Revelation 3:8 (New International Version)
I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

The child is the beauty of God present in the world – that greatest gift to a family.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

This week with Joshua

One of my favorite pictures, he was wondering if I would follow him, look at that grin.
Joshua also loves putting his little finger in his mouth.
Joshua was wondering what I was doing looking through this camera.
It took a little time but I finally made him smile, the camera was not fast enough
Hello Everyone,
sorry this has been limited on pictures and post. Once I left Pleven I headed with Demetry to Plovdiv my internet connection was not as consistent and the place where I can get connection is usually filled with people smoking . You can really appreciate smoke free restaurants when you are in a smoky filled room.
The view is beautiful and the orphanage is more like an inn from the outside. What gives it away is the playground outside. This orphanage has mostly typical children who actually attend Kindergarten. The director told us that she only has 3 special needs children and all 3 have down syndrome. The good news is that 2 of the 3 have families one being my Joshua. The director stated that Bulgaria was trying to integrate special needs children with typical children so this is why they sent her these 3 children. She stated that she has really enjoyed bringing these children to health especially Joshua who arrived very thin and weak. She stated he was unable to walk when he arrived but they worked with him and it has only been recently that he has learned to walk and climb up the stairs. Joshua will be 7 in April. He still requires someone to feed him and dress him. He does not know how to play with toys and he has no interest. He does still have the orphanage behaviors of rocking and frequently makes faces and plays with his fingers. I was very thankful for the work that the caregivers and director have done because form the pictures they had in 1 year truly made a difference. The director was also very happy and satisfied that Joshua had an experienced family and frequently stated that in the US he would have an opportunity since here no one ever inquired about wanting to adopt him.

Well, please pray for not only Joshua but my children at home (who I miss so so much) and my kids who still reside in the other orphanage. I worry so much that the wait will be to much on little Amelia. The doctor has given special instructions to the orphanage about feeding her 7 times a day and giving her specialized formula that was brought over by my friend Shelly. As you have probably read my other friend Shelleys blog on the condition of some of the children who reside here. Many of these children are the forgotten children and I truly hope and pray that Shelly and I made an impression on the caregivers so that they to can see how much these children need and deserve people to care for them. People learn by actions of others and our actions were truly from our hearts. We love these children and feel 100% without a doubt that our Father wants us to take care of them and love them in anyway we can. Thank you also to Dr Lilova, our faciliator and the MOJ of Bulgaria for bringing these forgotten children out. Pray pray pray.


  1. Jenny he is adorable and walking!! Woo-Hoo!! You know my Moses/Valentin is 7 and he does not walk yet. :o(
    Thank You for posting! We are praying!

  2. Joshua sounds so much like my Liam. And they are almost the same age. I have loved your little guy for so long and was so excited to see that you were adopting him. Thank you for sharing pictures with us. He is beautiful! Your whole family both here and abroad are in my prayers!

  3. I think you are at my son's orphanage!! Wish I knew you were headed there, just e-mailed you. :-)

  4. Praying for Lilianna. It's hard for me to keep up sometimes, but I thought that Lilianna (Amelia ) was being cared for in the hospital now??? Praying God's strength over her and all of the little ones. They are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

    Stephanie Lynch

  5. Hi Stephanie, No Amelia is no longer in the hospital. I wish I understood but it was some kind of red tape that she could only be in there for the 12 days. The doctor wanted to keep her longer but something with the orphanage they did not allow any more time. They told me it was not due to a financial reason. I wish I understood so I could explain it better but I don't.

  6. Hi dear Jenny,

    Praying for you fervently! Joshua is so adorable! LOVE you...steph

  7. I like the third photo best, it's those eyes that speak to me I think. We are praying for your family back home and your three little ones so far away. Our front hall is filling up fast with cases of vivonex and Neocate for Shelley to ship over... The generosity of so many people just brings me to my knees...

  8. I think little Joshua is going to have a blast with his new siblings!! I love his looks that he is giving you. Oh how I wish I was still there with you to watch all of this! Let's go get our kids together!!

  9. Thank you for sharing! We bought home our daughter from Pleven in June of 2011, I was just give your blog so I could connect with other's adopting from there. God bless you for all you have done with your wonderful large family!

  10. Thinking of you and hoping all is well.

  11. Hoping you all are well!! It would be wonderful to hear from you!

  12. Popped over from "Micah Six Eight." :-) Made a donation to your RR account. Blessings to you and your beautiful family.
    With Prayers,

  13. Hello Jenny and Steven,
    Just wanted to touch base to let you know you are thought about and cared about. You haven't posted in quite a while, which is concerning. I know your house is full and busy with all your lovies, but we would love to hear from you! Praying for your entire family. God bless you.

  14. Just checking in to see how things are going, hope everything is ok.