Children Home: Nasko & Sevdalin

From Their Family in 2011- The end of January marked the end of our first year with Nasko and Sevdalin as part of our family. This year has been full of ups and downs for them, us and our biological children. When we first brought the boys home, they had no ability to communicate with us and no concept of how to be a part of a family. As we look back on the past year, we are so grateful for the changes we see in both Nasko and Sevdalin. We have finally reached a point where we can all play games together, go for bike rides and laugh around the dinner table. In the past year, both boys have learned to swim, play on a soccer team and are now beginning to read English. We are thrilled to see them doing things they had never done during the 8 an 9 years they lived in Bulgaria.

Learning how to be a part of a family and showing kindness and respect to others has been difficult for the boys. They are also pretty far behind developmentally, so simple things like learning their ABC's, basic addition and reading have been very challenging.

Both of them are huge fans of pizza and ice cream! Nasko really likes to read, watch Curious George and ride his bike. Sevdalin loves math, Mickey Mouse and playing UNO with the whole family. It has been a tough year of adjusting for all of us, but we are really bonding and couldn't imagine a life without these wonderful boys.