Actually it's from Ohio to Ukraine, back to Ohio, then to China

Thursday, July 31, 2008

we've made a decision...

We met the little boy that we came to see in Kharkov (or is it Kharkiv?), and we have decided to adopt him!!! Obviously we are very excited. It's so hard to believe that we have finally met the little boy who is our son. I've been imagining meeting him for years, and I am so happy that the day finally arrived!
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I would love to post pictures, but I think it's best to wait until he is "officially" ours! I always hated when other bloggers didn't post pictures until later, but if I keep you in suspense, you'll keep checking back and reading what I post :) I will tell you that he is 17 months old, has blonde hair, blue eyes and is absolutely adorable!!
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He was born without part of his esophagus (called esophageal atresia), and what this means is that he is fed through a stomach tube for the time being. Surgery is required to either stretch the esophagus ends to each other or use part of his intestine as an esophagus. We aren't sure at this point how much esophagus he has, so we don't know how extensive the surgery will be. We're already praying for that as well.
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Thank you for your prayers and support!!
Love - Staci and Damon

30 comments:

Kristen said...

I've been praying and checking in. I'm so thrilled for you and your new "little man"! I am glad God brought you together in Ukraine! I will certainly be praying for you as you seek to bring him the medical attention that he needs to grow up all healthy and happy.
I look forward to seeing his beautiful picture when court is over, too.
Thank you for sharing your encouraging story for those of us who are seeking God's will.

LisaMarie said...

Staci this is great! Jessica GJ and I were just having lunch today wondering what had happened....I've been dying to hear!

So glad you posted. Can't wait to see a photo. I was reading another woman's blog who commented in yours and the whole process is so fascinating from an outsider perspective. I felt like after I read her blog that I understood more about what you were going through.

:) Big smiles!!!!!

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

Your new addition sounds just precious!! Hopefully, his condition will be perfectly treatable when you get back to the states. I am so happy for you guys and will keep you in our prayers.

Chris and Celeste said...

So good to hear your news. And we are soo happy that you found your little guy. Can't wait to see pictures of him. I will continue to follow your journey until you get home. Celeste

Kathy and Matt said...

Congrats!
Finding him at 17 months is wonderful! You will make such an impact on his life and health, and I know he'll be a blessing to you.

Can't wait to read more as you progress.

cara said...

Congratulations! We've been praying for a referral you could accept. He sounds perfect! Cara

The Dardennes said...

Congratulations! What a lucky little guy to have awesome parents like you! We rejoice that another little one now has a forever family. Praise God! We love you guys!

Kevin and Tammy said...

I have been checking all day. Praise the Lord!!!!!! He sounds adorable. I knew God would send the one you were to have. We will also pray for his immediate medical attention. Maybe they will waive the 10 day wait because of his condition and you can be home sooner.
Tammy

The Flying Eagle said...

How wonderful! We are so excited for you all :-)

The Cunninghams said...

Woo hoo! What wonderful news, you have found him at last!!! Congratulations and best of luck in the following days and weeks of your journey. I know what you mean about the pictures; maybe you could get creative and keep his face out of the shot? I don’t think you have to worry about keeping your audience though.

Mark and Kim said...

So excited for you. And thrilled for him that he will have a mom and dad to care for him, love on him . . . and get him the medical attention he so much deserves! Praying for a speedy process (is that possible in Ukraine!!! :) ) during the rest of your time in Ukraine!

Lisa, Chris & Lucas said...

I'm so happy for you all!! Our Lucas was 16 months when we adopted him in 2004...it is a GREAT age. So much fun! I'm sure his esophagus will be as good as new with some surgical intervention. Congratulations!! This is a great day!

Lisa

adoptedthree said...

He sounds PERFECT!

We can't wait to see the newest Buckeye to be!!!!

Leanna and the whole gang!

adoptedthree said...

PS
Oksana just saw your picture and said I know them! I told her you just met your baby in Ukraine and she said so...Oh,a baby!!!

Leanna and Oksana

Amy said...

Congratulations!
Wonderful news!

Amy

Christine said...

Wooo-hoooo! I'm so excited for you! I have no doubt that God will bless you and your new son!. His life is just beginning!

MamaPoRuski said...

I read your blog with tears of joy! Congratulations on finding your son! We are continuing to pray for you all and for a quick journey home! God Bless!

Payne's said...

I have been checking your blog all day! YEAH! I am so happy for you guys. He sounds so adorable! We can't wait to meet your new son.

We will continue to covet you and your new son in prayer.

Lisa

Stefanie said...

Hey Guys!
So happy for you (and him)!
Can't wait to meet him!
Stefanie

DoveFamily said...

I am so happy that you found your son. I pray that the next couple of weeks go by quickly and smoothly, so that you can get him home and start the real fun :) Can't wait to see his pic - congrats to all three of you!

Dan & Michelle said...

Confratulations!

I'm betting this is the child that everyone is emailing about to advocate for. If so I have seen pics and he is gorgeous!!! If you want to email me you can confirma nd ican email back where I sent and received this email to/from and let everyone know the little boyu they've been praying for has a family!

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Debbie said...

Oh, wow! Congratulations on your new son! He sounds darling. I will pray for his esophagus and that your process goes smoothly so you can be home soon!

Christine and Darren said...

Great news! Congratulations! We adopted our son from Kharkiv in 2005. He was 26 months. Good luck for a smooth process to get him home quickly. I'll follow your blog and anxiously await pictures!

jennjenn said...

Yay!!! We are praying for everything to be finalized and you can bring this sweetheart home. Please let us know if you need anything!!!!

Grandpa & Grandma said...

Staci and Damon: We are both so happy for you both. Karil is so lucky to have both of you and you are lucky to have him. Our prayers are with you all until you are back home safe and sound. Love you both.

Shawnie said...

Our oldest son had esophageal atresia. Unfortunately, he had a rough road and passed away at 13 months old of pneumonia. I didn't put that in to worry you, sorry. I can't wait to follow your story. I know he will do great! It is a very rare situation so if you would like hook up I would love to hear from you. My email is khuff.family@cox.net

Courtney said...

Congratulations!! :) :)

Tami said...

YEA! Congratulations!!! We can't wait to see the pictures. We'll be praying for you as you work to bring your little guy home.

travis.hill said...

You guys are awesome! I'd like to extend an invitation to you to join BornWithEA.com - its a community site for parents and survivors of Esophageal Atresia. My son Lucian was born in December with EA, we've been through good and bad, but he's home now and doing amazing! I hope to see you there!

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