Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Dear Lord, Now we need that van, please!!!


Today was a great day in Gorlovka! Mark and I are the proud parents of two more bouncing boys!!

Thomas Artyom and Andrew Vladimir had big smiles when the judge announced her favorable decision granting our petition to adopt them. The judge told the boys to enjoy their new family and life in America, to work hard in school and learn English. She told the boys to be good to their parents and to respect us and listen to what we instruct.

It's that last admonition that I wonder about--ha! They are, afterall, our children now.



"Blessed are you among men" is a quote of Mark's in reference to me and my position these days as the matriarch of the household. Chloe, my sweet girl beagle is the only one who comes close to really understanding me now. Still though, I love my boys even among the stinky socks, random burping contests and other humorus boyish habits we won't mention right now. God has blessed me more than I could ever have imagined and I just pray for the graces that I know I will need to raise these little guys into compassionate, God fearing men that will have the level of integrity that their Daddy does.




I must admit though I am counting on my lovely daughters to rescue me from time to time for a girls only day out.

10 comments:

Julie said...

Theresa and Mark,I just came to the blog at 10:45am Minn.and was so excited to here your wonderful news that it brought tears to my eyes.I am so happy for you all what handsom young boys they are very blessed to have you both for parents.We love you,miss you and can't wait to talk to you. God Bless! Julie,Jerry and kids

Nataliya said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are almost done!!! Your boys are adorable!

Lucia said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What an amazing story you have to tell and share with others!
Blessings upon all of you and your family at home!!

Kathy & Matt said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful picture after court.
I'm so happy that you are now on the countdown to coming home.

Heather said...

Congratulations! I am happy that all went well for you.

Christine said...

Congratulations!

Tami said...

Congratulations!!!! What a blessing these boys will be.

Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS YOU REAL GOOD!! You all are in our prayers. I was so happy for you I cried. Have a safe and fast trip home ;0)
Reesa & Malachi

Rich, Andrea, Reece & Owen said...

Lord, Theresa, I SO can relate to that whole "overwhelmed by testosterone" thing! I am the mother of (4) boys under the age of 6...two bio and two adopted....one with Down syndrome....one with FAS....a husband....2 male cats....and my one other princess kitty, Liesel. Sometimes she and I just have to crawl into the closet together and "be"....:)) COngratulations! So proud of you!

Michelle said...

Theresa and Mark, We are so happy for you. Andrew can't wait to play soccer with Artym(spelling?). May God continue to bless your journey. Maybe we can go van shopping together!!

Michelle, John, Andrew, Erin Leigh, Erica, Alan, John Patrick and Laura.