GOTCHA DAY

Court Date

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I KNOW I HAVE BEEN A BAD BLOGGER.....


SORRY FOR THE DELAY IN UPDATING OUR BLOG. LIFE HAS GOTTEN HECTIC WITH A NEW LITTLE ONE AT HOME. WHILE SHE NAPS I FIND MYSELF DOING LAUDRY AND CLEANING.

AVA IS REALLY GOOD. SHE HAS STOPPED EATING SO MUCH, I GUESS SHE FINALLY KNOWS THAT SHE CAN EAT THROUGHOUT THE DAY. SHE HAS GOTTEN A LITTLE ATTITUDE ABOUT HER JUICE, THATS ALL SHE SEEMS TO WANT AND WHEN I TAKE IT AWAY SHE HAS STRUCK ME HITTING ME, WELL I NIPPED THAT IS THE BUD REALLY FAST. SHE IS REALIZING WHO IS BOSS. SHE IS STILL REALLY ATTACHED TO MY HIP, I CANT SEEM TO GET MUCH DONE BECAUSE IF I LEAVE THE ROOM FOR A SECOND SHE SCREAMS. I HAVE PUT HER IS HER PLAY PEN WITH TOYS AND NEAR TV AND SHE STILL SCREAMS AND BOY OH BOY IT DOESNT STOP UNTIL I PICK HER UP.

AVA HAS STARTED TO TAKE A COUPLE STEPS BY HERSELF AND I BELIEVE SHE WILL START WALKING SOON MAYBE A MONTH UNTIL SHE FEELS COMFORTABLE WITH HER FOOTING, SHE STILL TRIPS OVER HERSELF BUT LOVES TO WALK WHILE HOLDING MY HAND.

WELL HERE ARE A COUPLE PICTURES FROM THIS PAST WEEK. SHE IS GROWING LIKE A WEED.

BEST OF LOVE FROM FLORIDA

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Ava's Fever is getting better

So for the last 3 days Ava has run a high fever. This morning Ava woke and was good until after her nap she had 103.9 fever. We took her to the Doctors yesterday and we think it is a throat and ear infection so she is on anitbiotics. Right now she is doing better, but she is still wiped out. She is staying asleep through the night and I dont know if that is because she is so use from soothing herself in the orphanage.

My mom has had her fist dose of Chemo and is doing radiation everyday for the next couple months. Thank you for all your prayers it means allot to me. As I am close with my mom.


Lord please heal my Mother and anyothers who are in pain at this time.

Monday, January 19, 2009

6 WEEKS HOME.......ALREADY

WELL NEEDLESS TO SAY TIME GOES BY FAST. I CANT BELIEVE AVA HAS BEEN HOME 6 WEEKS. SHE IS DOING WELL. SHE HAS LEARNED HOW TO SAY "HI" SHE BLOWS KISSES GOODBYE AND CAN WAVE HI AND BYE. I HAVE BEEN SAYING THESE WORDS IN ENGLIGH AND RUSSIAN SO EITHER WAY SHE KNOWS WHAT WE ARE SAYING.
AVA WILL START SPEECH THERAPY AND THERAPY TO HELP HER WALK. THIS IS PAID FOR BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA IF INS DOESNT COVER IT WHICH IS AWESOME, THE PROGRAM IN FLORIDA IS CALLED EARLY STEPS. SHE WILL START THAT SOON.

THIS PAST WEEKEND DAN AND I WERE IN OUR FRIENDS WEDDING, DAN WAS THE BEST MAN AND I WAS A BRIDES MAID. WE HAD ALOT OF FUN. AVA STAYED HOME WITH UNCLE BRENT BECAUSE HER BEDTIME. AVA MET VICKI AND GREG WHICH THEY ADOPTED 3 FROM KEMEROVO.

AVA HAS STARTED A FEVER OF 102.00 TODAY THE FIRST TIME SINCE GETTING HOME. SHE IS STILL VERY HAPPY AND PLAYFUL. I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

ASLO MY MOTHER HAS STARTED HER CHEMO AND RADIATION TODAY PLEASE SAY PRAYERS FOR HER.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

GO EAGLES !




AVA HAS LEARNED GO...............EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE HAS BECOME A TRUE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FAN.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE


SORRY I HAVE BEEN A BAD BLOGGER THIS WEEK. AVA IS DOING GREAT! SHE HAS THE BEST LAUGH AND SMILE. EVERYONE STOPS US TO TELL US HOW CUTE SHE IS. WE ARE JUST IN AHHH RIGHT NOW.
AVA LIKES TO EAT. IF I DONT FEED HER FAST ENOUGH SHE HAS STARTED THIS NOISE LIKE A SCREAMING YELL UNTIL I FEED HER MORE. ITS FUNNY. SHE ALSO HAS A LITTLE ATTITUDE ALREADY. IF I TAKE HER CUP AWAY SHE TRIES TO GRAB IT BACK AND SMACKS MY HAND, I TELL HER NYET "NO" AND SHE CRIES.
AVA HAS STARTED TO STAND AND WILL TRY TO WALK AS LONG AS SOMEONE IS TOLDING HER HANDS. SHE RECIEVED A COUPLE PUSHING TOYS TO HELP HER WALK BUT SHE WONT ATTEMPT TO STAND WITH THEM SHE SITS AND WOULD RATHER CRAWL.
ALL HER TESTS CAME BACK PERFECT. SHE IS JUST PERFECT.

I NEED SOME PRAYERS FOR MY MOM, SHE HAS A TUMOR AND THEY WILL BE STARTING CHEMO AND RADIATION SOON, SHE HAS TO ALSO GET A FEEDING TUBE. I AM REALLY SADDENED BY THIS NEWS, BUT I KNOW THE LORD WILL TRY TO KEEP HER SAFE.

Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan

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