Well here it is, the almost late Christmas greeting!
OK, I cheated sending via e-mail....
I want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a happy New Year! As you can see from the pictures, Dylan is no longer a little boy, but a very handsome young man! He continues to be very involved in sports at the high school. It seems like he ended his football season on a Saturday and the very next Monday wrestling began! Wrestling is 5 nights a week, not including any matches or tournaments that get added into the mix. His first tournament was very new and exciting as I did not know much about the sport. I am learning. He came off the mat from his second match with blood running off his face. That was my first real experience with wrestling as a parent! I am getting used to it.....as I am sure there will be many more bloody noses to come. Today, with his team, they feed 500 families in need in a hanger at the local airport, a very good experience for him. I am so proud of the wonderful young man he is becoming!
The adoption process continues to progress at a fairly steady rate. I just recently sent 35 or so documents to Russia with about 10 more to go. These documents are in final preparation for court. I hope to be traveling again in February, fingers crossed here. Of course when I get definite news I will let you all know.
On a recent document that I submitted I had to identify what her legal name will be. I identified her name as Victoria Irina Rae Elbe. Victoria is my mom's name and my great-grandmother's. Irina is her Russian name. Rae is my grandmothers middle name.
We gathered as a family tonight at Dad and Jan's. I was touched that Victoria was remembered by Jan in our Christmas Eve prayer. It was very touching and yes, brought tears to my eyes as well as other family members. I am blessed to have the family that I have, they have shown me so much support and concern. Our hearts broke for her, as we wished she could be here with us and prayed for her well being. I reminded the family not to be sad, at this point she does not know family and celebration like we do. She is safe and cared for, I feel confident in that. I also know that her spirit is strong and happy, considering what she has been through thus far in her life.
I suppose besides reminding my family of this I was reminding myself as well. I have been moving through the past few weeks without trying to focus much on the holidays and her not being present....I did not fully realize that until tonight...........soon, she will be with us soon...
Thank you all for being a part of my life!
Venite Adoremus.....O' Come Let Us Adore Him!
Love to you all, Jen
Jackson is 6!!
2 years ago