Family 2013

Family 2013
Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We had court !!!

 First official "Sasha" photo :) Introducing Sasha Falvo  We love you so much little guy! You are going to make your mark in this world! God has big things planned for you sweetie :)

 Family photo with the Asst Director of his Orphanage

The judge requested our little guy be in court to answer questions. :/ you can imagine how nervous we were for him. Folks here do not understand the desire to add a special needs child to your family. It truly baffles them. In there defense their lives are much harder then ours and they do not have access medical care or therapies that we do. So will Sasha being very twitchy, stimming, and biting his hand we were worried :(
He did AMAZING! He was bored and nervous at first and continued to roam around the court room, the judge finally told the director to just let him be, "he is a child, let him walk" :) Sasha settled down next to the secretary and she let him draw on paper (he CAN hold a pencil!!) and he settled right down.
When the judge finished asking us a ton of questions and Giana a ton of questions, he turned to Sasha and said "Where is mama and papa?"  Sasha stood up with a shy smile and pointed to us!!! (happy dance, tears ya know ;)
Then he asked him "where is the judge?" Sasha pointed out the window! Lol..too funny. Everyone laughed :) I dont think the little guy has any idea what a 'judge'  is :)  Over all it went really well.
 the judge ruled favorably but now we have to wait thru the  10 day waiting period for any appeals that may rise. After the court session the judge gave us all a large plate of fruits from his garden to enjoy! Nothing like fresh healthy fruit! The fruit here is SO good. It smells delicious and is just so sweet and dripping with juice :)
Celebratory lunch :) twice cooked potatoes and stewed cabbage with dill. SO good!

Getting to court day has been 26 days in the making thru many delays, frustrations, and upsets. It was such a victory! This little guy has been on our hearts for 2 years and finally we are his parents :):) Thank you so much for all your prayers and encouragement! It really means so much to us!

Michael has to go back to work, so he will be leaving :( tonight. Giana and I will be staying here for another 3 weeks. We have some good friends new and old in town, so we wont be alone. We actually feel pretty comfy here , and walk everywhere so we will make the best of it! Our little guy is being transferred back to his orphanage "V" so the drive will be 45 mins vs 90 mins. Sad though to not spend time with many of the kids who are staying at the camp orphanage. It breaks my heart to not be able to love on them and tell them they matter. Such a sad life for an orphan :( you really have no idea.



Anonymous said...

Congratulations are your newest addition! PTL court went well!

When you are home and settled I would love more info on the kids at the "camp." Is that just one of those "summer camps" they send orphans to or is that their new permanent home? I'm wondering if there is a way to send them care packages and maybe even glasses for sweet "Samantha."
Angie R.
wifeofworldsbesthusband at hotmail dot com

Monica said...

Congratulations on your new son! Wonderful :-)


Emi said...

Congratulations on your gorgeous new son! I know he will blossom in your family. I can't wait to see him with Benji! Do they remember each other?

denise said...

So glad you had court and can finally start home. I hope everything runs smoothly from here on. Have a safe trip home and I will keep praying until you are all home safe! Lots of love ! <3 Denise :)

Unknown said...

Praise God for answered prayers! Congrats on your precious new boy. I sit here in tears, happy for your family and sad for those left behind.
Nancy Cusumano

Our Lively Crew said...

Your little guy is so very precious. What a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing your heart with your readers.

Jenna said...


My name is Jenna. You kids are a brave courageous fighter. your kids are a special miracle from god, a gift from above, earthly angel,and your kids are a smilen hero. Your kids are full of happiness, life, smiles, joy, fun,love, and spunk.

I was born with a rare life threatening disease, and have 14 other medical conditions, and developmental delays.

I wrote this poem
Each of us are Special
Each of us different,
No one is the same
Each of are us are unique in our own way,
Those of us who have challenges, we smile through our day.
Those who of us who have challenges, we smile through our day.
It doesn't matter what others say
we are special anyway.
What is forty feet and sings? the school chior

Speechless said...

Congratulations :) I just read through the last few entries, and wanted to comment. You mentioned not knowing why your son twitches, etc., and it reminded me of my son. I'm not sure if you were given any information about possible medications (we adopted from a different country), but I would ask if you have the chance. My son regressed very similarly after being placed on medication (other people had met him prior to meds); he became much less responsive/interactive, more hyperactive, had physical reactions, etc.

"...Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows that we know, and holds us responsible to ACT..." Proverbs 24:12

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -(Mahatma Gandhi)