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My husband and I, the Dynamic Duo, have been married since 2003. We've weathered the storm of chronic disease (diagnosis 2006), infertility (diagnosis 2007), turning 30 (2006/2007 respectively) a first adoption (2009) of a tender hearted, compassionate Ukrainian BIG boy (born 2006), who has told us he'd like a baby sister, baby brother, big brother, and REALLY big sister. We recently completed our second Ukrainian adoption journey, which brought us a daughter (born 2005). We'll see what else God brings our way!

Monday, March 30, 2009

What you've all been waiting for...

This is the day we brought him the sweet cheese and juice. Do you see how he's holding the cup? That's typical of orphanage children. He's making sure no one steals his juice. Look at that expression...he's not really sure about us at this point.



This is Maxim behind the wheel at 3 years old. Isn't he a little ham? This is our first venture outside.

Here he is with the Ooff (his way of barking). It's been through a lot, but he loves it.

We were visiting with him earlier today. He likes to dig through our plastic bag to see what goodies we've brought him. We've figured out he doesn't really like the sweet cheese. But he LOVES juice. Out of all the things we bring with us, his favorite is an unopened plastic travel sized tissue packet. Dave gave him an opened tissue packet, but he placed it in the bag and dug out the unopened packet. Interesting. He also loves to draw and color, so we're going to go to the store today and see if we can find a few things for him to play with.

Igor is gone. He's running around getting all our paperwork in order. Woohoo! He's going to leave us in a few days, and I'm sad about that. He was good company and very informative. But we're within walking distance of everything we need, so there's no need to get a taxi, and the flat is safe. This area seems to be very tolerant of foreigners adopting, so we're confident things will go smoothly. My mom will be coming sometime in the next month to help me take Maxim home (I'm going to keep calling him that until we get home so there's no confusion), and I'm really looking forward to that. Sometimes you just want your mommy, even at 31.

10 comments:

Jeri said...

What a beautiful boy! What a lot of families do to help with the name transition is to use his new name as his middle and call him both: for instance: (I'm just making up a name here with Maxim) Maxim Evan. After a few weeks or so, drop the Maxim, he'll already be used to the other. Congratulations!

Alan said...

Maxim is sweet, congratulations!

Christine said...

Oh, Max is so precious! THanks for sharing!

Monika and William said...

Oh...just adorable, and all that beautiful blonde hair!

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

Absolutely Precious!!!! I can tell your excitment just from reading your post. Slava Bogu!!

Vince , Shelly and Maddie said...

What a cute little guy! We're glad to read that things seem to be going pretty good so far. We hope and pray that continues.

We were officially submitted today. If you have time to answer the following, we'd appreciate it: How long from when your official submission to when you received your travel letter? Just trying to get an idea of timelines here.

Anonymous said...

How Awesome is God. I can't believe that I found your blog again and boy I have been missing out on your life events over the past several months. You were on my heart today and I have been praying. I am so excited for ya'll. Can't wait to hear more. Love you and praying for your adoption, bonding/adjusting and travels home. Love ya lots!

Malisa

adopting2fromUkraine said...

Wow! I missed when you updated everything and just now catching up. Maxim is adorable! Congratulations!

June

MamaPoRuski said...

Fabulous pictures! We brought two CD cases of TV series and movies! If you have internet with a laptop you can watch TV on BeeTV in English. A lot of old movies and cartoons, but it is better than nothing!

Tami said...

What a sweetheart, Congratulations!