"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

Friday, August 7, 2009

Bella's OFFICIALLY Ours!

The 10 day wait is up and Bella Bogdana Burckhard has a family -- Ours! We are thrilled! Now, we will pick up the court decree next Wednesday and start the paperwork on Thursday. Praise God!

After our morning Bella visit, we went to a really neat Cossacks Museum in Kiev. It was cool and rainy, but that didn't stop us hardy North Dakotans!

We had a fun day at the museum, eating at an authentic Ukrainian restaurant, and shopping at a really nice mall. I even got Bella two very cute little dresses and two cotton nightgowns. Can't wait to have her model one of the dresses for you all on her "gotcha day" which will hopefully be very, very soon!

Love, Paula BELLA's MAMA


  1. Congrats! Happy Adoption! :) When are you coming home then?

  2. Bella is adorable and looks so happy! Congrats to your family and to Bella!

  3. Congratulations on your new tax deduction!! :)
    Can't wait to meet her!

  4. That IS good news! So I guess the balance of power has officially swung to the girls! Sorry Sam and Jake, but I think we can still fillibuster stuff!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS! You have a beautiful little girl!! God is Good!

  6. Paula & Kevin, Jerica gave me your website and I check it everyday (sometimes twice). I am so happy and proud of you and your family!! Gods blessings are pouring over your family, Bella is so very lucky to have a family like yours, I am so excited for you gies. Hope we can see you when you return home with your new daughter!! Love in Christ, Amy Hanson

  7. Congrats Mama & Papa!
    Bella is a lucky girl
    or maybe it is all of
    us that is lucky
    to have Bella in our
    family. God bless and
    see you soon.

  8. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments! We can't wait for you to meet her! We hope to be home around the 20th. Please pray that would happen! Love, Paula

  9. Yahoo! It's official -- Bella Burckhard will love being in your family! We will pray that you get to come home on time!! :-)

  10. Dancing around in circles here! That is wonderful news! Praise God!

  11. Yay! Congrats! I know you are thrilled to have that validation after such a long wait! Prayers everthing goes smooth and you are all on a plane home soon! :)