Today we took Vika to get her "pretty's" as she calls them. Ears pierced.. EEK! Anyway the two girls at Claires at The Meadows did a great job and were super friendly. Thanks again! She loves them. They are little "Hello Kitty's"
Thursday night we had hair cuts.. Even though Vika's hair is still way too short to really cut. She climbed up in the chair; to continue being comfortable with being at Mrs. Kim.
Dr. Amy was really busy this weekend. She had continuing education; luckily in STL; all weekend. Along with Football physicals on Sunday for the Wentzville Wildcats. Go Wildcats!
Had a great evening at the Abts house Saturday night! Thanks again.
On our way to the Abts, we stopped at Aunt Mel's. Across the street a realtor had an open house with a bounce house. Vika loved it!! Thanks to Caroline & Brookie for helping her up the stairs to go down the slide.
And Grandpa Fridley would be proud... Miss Vika had some home made UCC apple butter on her crackers this afternoon and loved it!!!
Joint Council on International Children’s Services
April 12, 2010
We Are The Truth
A Campaign and Call to Action
The outrageous treatment of Artyem by his adoptive family has rightfully resulted in outrage by the Governments of Russia and the United States and all who care about children. The tragedy has cast a light on intercountry adoption that says it is not safe, the system failed and adopted children cause insurmountable problems. The heartbreak of Artyem Saviliev’s abandonment has once again elevated a singular incident to a level which may result in the suspension of intercountry adoption. Suspending adoption, even temporarily, will only cause thousands of children to suffer the debilitating effects of life in an orphanage.
You, the community of adoptees, adoptive parents, adoptive grandparents, child welfare professionals and child advocates know that the outrageous and indefensible actions of one parent are not indicative of how children are treated by adoptive families. You know that families who encounter difficulties do not simply abandon their child. You know that help is available, that solutions are found and that families can thrive. And you know that suspending adoption does not protect children but only subjects them to the depravity of an institution…and an entire life without a family.
You, the adoption community know the truth. You live the truth. You are the truth.
Join our campaign to bring the truth to light and help children in need find a permanent and safe family.
What You Can Do
1) Sign the letter to President Medvedev and President Obama: The letter asks both
Presidents to ensure that intercountry adoption continues uninterrupted and to aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone involved in the abuse of children. You can sign anytime, but doing so before Tuesday night would help us get the letters to both Presidents before President Medvedev leaves the U.S. To sign the letter, click here.
2) We Are The Truth – an adoption blogger day: To ensure the world knows about every successful adoption, on Thursday, April 15, 2010 blog about your adoption or the adoption of someone you know. It doesn’t matter if your adoption is with Russia, domestic or otherwise international. Let the world know your truth!
3) Tell Your Truth with Video - make sure the world sees, hears and feels the thousands of successful adoptions from Russia by:
a. Send Joint Council your successful Russian adoption video via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
i. Video should be a maximum of 3 minutes.
ii. A release must be sent to Joint Council or we cannot accept your video.
For a copy of the release, click here.
b. Joint Council will translate the video into Russian and post it on our YouTube Channel.
4) Tell Your Truth with Words and Photos
a. Send Joint Council your successful Russian adoption story via email to email@example.com. Send us your stories through:
i. Photos (please do not send more than 10)
ii. Essays (maximum 500 words)
iii. A release must be sent to Joint Council or we cannot accept your story and/or pictures. For a copy of the release, click here.
b. Joint Council will then compile the stories and pictures, translate them into Russian and post them on our website and/or blog.
5) Share Your Truth
a. Joint Council will post, forward and share your stories via Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Joint Council will be updating our YouTube Channel and Facebook page as the stories get compiled and translated, please subscribe to us on YouTube, Twitter and Fan us on Facebook.
b. You do the same by posting on your Facebook, Twitter, blog and website!
Want to help more?
Are you willing to speak to the media about your Russian adoption? If so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following: Your name(s) City, State of residence Contact Phone Numbers Contact Email Short 4 sentence bio about your adoption Do you speak Russian? We are in need of individual volunteers who can help our staff translate the videos and text quickly. If you are interested in helping, email Joint Council at email@example.com. Do you live in the Alexandria, VA area? Joint Council is in need of short term volunteers over the next two weeks, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer.
This week has a lot of firsts, but the biggest first is Miss Vika going to Aunt KK's for preschool. Yeah! Good look & prayers for both of you. Miss Vika also got her first car this weekend.. LOL A sporty little convertible..
Would also like to congratulate the ILS cheer squad! They rock'd it at the Cheer competition over the weekend and took grand prize. The theme was Mardi Gras!
First: Thank you to everyone who attended my fathers funeral... the amount of people who came out was completely over whelming... We felt blessed...\
Second: Shame on the lady from Tennesse!
Here are some pics of Miss Vika.... at Grandma Fridley's house... and with her bucket that she would not put down, even as she was falling asleep.. also we took our first bath at Grandma Fridley's house.. we loved it!