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Welcome!! Grab a cup of coffee and visit with us! We hope you enjoy our story! (((HUGS)))

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!!

You can hear MA in the background laughing, oohing, aaawing, saying "holy buckets" and "Oh my gosh" !!! LOL!! The 4 older kids (Faith, Lysa, Kitty, Isaiah) were talking too. The little boys and Mercy were in bed :o)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Reason number FIVE why I LOVE Bulgaria!

Last but not least!
 Paul Follower. We call him Pauly. Pauly is our only Bulgarian with blue eyes and blonde hair!  He looks as American as apple pie! 
Pauly has Autism. A common thing that happens to children with Down Syndrome who suffer trauma. Pauly had heart surgery as a baby. He was in an orphanage. The orphanage was very poor. There was no momma or pappa to love and hold him through it. He recovered physically but not mentally.

 We adore him. He hates to have his picture taken. Kind of a silly thing because he LOVES attention. Pauly will find humor in his mind no matter what we are doing! It will send him into fits of giggles! We can't help but laugh with him! Unless it is bed time and he keeps his brothers up!

 He works so hard to understand and do what we ask. But every once in a while he decides for himself what he should be doing! Those times he will either go upstairs all on his own to....? Or he will scoot down stairs to find me!

We may never know what he is thinking. But he is the sweetest, gentlest boy. He doesn't argue. He always shares. He lets the nurse take his blood with minimal "squeeks" in protest. 

So those are the FIVE reasons I LOVE Bulgaria! Noah, Moses, Jacob, Julius & Pauly! Thank You Bulgaria! Thank You!
Thank You God for Blessing the union of 5 precious Bulgarian boys and our family! We Praise You!! We sing Your Praises with our boys!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Reason number FOUR why I LOVE Bulgaria!

Julius Believer age 8. 
His name comes from Acts 27 and the Roman Centurion who helped the Apostle Paul. We knew we were naming one of our boys "Paul" after my mom's best friend since high school- my "Auntie Lena". (Pauline) Who was Greek. After reading Acts the name Julius seemed to be the answer to what our 2nd son's name would be. And we LOVE his name. Altho he is often more like Julius the monkey! ;o) LOL!

 Julius is such a handsome boy! He's very smart too, which often gets him into trouble- like "curiosity killed the cat". ;o)
He was so tiny when he first came. Now he is quite tall for having Down Syndrome and he is "built" slimmer. His legs are not as short as the other boys legs, compared to their torso.
So he can run like the wind! LOL!
He is the 2nd youngest boy of the five, but the tallest.

He has the confidence of knowing he is smart! So he doesn't easily get offended when he's corrected. He often challenges the rules, A LOT!!! Good thing we are crazy about him! LOL!

 Moses LOVES to "help". But Julius LOVES to do tasks, to have responsibility. Just tell him to "set the table" and he is in heaven! It may be a little unusual or not complete. But he feels great joy in doing "it"! Each year he can do more and more. He is going to go far if he can learn to stay on task and not let his curiosity get the best of him!
Sometimes he can be mean to his brothers out of boredom. Eventually after being tripped one too many times by Julius, Moses will now go back and hit him!!!

He makes my heart melt! He is a momma's boy through and through. Always kisses and hugs for me! And he LOVES to sit with me doing learning projects. He gives everything we do together his full attention.
All of my boys from Bulgaria are filled with LOVE! Just like the Bulgarians who allowed us to adopt them!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Reason number THREE of why I LOVE Bulgaria!

 My beautiful Bulgarian son Jacob Angelov now 10 years old. (he is 1 month younger than Mosie)
Jacob has confidence, chutzpah, cockiness and a stubborn iron will. All strong Bulgarian manly traits! ;o)
Jacob wants no part of dressing in his costume celebrating his heritage! He protested loudly!!

 Crocodile tears faded and he is curious as to......why?.......are we doing this? LOL!

 Jacob fiercely fights for his independence. He does what he wants, when he wants. He does not like compromise, and he prefers to be alone. In fact he thinks he's invisible??!! Poor guy! We can and do see him. More than he'd like. 

And there's no way we are giving up on him! :o) 
We are so proud of how far he's come!

 Ooopsie! A little melt down here! ;o)

This is how he prefers to stand up, without holding on to anything. When he came home his legs were thin and weak. His left leg was much smaller. As he grows and puts on weight his left leg has gained tremendous strength. He has learned balance and he works on it every day! Taking baby steps. But not walking.

 It was his idea. And when it's his idea he gives it 100%.

Isaiah adores Jacob. Isaiah doesn't have a favorite sibling, but he LOVES spending time with Jacob. 
At lunch yesterday Jacob picked up Isaiah's piece of cake at the dinner table to throw it on the floor! Jacob is very practical, he had his own cake, there was no need for another piece near by. Huh?!

Isaiah had to leave the room to laugh hysterically! He thought it was incredibly funny. I however did not. I firmly told Jakie that it was not nice!! Jakie tunes me out. And then I watched him like a hawk. Of course he was mad about the extra attention from me! So he pouted. I was not in the least bit surprised by Jakie's actions- he is that mischievous! But I wish he'd at least try to be nicer!?

And then it was bed time! And Mr Jacob was thrilled to remove the outfit, get into his scooby-do pjs and sleep sack to get ready for bed! So he gave us all his beautiful happy face, the face we live for!