Sunday, September 26, 2010

Chloe Yana "Banana" in the morning. She is super strong headed but usually always giggly!

Tessa Katia Lewis is the ring leader. We walked to the store together last night for milk and i so loved it. She was so proud walking with Papa, at the same time so focused on the task.

Krista Oksana Lewis is a super cutie that is super mischievious. Always in to something.

Four movie stars on Gotcha day!

All dress, packed and ready to leave the orphanage forever.

Sorry for the long wait between posts. It has been very busy to say the least!

We GOT'EM! We took them out of the orphanage on Friday. The first night was SURVIVAL! They were out of control stimulated, running like crazy, screaming and into EVERYTHING. What made it worse was that we were staying with friends at their apartment. There wasn't one door or drawer left un-opened. Their bed time is 9pm, the first fell asleep at 1am.

The next day we called and rented our own apartment. It was much much better! Oksana is still into everything and light switches are her major weakness. Bath time is always an adventure. The first night was total chaos with some damage to shower curtains and rods. The second night was much better with only minor flooding. Last night we did it assembly line style and it worked out much better. Overall they have been a joy and blessing with moments that are challenging. They are all very loving.

That is all the time i have now. They are hovering over Papa wanting to go out to play.

Peace and Love!

Shane & Diana

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We have finished all of the paperwork in the region. Tomorrow we submit for passports and hope to have them Monday or Tuesday. After we have their passports we head to Kiev for two more days of paperwork, then.......HOME!!!!!

Friday we will have a going away party for the girls at the orphanage. After the party we dress them their new clothes and we take them away from there forever. We had hoped to be in Kiev before the weekend but it isn't going to work out. The bonus is that we will have the weekend with them to just stroll around the town and get to know each other.

A little video of me playing with my girls.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Paper Chase!

Sorry friends for not being able to update the blog. We just got internet yesterday and couldn't find the time last night to blog. Then today we were up at 4am to resume the paper chase. Tomorrow is another 4am wake up so please be patient with us.

We are doing great and so far everything is going very well!

Please continue to pray us on home!

Love to you all!

Shane & Diana

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Here we come girls!

Tomorrow we are back on the plane to bring our girls home.

Please continue to pray for us and for a shield of protection over our girls!

Much love to you all!

Shane & Diana

We know your hearts and your loving spirit. We ask that you also add our friends the Bollinger's to your prayers? They are in an all out battle in trying to bring their girl's home.


"Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” - John 13:35 NLT

We want to send out a huge amount of gratitude to all that have and continue to circle around us as we step out on this journey of faith and love. There is no way we could possibly have done any of this without your prayers and support. We are truly amazed and humbled by the love you have shown us! You all know who you are so we won't put you on the spot in this post. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you for the love!

Peace and Love!
Shane & Diana

Saturday, September 11, 2010


We arrived home safely on Thursday evening. A little time to regroup, prepare a few more things for the girls homecoming, and then right back to get our girls.

Pray for peace and protection of our girls while we are home!

Peace and Love!

Shane & Diana

Wednesday, September 8, 2010



We head home Thursdays and will be back to finish up the paperwork and bring our girls home on the 18th.

Thank you all for your prayers!

Shane & Diana

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Asking all our friends for Prayer as we head into Court in about 7 1/2 hours. We'll post an update as soon as we can.

Friday, September 3, 2010


We spent the morning with the Monkeys (Our girls) and had a great time as we always do. We walked around the area, played on the bars at the school playground and purchased a treat at the store.

My Friend Hannah wrote this about this picture and it brought me to tears because i never thought of it this way. "Want to know what makes me happy about this picture? I can just hear them saying, "Look at me! Look at what I can do!" And there you are, to look and admire them. :)".

"God sets the lonely in families" - Psalm 68:6

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

First Bell!

Today, in the entire country, all the children return to school. It is a celebrated day here and they refer to it as "FIRST BELL". They have a ceremony where the senior class welcomes the kindergarten class in. It was great to watch and we thought about the everlasting impression that must leave on a 6 year old to have a teen celebrate the day you start school.

So, as you can see we were able to accompany our girls to their first day of school. It was such a great experience for us to share in their culture and create a memory!