Six months home

Six months ago we were welcoming our little man home.

From Moscow...

... to Michigan.

Six months ago we were playing on swing and slipping down sides in a park, nestled between Moscow's communist era high rises.

And now we are turning our faces to the warming summer sun, leaving our boots behind and sinking our toes into the sand along Michigan shores.

We've seen Christmas



And we've welcomed spring.

We've been first hand, front row, awestruck witnesses to the redemption God has poured out on this little man's life. He is restoring the wasted years and bringing forth streams in the wastelands! 

Through these past six months more than every before I have seen God reveal himself as REDEEMER!

Praise the LORD, oh my soul! All my inmost being praise his holy name! Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals your diseases, who REDEEMS your life from the pit and crowns you with LOVE and compassion, who SATISFIES YOUR DESIRES with good things so that your YOUTH is RENEWED like the eagle's. - Psalm 103:1-5

Amen! What more can I say?



  1. Anonymous5/25/2013

    What beautiful pictures! I started following your journey right about the time you got your son home and it is obvious he is thriving under your care.
    So awesome, may you continue to be blessed as a family!

  2. A beautiful summary of 6 rich months. Blessings as the journey continues to unfold...

  3. Anonymous5/25/2013

    I started reading your blog during your trip to bring Arie home, and was just thinking that it must have been about six months as I was reading your most recent post before this one. I've only commented a few times, but I'd like you to know how much I've enjoyed following your journey, seeing your beautiful son grow, and watching your happy family develop. God bless you and yours.

  4. I have loved following your journey and life with Arie. We are just beginning our journey and as I read your blog I am excited to be following in your steps as an adoptive mom!
    Here's a shameless plug for my blog and fundraiser ;) http://www.alongthesteppingstones.blogspot.com/2013/05/puzzle-piece-fundraiser.html

  5. Your story brings tears to my eyes as it truly shows how wonderfully God can work in our lives. Arie is the most adorable and best dress little man that I have ever seen!

    I hope your next 6 months are as blessed as the last that you have had and the many many years that you guys have together as well!

    <3, Sabra

  6. Yay! What a wonderful post! I just LOVE the photo of the two of you, with Arie wearing his straw hat. What an incredible 6 months. You guys have the smiliest toddler I have ever seen! And handsome to boot! :-)

  7. Oh so beautiful! What a transformation. :)

  8. Anonymous5/28/2013

    I am truly so blessed to have stumbled upon your blog. I am a stay at home mother of three, my oldest is 6, and your positvity, grave, and overall joy in Christ is extremely inspiring and uplifting. Thank you, thank you for sharing your life and your passion for The Lord!

  9. Anonymous5/30/2013

    What beautiful photographs and a beautiful little boy. Actually all three of you radiate warmth, love and beauty! If your son is home just 6 months then you just made it home before Russia decreed no more adoption to U.S. couples. Let's all pray that the Russian adoption ban be lifted and more families shall know the joy that you do.

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.

  10. Love, love, love these pictures. He is so cute!


I love reading your comments! Those left on posts older than 2 days will require moderation.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...