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Good News and Sad

Adoption is full of highs and lows.  I want to share some of the incredible things happening right now for some of the children we love, and one piece of sad news.

Our friend John just returned from Ukraine visiting Vlad where he spent time teaching all the boys in the orphanage how to play poker.  They bet with cotton swabs.


The boys loved having a dad there and soaked up the time.

Um, which one is the dad, here?  Lol, jk John.



Two families from our church are adopting some of these boys, and John spent some time delivering birthday cakes for one boy’s birthday.  These ‘little’ boys love their mamas so MUCH, priceless.

They also got their court date today!  Hurray!  You can support these last moments of their adoption here:

“We will be traveling in just a little over two weeks for court in Ukraine. We still need to raise 2,400 to cover “fees” in country to bring our boy home. Please spread the word  https://www.youcaring.com/adoption-fundraiser/owens-adoption-fundraising/37621


Our niece and nephew have just a handful of DAYS until their mama and papa fly over for their special date.  LOVE seeing their updates of rooms being put together, shoes, clothes, everything ready.  They skyped with the kids to let them know that it was finally time, and they were coming. Our niece took a deep breath and leaned on her caregiver’s arm smiling, like, “yes,” relief and joy.  So precious.

TODAY, Iris…

well, today she is a daughter.   “She is our treasure forever now,” her mama.

Sweet girl, can’t wait for her to be home with her family where her new life can begin.  A life filled with love, and hope and possibility.  Thank you to those who donated–you changed a life forever, and today is the first day.




A sweet couple in our growth group just got match with a sibling set of THREE kids under 5.  They will be the BEST parents and can’t wait to see the children thrive.


Please pray for the family that was adopting Mirabel.  They had to make the heart breaking decision to not continue with her adoption, their hearts must be broken.

Please pray for Mirabel to get a family quickly.  The place she is being transferred to does not allow adoptions, and she will remain bedridden for the remainder of her life.  At this point, it may take a miracle, perhaps a family about to travel, open to one additional child in their homestudy to make it work before it’s too late.

Please, please be praying for her, and for all the families I mentioned.   Adoption is no small thing, it is also the thing that drastically, and forever changes the lives of important, worthy children forever–to the way it should be.

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  • Jennie March 5, 2014, 4:06 pm

    Amy – I read your blog routinely and was thrilled to read an update for “Iris”. She has been on my mind ever since you advocated for her and I’ve been wondering if the required paperwork went through. Joy! I know “Bella’s” family must be thrilled as Iris loved Bella when they were in the same orphanage. As an aside, I agree with a previous comment that your style of writing is marvelous. It is an easy yet expressive read. I thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us. Jennie (also a Dave Ramsey fan)

  • Heather March 5, 2014, 5:56 pm

    I loved seeing pics of the boys & reading of their love for their mamas! I can’t wait for them all to know that joy.

    YAY IRIS!! Does her family have a blog?

    My heart is breaking for Mirabel & her sweet “almost family”. I can only imagine the intense pain they are feeling in light of this decision. I will be keeping everyone in my prayers.

  • Molly March 6, 2014, 5:50 am

    What great news, almost all of it, but my heart is especially touched for Iris!! Yay!! How exciting! And I will be praying for Mirabel and asking the Lord to bring her a family!

  • Elja March 6, 2014, 10:11 am

    Wow. Besides the inmense sadness for mirabel the joy is ouzing out of this post. I love love love seeing vlad. Ever since i read his story i was a little more worried about the situation over there. I hope the remainder of the proces is quick and that he is home soon.
    And Iris! She must be an angel. To give love in the dark place. But now she Will be loved. I hoped that ever since i read Bella’s story.
    Thanks for the update.

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