Friday, December 16, 2011


I am not a blogger, let's get that straight right now. I don't have time to do this, nor do I think my everyday life is of much interest to anyone but us.

But the addition of another child to our family is a big deal - no it's a huge deal and I can't keep this to myself any longer. I'm adding a 15th child to my family (actually it's 17th if you count my grown kids, and I do, but it will make 15 at home.)

Kolina is 9 years old TODAY. She is in the same country as Maria, but in a different town and a different orphanage. And you can take different to the biggest extreme you can imagine. Because where she is, no child should be. Maria's orpanage is poor, but she is loved and fed. Kolina is not loved, nor fed.

Kolina is wasting away. She is 9 years old and weighs 19 lbs. When the Bible tells us to do unto the least of these Kolina and other children on the 3rd floor of this place are what I believe God was talking about. This orphanage looks good from the outside and on the main floors, but what it looks like to me is that the kids with disabilities, the ones that have been deemed "worthless" are moved upstairs and ignored. That's where my Kolina is.

So when I read about her, I knew I couldn't let my approval from the USCIS for that second child go unfilled. So here's a picture of my sweet Kolina! Happy Birthday Kolina. I'm coming to get you!

Merry Christmas!

Top Row: Leslie 16, Adam 13, Jon 17, Lucas 7, Julia 17
Second Row: Beth 2, Katie 15, Myia 8, Santa, Mariana 7, Linda, Molly 4
Bottom Row: Jacob 11, Jesse 9, Veronica 11