Monday, July 14, 2014

The days are packed!


     We've had such a busy July and it's only getting busier!!!  Last weekend we had the pleasure of driving to Pennsylvania to the town both Dave and I grew up in for my 45th reunion.  It was a great getaway!  We loved seeing old friends and family.  My four sisters live in that neck of the woods and we had a great get together.

 
 
They met Dave and I at our favorite restaurant in Olean, the Beef and Barrel.  What a fun time we had there!  It was a wonderful afternoon with my sisters I miss so much.
 


     That night we attended my 45th reunion which was so much fun!  Didn't get any pictures though.  Too busy talking I guess.  It was great to reconnect with old friends.  We really do have a great class!

          We were able to share at the Believer's Biz luncheon on Thursday on our way out of town.  Our dear friend, Jenny Jensen, who was our keynote speaker two years ago in Ukraine came to speak at the luncheon.  Jenny is affectionately known as Jenny The Jewel.  She has Down Syndrome and is a walking testimony to the power of the Lord. 

 
 
We are home long enough to wash our clothes and pack for Ukraine.  We leave on Friday!!  The Zach Hardison band did a benefit concert for our trip while we were away.   We heard it was great fun and we're sorry we had to miss it.  Thanks to the Zach Hardison Band for blessing us with this concert and thanks to all those who came out. 



     The reports about Ukraine are dismal and it breaks our hearts to see what is happening to their land.  We are so blessed to have the freedom we have.  Our friends in Ukraine are happy we are still coming even when their country is in an upheaval.  We will be in central Ukraine far away from the unrest so don't be worried  but do pray for us!  Pray that our conference will minister the hope these people so badly need.  We are still raising money any way we can so please remember us in your giving and in your prayers.  We will be gone from the 18th to the 28th and will tell you all about it when we get back.  God bless you for your support.     In His Name,  Janie and Dave


 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ten and counting



     I am not talking about another adoption this time.  We have nine and the inn is full!!  In just ten days until we leave for Ukraine for our annual missions trip!    So much to be done.  We are busy making plans for our few days in Znemenka.  We are going to do a camp for the special needs kids in the Level Four we've been working in since we first saw it in 2002. 

     What a sight met our eyes that day.  We were in Kiev to adopt our Vanya aka Philip at the baby house.  I asked the question,  "where will they go when they age out?"  Our driver was willing to drive us the five hours to the village of Znemenka where even the pastor who met us at the orphanage wouldn't go inside. 

     I've written about it often because the images have never left me.  The kids languishing in their beds with only rags for diapers.  The "fish soup" that smelled to high heaven and the bottles propped up to kids mouths who were trying so hard to drink this foul brew.   When they choked because it went down too fast the bottles (which were old vodka bottles with homemade nipples) were taken away.  The bare bulbs hanging from wires in the ceiling....it was all so appalling to me.  I cried for a half and hour when we left.  And that's why we go back.  We couldn't leave it the way we found it. 

     God has directed our steps on every trip and allowed miraculous things to happen.  We were able to put in their first playground in 2005 and have been able to bring many teams there and call attention to this place.  The director, Tatiana, is still the same loving woman who does everything she can to get support for this orphanage.  She has done wonders.

 
The orphanage will always hold a special place in our hearts.  We have watched the kids grow up there.  The first adoption was as recent as summer 2012.  Most people adopt from the baby houses and the kids in "Tatiana's Place" are anywhere from 5 to 30.  We were adoption number three when we got Marina Joy.  We got Molly in 2013 and there is another girl that will be adopted from there soon.  I remembered when Tatiana asked me if I thought anyone would ever adopt her kids way back in 2002.  At the time I couldn't imagine it but now it is happening.  Praise God!
 
After we do camp in Znemenka we will travel to Kiev to do our fourth conference.  Tatiana will be one of the speakers along with many other Ukrainian doctors, pastors and teachers who have done ground breaking work in Ukraine for the special needs population there.  It will be Ukrainians showing Ukrainians how to make a difference.  It will give hope to a large group of people who are hopeless.
 
 
 
They come from all over hoping to find help in their isolation and they find others just like them who can help guide them in their wilderness.  They bring their special needs children and we provide child care and coffee breaks and pizza!
 
 
 
 
We have many volunteers who come each year to help us with the technology, the childcare, the refreshments and interpretation.   When I tell you we are doing a conference I do not mean we are just going to Ukraine to speak somewhere.  In fact this year we will probably not even get to speak as there are so many Ukrainians who are eager to share their knowledge. 
 
 
 
What we have to do is pay for the marketing, the university we use, the refreshments, the translators, the speakers housing and transportation if necessary and of course PIZZA for everyone!!!  We pay our friends who are setting all this up for us and doing all the groundwork and this all comes to a pretty penny.  We believe this conference is the culmination of the work we have done in Ukraine all these years.  We are hoping to find a home for a Respite Resource Center in Kiev and people to begin this work in country.  It's a dream, a big one, but we have a big God.  He specializes in miracles and we need plenty!  Please consider helping us as we go to help these dear people who need hope.  There is a Father's Heart button on this blog that you can use to give a donation.  Please help us be His hands and feet today!  God bless you all!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Already?

     Where did this past year go?  I know many of you echo my sentiments.  Time sure has flown by here in our household.  We have been very busy this year with our nine kids and all the activities we're involved in.  One of the things we did this spring was join a Challenger League.  It turns out that our kids comprise most of the team.  We are the Hot Rods!

 
 
What fun we've had!  This picture was taken on Mother's Day weekend at the Challenger tournament.  The other two players were sick that day so the Daulton's took the field.  It's the first time Marina or Molly have ever played softball.  They are getting the hang of it!
 
Six of our kids competed in bowling at the state games this year!  Three of them got medals and three got ribbons.  They were so happy to be there with their friends!
 
Our newest girl, Molly, has been home with us eight months now.  She went to see her endrocrinologist today who is keeping an eye on her growth.  She is such a shrimp!  She has grown an inch and a quarter in four months though.  We are hoping for lots more!!!!  The Dr. assures us she has lots of time to grow.
 
 
Molly celebrated her first Easter with us.  It was a great time! 
 
 
Molly started school in January and has learned so much.  Her sister Marina Joy is in the same class and they are doing so well.  Marina Joy got an award for the World's Best Helper and Molly got an award for the World's Most Humorous!  They are a great pair!
 
Dave and I will be heading back to Ukraine in July for a short term missions trip.  We are traveling with two friends this year, Jeannie Turner and her daughter Alicia.  We will be putting on a vacation bible camp for our friends at Znemenka.    This building holds over a hundred special needs kids.
 
We have been working there since we saw the dismal conditions there in 2002.  It has improved so much and we are in love with the wonderful people there. 
 
From there we will travel back to Kiev for our conference.  This will be our fourth conference and will have all Ukrainian speakers except for Jim Peipon but he's been living there for 10 years so he's an honorary Ukrainian!  Here's a few shots of last year.
 
 
The conference is held on Saturday and lasts ALL day.  We always feed our friends PIZZA for lunch!
 
 
 
Our friends from Almaz Church have been very gracious to volunteer every year.  The folks that come to the conference every year are so attentive.
 
 
 
This year our goal is to start an interest group for a Respite Resource Center in Kiev.  It is only a dream now but we have a big God and He can make that dream a reality.  The people who have disabled children have little or no support in Ukraine and a center is very needed in Kiev.  We have seen other centers in various parts of Ukraine and know it can be done.  Would you please pray for us?   It is more than we've ever taken on before but feel it is time.  Please consider partnering with us in this endeavor.  You can support us by donating on the Father's Heart button on this page.  Thanks so much for praying!  God bless you!!!
 
Janie and Dave Daulton
 
 

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!