"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

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Heart is Full......

Today is the day Bella left the only place she has ever known and has joined the Burckhard family (at least the half of our family on this side of the ocean).

Here is our Ukrainian princess with our favorite caregiver Helena:

As we were saying goodbye to the Orphanage Director, she climbed up in his chair. He thought it was so funny and put his stethoscope around her neck to boot!

Here we are outside the Berizka Orphanage Gate. In the adoption world it is fondly called "Gotcha Day!"

And after a full day, here are two of my girls back at the apartment.

I will tell you more later, but suffice it to say that my heart is full of love and thankfulness to God for blessing us with another daughter to love.

Good night all.....it's only 7:50 here in Ukraine. And, as I type this, a little 4 year old girl is sleeping soundly next to me.

To God be the Glory! In Him, Paula


  1. praising God and rejoicing with you all!

  2. To God be the glory indeed! Congratulations Paula and family! What a testiment you all have been during this long process. I am so glad we got to meet. Safe travels.

    Jaime, Joe, Morgan and the newest member of our family, Victoria

  3. YAHOO!!!!! That is sooooooooooooo exciting!! It's finally happening!! Praise God!!!

  4. Congratulations Paula and Kevin! I am sooo glad that it went smoothly this far. I'm glad she is sleeping outside of the orphanage too! Great job you two!!! Keep us informed and be careful! :)

  5. Oh goodness, HAPPY GOTCHA DAY! Big prayers going up that you have a smooth and uneventful flight tomorrow and arrive safely on US soil! Hopefully Kevin got all the return home bumps in your place ;)

    So excited that she is finally in your arms forever...Congratulations!!!

  6. I'm crying HAPPY tears! What a Glorious day it is!!! Congratulations to you and your whole family!
    God Bless!

  7. Felicidades!she looks fantastic with her outfit

  8. Brings tears to my eyes!! Lord willing you will be home with your family when you read this.

  9. Praise the Lord! So happy for you all!