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

Saturday, August 13, 2011

three years ago today Wesley "officially" became our son - my how things have changed

Damon and I were just talking at dinner about how much has changed in the last three years. I think pictures can tell the story better than I can.

And don't tell my husband he looks younger, he'll be offended. Not that I found that out the hard way or anything. His response: I was younger!!  

just makes me laugh

a man of many expressions

with Mommy (before you say it, I already know I look younger in this picture)

Court Day!! (also called day 31 in Ukraine)

Us after court (Yes, we were sweating a lot. It had to be in the 90s in the building, and Damon was wearing a suit. I had on a dress, but I get greasy easily :)

See...A LOT of sweat! (And yes, it was all the way up to his shoulder and down to his waist)

the court building

the courtroom (If I had been sure we wouldn't get in trouble, I would have gotten a picture inside the cell, but I was too scared)

the judge's seat. We sat at the table in front of her.

and Wesley now


Willy's Auntie said...

I remember anxiously awaiting your announcement that Wesley was yours! He has definitely gotten cuter and cuter! Damon sure sweats alot! :-) Happy Anniversary day! Maybe soon we'll hear about someone else joining your family.....????

The McEacherns said...

Three years already?! Wesley has changed and grown so much!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I am curious if you were on a mission to Moldova why are you in court in Ukraine? Did you start out intending to adopt in Moldova and changed to Ukraine or are you on a mission to do another adoption...this time in Moldova? I was under the impression 2-3 years ago Ukraine was not adopting children out as young as your Wesley. We considered Moldova adoption a few years ago because of a family history there, but it was not available and we were hearing Ukraine was only open for parents willing to take much older children.

Please can you provide any input?


Staci and Damon said...

We adopted from Ukraine three years ago. Wesley was 17 months old when we went to court. We asked for a boy and were shown many photos of boys under 4, but at the time young girls were only shown that had serious medical conditions. As I understand it, the "rules" have changed & children under 5 that can be adopted to foreigners have serious medical conditions. Wesley was born with esophageal atresia (without an esophagus), so technically, he could still have been adopted young under the new rules.

We changed the title of the blog a litle over a year ago when we began an adoption from Moldova (it was "Our Ukrainian Adventure"). We are currently waiting for a referral once our agency (Carolina Adoption Services)
gets re-accredited. We have asked for a little girl as young as possible, which is likely to be around 2 years old.

If you have questions please feel free to email me.

Blogging Friend said...

I have been following your blog from when you first went to see Wesley. Somewhere I lost your blog address and so it has been a little while since I have been on here. I found it by luck tonight and of course I have read through it to get updated.
You have not made an actual post for 2 months. Just wondering how things were going with you guys and also your new adoption.
Please update when you can.


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