with delight at Christmas when they open that "perfect" present.  It blesses us so much.  Maybe that's why God loves to bless us.  He wants to see our delight with His gifts. 
     My husband and I have been working hard on making our youngest biological child, our only "homegrown" girl, delight in the present we got for her bridal shower.  It wasn't another gadget from Bed, Bath and Beyond or a new couch or a big ticket item.  It was a gift from our heart.  When she opened the scrapbook we put together of her life she was delighted. She said she couldn't read the message her father wrote her on his page because her eyes were blurry.  Ah, that's what we wanted.  All those long nights finding pictures, scanning them, looking for just the right one.  It was worth it.  Our girl has a book filled with pictures of her with every sibling, all 13 of them. 
     Liz was with us for every adoption except marina joy.  She had been living on her own by that time for 10 years.  But she has pictures of her with every sibling, "homegrown" and " handpicked" in this album.  Family is so precious and we wanted her to have her old family with her as she enters into her new family.  We will always be family.
     
 
 
This picture is our First Family.   Our precious children.  Our gifts.   Brian, the blonde haired, blue eyed boy on the left now lives in Heaven.  He was our gift for 4 years but gave us gifts to last a lifetime.   When he died a part of us died too.  I suppose he is part of the reason we began adopting.  You see, when you lose a child you never quite see life the same way.  It becomes more precious, more urgent, more miraculous.
 
And this is our Second Family.  Our precious children.  Our gifts.  Tommy, the third boy in the back, hidden by his sister Anya, is one of the "homegrown." gifts. Our sweet boy born with Down Syndrome.  I suppose he's the other reason we began to adopt.  When you have a child with Down Syndrome you never look at life the same way.  After you get over the first shock you find life is sweeter, more magical, there are more reasons to celebrate.
 
And this is the darling we're going to get in just six days!  I love this picture of her.  I'm hugging her so hard she's cross eyed!  Heather/Molly is almost twelve, probably the size of a three year old.  She'll be 12 in September.  We've known her since she was nine.  When I first saw her in the institution we work with, I thought she was a mistake.  Surely they have to be five to come to a place like this.  This girl looked to be two.  She had a bonnet on.  They assured us she was nine.  Unreal!  We look forward to her coming home and blossoming just like all the others have.  Marina Joy has been with us for 8 months, grown over two inches and gained over ten pounds.  It's such an honor to be able to watch them grow and thrive.  
 
Please help us bring our sweet girl home.  She's a sweet girl who has captured our hearts.  Please give if you can, if you feel led.  We feel sure God will provide.  He gives such good gifts!!!