Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day

It was a great day with both our dads to celebrate a day dedicated to them. I just can't wait for Tom to be able to celebrate in on the fun of being a dad. I've always said anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. And I know Tom will be just that to Bryce and future kids into our home. We are so looking forward to the day of bringing Bryce home.
Happy Dad's Day to all our friends and family!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Home Study

So today was the start of the home study. We were a wreck! Of course, it went better than we ever thought. Debra was absolute sweet and relaxed all our fears. For those that don't know what a home study entails, it's like going on a job interview. Debra, our social worker, sent paperwork for us to complete before our arrival and she reviews all of that. We had to obtain local police background check, Florida dept of law enforcement check,child abuse check,medical clearance. So once all this is done and Debra makes her report and we submit to US Immigration and Customs, if they approve then we get an appointment for FBI fingerprinting. So Tom and I are not really adopting Bryce, we're becoming Ukrainian spies! LOL. It's a lot but going to be so worth it to have that little smiling guy in our arms. We'll keep you posted.

Monday, June 15, 2009

How the journey started....

Tom and I met almost 8 years ago and have always had an admiration for children. Tom has the luxury of having many nieces and nephews. I, on the hand, have the luxury right now of having wonderful friends with beautiful children. I also have the luxury of having a phenomenal job as a pediatric nurse. So my heart is blessed with kids every day. It was not until a dear,dear friend of mine was blessed with a beautiful baby boy, Max, with down syndrome. I have watched his mother and father blossom with Max, especially with them not knowing his diagnosis until he was born. Tom and I had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful families and children with DS on Max's first birthday, that we decided this was our calling to add one of God's beautiful creations into our heart and life. We began researching, A LOT, and came across Vanya. Vanya is a gorgeous 2 year old boy living in an orphanage in Ukraine. And so the AWESOME journey begins......