We are thrilled to be adopting again! Our tax-deductible fundraising page is HERE! Our current expenses are expected to be $27,500. We are thankful for any support you can offer!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2 More!

If you've seen our fundraising page lately, you might have noticed something new. We wanted to wait until we had our homestudy draft to be sure we had four approvals. Now that we have that, we have some very exciting news. We are adding both Lee and Violet to our adoption! They each get their own post! Go check them out! Here is Lee's, and here is Violet's. We are so happy to add them to our adoption plans!


Now that we know how many kids we are planning to adopt and we can guess where we will be heading, we can make some cost estimates. Lee and Violet are both over 10 and eligible for the new $10,000 grants. That is hugely helpful and was a very unexpected surprise! These numbers are all estimates, but they give us a much better ballpark to shoot for.


Costs for Amos $20,000
Costs for Daisy in another region $15,000
Costs for Lee at the same orphanage $5000
Costs for Violet at the same orphanage $5000
Extra flights between trips $2500


That would bring our total to approximately $47,500. The two grants take off $20,000. That means our FSP needs to read $27,500. Right now we are at about $1500, but our account will soon read $3000, thanks to our amazing matching grant and everyone's support. We have quite a ways to go. We still have a few shirts for sale, and I can run another printing if we have enough interest. We are doing some local fundraisers in the meantime. As we post new fundraisers, feel free to share them far and wide!



There is a fourth child we are hoping to adopt. She is brilliant and beautiful. I have no idea how she has been waiting so long. She has only been listed as Violet for the last three and a half years, but she is almost 13 years old.

Her listing photo doesn't do her justice. That's so often the case, but especially for girls who have had their hair shaved off. Compare the photo she was listed with to this recent photo of her. If you didn't know it, you might not realize both of those photos are of the same beautiful child!

Violet used to live with some of our boys. They were excited to see her picture again! I first remember seeing her in a video of Theo, where she was taken on a walk with him and some visitors. She is very clever. She doesn't talk much, but she has really good receptive communication. And she is unbelievably gentle and sweet. She has even learned to walk since her profile was last updated! How has she waited so long?

The last time we adopted, we only adopted older boys. Those older boys have my heart! So many of them have waited for so long, and they are some of the last to be chosen. This time around, our daughters pointed out that they were already quite outnumbered. "Maybe a couple girls this time?" they suggested. They did have a point! And my husband and I had already talked about Daisy and Violet as girls we were thinking about adopting. The truth is, they have both waited just as long as the older boys. I keep saying I don't know how, because I don't. But I don't want any of our kids to wait any longer!

Violet's situation is a bit different than the other kids we are adopting. We don't think she is in the same immediate danger that Lee will be without medical care. She is not about to be transferred to foster care with no hope of a family like Daisy. She hasn't aged out like Amos. But she is still waiting, as she has been for a very long time. Our family is ready to welcome her with open arms. She doesn't know it yet, but she has sisters waiting for her. Brothers too! We are so glad and so thankful that she was laid on our hearts.

If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can go HERE.

Being Brave

Sometimes there are hard choices to make in adoption. There are no guarantees. Until you have your child home, you will have no idea if their condition is much better or much worse than their file states. That's the reality of adoption, particularly adoption in Eastern Europe.

If you've been following our story, you have probably noticed how fond I am of the child I have called V, now listed as Lee. He was next to Evan and we spent a lot of time with him. He has been transferred with other bedridden kids and I'm quite worried about him. You may or may not have guessed that we were hoping to add him to our adoption as well.

We received information about Lee's medical diagnoses recently. Among things we expected, his file also includes a very scary, fatal, degenerative brain condition. Wow. From seeing him during our last adoption, we had assumed he had cerebral palsy like our other boys. He very well might. But his file states that he is bedridden due to this other condition, a condition that almost no one survives more than 10 years past diagnosis. That's 10 years with good medical care, a luxury rarely afforded to orphans in Eastern Europe.

I am so thankful for my husband and that we are in agreement on so much. We sat down and talked about Lee. We don't think the listed diagnosis is correct. But we need to be prepared for the possibility that it is correct or at least close to the truth. So where does that leave us? If he did have a diagnosis that would only give him a few years left to live, what would we do?

I knew where I stood. The idea that his condition could be degenerative and fatal is a shocking contrast to the hope I had of him improving greatly with food and love and therapy. It is scary, but HE is not scary. We know him and we love him. I certainly couldn't imagine letting him die alone, possibly even sooner due to neglect. I knew my own heart and mind, but this is not the kind of decision I could make on my own.

My husband, my amazing and incredible husband, the most loving husband and father I could envision, he was right there with me. He said that it would break his own heart, but it would be worth it for Lee to have a family instead of spending his remaining time trapped in that bed and that room.

That is what we decided. We researched what Lee will need if that diagnosis is correct and then added that diagnosis to our home study. I am praying with all of my heart that it is a mistake. The odds are good that a doctor who barely examined him jotted down an inaccurate term, or used the wrong code, or didn't even care. We will do our best and we will do the most that we can for him. Regardless of medical condition, no child should live or die in one of those terrible rooms, least of all a child we want to call our son.

Now that our homestudy is just about finished and we know how many children we are approved for, we are ready and eager to add Lee to our adoption. He will be a much-loved son, whatever his fate may be.

If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can go HERE.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Special Thank You

Adoption is amazing. It brings families together. It brings people together. It is very hard work, but it shows you all the good that is out there in the world.

I recently received a very special card from someone who has followed our story. It was such an encouragement, and our boys appreciated it too. This adoption process has had some bumps and delays. The reminder that there are people out there praying for our kids and our adoptions was such an amazing gift. Thank you.

There were three names of older boys that this person mentioned. I'd love it if everyone who reads this could go look at these kids and pray for them, donate to the older child grant, and share their profiles. There are a few kids listed with the same name, and I don't know for sure which child with that name, but if we share, and pray, and donate for all of them I think that will cover it!

Go check out Leonard, Tanner and Jordan!

$250 today?

UPDATE: We did it! We met our $1500 matching grant! You are all amazing! Thank you so much!

Guys, can we knock out our matching grant today? About $250 to go! Our FSP needs to read $1500.  Shirts are $20! We still have Superman Was Adopted and Ukraine Heart shirts! Email me at to buy a shirt!


Superman Youth:
Small 2 blue, 2 red, 1 sapphire
Medium 1 sapphire, 1 blue
XL 1 red, 1 sapphire

Superman Adult:
Large 1 red

Ukraine Heart Youth:
Small 5
XL 1

Ukraine Heart Adult:
Small 2
Medium 2
Large 3
XL 1

Monday, May 16, 2016

How Do You Feed Them All?

"How do you feed them all? It must cost a fortune!"

Wow, we hear this a lot! We hear it from strangers when we are all out together. We hear it when we are checking out at our weekly shopping trip. We hear it from our own families too!

We have a few things in our favor. We have the benefit of an economy of scale. I can cook in big batches. We never need to worry if we will finish a larger size before it spoils. In fact, because my husband works in the restaurant industry, we have access to restaurant supply stores where we can purchase items at close to cost. Some of these are open to the general public also! It is great to be able to buy food by the case at wholesale prices. There is a lower cost of living here also, although we have been lucky enough to find good shopping options everywhere we have lived. My kids are generally not picky. Certainly nothing I did to cause that, but it helps that they are adventurous eaters who don't have sensory issues limiting their diet. We do have a few intolerances, but I am accustomed to working around them. I also try hard to make sure our diet is pretty healthy, but it's not perfect. We eat tons of fruits and vegetables, good proteins and fats, and a variety of healthy grains and carbs. We eat occasional convenience food too.

Green beans? My favorite!

We aim to spend about $50-75 a week on fruits and vegetables, $50 a week on meat, and $100 on everything else. Sometimes it comes in higher, sometimes lower. We spend probably $150 a month on toilet paper and diapers and wipes and bed mats.

Avocados and melons by the case, plus sour cream and cottage cheese, instant breakfast mix, and dishwasher detergent. We were without a dishwasher when ours broke after we moved in. I am very, very thankful to have one again!

We get a few things at Sams. Pancake mix for my husband's world famous pancake breakfasts, popcorn for movie nights, cans of pork and beans to go with hot dogs or hamburgers, nacho cheese to make up for our otherwise healthy diet, sour cream, instant breakfast mix (Our doctor recommended we mix this with milk or add it to meals to increase calories for Evan when he first came home, and we still use it occasionally.), Miralax, diapers (in practically every size), toilet paper and dishwasher detergent.

Case of sweet potatoes, case of chicken breasts, ground turkey in those tubes, diapers, toilet paper in the back, and a case of chef boyardee raviolis for emergencies. (Emergencies like I really don't want to cook tonight. Ahem.)

Aldi has good prices on produce, canned goods, and our occasional chips and snack foods. I like their chex mix, but you can guess how often I can finish a bag without sharing! Sometimes I call that "the large family diet." All those keen little ears hear the rustle of chip bags, so I end up eating a reasonable portion instead of the whole bag! We buy some canned vegetables by the flat, like creamed corn, frenched beans and spinach. We buy instant potatoes and applesauce to mix in foods for Evan, to thicken them or thin them depending on what he needs. We buy cheese, yogurt, milk, lactose free milk, and almond milk.

This whole shopping trip was $150! There are nearly 200 pounds of fresh and frozen vegetables, 50 pounds of rice, tons more stuff. And too funny, sometimes we call Barton "the silent assassin." He moves SO quietly. He snuck into the back of this photo and I didn't even notice it until later! 

We use a bakery outlet for bread and rolls. Their prices are great, the quality is good, and they always remember us when we stop by. I used to bake my own bread. Sometimes we still do for fun, but we just aren't in that season of life right now. So the bread store it is!

We shop at the restaurant store. What do we buy? Pasta and sauce are great here. We can buy a 20 lb box of high quality pasta for $13. We buy marinara sauce in cases of 6 #10 cans. Same for diced tomatoes, tomato purée, and so on. We buy tuna in cases of 5 lb cans. When we say we only use half a can for a meal, this is the can we mean! We buy sugar, flour, cornmeal, oatmeal, pinto beans and rice in 25-50 lb bags. $2 a pound is my cutoff for meat prices, but it gives us a lot of options. We can buy a few kinds of fish, ham and pork, smoked sausage, ground or whole turkey, and all kinds of chicken. Chicken quarters go as low as 30 cents a pound. We can buy 15 dozen eggs for $12. We buy fresh and frozen produce by the case. We have a huge chest freezer where we store everything. We also have a second fridge for fresh produce. Things like apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions sit on a rack in our kitchen. We go through food pretty quickly, so we don't have too much spoilage.

50 pounds of carrots, 50 pounds of cabbage, 50 pounds of steel cut oats, and my ever present photography assistant!

We look at whatever is on sale that month. In March there was a sale on cabbage because restaurants were cooking St Patricks Day meals. Our kids ate 100 pounds of cabbage without batting an eye. Cabbage salad (like cole slaw), borscht, cabbage roll soup, a Thai recipe the kids like that is served with cabbage quarters, and on and on. We only made Irish cabbage and potatoes one time, come to think of it! To give an idea of the variety those sales give us, in the last couple weeks we have bought cases of avocados, green beans, snow peas, kale, leeks, okra, canteloupe, and more as special sale items.

Snow peas on sale = stir fries! Half of them disappeared out of the box before I could cook them though. I wonder where they went...

To make things easy, we have a few typical breakfasts and lunches that we cycle through. I make some amazing granola from rolled oats, quick oats with milk or maple syrup are fast to make for everyone, eggs and toast on the griddle are easy, and my husband makes stacks of pancakes on mornings he is home. Since we are usually homeschooling during the afternoon, lunches are mostly light and quick. We often do sandwiches with fruit and cheese for everyone, with a batch of sweet potatoes or pasta or other carbs to fill up the bottomless pit teenagers. Dinner could be anything, but there is always plenty of it! 

I use some less than gourmet shortcuts. I make our "tuna noodle casserole" in a pot on the stove with regular pasta, adding tuna, frozen peas and cream of mushroom soup when the pasta is done. Shhhh...don't tell my kids how it is usually cooked! I do a few crockpot recipes in a pot on the stove too. I mix frozen corn, black beans, rotel and cilantro to make huge batches of "salsa" for everyone to share. I've moved to mixing up and baking my granola in a turkey roasting pan instead of on flat cookie sheets. Most of the time cooking for our crew doesn't take too much longer than if we were cooking for fewer people. An oven full of chicken only takes a few more minutes to cook than a single pan. Cleaning everything up does take longer though! Once again, so glad to have that dishwasher!

Granola! That pan is HUGE. If I'm very lucky, there will be a little left! 

Right now Evan eats regular food with the rest of the family. He can eat things like rice in gravy just the way it is, but other foods need to be pureed. We bought a mini bullet blender when he first came home and it has served us well, but it is on its last legs. Daisy eats the same kind of food right now, and another child we are hoping to add to our adoption drinks from a bottle like Evan used to. I think we are planning to replace the mini bullet but also buy a large bar quality blender to be able to make bigger batches at a time. I thought that Evan's different meal needs would be a big issue when we adopted him. It took a long time to help him learn to eat new foods, but preparing his food and feeding him wasn't hard at all once we fell into a routine.

Our kids have some every day chores and some that rotate. It is important to me that our kids don't feel like they have to do the extra work resulting from the decisions my husband and I have made to have a large family. Our family dynamic is that everyone pitches in and helps. With so many hands to help, everyone does their own small job and it is done quickly. One of the rotating jobs is "kitchen helper." You might be able to guess that sometimes my helpers create more work for me! It is still fun for everyone to have their own turn to plan a few meals and help in the kitchen.

Theo was my assistant last time we made borscht! He was very excited. He loves helping!

I hope this gives an idea of how things work for us now! We can't wait to fit a few more plates at the table! And speaking of tables, we are also working on a new custom designed table that will be easier for the wheelchairs! So cool! I can't wait to share that with you guys too!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Yes, You Can Do It.

"I could never do that. God bless you!"

Those well intentioned words, so frequently heard by adoptive parents. The truth is, you CAN do it. You can.

I am not a saint. I am a sorta crazy mom who loves her kids to pieces. I know tons of moms just like that. That's not unusual. I'm a mom. I love my kids. That's what moms are supposed to do. Some of my kids just happened to be born on the other side of the world.

Are you already a mom? A dad? Or not yet but you want to be? YOU can do this too.

It's really not that tough. I set another plate at the table. I do more laundry. (But yet never seem to get it folded. Again, I am not a saint.) I kiss another boo-boo. I sing another bedtime song. We go to another appointment. Can't do a dozen kids? That's cool. How about one? Do you have room for one more?

Your life might get a little crazier. If you already have kids, it's probably crazy already. Embrace it. A little extra crazy is a small price to pay for a child to live outside of an institution.

Okay, truth. Sometimes it is heartbreakingly hard, but that is being a mom. Every mom has had her heart broken for the kids she loves. That's because we love our kids. It's still worth it. You can still do it.

Mother's Day is coming up. I want all these kids to have a mom of their own before Mother's Day next year. These are only a few of the waiting children listed on Reece's Rainbow. Do you have room for one of them in your home, your family, your heart? Go HERE to ask for more information on any of these kids or adoption programs! You can do it!

This tiny boy is only a baby, born this year.

Kids with spina bifida are often of typical intelligence, but are still sent to institutions because of their physical limitations. Kiara can recite poems!

LOOK  CLOSELY at how small his legs are. He is 14. He will soon be eligible for a $10,000 grant.

She is adorable and I don't know why she is still waiting!

He is so cute! This country is open to adoption by single moms! Their process is also very stable and predictable.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hankie Fundraiser

This is a trial run to see how popular this fundraiser will be. You guys all know how many tearjerker stories you come across in the adoption world and on Reece's Rainbow. Sometimes you just need a hankie!

For any donation of $5 or more to our FSP HERE, we will send you a plain white handkerchief and a photo of your choice in a card. If you have your own favorite child listed on Reece's Rainbow we can include their photo. Even better, we can help you introduce a friend to the child who is meant for them! Tell us which child and where we should send their card! Or we could mail you a photo of one of the children we are adopting. After you have made your donation, please forward your receipt to me at and include your mailing address and any special instructions. If you are outside of the US, let me know ahead of time and we can try to work out a shipping arrangement.

We still have a $1500 matching grant in progress! Thank you for helping us adopt Amos and Daisy!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Update On Theo And Our Homestudy

We still have a $1500 matching grant to meet for our adoption of Amos and Daisy! Donations are tax deductible!

What a busy week!

One of the best parts of our recent move has been getting things established with our new medical team in our new state. I am SO happy with them. Let's compare. Our last medical group was highly recommended. The surgeon had pioneered some of the techniques Theo might have had. Unfortunately we were stuck spinning our wheels in referrals from one area of the hospital to another, so he still hadn't even had a surgical consult. We started out in the international adoption clinic, who referred us to the rehab department. Theo's first doctor was very pessimistic about his ability to gain any functionality because of his age, before she had even examined him. We needed to wait for him to be transferred to the other doctor in the department who Evan had been seeing. We liked her and she was very positive about our boys. Unfortunately everyone else liked her too and it took a long time to switch Theo over to her. From there we needed a referral for the CP clinic, who would have referred us to surgery, but we are still on their waiting list to be seen! (Could you follow all that? Now imagine adding in treatment for other medical issues, and billing and insurance hassles.) 

In contrast, our new family doctor is highly recommended by United CP. She was able to get Theo a referral to an ortho surgeon with an appointment a couple weeks later, and surgery a couple weeks after that. They've been great. They're realistic but positive about what we might see with surgery and therapy.

Theo just had his first foot surgery and the results are amazing. We started out with his consult and the surgeon looked everything over. They decided to do one foot first and see how it responds, then use that information to decide what's best for his more complicated foot. We met everyone who would do the surgery, they prayed over Theo, and told us when to come back.

Ready for surgery!

Theo did a really great job going into surgery. Medical procedures can be very scary for kids, but especially kids who have been adopted. We had to calm a hysterical Orion before his first doctor appointment because he was terrified the doctor would hurt him or cut his legs off if he didn't listen. We explained everything to Theo ahead of time. He was nervous but he did great. 

The surgeon tightened and loosened different tendons and ligaments through Theo's lower leg. Seeing Theo's foot sit flat for the first time ever was amazing. They sent him home in a gauze bandage to rest. And rest he did, at first. Then he started waking up more and wanting to be able to move around. That part was tough for him. We've spent the last two years teaching him to get up and go do what he wants without asking permission. He's gotten much better at that! Now suddenly we didn't want him to move. Luckily we only needed to make it through one night.

Sleepy boy!

It was easier to keep his foot elevated while he was sleeping!

Flat-footed for the first time!

This morning Theo went back to get his surgical site checked out and to discuss casting. He is in a hard cast for six weeks, with recasting every other week to turn his foot closer to center. The cast is a big improvement because he has the freedom to move around again. The team was so impressed with how it came out that they told all the other doctors and nurses from the group to stop by his room and check out the results.

Look at the difference between those feet!

Theo is pretty impressed too. He is ready to be up and learning how to walk. He is allowed to bear weight on the cast as he can tolerate, but it will be a little while before he has healed enough for that. We also need to get his second foot straightened so that he isn't standing on that foot upside down, causing more damage. He keeps asking if they can start the other foot tomorrow. Soon, buddy!

Orion has had a couple appointments with this medical group as well. We've been tracking his thyroid since he came home, but his most recent values have spiked. If they are still elevated in a month they will need treatment. They are also trying to get to the bottom of some spinal issues he has. He was very excited when he got home from his most recent appointment and could tell everyone about his X-rays. He kept his wristband from the hospital as a bracelet for a couple days!

Barton and Evan have both had appointments with this group too. Barton is very shy in new settings and Evan can still get overwhelmed at appointments, but everyone was great with both of them. Again, we LOVE this medical group!

We are sending over all of our completed paperwork for our homestudy, then waiting on our draft. After that is checked over it will be sent on to our Hague agency for review and then forwarded to USCIS. We have been busy getting our dossier paperwork done in the meantime so that everything will be ready to go. Most of the dossier is still the same as last time, so that part of the process has been much easier the second time around. I knew to request our marriage certificates from the filing office, signed by the elected official, written in ink rather than stamped. (Guess how many tries that took to get right last time!) The homestudy felt much harder this time. Our social worker is really nice! But I have everything stuck in my head from our last homestudy which was done in a different state with a different agency. I think we made it through! Lots of work but it is worth it!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Daisy Will Have Her Chance To Bloom

We are coming for Daisy. Her sunshiny, smiling personality is going to have a chance to shine and grow. Daisy is going to have a family. Her hair will grow out and we will buy her barrettes and bows. She will have pretty girly clothes. She will have a big girl bed of her very own, no more crib. She has sisters who are so, so happy to add another girl to the family. They've been feeling outnumbered! She has brothers who can't wait for her to get here. We are all so excited!

Daisy has been in our heart for a long time. She was still in the bedridden ward when we adopted Evan. Her crib was on one side. On the other side was a fishtank, then the child I've mentioned before as V. My husband would visit Evan, and play with them too while he was there. Daisy would watch my husband stroke Evan's hair, then smile and quietly pat her own head. She was taken out of her crib more often than Evan or V, taken to the playroom at the other end of the building when the caregivers hired by the charity were working. She would scoot around the playroom looking at toys, but she always had to come back to her crib.

There were other children and adults in the bedridden room too. A girl near the wall past Daisy's crib would stim very loudly, grunting and throwing her whole body against her crib over and over again. The sound would echo around the room and down the hall if the doors were open. She seemed to be one of the healthier children in the room, with her round belly and full cheeks. She was transferred with the other bedridden children. Based on the most recent photo I've seen, I don't think she will survive much longer. She is laying still and glassy eyed, possibly being medicated to keep her quiet. Her skin is stretched tight, just bone. Her full cheeks are gone. I didn't even recognize her at first. And sadly she can't be adopted. There was a blind young man laying in a bed by the door, sometimes sleeping and sometimes stimming. Two tiny, quiet boys with feeding tubes were against the wall across the room. Sometimes they were so silent you would watch to see of their chests were still rising, still breathing. Denzel was along that wall too, so full of life under the blanket where he was swaddled, tied to keep his hands from sneaking out and pulling out his feeding tube. His sounds and laughs and watchful eyes were a sharp contrast from the other boys over there. Please God, bring him a family. Sasha was near him, little Sasha who is 20 years old and the size of a toddler. He was a favorite, a playful imp who was sure to get at least a pat on the head from anyone who walked in the room. Lastly, there was Svetlana, now Amelia in her very own loving family. She had been in the corner past V, and would turn to the side where his head was and peer in at him.

Amidst all of that, sweet little Daisy sat in her crib. She was much more mobile than the other kids, so she was often tethered to the crib with a pair of tights. This is one of those realities people are sometimes unaware of, that I was unaware of until my eyes were opened. Not all children in laying down rooms are truly bedridden. In fact there are many children who are healthy and have some mobility, who just require too much attention for the limited staff. There are also many children whose condition has never progressed because they spend every moment in those cribs without any interaction or stimulation.

Daisy, lucky little Daisy, was chosen to move into the new group home for girls. She and two other girls, Miriam who needs a family and Kendall who has a family coming, were taken out of the bedridden ward and moved into the group home. Those three still sleep in cribs there. Their needs are truly higher than the homes were originally designed for, and I think it can be difficult for the caregivers to supervise them and the bigger girls at the same time. Still, this is a huge step up from the empty rooms in the bedridden ward.

Unfortunately, there are changes coming at the group homes. As I shared before, they will be turning into foster homes that the children can't be adopted from. Because the foster homes will be for children, not adults, at 18 everyone will be returned to the very institutions these group homes saved them from. Sweet Daisy would be spared that horror for a few years, but her eventual fate would be sealed with no chance of changing course. 

But not anymore. We are coming for her. We want her to be part of our family forever, not just until she turns 18. Her sisters-to-be are already saying how excited they are to help her learn new things, to play with her, to love her. I don't know how much sweet Evan understands, but he laughed and laughed when we told him that she is coming here. Maybe he just knows my voice is so happy, maybe he recognizes her name, maybe he remembers her climbing into his crib and sitting on top of him, Often that would be the most human touch he would have in a day. Our other children are excited too. My husband and I are excited. Her precious, sometimes noisy, little spirit is going to do so well in our home and in our family.

We are coming Daisy.

Now the financial side of things. She is in a different region than Amos. That will add another $13,000 to $15,000 to our expenses. We think her having a chance at a full life is worth much more than that. If you would like to help us with that expense, you can make a tax-deductible donation at . We still have a $1500 matching grant that we are almost halfway toward meeting! Thank you all so much for your support!