Saturday, March 15, 2014

Time Flies

Today is a pretty amazing day. Rumyana & Doychin have been home with us for 1 month. It's hard to believe it's been a month already. Where does the time go? Things are going well. We have been busy with lots of doctor appointments - it seems we have way more than we did when Milana came home. It could be that there are two of them. Who knows?

Today is also an amazing day because Milana has been home for 3 1/2 years!!! It just doesn't seem possible. She has grown so much - well she's gotten a little taller anyway ;)

It really has been an amazing journey so far with all three. They are all so very different from one another. It is amazing to see the changes over time. Doychin is getting brave and exploring more. Rumyana is tolerating Nix more. Milana - well...she still thinks she runs the place. We didn't give her the nickname "the Queen" for nothing. Seriously though, Milana is talking more and more, she is learning and can read several words. Pretty amazing for a child who was written off by so many.

More to come later.  I've got children crawling all over me! I love it :)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Gotcha Day - February 10, 2014

On Monday February 10, 2014 we were able to bust Rumyana & Doychin out of their orphanages once and for all. Our first stop was Rumyana's Orphanage. We were greeted by the Orphanage Director with a big smile. All the Caretakers who were working were all gathered in a room with Rumyana and the other children. All were saying their goodbyes to her. 
While they said their goodbyes Chris & I sat with our translator (Dimitar) and the Orphanage Director. There was a ton of paperwork to sign and even more things to go over. She (Orphanage Director) gave us the run down of ALL of Rumyana's medications as well as a 10 day supply.
After all of the paperwork was out of the way we got to go in and see our girl. We were surprised to see that they had the photo album and all the toys I left for her on the first visit in September ready and waiting to go home with her. They also had presents. She was given a little bear that her favorite caretaker bought for her. They made her a little photo album of her with them in the Orphanage. She also was given a few other things. It was all very sweet. Probably the sweetest thing was the card that Rosi wrote for Rumyana. I cried as Dimitar read it to me.
One of the things that was shared with us was that Rumyana was baptized. Most of the Orphanage workers are Orthodox Christians. They gave us her baptismal certificate. (We were quite surprised to hear she had been baptized).
As we were getting ready to go they asked us if we brought clothes to change Rumyana into. We told them we did and they looked and seemed a bit sad. We said we didn't want to take clothes that another child could use. They then told us they were here clothes and no one could use them. So we kept her in the clothes from the Orphanage (which made them all smile). We attempted to put on the sneakers we brought for her, but they didn't fit. So...we traded the new sneakers for her shoes she wore there. They also threw in her inside shoes as well. Yes, I did say her inside shoes.
After a long and teary good bye at Rumyana's Orphanage (and promises to email pictures) we were off to get Doychin.



Doychin's Orphanage was much different. I'm not sure who greeted us, but it wasn't anyone quite as cheery. A worker waited with us and our translator while the Social Worker got paperwork ready for us to sign. At one point they brought Doychin out and then they took him away again.

The Worker asked if we had clothes for him and as we pulled them out she just shook her head and told our translator that it was all way too large. I did mention to our translator that we got the sizes based on the measurements they had sent us. (We had even returned all the much smaller clothes  that we had gotten after receiving the information about his height/weight). Oh well.

After shaking her head at the too large clothes for a few more minutes the caretaker finally decided the socks we brought for him were acceptable and she took those back to wherever Doychin was. When they finally brought him out he had on a long sleeve shirt, boots, and snow pants. They would not put him in any of our clothes.

We signed some paperwork so that we could take him out of the Orphanage. One worker brought him a toy as a going away gift. They also gave us back our photo album we left for him of our family. They included several pictures of him. A baby picture, a picture of him on his 2nd and 3rd birthdays, etc. We were excited to get this gift. (We also got a cd with pictures of Rumyana on it). These are real gifts as we do not have any of that for Milana. Just one baby picture they gave us at our SDA appointment.

After signing the paperwork they also decided the coat we had just wouldn't work. So...they gave us one from the Orphanage and we gave them his brand new coat. The Social Worker looked a little confused, but just rolled with it. (She was so very nice)!

Finally we were able to get out of there and head to the medical appointments. Before leaving (both orphanages) they poured water on the ground for us to walk over. I wish I could remember what it means, but it was such a crazy day I don't. It's something they do for all families leaving with their children.


Our next stop was the medical appointments. First each little had to have blood drawn. Easier said than done. Neither of them have good veins and it was a pain to get blood. They ended up getting it from their little hands :(   Rumyana screamed like a crazy lady as soon as she saw the needle.

We got to cut in line ahead of everyone waiting to see the doctor. (This was nice). The appointment itself was pretty uneventful. The doctor basically copied information from the paperwork I had brought with us (that was given to us by the Orphanages). He checked their height/weight, listened to them breathe, and that was about it.

When we got back to the hotel we were ready to relax a bit. Both Doychin and Rumyana were wiped out from the long day. When we went to take Doychin's snow pants off (let me just interject here and say it was at least 60 degrees outside) we noticed that he had NO pants on under the snow pants. And they were upset with me because we would have had to roll up the pants we brought?? Seriously???

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Matching Grant AND Tastefully Simple Fundraiser!!!!

Before I get to the awesome opportunities we have been blessed with to help raise money for our adoption I want to thank everyone involved in this Matching Grant Opportunity. I also want to thank our fabulous Tastefully Simple Consultant and our Family Warrior and all of you out there who have shared our story, donated, prayed, etc. You are all amazing and my family and I are so grateful for all of you!

Thanks for letting me get that out of my system :)

We have recently been given two amazing opportunities to raise money for our adoption! The first is a MATCHING GRANT!!! The matching grant is for $450 and will be deposited into our FSP once it reads $7070. Donations to our fsp are tax deductible. You can make a donation and help us reach our goal by clicking on this link: www.reecesrainbow.org/sponsorwojcik

The second opportunity to raise money for our adoption is through our TASTEFULLY SIMPLE Fundraiser! All you have to do is place your Tastefully Simple order between now and February 10th and a percentage of all sales will go towards our adoption! Go to tastefullysimple.com/web/kjaco and enter Jennifer Wojcik at Checkout!

Thank you all so much for your love and support!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Woo hoo!!!

On Thursday (January 30th) we got our travel dates. As I checked my email for what felt like the millionth time I paused and just prayed - please, please, please let our travel dates be there. I opened my email and there they were. An email saying "I hope you can travel quickly!"
We had our hotel and flights booked long before dinner time.  So excited we got our dates! I can't wait to go get my babies and get them home so that we can all be together.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Waiting is Tough

I'm sure I have said this before, but I have been awful when it comes to blogging this time around. When we adopted Milana in 2010 I blogged about EVERYTHING! I remember taking pictures of our dossier when I sent it off to Ukraine.

Maybe it's the same as having your first child. You take tons of pictures, you are extra careful, etc. When the next one (or in my case 2) comes along you don't take as many pictures and/or videos and careful has gone out the window because it isn't scary anymore.

I don't know if it is the same. I just know with Mila I feel like I blogged about anything and everything. This time around I feel like I can't keep up with blogging with work, the kids, and all the adoption stuff. Maybe that is just an excuse, but it is my excuse and I am sticking to it. I will try to be better.

At this point there isn't much to say. The only thing we are doing now is waiting. And waiting is TOUGH stuff! I am not good at waiting and that is simply because I have ZERO patience. I was doing well for awhile, but now I am just antsy. I just want our travel date to come. I want to know when Chris and I are heading out of the country to pick up our kids and bring them home! I think just knowing when will make things a little easier.

In the mean time I do have a ton of things to do. Like prepare for the kids arrival. We have a ton of stuff to get still - diapers, highchairs, carseats, etc. We also have to get rooms ready. We have to fundraise for the rest of the adoption as well. So there is enough to stay busy between all of that, work, and the daily things with the kids. Regardless of how much we have to do waiting is still TOUGH!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Court Today & Exciting News

Wow! I can not believe our court date FINALLY came. This has been such a long exhausting month. Our car broke down and was beyond repair. So here we are adopting two kiddos and we need a new car. We also had lots of sick - Milana had strep. I had bronchitis.Milana had surgery. (She had her tonsils and adenoids out and new tubes put in). Riley also got in on the sick action. As I said, it has been a long, exhausting month.

There was also the waiting. The day we found out our court date was amazing - other than that was also the day we found out we needed a new car. So through the sick and the car issues we continued to wait. We woke up this morning expecting an email about court. We waited for what seemed like forever. Finally the amazing Shelley emailed me around 12:30 to tell us our adoption was granted! Oh this was amazing news! Our little ones are finally ours!

Now we have some more waiting to do, but we are another HUGE step closer to our little ones! We hope to travel in 4-6 weeks to pick them up and bring them home FOREVER!!! We are all beyond excited.

The day got even better when we found out that Sevenly is once again supporting Reece's Rainbow. This time they are supporting families that meet a certain criteria. WE are lucky enough to be one of those families. Here is the link to this week's sevenly campaign:
http://www.sevenly.org/campaign/reeces-rainbow/

Here is a list of the families that will benefit from this campaign:
http://reecesrainbow.org/category/s14

Please consider supporting Sevenly and these families. Adoption is amazing. It truly is! It is also very expensive. It seems things always break when you are adopting. In addition to us having to get a new car we've had to replace our upstairs heat. Our upstairs AC has broken - fortunately we don't need it right now. We've also had a few other things break. You get the picture. It is always something. It is just the way.

If you are interested. Here is the link to the angel tree kids. Some have found their families and many, many others are still waiting. Maybe your little one is there. Or maybe there is a little one you want to put a little something in their grant fund. I know their future family would really appreciate it!
http://static.reecesrainbow.org/angeltree2013/


Friday, November 29, 2013

Counting My Blessings

I was sitting here drinking a cup of tea and enjoying the quiet - well quiet for my house. Chris is napping and Milana is loving life as she is playing upstairs with her sisters in their room. So here I sat sipping my tea and enjoying a piece of my friend Renee's delicious toffee. As I sipped my tea I got thinking about how blessed we have been in our adoption journey. 

I cried out for help a few weeks ago. Within minutes I had one friend start up a Damsel in Defense fundraiser for us. All I did was ask for fundraising ideas and she messaged me right away with this amazing fundraiser! A few minutes later another friend messaged me telling me that her adoption was almost fully funded and asked if I would like the items she was going to auction off. She mailed them to me the next day. Another friend started a chocolate fundraiser for us while she was still in her son's country picking him up. Not even done with her own adoption and here she was helping me with mine!

I've had a friend bid on the majority of my auction items when there were no other bids. I've had friends donate to our fundraisers, auctions, fsp, etc. I am just so grateful to all of those who have been helping us throughout this incredibly exhausting journey! I hope everyone knows how much I appreciate them for their roll in supporting us!

We still have such a long way to go. Right now we need about $11,000 to be fully funded. I know we will get there. I would like it to be sooner rather than later, but I know we will eventually get there.

Just last week as I was starting to stress a bit I had an unexpected surprise. A friend/co-worker started telling me how she wanted to help us raise money for our adoption. I was so caught off guard when she started to tell me all about her idea. Then of course I started to cry! (I'm pretty sure she thought I had lost my mind).

So today I am counting my blessings. Each and every person who has donated, prayed, listened, sent kind thoughts our way, or shared our story YOU have been a blessing to us!. Thank you for being such a blessing to us on this journey. It can be tiresome. In the end it is so very worth it! It helps to have you all along for the ride with us. Thank you all so much!

***The quiet did NOT last. As I typed I had children either talking to me or jumping on me. One was trying to climb through the tv. If I was rambling - and I usually am - I blame it on the kids and the dog too. He has now joyed the mayhem :)