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Sun Apr 23, 2017, 03:20 PM

Fifteen years ago today, I celebrated so much more than another birthday...

It was, also, the day my deceased husband and I picked up our son from one of the most sad settings, ever.. a poor orphanage in Ukraine.

Our trek around that country was the most enlightening experience I have ever participated in. To see what has happened to the country of my child's birth, breaks my heart. To see the tactics used here by trolls, seems so obvious to me.

On the other hand, Vlady Daddy will never be able to get his slimy, scuzzy paws on my kid!

Happy Adoption Day, Alexsei. You are the bestest Birthday present, ever!



(posted with Alexsei's permission)

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Reply Fifteen years ago today, I celebrated so much more than another birthday... (Original post)
cbreezen Apr 2017 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2017 #1
cbreezen Apr 2017 #4
Turbineguy Apr 2017 #2
cbreezen Apr 2017 #5
irisblue Apr 2017 #3
cbreezen Apr 2017 #6
oldcynic Apr 2017 #7
cbreezen Apr 2017 #11
oldcynic Apr 2017 #23
cbreezen Apr 2017 #24
oldcynic Apr 2017 #26
cbreezen Apr 2017 #27
oldcynic Apr 2017 #28
Skittles Apr 2017 #8
cbreezen Apr 2017 #12
pnwmom Apr 2017 #9
cbreezen Apr 2017 #13
FakeNoose Apr 2017 #10
cbreezen Apr 2017 #15
Paula Sims Apr 2017 #14
cbreezen Apr 2017 #16
Paula Sims Apr 2017 #21
Freddie Apr 2017 #17
cbreezen Apr 2017 #18
Freddie Apr 2017 #19
cbreezen Apr 2017 #20
raven mad Apr 2017 #22
cbreezen Apr 2017 #25

Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 03:31 PM

1. Happy Birthday, dear cbreezen, and Welcome to DU!

And what a wonderful, timeless birthday present your son is! He will truly be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 03:37 PM

4. Oh, California Peggy...

This is catabryna, and thank you so much. My old Journal is still around, but I had password and log in issues after election day and decided to start over with a new nick.

Really missing Wayne today... couldn't have done it without him.

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 03:33 PM

2. You can't do everything.

But you did something big.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 03:41 PM

5. In the long run, he has done far more for me,

than I could ever do for him. But, thanks.

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 03:35 PM

3. Welcome to DU

And Alexsei, good to meet you too.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 03:43 PM

6. Thank you.

It's nice to meet you, too!

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 04:23 PM

7. Alexsei, shoot for Mars! Send postcards.

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Response to oldcynic (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 06:08 PM

11. Cryptic messages must go through the FBI.

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Response to cbreezen (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 25, 2017, 05:21 PM

23. They already have my file.

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Response to oldcynic (Reply #23)

Tue Apr 25, 2017, 08:20 PM

24. I'm sure they have mine, too...

Federal and state agencies really scrutinize people approved for international adoption.

Ugh!

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Response to cbreezen (Reply #24)

Wed Apr 26, 2017, 01:57 PM

26. adoptee or adopter? I smell an interesting story.

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Response to oldcynic (Reply #26)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 05:56 PM

27. Adoptive parent

My son is a Ukrainian by birth. An American through adoption. A dual citizen unless Putin gets his way.

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Response to cbreezen (Reply #27)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 07:08 PM

28. good for you

write it all down for him.

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 04:54 PM

8. that is a cool name: Alexsei

yes INDEED

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Response to Skittles (Reply #8)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 06:10 PM

12. Hubby was a hockey fan...

He chose the name, I chose the weird spelling.

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 05:28 PM

9. Happy Adoption Day!

We have given a home to a student whose adoption didn't work out (a senior in high school when she came to us, she's in college now.) She had been adopted from an orphanage in Russia at about the age of 6. I used to think it would be fun to take her to Russia, to see her homeland. I'm sorry to say I wouldn't feel safe traveling there anymore.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #9)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 06:16 PM

13. We chatted a few years about service dogs

In the Beaverton School District for autistic kids.

I am happy to let you know that my kid's SPED class at Westview High in the BSD is working with service dogs.

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 05:42 PM

10. Thanks for the wonderful heartfelt story

Cbreezen you are so lucky and your son is lucky to have you.

Please don't consider the Ukraine as the same country or even the same culture as Russia. They are very different!

The Ukraine has done nothing bad towards us, in fact they are also victims of that awful man Putin.
They speak the same language and they both used to be part of the Soviet Union.
But they're completely different countries now.

Best of luck to you!



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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #10)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 06:24 PM

15. Thank you. Ukraine was so much more progressive then

than it is now. The Orange Revolution of 2005 was nothing like Maiden in 2014. The goals were completely different.

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 06:21 PM

14. Many happy years together

or as we say in Ukrainian - Многая Літа!!

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Response to Paula Sims (Reply #14)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 06:28 PM

16. Really? I'm more Irish than Ukrainian...

Translate it for me.

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Response to cbreezen (Reply #16)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 08:27 PM

21. Literally translated - "Many years"

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 06:50 PM

17. Happy Adoption Day!

My beloved niece is adopted from China and they still celebrate her "gotcha day" as well as her (probable) birthday.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #17)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 07:10 PM

18. My son really wants to meet his birthmom.

And, I want to meet her, as well. I want her to know he is well cared for and that she is respected in our home.

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Response to cbreezen (Reply #18)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 07:44 PM

19. That would be great if he could meet her

And let her know how well he is doing.
Katie, my niece, was left on a riverbank in 1999 when Chinese girls were often killed or aborted. She was in a blanket with a note "please take care of my baby." She will always have a scar on her chest from a skin infection when they found her. She was very fortunate to spend her first 9 months in one of the better orphanages and was well cared for before she was adopted. There is no way she could ever find her birth mother. I wish there was a way we could let her know what a great kid Katie is.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #19)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 08:22 PM

20. Hugs!

These kids are survivors.

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Sun Apr 23, 2017, 09:43 PM

22. Happiest, Alexsie!

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Response to raven mad (Reply #22)

Tue Apr 25, 2017, 08:22 PM

25. Thank you!

I shared the DU Board love with him.

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