Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Levi Samuel Jackson
Born Thursday, July 18 at 4:24 am
weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces
and measuring 20.5" long

Another spunky Jackson enters the world
One minute old
Getting checked up in the nursery
Weighing in
Love at first sight 
Family of Four
I love my family
Proud big sister
"I have eyes! Can't wait to see you!"
The delivery was relatively quick, which resulted in me receiving NO pain medication of any kind! It's not what I had planned (or would wish on anyone!), but in hindsight I'm glad our little guy was born with no medication in his body. We are so extremely thankful and blessed to have received our special gift of a perfectly healthy baby boy. Ruslana loves being a big sister and beams whenever she talks about or holds her little brother.

Thank you for all your prayers and support over the last 10 months.  Levi's quite a trooper to have endured two months in Ukraine during the winter and we can't wait to see what the Lord's plan is for his life. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Shoe Drive

Check out this fundraiser a friend of mine is doing to raise money for her Ukrainian adoption:

The DeHoog family resides in Southern California, however shoe pick ups can be done all across the United States. Contact Laura at 951-205-1545 to coordinate a pick up.  

To learn more about the family and fundraiser, read a newspaper article here and watch a video here

By donating your old shoes you'll clean out your closet, help the shoeless in third world countries, and contribute to an international adoption.  It's a triple win! 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Our Summer

We've had a good summer so far.  Ruslana's behavior has dramatically improved since she has been out of school.  Even though she told us that she liked school, I wonder if it was an underlying stresser.  It's been great having her home every day and our bonding has improved dramatically.

Some of the things we've been up to:
  • Ruslana is continuing to love her swimming lessons and has become quite the fish. 
  • A teacher (an absolute angel) from R's school is meeting with Ruslana three times a week to help her with her English and math.  Ruslana loves her and it's been a major blessing for our family. 
  • R saw her first movie in the movie theatre (Monsters University):
  • She's taken an interest in doing her nails (which I, of course, love):

  • We met with Laurel, the director of God's Waiting Children, for the first-time in person:  
  • Ruslana bought something for the first time using her chore money--a toy car.  While we know that she loves this movie, it was a surprising choice to us.  Even more odd is that she still hasn't opened it or played with it. Hmm...
  • Her eating is hardly an issue now.  Restaurants are a lot funner now! 

  • We baked Scarlett (our dog) a cheese dog cake in the shape of a dog bone to celebrate her 2nd birthday.  Yes...we're a little crazy, but it sure was fun! And Scarlett loved it!
  • Mark and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by spending the night at the hotel where we were married six years ago. It was a fabulous getaway and Ruslana had a blast staying at her grandma's house (and getting spoiled!): 

Full circle--38 weeks pregnant in the room
where we had our wedding reception
  • With only two weeks to go until my due date, we are anxiously waiting to meet our sweet boy.  Ruslana also can't wait to be a big sister: 

This is certainly a summer we will never forget--it'll be our very first summer with both of our kiddos.  We are so very blessed and happy!