Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or
slow to do the humble work.

- Mother Teresa

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Sunny Florida, United States
I am the proud mom to 6 kids: Natasha, 24, Nikolai, 20, Reese, 20, Maylee, 14, Erik, 10 and Violet, 7. The kids come from Russia, Ukraine and China; I'm so proud of my family sometimes I think I'll burst and I needed an outlet for it - so I've created this weblog. :o)
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

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Monday, November 5, 2012
18 years ago today, a couple, Tatiana and Namik, had a baby.  From all I know, this was their first child.  No doubt they were happily anticipating the birth of their new son, but when he finally arrived, they realized that they had no chance of raising him in their country, because he was born just a little bit different from the rest.  Prejudices run high in their country and this child would never be accepted as he was, so they made the excrutiating decision to have him placed for adoption. 

This adorable little bundle (don't you just want to scoop him up and kiss his cheeks?) waited for 5 years in an orphanage in the middle of nowhere (quite literally!) until God grabbed a woman in the United States by the collar and took her to his country and she adopted him.  What a BLESSING this little boy turned out to be!!  God certainly knew what He was doing!

His new mother, grateful to Tatina and Namik, took her new precious gift home and he joined their family, blessing them each day with his cheerfulness and optimistic outlook on life.

He grew,

and grew,

and grew, and on this day, he became a man.  A man that has shown great honor to his family in all ways, has established himself as someone with very high integrity, and has endeared himself to everyone who knows him.
Happy birthday, Reese!  I love you dearly, son.  I know that wherever they are, Tatiana and Namik are thinking of you and loving you also.

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If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.
- Chinese proverb
It is not the will of your Father that any one of these little ones should perish. Matt. 18:14

Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. Matt. 18:5

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

My family

My family
Nikolai, Mark, Missy, Reese, and Erik

Nikolai, 19

Nikolai, 19

Reese, 19

Reese, 19

Erik, 9

Erik, 9





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