Adopting Grace

The journey to bring our little girl home

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The Malone family was instrumental in getting us over here for our adoption. The Dad, Chris, is a volunteer for RR and donates his time to work with families as they get all their stateside paperwork done…all while raising a family and working a full time job. They are in the process of adopting another little boy and were just told that their son’s health is very poor and he needs immediate medical attention in the states, which is not available where he is now. They are working as quickly as they can to get their paperwork done by November 15th so they can travel by the end of November (new adoption cases are not accepted over a certain period during the winter and if they can’t meet this deadline they will have to wait until Spring).  That also means they have $20,000 to raise in a very short amount of time. Below are ways they have asked people to help them. We’ve added Ethan’s ‘button’ to the side of our blog so you can see this cutie!

We are asking for your help in a couple of ways.

1. Pray!
2. If you can help financially, you can go here (all gifts are tax deductible).
3. Paste our “Ethan Button” on your blog and websites. It’s on the sidebar of
our blog or you can go here…

Thank you.
Chris & Mary Malone

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This is a link to a blog that is being updated right now by a team from RR who is currently in Ukraine. The purpose for this trip is to help create a support network here for parents of special needs children to enable them to keep their kids and find the therapy and treatments they need. It’s been fascinating to see how God is moving over here and todays’ post was especially interesting to me since it gave me a little more insight into what Leeza’s birth parents had to face. Hopefully with programs like this being developed over here fewer parents will have to face the difficulties hers probably did.

Groundhog Day


Here are two of my four favorite girls. Aren't they beautiful!

Many families who have traveled before us have said they felt like they were stuck in an Eastern European version of the movie, Groundhog Day and I’m starting to relate. Tomorrow will mark 3 weeks that we’ve been gone and our days are all starting to run together. Thankfully we are able to go to church or the whole week would really feel like the same day over and over again. We still have not received a court date. Our judge has apparently said we will get in ‘soon,’ but we have no idea what that means over here. We’d been told it might be Friday, but we were also told it might be last Monday or even the Wednesday before that. Every time the phone rings I pray that it’s Violetta calling with our date.

On a happier note, we were able to see quite a few other RR kids this morning. They were all together in one of the pavilions so we went over to say hello. They all smiled at us and a couple wanted their pictures taken so we were able to get new pictures of them and interact with them a little. After a few minutes Grace got a little annoyed with it and insisted on being picked up and played with alone, which is actually a good sign. She seems to be identifying with us more lately and isn’t calling every unknown couple ‘Mama’ and ‘Papa.’ She’s also starting to allow us to help her with her shoes and clothes, which initially she refused. With our other kids we would encourage them to get dressed independently, but with Grace she still needs to learn what a Mama and Daddy do so every time she lets us care for her is good.