Our oldest 5 children headed off to camp this week-- I miss them already! I know they are having a wonderful time though, and they look forward to this week all year. It is a Christian camp and the kids always come back with a renewed zeal for the Lord which is incredible to see. The counsellors are fabulous and really care about these children and their walks in life. There is lots of Bible study and lots of outdoor fun. Can't wait to see them at the end of the week and hear all about their experiences!!
So with them gone, that frees me up a little to spend some extra fun time with the 4 I have left at home. As you probably know we have been hosting a wonderful young lady, Luda, from Ukraine for the past week. She will be here until mid-August and we are enjoying every moment we have with her!! This girl has gone from a little shy and introverted, to full-tilt in just a couple days of arrival!! :) She is spunky with a ton of energy, she loves our other children and adores the little ones! She really tries to please and is so, so sweet. Still breaks my heart every time I think of her in an orphanage, with no parents, no one to truly love her and care for her like she deserves.
But while she is here she has been having tons of fun, and is being lavished with lots of hugs and kisses. I can tell her need for a mommy and a daddy. She clings to us, snuggles up in church, comes down to kiss us goodnight, and my room is always her first stop in the morning.
We have been trying to do some fun things with her while she is here. The pool has been a huge hit and we try to go a few times a week.
|Yulia definitely remembered Schuyler from our time in Ukraine!|
Tim had also been dying to take her for a motorcycle ride since she arrived. Well a few days ago she got to experience her first time on a motorcycle! The verdict?? She hated it! However, that seems to have changed because since then she has been begging him every day for another spin! Too funny!!
|She held on SO tightly and would NOT let go!|
Also made a pit stop to Tim's office after IKEA. She decided to play a little dress-up with his safety gear.
|Wearing Daddy's hard hat with style!!|
We have also scheduled her a trip to the dentist this week, which she really needs. (She even lost a tooth while she has been here! The Fairy brought her one American dollar which she was quite happy about)
Then Thursday it is back up to Ashboro to see her friends from Ukraine again at the Zoo!! Hopefully it won't be too hot. While we are there we are also hoping to see some children we met while in Ukraine-- Radion and Kolya! They are being adopted by a wonderful family, The Hamiltons, and are here visiting them for the summer. It will be really nice to see them again, and this time with their new future family!
So, lots going on.... as usual! But stay tuned, more to come!!