"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, July 24, 2011

30 days

Today we have been back from the Ukraine for a whole month. We actually haven't been home a whole month since Victoria was in the hospital for the first week, but still, it seems like I should be doing some kind of reflecting that doesn't involve counting the minutes until nap time .

Most of my thoughts lately have been pretty basic. Things like, "What the heck am I doing?" or "How can an 18 pound child continue to poop 10 times every single day?

A lot has happened in just a month. Victoria and Francesca have changed so much. Francesca went from a child who was so hungry that she picked crumbs off the floor to a child who actually refuses food (only sometimes). Victoria is learning to trust more and more everyday. I think, I hope, they are both happy.

But I don't want to become complacent. I don't want get back into my routine of making grocery lists, going to the park and doing laundry. I don't want to ever forget what I saw in the Ukraine.

I am not sure what to do just yet, but I am working on it. In the meantime, here are a few sweet angels who need homes, just in case anyone is looking for a sweet child. You can read more about them on Reecesrainbow.org

Sweet Bethany with HIV

Mila, who has already been transferred to a mental institution

Roland, who has Dwarfism

Sammy, he has Aperts Syndrome, like Francesca

By the way, I finally unpacked my suitcase today!


  1. I so love your sense of humor. :) It took me a while to unpack too! Every time it seems to take longer! LOL
    It seems like Victoria is using more and more expression. :) She is SOOOO TINY! How much does she weigh? Our prayers are with you. :)

  2. The difference in just the appearance of both of your children after such a short time is ASTOUNDING. Great job!

  3. The girls look so much better! And getting your suitcase unpacked? WOW! I've been praying that you'd have a minute or two to get that done. :) God bless you, Catherine!

  4. Catherine, I have some thoughts about the pooping. Email me when you get some time.

  5. Congratulations on making it one month! Praying grace for each day. No, you will never forget what you saw. Each of us has been called to share with those around us the true plight of these children. Each of us reaching out and speaking up will change the world on child at a time.

  6. Francesca loves me, she blows me kisses when she sees me!!


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