A Week to Celebrate

This week has been one for the books. It has been a week in which dreams have been fulfilled and what once seemed impossible became possible!

This week the duplex has a family! It’s no longer just a building site, but this week it became a home. We are so thankful and so excited.

For a while we had been thinking about and praying about the possibility of Anton living in the duplex with Max and Morgan. We are still waiting for Sasha’s guardianship to become official, and we felt pretty strongly that Anton would be happier if he lived in the village, closer to us, and in a place with more support. Lesya and Masha have lived with Anton in an apartment since June and they have done a wonderful job with him. He is healthier and stronger than ever. He is also more emotionally healthy. Still, living with him is plenty challenging, and everyone agreed it would be more sustainable for all if Anton was in a place with larger net of support.

So, this past weekend Masha, Lesya, and Anton joined Max and Morgan in the duplex and we are all just really, really happy about it. The girls have agreed to live in the duplex till the summer, in order to help with the transition of Anton, and later, Sasha. They are helping Max and Morgan learn how to live with our boys, and also helping them with all the language needed to communicate with the boys. It seems like it will be a great fit. Ruslan moved into Anton’s old apartment with Luda and Nazar, and that’s great too, because Anton’s old apartment is nicer and bigger. Win win!

I can’t even accurately describe to you how it feels to have life in the duplex. We have dreamed of a community like this for so long. We have an amazing community in our team, but to have community, right here, out our back door is a literal dream come true. We are living life together, with our boys, as friends and family and it’s just so beautiful. I’m sure it will have it’s challenges- because…humans. But, I really feel God’s smile on this. This is the life our boys deserve.

The timing seems just about perfect too, because today Jed finally began the guardianship classes required to bring Sasha into the family. We have been waiting since September for these classes to start. FINALLY!!! The classes last until mid-March, and then hopefully all will be in order for Sasha to move into the duplex. That gives Anton enough time to get adjusted to his new digs before Sasha joins. We are all eager to see Sasha again and bring him from darkness into light. So much love awaits him!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to each one of you who has prayed and encouraged and given money over the past years. The dreams are becoming reality. It’s such an exciting time to be a part of this work. Wahoo!

PS: If you haven’t heard yet, we are doing a BeLOVE[d] t-shirt/sweatshirt fundraiser! It ends on March 2. 100% of the proceeds will go toward finishing the second side of the duplex. Click the link below to buy a t-shirt 🙂

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  1. Jennifer Lunos Dennen · February 23, 2021

    Do you think y’all might could teach Anton to sing everything, instead of attempting to speak? Or is the singing more parroted, and less available to spontaneity? Something like,
    🎶Mom, good job! My breakfast is great. Stop asking me questions.Throw the ball. Y’all are annoying me. Can I go for a walk. Where is my favorite truck? I love you momma.🎵🎶
    I’m just spit balling here; throwing around communication ideas. I am no professional speech therapist.

    • kimnjed · February 26, 2021

      I love it! 😆 His singing, like his speaking, is very sporadic. It seems like he can’t produce it on command, or rarely. But, I do think music is key to his learning.

  2. Phyllis Hunsucker · February 23, 2021

    I am so excited for all of you!

    Dreams are coming true down here, too. The first boy is out of the Kairy institution and into the home! If I post a link to a single Facebook post about it, will you be able to see that?

    • kimnjed · February 26, 2021

      I could read it! That’s exciting news for sure. ❤️

  3. Cindy · February 23, 2021

    Hallelujah and Amen! God inspired dreams, your Yes!, His provision, Ukrainian hero team, and an amazing amount if hard work has made this a reality. Isn’t God good? 💛

  4. Timidees@aol.com · February 26, 2021

    This makes my heart so happy!

    • kimnjed · March 2, 2021

      Yes!!! It’s such a wonderful time. ❤️

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