Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Happy Gotcha Day, Sergei!

Three boys, but three different gotcha days.  Today is the last one.  It's Sergei's gotcha day.  Four years ago we picked up Sergei from the baby home in Zavodskoy.  What a day that was!  But I must be honest, that night at the Vlad Inn was insane.  We were not yet in a suite, just a regular room.  The boys were so excited to be together, it was impossible to get them to settle down.  Sergei made noise ALL NIGHT LONG.  We all got very little sleep.  It was that night that I laid there and wondered if we had done the right thing.  Is this now our life?  Well, I went to the front desk the next morning and begged for a suite.  Thankfully, they had one available.  And from that point on, Clarion and I began our strategizing for finding ways to calm the boys down before bedtime.  It all went pretty well, actually.  And the last four years, while not without challenges and other crazy days and nights, have been a great blessing.  Sergei loves life with so much passion.  While I am often frustrated with how boisterous he can be, it's actually amazing sometimes to watch his zest for life.  Even when he speaks he does it with such gusto that the veins in his neck tense up.  I can't imagine life at all without Sergei.  We love you, buddy.  As per the last couple of recent gotcha days, here are some then and now pics...

Artem Baby Home - Sept. 2008

Gotcha Day - Hanging out at the Vlad Inn - Sept. 5, 2008

Sergei's 7th Birthday - August 9, 2012

At the Festival of Nations in St. Louis - Aug. 2012

Picking up Olya, our new Russian exchange student, at the airport - Aug. 2012


  1. Hi My name is Jenna
    Your kids are handsome prince’s, cute blessings, special earthly angels, and precious gifts and miracles.
    I was born with a rare life threatening disease, developmental delays, and 14 other medical conditions.

    Here is a new poem I wrote, it’s called it takes courage:
    It Takes courage to love
    Like a dove
    It takes courage to fight,
    It takes courage to do what’s right
    It takes courage to stay strong,
    When things go wrong
    It takes courage to write a song
    It takes courage to live
    It takes courage to give
    It takes courage to fight this beast
    It takes courage to be brave
    It takes courage to smile and wave
    It takes courage to keep positive
    Keep on fighting!
    It takes courage to win!

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