Category Archives: Everyday Life

Superhero? Angel?

This morning, I packed up one of my dogs. We put all of her stuff in the car and drove her over to Kansas City. And handed her off to Amy.

I’ve told you about Amy before… Amy the photographer, fellow dog lover, gigantic-hearted superhero. That’s her.

Yup, she and her family offered to take our Josie while we’re away. She lives down in Texas, but was up in KC and brought Miss Josie back with her.

I think Amy is a superhero. For real. Or an angel. Something like that. We were hoping to find someone would take one of our dogs, so it would be easier to get care for the other two. We had even decided that Josie would be the one to send off. Then, Amy emailed me, and asked specifically if we still needed someone to help with the dogs, and said they could take Josie.

Wow. She and her family are pretty amazing. We’re so grateful to have her in our lives and so grateful for how she has supported us during this adoption!


I have Google Analytics set up on my blog. I can see the region & state where my blog visitors come from. Kind of fun.

The Top Ten Most Popular States:
1. Kansas
2. Minnesota
3. North Carolina
4. Pennsylvania
5. Indiana
6. California
7. New York
8. Arizona
9. Missouri
10. Georgia

A little fun fact for you, I have been to 42 states. Of the top ten states which visit my blog, I have been to 7 of them.

My nonsensical point is that the people who have supported us the most in this adoption process aren’t always who we expected.

But, there are a lot of people who I hardly knew or didn’t know or hadn’t talked to in years who have become awesome friends and loving cheerleaders in our adoption process.

So, thanks for being awesome. Your comments are like Christmas morning to me. 😉

And, in case you are wondering what is going on with our adoption… we wait to hear this Thursday or the next. We have been working on preparing our house, which I hope to share with you soon!


I have been telling everyone, when they ask us what we need, to please not give us toys! There are two reasons for this… the first is that I don’t want Reed and Scarlett to come home and be overwhelmed by stuff! And the second is that toys are the last thing I want to end up with too many of. I know that most toys don’t get played with on a regular basis… only a handful do.

I am afraid of Reed and Scarlett’s room looking like this…

What are some of your children’s favorite toys? Toys which encourage creativity, encourage siblings to play together and with their parents, can entertain for awhile, get played with more than once, etc….

Also, please feel free to let me know which toys you just can’t stand!

Devastating, Part II

I have a lot of things that I’d like to share with you, but one thing in particular seems appropriate today. The following statistics are devastating. I’m not sharing them with you to scare you into donating, but because I’d like you to be informed and aware of the sad reality for orphans. Far too many people aren’t… 

This is from Lyndi Shupp’s blog; please don’t forget to check out her blog, donate and pray for her family as they deal with a bump in their journey and bring Freddie home: 

Your future doesn’t look too bright. When you are 16, you will have to leave the orphanage. You don’t have family to turn to. There are few jobs in your country. There are few programs to feed you or house you. And your self esteem is very low for all you’ve been through.

Right now, there are over 100,000 children living in orphanages in [Eastern Europe]. Official numbers vary, and it is difficult to pinpoint the exact number. Reports from 100,000 to 150,000 exist, with 120,000 being the most commonly cited number. There are officially another 100,000 in state care, such as semi-orphanages and other forms of care.
Whatever the final number, the reality for these children is bleak. Because the [Eastern European] government provides extremely inadequate funds for clothing, shoes or other basics, and the budget for food is grossly inadequate as well, many children suffer from poor nutrition, medical issues that result from this like rickets, hunger, cold and lack of medicines. Orphanages depend on international aid for survival. 

Around the age of 16, orphans must leave the orphanage. There is no further funding for them to remain in the orphanage and because of overcrowding, it is not possible for them to stay longer in most cases. Sometimes, this happens even younger – children as young as 14 have had to leave our older kids’ orphanage, the Internat. They are without the basic skills to protect themselves and provide for themselves.

Orphans are given the option to attend some sort of further education according to [Eastern European] law. They can also live in a government-run dormitory if space is available, and as long as they study – usually one to two years. The conditions in these dorms are far worse than in the orphanage – they are usually violent, dangerous and worse, these orphans spend a great deal of time alone and without encouragement and love.

When an orphan leaves the orphanage, they must secure housing, food, warm clothes and shoes and other basics for living if they are not able to go on to further education, or after that education is done. Internat directors are charged with helping these students as they leave the orphanage, but in a country with few social programs to help and where jobs are very scarce, this is a monumental, daunting task.

  • 60-70% of boys leaving the orphanage will become involved in crime for survival.
  • 60-70% of girls leaving the orphanage will become involved in prostitution for survival.
  • About 1 in 6 of these children will commit suicide before their mid-20′s because of hopelessness.

This information is directly from Eli Project. I take no credit for writing it, however I did change the place name(in brackets), so I would not be sharing the specific country where Erika and Ilya are. If you are resourceful, you can obviously figure this out, but please refrain from announcing it on our blog. Thank you! 

P.S. Thank you, Katie, for suggesting that I add our fundraiser to the sidebar.

Who Are We

I realized that I never really introduced Aaron and me(Molly), because I never really thought that too many people besides my mother would read this. But, I have noticed that we have 11 followers and my mother only has two email addresses. I am going to give you a brief summary of Aaron and I, in case you don’t know us. If I don’t know you, I’d love it if you would introduce yourself in the comments.

Aaron is my husband, of course. He is a “construction materials testing technician”. Which is a really long job title which means that he keeps buildings from falling over. By testing concrete and looking at building plans, etc. For fun, Aaron likes working out in the yard, hiking, geocaching, mountain biking, camping, basically anything that means being outdoors! I think that the first word that most people would use to describe Aaron would be quiet (he is very quiet!); other good adjectives for him are sweet, hardworking, patient,  and active.

That photo is from our honeymoon. It is Glacier National Park, which is one of the many places that we went to on our honeymoon.

Aaron and I are largely opposites. I just graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Classical Antiquity, which I will probably never use! I have my own business, the Paper Hat, where I design and print custom napkins for weddings, birthday parties, etc. It is really a lot of fun. If I ever get an opportunity for free time, my first instinct is to take a nap, but I also love taking our dogs hiking, playing any kind of board game which involves trivia or words, traveling, reading, and picnics.

This is also from our honeymoon, also from Glacier NP… we went to so many other parks, but we had actually showered on the first day of being in Glacier.

Aaron and I live in Lawrence, Kansas, home of the Jayhawks. While it is our home now, neither of us grew up in Kansas… Aaron is from Missouri and I am from Pennsylvania. We love Kansas because of the open spaces. We have three dogs, weimaraners. I am a crazy dog person. All three of our dogs, despite their high energy levels, are great with everyone. They are all from a weimaraner rescue, Heartland Weim Rescue, which is a really fantastic organization if you live in the Midwest and want to adopt a weimaraner (see my crazy dog person side coming out?).

Is there anything else that you want to know about us?