Saturday, October 8, 2011

365 days ago

A year ago today, my sister, Darya, and I landed on American soil.  After 6 months of the paper chasing, and 5 weeks in country, we were finally HOME!  It's been quite a year!  Anyone who knows Darya will agree with me how far she's come in such a short time and how well she's adjusted to life with a family (especially with three older brothers who absolutely adore her and dote on her).  Our little Ukrainian flower has just blossomed and it is not possible to love her any more than we do!  Thank you everyone who joined us in our journey through your prayers, encouragement, and support.  It will always mean so much to me :-)

October 8, 2010 Jacksonville, FL

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ah, sweet vacation!

Last week we went on a much needed family vacation to Daytona Beach.  It was probably the most relaxing and restful family vacation we've ever had.  We couldn't have asked for better weather!  We relaxed in the pools and on the beach.  I did more reading than I've done in who knows how long.  Our first day of vacation was Sam's 10th birthday.  I think that was one of his best birthdays ever!  The other boys had just as much fun, as did Darya. Here are some pics from our trip that I took before the camera battery died (and I forgot to bring the charger):