Monday, April 23, 2012

Help Bring Jonathan Home

I am writing in hopes that you will help me help the Mickschl family. Tim and I met the Mickschl's in Ukraine last year while we were adopting Anastasia. They were adopting a little girl with Down Syndrome from the same orphanage. We leaned on each other and prayed for each other as we both journeyed thru our adoptions. We were very blessed by them.

They are now adopting again!!! In December, they said "Yes" again to God's call to care for orphans when they heard of a 16yr.old boy named Jonathan who was aging out of the orphanage in Ukraine. Without the Mickschl's step of faith, Jonathan would already be on the streets without the love and guidance of a mom and a dad. I can not fathom any of my children being unprotected outside cold, hungry, and all alone not knowing where they are. This is the case for orphans all over the world, but it doesn't have to be! God loves them all! He created them! They are His children! God is running after Jonathan with the help of the Mickschl's hands and feet!

However, there's a huge financial mountain the Mickschl's are trying to tear down with their bear hands,so they can get to their son! They could be traveling as soon as next month and they still need to raise at least 13,000! Because Mr. Mickschl is self-employed they will have no income coming in while they are in Ukraine bringing their son home.

Please help this family in any of the these 4 ways:

1.Pray! Pray! Pray! Pray for their family and for Jonathan(when Jonathan was told a family wanted to come and adopt him,he was stunned. He didn't know how to respond because he said no one had ever wanted him.)

2. Visit their blog to learn about their I-Pad Giveaway! It ends April 24th

3. Purchase Thirty One products at now thru April 29th and 50% of all profits will be given to the Mickschl's adoption. Click on the above link then click on My Events. Look for the Hansina Mickschl Adoption Fundraiser then click shop. If you spend $31 or more you can get any purse 1/2 off!! Happy shopping -knowing your purchases will help bring Jonathan home!

4. Give a tax-deductible donation to the Mickschl's adoption through Project Hopeful at

Please pass this info on to your email contacts. Please post it on your blog and facebook and help change the course of Jonathan's life.
If you will pass this link  on to your email contacts, or post it on your FB and/or blog about the Hansina Mickschl Adoption Fundraiser , and you let me know via email or leave a comment saying you posted, then your name will be entered into a drawing to win a Thirty One Large Utility Tote ($30 value)!!
The party closes April 29th! Only 7 days left to bless the Mickschl's thru this 31 fundraiser, and receive this month's special. The Large Utility Tote winner will be notified April 29th via email. Products will be shipped directly to buyer within 10 days of the party closing date

Here's a picture of Jonathan,the Mickschl's son waiting in Ukraine. You can also visit the Mickschl's blog to follow their adoption journey.
Thank you so much for your help!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Home 7 months Today!!

It has been so long since I've posted, I don't know if anyone is still reading. LOL

Blogging has just taken a backseat. I don't know if everything I want to do doesn't get done because I'm a slow Southern Belle or I am just not a good time manager. Whatever the reason, I'm always wanting to blog and share whats going on, but as you see I haven't. I did realize yesterday, through Holy Spirit conviction that many people reading have cared about, prayed for, and donated funds, so Anastasia(aka Annie Belle)could call us Mama and Papa. Therefore, in thankfulness for everyone who helped change the course of her life, I want to share about this blessed journey.

She is such an amazing child! In the 7 months she has been home, she has never once seemed sad or afraid. She is very independent and catches on to new things very fast. After her first cleft palate surgery in Nov, she was such a trooper. She was the best little patient and so cooperative. The time I had with her in the hospital and her recovery period at home, served to be a great bonding opportunity. When we first visited her in the orphanage, she jumped when I touched her shoulder. When I tried to sing to her, she just looked at me like "what are you doing." As time has gone on, she has slowly been allowing mama to be her comfort. You can almost see a sigh of relief on her face as I hold her and touch her face. As I have experienced the blessing of her attachment, I have wept. She is trusting me and enjoying being loved on. . When she grabs my hand and puts it on her face, I thank my Heavenly Father. Sometimes it's a long time before she will give me my hand back. LOL. She is thriving with the power of human touch! Now that she has it, she doesn't want to let it go. My heart is overwhelmed. On one hand, I grieve for what she did not have and on the other hand, I'm in awe that God has allowed me to be a part of this miracle. I am one blessed Mama!

Irina is doing fantastic! Adopting Anastasia definitely helped her blossom. She was beginning to loose her Russian. It seemed like too much for her to learn English and keep her language at the same time. But once Anastasia got home, it sparked something and the Russian started flowing! She continues to speak only Russian to Anastasia, and she is like a little mama to her. I am so proud of her!! We have friends adopting a little boy right now in Ukraine. Irina will be able to communicate with him and help them if he is ever scared or they don't understand him. The power of love and the security of a family has totally impacted Irina as well. She is not the child I brought home 1yr and 6 months ago.

Seth keeps us laughing daily. I want to use this blog to record and remember all the funny things he says. He calls Anastasia "The baby" when in reality,he's the baby. He's the only one in the family that pronounces her name in Russian "Annastaseeya"

Amy,Samuel, and Seth are all learning and communicating Russian with Anastasia. It so cute to hear the boys saying the few Russian words they now know. Since Annie's surgery, she has been in speech therapy and she is understanding so much.She is learning to articulate sounds and is learning English all at the same time I am certain that if we stopped communicating with her in Russian, she would have no problem understanding us.When she first came home all she could do was point, grunt,and play charades. It was her only way to communicate for so long,but we are encouraging her to say the word she is acting out. When she is able to speak clearly, I wonder what all she will say. I bet she won't stop talking. However, I will miss playing charades with her. LOL.

Praise and Glory to Our Lord and Savior for this journey. Thanks be to God for everyone who helped us "place the lonely in families." Psalm 68:6

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


( Before you read this read previous post.. :)

Anastasia just got done with her surgery and is in the recovery room. Unlike planned, they were able to do a 2-surgery job, which would have to be 6 months apart, in 1 day!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!! Keep us in your prayers for a good recovery and that she wouldn't rip the stitches out!!!....:0 hahaha

Annie's Surgery!!!

Hello everyone!!! I have Big news.......Anastasia just went in for surgery!!!!! She was so excited to know that her mouth was getting fixed. Sorry its been such a long time since the last post...alot has been going on. My mom...( this is Amy posting:) has had a lot going on and asked me to update!! To catch up...... Annie is doing great! It feels like shes been here forever! She is absolutely amazing at communicating! Her hand movements and gestures and babbling is so tell you the truth I'm going to miss it when she is able to talk:( And Irina has been here for a yr and 2 months now...... I still can't believe it! She has changed so much. :D Her b-day... was September 1st and is now 10!!!!WOHOOO<3


....Look at that face....its all worth it...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Home at Last

Here is a our happy camper @ 2:30am leaving our apt. and heading to the airport. She is ready to go to America,but the smiles turned to tears when we got into the elevator to go downstairs and the elevator stopped in between floors trapping us inside!!! After 30minutes, we were freed and on our way!Thank you Jesus for answering prayer and getting us out of there unharmed! Praise the Lord!!

No more smiles again when she saw the airplane we were getting on. She pointed to the plane, pointed to herself and shock her head NO. She was excited until she saw the plane and then she changed her mind. LOL

After the 9 hr. flight, the smiles returned knowing we had just landed in America and that her sisters were waiting for her! She did amazing on the flight. I couldn't believe what a gift God had given me. She didn't cry,she didn't try to get out of the seat belt, and she slept for 3hrs of the flight! She was a little scared when we ascended and descended, but that was it! I kept thanking Him and thanking Him for this answer to prayer.

Oh, how we missed these girls and how happy they were to see their new baby sister.

Welcome Home Anastasia Belle! You made it to America!!

Swinging with Sissy!

When we pulled into the driveway,we were welcomed with our precious friends to greet us. There was food in our refrigerator, food in the crock pot, and the house was clean!! We are so blessed!! We would have never meet these beautiful people, the Tweitmeyers and the Heims, had we not stepped out in faith to adopt our beautiful girls. We are so grateful to our friends for such a warm welcome and for all they did for us while we were gone. Thank you guys for taking care of our girls and our house. It means so much. I thank my children for enduring 5 weeks of missing mom and dad and being away from their home. I pray the Lord will bless them for their own sacrifices that each of them made as we obeyed God's Word as a family, and for doing their part to care for Anastasia,an orphan no longer!!!!!Thank you to our Pastor and his family for all they did to clean our basement when it flooded. Thank you to all those that prayed for us, and donated money so we could do the Lord's will. Thank you Dylan for taking care of our lawn, and the chickens. I thank my family and friends in Alabama who took such great care of our boys. The day we came home with Annie they were still in AL. It was so sad not having them here,but they are on their way to IL for us to pick up soon!
I haven't seen a smile like this on her face until now. She's happy to be home!! She got out that van and walked in this house like she had lived here her whole life. She explored every inch of it and enjoyed every minute of her new found freedom.. FREEDOM! FREEDOM! What a beautiful sight. Thank you Jesus for such a precious gift to our family and for rescuing her!

Checking out Samuel's pedal car with Sveta in her Ukrainian shirt.

I love this picture! She is telling me in her own little cleft palate language that everything is OK. I think she is saying I like it here.

More smiles and she's in a car seat strapped down! I can't believe how well this little one goes with the flow. She has never been in a car seat before,and she's not fighting it! We are off to pick up the boys in Springfield IL. She's headed to see her brothers for the 1st time with McDonald's fries to go! LOL

Finally, all my babies together in one place!!

Mama's happy baby girl!

All the Allen's together at last and one more joins the clan.

I am so excited to get home and get settled in as one big happy family. Thank you Jesus for my family that you have so graciously given~!~

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Almost Home

The day we have been waiting for finally came! We put on her new clothes, she said good-bye to those who have cared for her, and she walked thru those gates no longer fatherless.

She is on her way HOME!

She didn't like the train at all. The first 3 hrs. were hard on her. She didn't get her nap because this was her big day no time for naps.LOL But no nap made the train harder. She cried and wouldn't let me comfort her. She was very scared and kept packing everything up waving and blowing kisses saying good-bye to the train. Every time the train made a stop she thought we could get off. It was really sad to watch. Finally she sat next to me amd let me lean my head against hers. She was soon fast asleep, and the little nap helped. She was good the rest of the night as long as she could look out that window. At bedtime we said Good night tucked her in and without a fight she went right to sleep and sleep so good all night!! So we made it thru the 18hr train ride! Praise you JESUS!

We got settled in our apt after getting Annie all cleaned up and in Sissy's dress she sent for her.

She wanted to wear Papa's shirt instead of hers. What a cutie!! We have had a busy few days with medical exam,Embassy appt.,and today VISA! The Lord has brought us so far! We made it to this point! I am so thankful for all He has done!

We are on our way now. In just a few hours, we will be picked up and taken to the airport.

We are almost there baby girl. Home Sweet Home!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

All For One

Friday was a successful day! An answer to prayer! We went very early to get Annie's new birth certificate,but there was no power at the buiding. If no birth certificate, then no passport,so we prayed. We called our new friends and they prayed. Within 1 hr, the power was back on and we returned to sign the papers and pick up Anastasia Belle Allen's birth certificate ! Praise Jesus! Our times are in Your hands!

This is the building where the day started and we obtained the official document that Anastasia has new parents, a new middle and last name, and a new life!

Mama signing the document that we are officially picking her up from the orphanage. Tears filled my eyes, as we both thanked the director for all she had done to help Anastasia not lose her chance of being adopted and to keep her there until we could come. She wished us health,happiness, and the blessing of grandchildren with our Anastasia. We answered, That is why were are here, so she can have a Hope and Future! Jer 29:11

Dad signing document to legally pick her up. Then we were off to get the passport. We walked in the room and signed more papers and with big smiles we were handed Anastasia's passport! This is all very amazing! This can sometime take days. Thank you Jesus for a passport in one day!!!

With everything done here in Annie's region, we can now return to the captial city for her visa. Our train leaves Sunday@ 3pm and we arrive the next morning at 9am. Yikes! Pray for her to handle this trip.
She knows we are coming to pick her up on Sunday. Evidently she got tired of waiting for us to come, so yesterday she left her group,walked over to the director,took her by the hand,and said, to Mama! She was so brave to do that because I guess that is not allowed. I don't blame you baby girl, you know what you want and you're tired of waiting. Don't worry. We are on our way! Tomorrow you will be set free! You can begin your new life as our cherished daughter all because Jesus loves you and gave His life for you. All for You!!

I love this picture because it's the first time Annie said Papa and the first time she asked him to swing her. Until then,only Mama could touch the swing. She realized Papa's swinging was higher and more fun than moms. LOL

Oh,Guess what today is? Irina's Gottcha Day! 1 year ago today Irina Elizabeth officially became an Allen too!!