Girls

So a little more about the girls. A is quite smart. She was born with a cleft lip and palate. They’ve done some surgeries, but I’m interested to see what they can do for her in the states. We adopted another daughter with a cleft and it was amazing to see how well they did on her surgery! V is cute and sassy. I can’t wait to get her home. I hope she warms up to us rather quickly.

Both girls will be in pre-school this spring. I don’t know if that is the best decision or not. But I’ve found parenting to be a life-long trial and error kind of thing with the goal to not mess the kiddos up too bad in the end (I guess that’s where God and lots of prayer come in).

If you are interested in helping financially, I posted several options in a past post, plus we have a friend doing a Lilla Rose sale. You can view the products and such here: http://www.lillarose.biz/fivedaughtersboutique

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Court

We have a court date. By the end of the month, I will have another child. Whoo hoo! I can’t wait. Let the crazy begin.

I sometimes am amazed that God has chosen to bless me through adoption. I can’t imagine life without any of these girls. I know adoption is different, but that’s ok. If we all did the same thing, life would get pretty boring.

I will try to update more on the blog, but pray for us as we prepare a return trip to Eastern Europe and bring home two lovely girls.

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V

I walk into a little office and there she is. I think to myself: Wowza! This is a gem that is about to change my life forever.

I sit down and they go through her medical history. I always find these so overwhelming. They tell you everything that is wrong about the child. I used to think they thought we (adoptive parents) were crazy for wanting these “medical” children. Now this is our second adoption I know they are thinking we are crazy, but they are so so so hopeful because they want these children to have homes and receive better care than they are able to get at the orphanage.

V has been in the orphanage her whole life.

She’s quite shy. She does want a mom and dad, but I was a stranger making funny noises. It’ll take some time, but I hope she warms up to me. Her special nanny was there with her. It will be hard for them when she leaves. I am so thankful that she has someone in her life. I just hope that she can find room for me.

She’s a sassy one. She had taken a lid. When they asked for it back, she said she would trade it for her lunch. Oh my! It was in teasing and jest, but I will have my hands full.

They told me she likes to eat. I estimate her to be in 4T clothes… can’t wait to get her home and fill her up. No rations.

Photos from Trip #1

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The girls slept most of the trip. This is Sera under blankets in her carseat. And the other is Lia under blankets in the bulkhead bassinet. I put blankets over their sleeping quarters so that it stayed dark 🙂
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My cousin Alec asked me to bring Flat Stanley on my trip. He had a good time.
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The 6 hour layover in Munich was the hardest! Lots of waiting and not a lot to do.
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Hi! It’s cold!
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Here are some photos of the orphanage… and that’s my little girl!
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She’s a smart one!
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lat Stanley is showing off the fall colors!

SURPRISES

We are adopting again!!! Woot!

We started a while ago and wanted to get a little further into the process before sharing our news. I will try to answer some of your questions here in the blog, but feel free to ask me in person because I am super excited to talk about it and would love to tell you more.

Where are we adopting from  Eastern Europe. Same place we got Sera & Lia.
Who are we adopting? We are adopting two five year old girls! 

When will she come home? We are waiting for a court date. This is where the adoption becomes official and legal. But they should hopefully be home by Thanksgiving.

How Can We Help? We are going to launch a 1 week fundraising extravaganza. If you want to help us out, great! If you don’t, that’s fine too. However, we do covet your prayers.

Prayer: Please pray for us…

  • Finances – adoption is expensive (but oh so worth it). God can and will provide.
  • Adjustment for the family

Finances

1- donate directly to us via PayPal. This will go towards in country expenses such as food, lodging and getting the girls HOME (passports, medical exam, etc). Go to: PayPal.Me/KimbraJ

2- donate (tax-deductible) to our matching grant through Hand in Hand adoption by mailing a check (see attached photo of the letter / https://goo.gl/O9nJeI). These funds will help cover our plane tickets and lawyer fees.

3- donate (tax-deductible) via our Family Sponsorship Page through Reece’s Rainbow: http://reecesrainbow.org/91464/sponsorjohnson-6

4- buy a Tshirt! Proceeds will help us pay back the loans we’ve taken to get this far!
Option 1: Adoption is Family (https://teespring.com/adoption-is-family-ee)
Option 2: Head full of Fears (https://teespring.com/eastern-europe-johnson)

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We cannot wait to get Anya (blonde) and Veronika (brunette) home! If all goes well, they will be home before Thanksgiving. We appreciate your consideration in helping us financially on this crazy journey. Even if you are unable to help financially, please please please PRAY. We are going to have a grueling year as we adjust to being a family of SIX! But family is worth the challenge.

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