"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
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Life goes on....
Elizabeth and I are getting into our own little routine here: orphanage, apartment, orphanage, apartment...
Bella is wonderful. It is so fun to see her connect with "Leeza" as the orphanage workers call her. All the other children now call Bogdana "Bella" and she is seeming to like her new name and respond to it.
I am so excited to report that another family from the States received a referral to a little girl at Bella's orphanage. They are a wonderful family for a wonderful little girl! This little girl stole Kevin's heart--every day we were here we would catch her longingly looking at us--around the corners, over ledges, behind trees--wanting a family for her own. Kevin is so thrilled! He said that she reminded him so much of what our Elizabeth looked like at that age, and it just broke his heart that she was alone. What a miracle and a blessing!
Hello! My name is Paula Burckhard. I am married to Kevin and have five children: Elizabeth (18), Samuel (14), Grace (12 w/Down syndrome), Bella (7 w/Down syndrome adopted from Ukraine 2009); and Nole' (4 w/Down syndrome adopted from Serbia 2011) We are a family that loves God and desires to bring him Glory in all we do.
Nole' (listed as Nathan) Came Home on March 2, 2011 from Serbia!
Bella Bogdana Burckhard
This "beautiful gift from God" has been given to us through the miracle of adoption. She became part of our family in August 2009. We are excited to see how God will use this Ukrainian princess for his glory!