Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We interrupt these non-updates...

I know, I really am trying to get updates done. But life keeps getting in the way. :)

Our visit with the A family was great! They ended up getting here a little later than anticipated but it worked out well as our kids were already in bed and we could just focus on getting them settled. We had baked spaghetti, salad, and chocolate chip cheesecake and everyone (as far as I could tell) loved all of it. That always makes me happy. :)

The next morning, our kids headed to school and I stayed to help the A's get packed up. Our kids and theirs didn't really get much time to play together, but Emily and Annabel certainly hit it off! They were fast friends from the moment they met--perhaps because they both love to talk. ;) We got a great picture of most of the kids, and it was a like a mini-Reece's Rainbow reunion since a total of 5 of the kids came home through RR. It was also great for our kids to see another family with kids who have come home from Ukraine. They have another friend here in the St Louis area who is from Ukraine, but it hasn't seemed to click with them that they have that in common. Alex in particular was intrigued by this and is now asking random people if their kids are from Ukraine. :) :)

All in all, it was a great night and I loved hosting them. It was a great confidence booster as well to know that we really could host that many people. I don't think everything would have worked out as well if they'd needed to stay for more than a few days--they would have needed more room for their stuff--but we would have been willing to try if they'd needed that.

So the moral of the story your mouth, open your home, open your heart. :)

We're missing three A kids here, but we got most of them in!


Jean said...

I love the moral!

Our mission said...

I just saw your posts about hosting our family and wanted to say THANK YOU again! IT was a great blessing to us to be able to stay with you and the meal was wonderful. Even more so, it was a blessing to be able to meet you and share our lives a little bit, in the short amount of time that we had. We so enjoyed following your adoption journey last year so it was really fun to meet your family. I am sure all the kids would've really enjoyed more time to play, but maybe you can visit us sometime.I know 11 sounds very intimidating...but most are only 1/2 size :) Sleeping bags and packnplays worked just fine! We so appreciate your willingness to welcome us in and share in the blessing of fellowship. May God bless your family with more opportunities.