Sunday, January 9, 2011

BIG NEWS

We've had a lot on our mind at the Mad House...you know, intermixed with the Christmas decorations coming down, and thoughts about the Star Wars Extravaganza that Ian wants for his birthday party in February.

But mostly it has been about this little guy:


Remember I talked about Danil here?  And have been peppering Facebook with his photo throughout the Reece's Rainbow Angel Tree Fundraiser for the past few months?

Well, guess what?

You know already, don't you?



He's gonna be ours.  I hope.  I really really hope.

We are still in the very very preliminary stages, but we are scheduling our first home study appointment this week, and have officially, unofficially, placed him on HOLD for our family as of today.  We have 10 days to get some stuff in and submitted...and then we do this home study thing, and cross our fingers and pray that the social worker sees that he belongs with us, too...

...and then, well, as far as I can tell, we do a whole bunch MORE paperwork, raise a TON of money, visit him in Ukraine, and then bring him home.

Simple, right?  

We really have put a LOT of thought and prayer into this decision.  We know it sounds crazy.  We know we already have our hands full.  But as a good friend told us, we gave up playing man-to-man 18 months ago; we are already playing zone defense.  What's one more??

And little Danil...and ALL those sweet babes listed on Reece's Rainbow...they have so little.  And we have so much.  I mean, not that we are rolling in extra money or unlimited free time, but comparatively?  How can we not?  

Doesn't this face just scream MAD HOUSE??  He will totally fit in, I know it.  I also have a feeling that he and Chase will be up to a lot of mischief together.  God help us all.

breathe in...breathe out....

17 comments:

Emily said...
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Emily said...

Oh wow! I haven't had much time to check blogs lately but happened to click on yours tonight. I am SO excited and happy to read this! The children on RR have been on my mind ALOT lately and Danil's picture has always stuck out, he is SO stinking cute! I wish you the best on your journey! Aw, YAY YAY YAY!

Emily (mom to Macy)
hamula.blogspot.com

LeShayne said...

Well I am a two kid limit kind of mom and cannot even imagine having 4 ...know that we will love and support you guys every step of the way. Praying for you too.

Chris said...

I feel like I am witnessing a miracle in the making!!! He is so adorable! I see him fitting in perfectly at the Mad House! So excited for you all!

Mirta A. said...

How exciting! God is going to bless you & Brian sooo much! Doug & I would love to be able to adopt a sweet child, esp. from Ukraine, since that is where my family is from. God hasn't answered us yet, but I am so glad Danil is going to have such great parents & brothers! We will be praying for each step in the process to go as smoothly as possible. God knows the desires of your hearts - Patience will become your best friend. Look forward to reading about your progress! Congratulations!
Mirta - Bo's Mommy

Jennie said...

yayyayyayyayyay!!!!! Very excited for all of you!

Kacey Bode said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Danil looks like he will be the perfect addition to your boys!! I'm so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ShannonH said...

I am SO excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And yes, deep breaths!

Vicki said...

Wow!! This is so wonderful, Laurie! We are so excited for you and for Danil! You guys will be the perfect family for him. I think big happy families are the best. And historically speaking, a family of four is tiny!!! Hee hee.

Tiffanyrose said...

If I could post a comment of the MASSIVE smile I have on my face I would, but for now this will have to do :) :) :) :) :)!!!!!!!!!

Halle said...

This post brought me to tears! Can't wait to hear all about the exciting adventures ahead. That cutie has no idea how lucky his life is about to be.

April said...

How exciting! I knew you couldn't stop at 3 boys!! If any family can do this, it's yours. We will be praying for everything to fall into place.

Dahni said...

Absolutely incredible hearts you and Brian have! What a blessed child and how blessed you are and will be just because of your love. All the best! Tell Brian now I understand why his honey is the best I've ever had - It's made with love. XX's & OO's to all.

Unkie Dahni

Becky said...

So excited for you! Zone D is easier after all and you guys are already practiced at it. Can't wait to meet Danil!

carydip said...

Still a little in shock! I knew of Laurie's wishes but never thought Bryan would join you. I'll pray for you both. Am excited to meet my 9th grandchild!!! Love~Mom

Joe & Julie Turck said...

This is so awesome and he is beautiful! We have Faith the God will provide for it in every way that is needed both now and for the rest of your lives!! He is a very Blessed child to have you all chasing after him!

We will be praying for you!

Joe & Julie Turck

Cate said...

holy wow, that IS big news! so exciting though. you guys rock.