Sunday, July 26, 2009

Opening back up to the public

Now that I am nearing the end and will hopefully return home soon, I am taking my blog off of the private setting. Once I am home I will then close down this blog and only use the family blog. Afterall, Patrick is now offically a part of our family and should be on the same page. Plus, who has time for two blogs? I hardly have time to to read my e-mail these days! Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me and supported me through this journey. I am still shocked and amazed that I am here and that Patrick is mine. I am honored that I am allowed to raise this child along side my homegrown children. I can't wait to get them all together and watch my family learn and grow together.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing! Patrick is a doll! I am so happy for you!

  2. Yep, it was too hard keeping up with two!! And yes, when you get home, talking about Patrick will come just as naturally as talking about your other kids so how do you decide which one to post on!? One blog is the way to go. :)

    Praying the rest of this time goes QUICKLY!!

  3. What a wonderful blog! I must admit that I have been lax about checking in, but I'm glad that I did today! That video with the "You're So Amazing" song about had me in tears!! I'm sorry you are struggling a bit, but glad that you have a good attitude about it. It WILL get easier! I know: I have adopted 3 older kids from Russia as a single parent! It is tough at first, but also VERY fun. :o)

    Hang in there!! I think you are doing GREAT!! Doesn't sound like we'll cross paths in Kiev, since we don't get there until the 5th, but have a safe trip home!!

  4. can you send me your family blog address?
    thanks! I have loved reading your story. i wish that i can meet your family one day!

  5. Hi Lyndi...I am also a RR mama - we adopted 2 little girls last August...I can so relate to what you are going through...our girls were into absolutely everything at first too! I found that I had to start gating off parts of the house...for my girls safety and for my sanity! At the time, I teased the rest of my family saying we would be the most limber family in the neigborhood with all the gate jumping we did! I also ended up gating off my older childrens bedrooms...they needed a place to go sometimes that was off limits to our new little tornadoes and a place to be quiet.

    When a child comes out of an orphanage they have absolutely no sense of boundaries or the ability to self-limit or control themself. At the beginning, we have to provide that for them but eventually they will learn! My girls are so much better public places they have learned to stay with me when I tell them to. and although I still have gates in my house, they almost never get into the stuff on the counters and tables like they used too.

    At first, it is so overwhelming, but it will get better! He will learn - eventually you will be amazed at how far he has come! (I know it - I am living it and experiencing it 11 months later!) But you will be amazed at how much better it is in even a couple months! I will be thinking of you. :)

    Karen S.

  6. Hi Lyndi, I have so enjoyed reading through your posts - thank you for sharing your Gotcha Day - I laughed and cried reading and watching the video. Praying for a smooth and easy return to the States. Patrick is a beautiful boys!
    Michele, Adopting Morgan

  7. I'm so glad you are close to being home... even if that means I won't get to meet you!

  8. YEAH!!! Praying for you daily and knowing God is with you!!!

  9. I am so thrilled that you are going home soon! I have so enjoyed reading your journey. I hope you leave the blog so people can read about your journey even if you don't post on it any more!

    I, too, can hardly believe he's on his way home and no longer in the orphanage! Praise Jesus!!!

    Blessings and email me when you get home! :) (well, when you have time once you are home lol)