Help outfit Michael, Sarah, and John

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DI Competition

Anna participated in a competition recently and their homeschooling group won first place in their division. So proud of Anna, as this has been a very difficult experience for her. She is accustomed to writing scripts and everyone enjoying them online, but this group challenged her by having her rewrite things and alter them until the whole group approved of it. She even had some sleepless nights, as she fretted over this competition. Anna wrote her first song on the piano (it was amazing to hear her practicing on her own without being asked!) and incorporated that into the skit. I can definitely see her confidence rising after this opportunity.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Happy Birthday to Sarah

Happy Birthday to Sarah! This was our first birthday to celebrate with Sarah in person. Sarah requested bacon and eggs and orange juice for breakfast, which she helped to prepare with Tyler. Her family birthday meal was flank steak and roasted broccoli. I baked her a strawberries and cream cake, which she loved. She received several gifts, which included a chess set, perfume, skittles, and LOTS of new clothes. She enjoyed trying on all of the new clothes that I bought for her and modeling them for me. Tyler took Sarah and Iryna to a trampoline house where they had a great time, except for Sarah doing a flip that hurt her neck. :-(  Tyler took Sarah to Texas Roadhouse for dinner and then they watched a movie together. I think Sarah had a great day! 15 years old.

Sarah is empathetic. She enjoys comforting others when they don't feel well. Sarah knows how to cook and to work hard. Sarah has learned quite a bit of English. She enjoys coloring and doing crafts. She also likes to write in her journal a lot. She enjoys going on walks and riding her bike. We love you, Sarah.  

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Happy Birthday to Michael

Happy Birthday to Michael! It was our first time to celebrate a birthday with him in person and he had a great day. He requested hamburgers for breakfast (which was a first for me!) and grilled steak with shopska salad for dinner. We let each child choose one of the parents to go out for a meal, and Michael wanted to eat lunch with me at Red Lobster. He loves to eat fish. I took him to Autobahn to drive a car, which he enjoyed and they gave him a free race because it was his birthday. He also got a haircut. His only gift was an iPhone 6 plus (my old phone) which he loves. Silas also colored him several pictures, which was so sweet. The only thing that Michael was sad about was that he couldn't spend time with his friends in Bulgaria. He misses them very much.

Michael is smart. Michael is very social. He has a fun sense of humor. He is kind. He is generous. Michael is affectionate. He absolutely loves Barkley and snuggles with him everyday. Michael is a very fun person. He makes this world a better place. So thankful to have him. Обичам те Майкъл!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Michael and John

These boys get along so well. I am amazed at how much they care for each other after so little time together. So thankful for them both. They are devoted to each other. And whenever they get too much energy, they wrestle!


It's interesting to see how each of our children enjoy various sports. Michael has been asking about boxing for some time now. He started taking lessons in December. He really enjoys it and the teacher said that he has real potential, if he will train diligently. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

First surgery for Michael

Michael has had nosebleeds for as long as he can remember. I took him in to see the ENT and he has a very large blood vessel in his nose that was causing the nosebleeds. The blood vessel was so large that they couldn't cauterize it in the office, so his first surgery was scheduled!

One of the many nosebleeds that Michael had. It was scary how many nosebleeds he would have.

Pre-surgery selfie in the bathroom. 

Posing pre-surgery. He was very nervous about the IV being put in. He had been fasting and couldn't eat anything. Well, whenever he gets a shot or anything with needles, it makes him sick to his stomach and we give him something sweet to help. Unfortunately, I couldn't give him ANYTHING because he had to be fasting for the surgery. This made him very upset and he began breathing very quickly. The nurse was afraid he would pass out. I tried to comfort him the best that I could, but it was obvious that he did NOT like having an IV put in. Of course, who does??

Post surgery. He was supposed to be awake 30 minutes afterwards, but he wasn't waking up - so the nurse asked me to help wake him up. 

Afterwards, he was starving. I bought him a large pizza and he ate the entire thing!

Conclusion: no more nosebleeds! And Michael is eager to NOT have any more surgeries anytime soon. 

Disney on Ice

We were given tickets to attend Disney on Ice! Tyler was out of town, Anna was at karate, and Sarah was still in the hospital. Our respite care worker, Eileen, came also. It was a fun night, other than Iryna and John and Silas having anxiety from all of the people and sounds.