GOTCHA DAY

Court Date

Thursday, December 25, 2008

WE WILL BE ON OUR LOCAL NEWS TONIGHT

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

WE WILL BE ON OUR LOCAL NEWS TONIGHT TALKING ABOUT AVA AND THE ADOPTION. THE NEWS HAS BEEN FOLLOWING OUR STORY SINCE OUR FUNDRAISERS.

CBS12.COM OR WFLX.COM PALM BEACHES.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

PRAYERS FOR MY MOM

I have not told too many people that my Mother has been sick for about 6 months. She was having a hard time eating and the Dr's found a tumor in her esophagus. Last week her potassium levels were extremely low so they couldnt do any test. She is due to have a ultasound next week again depending on her tests. She may need chemo but we dont know yet. She is down to 80 lbs because she cant eat.
I am planning to go out to visit herin Dallas within the next month. Please pray for her.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

AVA GOT HER EARSPIERCED

WELL LAST NIGHT DAN & I WENT TO HIS CHRISTMAS PARTY. MY REALLY GOOD FRIEND JENNA HAS BEEN WATCHING THE BOYS SINCE THEY WERE IN DIAPERS SO I FELT COMFORTABLE GOING FOR A LITTLE BIT. AVA GOES TO SLEEP AT 8 PM AND IS DOWN ALL NIGHT SO SHE DIDNT EVEN KNOW WE WERE GONE.

TODAY WE WENT TO THE MALL AND GOT AVA'S EARSPIERCED. SHE DID VERY WELL CRIED FOR A SECOND. THE STUDS ARE PINK, I WILL POST A PICTURE TOMORROW WHEN I GET A CHANCE. SHE IS DOWN FOR A NAP AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO A PLACE CALLED HOFFMANS'S CHOCOLATES WITH SOME FRIENDS, THEY DO A BIG LIGHT DISPLAY AT CHRISTMAS TIME AND WE GO EVERY YEAR, ITS OUR TRADITION. SORRY FOR SUCH A SHORT POST, I WILL POST MORE SOON.

NAP TIME FOR MOM

Thursday, December 18, 2008

1 Week Home

What a week it has been. Ava has her check up at the Dr. She got two shots, and was fine but started to run a fever after, but we gave her motrin and she was fine. She sleeps well through the night from 8 pm - 8 am. I wish I could sleep like that.
Ava also got her blood work done last night. Since Dan works at the hospital I took her in and had one of our friends draw the blood, she did okay cried of course but thats expected, but after I picked her up she stopped crying.
We go on a walk every night with Ava and look at the christmas lights. I will post a picture of our home, we decorate a lot outside,
This weekend we will be taking Ava to get her ears pierced, and try to get picture with Santa. Dan bought her the most adorable velvet christmas dress. We will be trying to get some pictures this weekend so we can send out our Christmas cards (Late) and our Annoucements of Ava. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE ISRAEL FAMILY

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

5 days home


Hi Everyone.

Ava is good. She just doesnt like to be put down or left alone. She is growing like a weed. The boys are loving her, Zachary our youngest especially. He takes her on walks in the stroller in front of our house and he reads to her and plays. He cant stand to hear her cry. Today she wouldnt take a nap at all. She will be going to bed early tonight. We are all doing good. Just tired. I will post pictures.

Have a Great Day!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Sunday, December 14, 2008

3 Days Home.......

Hello Everyone!

Everyone here is the Israel house is doing very well. Ava is adjusting okay. She has now become scared of our Great Dane "Lady" I would be too. Lady comes up to her and just licks her and Ava screams.
Ava has a little bit of attachment issue, let me reitterate that a BIG Attachment issue. She wont go to anyone but me. She is getting better but if she see's me forget it. Its been a little rough cant get much done. I know its only been 3 days but its seems like weeks and months at times. Ava had a really rough day today didnt want to nap and cried. She has to be attachedto my hip or she cries. I cant even put her down to play. Dan is off tomorrow so that will make life a little easier until this weekend.

Thank you to everyone that commented about Candy our Dog. She will be missed a bunch!

I will post pictures tomorrow if I have a chance. I got the cutest pictures of Zachary and Allen feeding her and of Ava sitting watching TV in her brother Allen;s lap. TOOOOOO CUTE !

Friday, December 12, 2008

WE MADE IT HOME! GOOD AND BAD NEWS

I WILL START WITH THE GOOD NEWS. WE MADE IT HOME, AVA DID OKAY ON THE PLANE RIDES, SHE SLEPT FOUR HOURS ON THE FIRST TRIP AND THE SECOND PLANE SHE SLEPT THE WHOLE TRIP 1 HOUR AND 30 MINS. IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE BACK. AVA DIDNT SLEEP WELL LAST NIGHT SO I JUST PUT HER DOWN FOR A NAP WE WILL SEE HOW THAT GOES HER MORNING NAP WAS A FIGHT.

THE BAD NEWS IS OUR OLDEST DOG CANDY IS 9 LOOKED EMASIATED WHEN WE GOT HOME SO DAN TOOK HER TO THE VET AND SHE HAD A TUMOR WHICH THAT IS WHY SHE WOULDNT EAT AND WAS LOOSING WEIGHT. SO WE HAD TO PUT HER DOWN TODAY. THE BOYS ARE AT SCHOOL AND WILL BE HOME IN A HOUR AND DAN AND I HAVE TO BREAK THE NEWS TO THEM THAT THEIR CANDY GIRL PASSED AWAY AND IS WITH GOD NOW. I KNOW THEY WILL BE DEVISTATED, WE GOT CANDY WHEN I WAS PREGNANT WITH ALLEN, WHEN SHE WAS 6 WEEKS OLD.
SORRY SUCH A SHORT POST BUT LIFE IS CRAZY RIGHT NOW. I WILL POST MORE SOON.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

We were next to the Building as this happened today.

Russian News
Send to friend | Print version December 10, 2008, 19:29
Two killed in Moscow building collapse
Two men have been killed and a number are reported trapped under the rubble after the ceilings and walls of a six-storey apartment building collapsed in central Moscow.

The building on Starokonyushenny Pereulok, near Moscow’s Old Arbat, a popular tourist destination, collapsed at about 3 pm on Wednesday.

Emergency services say eight people have been pulled out from under the debris, and two have been taken to hospital.

One person has been confirmed dead and two others are believed trapped, said Yevgeny Bobylyov, a spokesman for the city’s emergency services.

Rescuers say the building was undergoing renovation, and no one was living there at the time of the collapse.

It was not immediately clear if the casualties were building workers.

Police say they will investigate whether building regulations were broken.

LAST DAY IN MOSCOW .......GOODBYE RUSSIA HELLO FLORIDA

WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE GOING HOME. IT SEEMS THAT WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR MONTHS. AVA IS REALLY DOING GOOD WITH DADDY NOW. SHE HAS WARMED UP TO HIM. AVA IS ALSO ANSWERING TO HER NAME. BECAUSE HER NAME WAS SO DIFFICULT TO PERNOUNCE THE ORPHANAGE CALLED HER ANNA.
TODAY WE WILL SAY GOODBYE TO SOME FRIENDS WE HAVE MET DURING OUR STAY IN MOSCOW. THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT HAS MADE THIS TRIP INCREIDABLE. UNCLE BRENT THAT HAS TAKEN OUR BOYS FOR THE 3 WEEKS DRIVING THEM TO NJ AND DRIVING THEM BACK(HE WILL NEED A VACATION WHEN WE GET HOME) ALSO TO MOM & BILL (DANS PARENTS) FOR TAKING THE BOYS FOR THE WEEK IN NJ, PAULA & BRIAN FOR WATCHING THE HOUSE, ALEX AND KARI, GWEN & JASON AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT HAS MADE THIS TRIP POSSIBLE BECAUSE WITHOUT YOU AVA WOULDN'T BE AN ISRAEL.

OUR FLIGHT LEAVES MOSCOW AROUND 110PM MOSCOW TIME AND ARRIVES IN ATLANTA GA AROUND 5 PM, THEN WE GO FROM ATL TO PBI AND ARRIVE AROUND 10PM.

WITH LOVE FROM RUSSIA
GOODBYE COLD RUSSIA HELLO WARM FLORIDA

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

TUESDAY DECEMBER 9 TH 2008


2 MORE DAYS AND WE GET TO GO HOME.........................
HOME SWEET HOME WITH MY WONDERFUL HUSBAND, LITTLE ANGEL AVA, AND WE GET TO SEE OUR HANDSOME BOYS.

TODAY WE WENT TO THE AMERICAN EMBASSY AND GOT AVA'S VISA TO ENTER INTO THE UNITED STATES WHERE SHE WILL BECOME A US CITIZEN AS SOON AS HER FEET TOUCH AMERICAN SOIL (ATLANTA , GA) ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 11TH.
DECEMBER 11TH IS ALSO THE 10 YEAR MARK SINCE DAN AND I MET.
THIS TRIP HAS OVERALL BEEN GREAT! I HAVE HAD A REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE HERE IN MOSCOW. I CANT SAY I AM SAD TO LEAVE BUT THIS HAS TO BE THE GREATEST SECOND HONEYMOON FOR DAN AND I.
ANYWAY.....
NOW THAT ALL THE PAPERWORK IS DONE UNTIL WE GET HOME WE CAN SIT AND RELAX UNTIL OUR FLIGHT. I THINK AVA WILL DO FINE ON THE FLIGHT SHE HAS BECOME PRETTY COMFORTABLE WITH ME AND A LITTLE BETTER WITH DADDY. SHE POINTS TO DAN IN THE PICTURE BOOK AND SAYS DADA DADA. IT MELTS DADDYS HEART AND MINE AS WELL.

WITH LOVE FROM RUSSIA

Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday .....3 Nights Left YAY


Today Dan went to the Embassy with Ava's passport, all documents required for your appt to get her visa. Our Appt is tomorrow at 2 pm with the embassy. They will issue Ava's visa to enter into the US.

Allot of people ask why we had changed her name. Her given name at birth by her mother was Akbermet Typaymamatobha Sadieva. Exactly why we changed her name. I cant even spell it. We are not sure what the meaning is but we think its from Kyrgyzstan.
We decided to name her AVA which means "LIFE".
Just wanted to share a little history.

Well hope we get everything done by tomorrow. We leave Moscow Thursday. THANK GOODNESS ! I AM READY !

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Weekend in Moscow


Ava is getting use to Dan little by little. i cant wait to go back home, i miss my boys so much. I will update this week coming up, as we get Ava's visa and get ready to depart Moscow.

With Love From Russia

Friday, December 5, 2008

FRIDAY IN MOSCOW


HELLO EVERYONE

WELL LAST NIGHT WE MET STEPHANIE, DENNIS & CASSIDY (KRAS REGION) AT STARLITE CAFE REALLY GOOD HAMBURGERS AND FOOD. I GAVE AVA SOME INSIDE OF FRENCH FRIES SHE LIKED THAT. NEW TASTES

AVA WENT DOWN AT 730PM LAST NIGHT AND WOKE AT 5 AM THIS MORNING. I HELD HER FOR A LITTLE BIT AND SHE FELL BACK ASLEEP UNTIL 6AM. SO I GOT UP FED HER AND WE PLAYED FOR A LITTLE BIT, AND SHE GOT TIRED AGAIN SO SHE WENT DOWN FOR A COUPLE HOURS AND SO DID MOMMY AND DADDY. IT HAS BEEN RAINING MOST OF THE DAY.
WHEN SHE WOKE UP SHE WAS STANDING LOOKING AT ME AND BABBLED SOMETHING AND I WOKE UP AND SHE SMILED. IT WAS PRECIOUS. SO WE ATE AND THEN PLAYED AND PLAYED SOME MORE.
AVA WAS A LITTLE WARM AND WE DIDNT HAVE A THERMOMETER SO WE GAVE HER SOME MOTRIN WHICH MADE HER TIRED SO SHE SLEPT ALLOT TODAY.
FINALLY AROUND 2 PM SHE WOKE HAPPY AND WE PLAYED MORE. DAN GOT BACK FROM GETTING HER PASSPORT AROUND 5PM. SO WE GOT READY AND WENT TOO SABARO'S PIZZA WITH PATTI DAVID AND THEIR LITTLE BOY DANIEL. IT WAS GOOD! I WAS SO HUNGRY. THE FOOD HERE IN RUSSIA IN NOT THE SAME. SO SUGGESTIONS TO ANYONE WHO IS TRAVELING HERE BRING MAC & CHEESE, CEREAL, TOP RAMEN ETC.

THAT'S ALL FOR NOW. WE WILL BE GOING HOME THURSDAY, WE CANT WAIT!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thursday December 4th


Ava slept all night from 830pm -7 am. She did better than me. I woke up and checked on her all night, its a mom thing.

Anyway this morning Dan went with Olga to get passport for Ava, then they will pick us up to go get her medical. She is doing well, Better than I thought. She is still a little hesitant with Daddy but that will take time.
Ava is taking her morning nap now so I can have a little time to relax and get some things done.

Thanks to everyone for all the Comments, Love & Support. We couldnt have done it without you.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

GOTCHA DAY ! HERE IS AVA



WELL WE DID IT. WE HAVE OUR LITTLE GIRL. SHE IS SO GOOD. VERY QUIET FOR NOW....
I AM SURE THAT WONT LAST FOR A LONG TIME. WE GOT HER VISA PICTURES TODAY AND TOMORROW SHE WILL HAVE HER DR EXAM THEN WE WILL GO DO HER PASSPORT THINGS AND EMBASSY STUFF.
AVA TOOK A BOTTLE NO PROBLEMS AND HAD BABY FOOD. SHE IS A GOOD BABY.

WE WILL UPDATE WITH LOTS MORE PICTURES SOON.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

...GOTCHA DAY ! ...........................

TODAY IS DECEMBER 3RD GOTCHA DAY! WE DIDNT SLEEP WELL IT IS 730 AM AND WE HAVE BEEN UP SINCE 530AM. WE ARE HAPPY, NERVOUS, SCARED, ALL THE ABOVE. WE WILL BE GOING TO THE ORPHANAGE AROUND 1130 AM TO GET AVA, THEN WE NEED TO GO GET HER VISA PICTURES. I WILL UPDATE TONIGHT.

WITH LOVE

TUESDAY IN MOSCOW



CONGRATS TO ANGELA AND ROBERT ON THEIR COURT DATE TODAY.
DAN AND I WOKE UP AND WENT FOR A WALK AROUND THE CITY WITH PAUL ( AMERICAN FRIEND) AND ENDED UP AT THE MARRIOTT GRAND HOTEL AND ASKED WHERE THE STARLIGHT DINER WAS. IT IS A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN FIND REAL AMERICAN BREAKFAST. SO WE REALIZED WE HAVE PASSED IT 4 TIMES AND NEVER KNEW IT. DUH! IT IS RIGHT NEAR THE Маяковская‎/MAYAKOVSKAYA METRO JUST SOUTH OF THE METRO IN THIS COURT YARD AREA THROUGH THIS LARGE GATE. THEY HAVE 4 AROUND THE CITY. THIS ONE IS BY TVERSKAYA. ADDRESS IS 14C7 SADOVOYE KOL'TSO OR LOOK ON THEIR WEBSITE STARLITEDINER.RU.

SO I BELIEVE WE WILL GET AVA TOMORROW THAT WHAT OLGA OUR TRANSLATOR SAID AND WE WILL NOT GO UNTIL AROUND 11 AM AFTER HER NAP SO SHE ISNT SO CRANKY. WE HAVE TO GET HER VISA PICTURES DONE TOMORROW THEN WE HAVE TO MAKE A DOCTOR APPT WITH AN EMBASSY OKAYED DOCTOR TO HAVE AVA GET EXAMINED THEN WE GET HER VISA TO GO TO THE USA AND PASSPORT.
I HOPE THIS DOESNT TAKE TOO LONG.

WE WILL UPDATE TOMORROW.

APRIL DAN & AVA IN MOSCOW

Monday, December 1, 2008

IT LOOKS LIKE WED. WE WILL GET OUR LITTLE AVA


SO WED, WE WILL BE GETTING AVA AND GOING TO GET HER VISA PICTURES DONE AND HOPE TO GET HER PASSPORT STUFF DONE. I DONT KNOW HOW LONG EVERYTHING WILL TAKE BUT WE HOPE NOT LONG.

TONIGHT WE WENT TO DINNER WITH ANGELA,ROBERT ( MOSCOW CITY FAMILY), JUSTIN, DONNA& ALAYNA (TVER REGION. WE HAVE MADE SOME GOOD FRIENDS HERE IN MOSCOW. TOMORROW WILL BE OUR LAST DAY BEFORE AVA COMES HOME TO THE APARTMENT WITH US. I HOPE ALL GOES SMOOTH.

I WILL UPDATE TOMORROW NIGHT OR WED NIGHT IF POSSIBLE.


WITH LOVE FROM RUSSIA

MONDAY IN MOSCOW

SORRY I HAVENT POSTED OUR INTERNET HAS BEEN DOWN SINCE SUNDAY NIGHT. ITS FINALLY WORKING. DAN AND I DIDNT DO ANYTHING EXCITING TODAY WE JUST WAITED FOR THE I.T GUY TO FIX THE INTERNET. WE WILL BE GOING TO DINNER WITH DONNA JUSTIN ALAYNA AND MAYBE ROBERT AND ANGELA. WE WILL POST MORE LATER.

APRIL & DAN

Foreign adoptions down in Russia as foster care grows

Foreign adoptions down in Russia as foster care grows

Fewer Russian children are being adopted abroad, although the number of total adoptions in Russia is declining, figures show. The statistics point to a complex future for the country's orphans as the government struggles to implement additional means of foster care even as it tries to encourage more Russians to adopt.
According to the U.S. State Department, which released figures for the 2008 fiscal year, the number of foreign children adopted by Americans fell by 12 percent.
In 2008, there were 17,438 adoptions for abroad, while there were 19,613 in 2007. Much of this decline is due to fewer adoptees from Russia and China. Although Russia has not yet released statistics for 2008, the numbers from previous years confirm the trend.
There were 6,689 foreign adoptions in 2006, and only 4,536 in 2007 - a decline of over 30 percent - according to statistics provided by the Ministry of Education and Science, which is responsible for developing adoption programs and legislation in the country.
The United States is the chief destination for Russia's foreign adoptees - in 2006, American parents adopted 3,468 children, making up well over half of the total number of foreign adoptions.
But these numbers do not indicate that Russians are adopting more children. Of the adoptees, the share of those who remain in Russia has increased - from 7,767 in 2006 to 9,537 in 2007. But overall adoptions decreased in 2007 by about 3 percent. Indeed, the number of adopted children peaked in 2004 at 16,434, and has been declining ever since.
This is explainable by foster care programs. While adoptions declined, there has been a rise in the number of children in new, alternative foster care initiatives. Whi­le not adoptions formally, these included various kinds of foster care in which a child lives with a guardian or a family that is paid by the government. There are at least three kinds of foster categories apart from adoption. Although the government officially considers adoptions the best option for orphans, it has opted to develop these programs to bring down the number of children without parents.
Since 2006, more stringent laws regulating foreign adoptions have gone into effect. According to Yekaterina Bridge of the World Association for Children and Parents, that has meant more paperwork.
"In 2007, adoption agencies were getting accreditation based on new rules, and that has led to fewer adoptions," she told The Moscow News.
"The first accreditations were received only in June, 2007, and this caused a delay."
Explaining the decline in the number of adoptions, Bridge cited alternative forms of foster care, but noted that these forms had their drawbacks.
"Local officials in the provinces are wary of developing foster care because of the money issue. They fear children could be taken advantage of for the government subsidies."
While she said her agency was supportive of the government efforts to develop newer forms of foster care, she cited the latest figures for children without parents as "staggering."
As of December 31, 2007, 171,044 children were listed in the official adoption data base.
Officials acknowledge the need to encourage more Russians to adopt.
"Adoption is the top priority in placing children with families," says Alexandra Ochi­rova, who chairs the Public Cham­ber's Commission on Social and De­mographic Policy.
"But the statistics do not show that the problem is being solved. Since not enough children are being adopted, other forms of foster care are being offered."
Ochirova does not believe that foreign adoptions will solve the problem, however.
"There are various points of view, and the interests of the child should be put first," she told The Moscow News. "But I believe that this problem should be solved inside the country. This doesn't mean we should have a ban on international adoptions, but considering the demographic situation, it would be good to make the population better prepared to adopt Russian children."
Ochirova says that raising awareness, advertising, and easing bureaucracy would lead to more adoptions. There are many Russians willing to adopt, she says, but they are daunted by the bureaucratic process.

LOVE

Love... bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - 1 Corinthians 13:7
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves."-- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7