Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ukrainian Miracle.

I wanted to post about something that is really important to me, my neighbors. Yes you heard right folks. I have the most amazing neighbors, they are some of the happiest, most Christlike people I know. They have suffered a lot of tragedy, that could make those who have walked in the same shoes angry and bitter, however they have used those experiences to grow and become better people who are filled with compassion and love.

This past year they hosted 3 orphaned siblings from Ukraine. The children, 1 girl and 2 boys came and stayed with the Ceran family for 6 weeks at the end of the year in 2010. They are wanting to adopt these 3 beautiful children and were expecting to have 6-12 months to raise the funds necessary, but have recently found out that the children could be ready to come in March.

Their son Caleb has drawn an exquisite picture of President Thomas S. Monson and has been raising funds by selling prints of it. They are also having a huge garage sale on February 12 at the Rockwell Charter school in the Ranches to raise funds.

They have a website that tells about some of the Ceran families experiences and what brought them to the desire to adopt. They are such a wonderful family and the girls absolutely love them. Corrine who is the mom, often has the girls over to visit and play. Instead of calling her Corrine, my girls have dubbed her as Ceran. Whenever they see her, they scream out Ceran! Ceran! and they are always greeted with a hug and kind smile and genuine interest.

Very often we hear about things like this and we think to ourselves "I wish there was some way I could help." Turn your thoughts into action and you can help save these children and give them a home where they are loved and cared for and can have the opportunity for a bright and happy future.

Here is a link that will take you to their website, where you can get background information on the Ceran family, (they have been in the newspaper multiple times) find out about Christina, Sasha and Eddy, and find out how you can help.


Yesterday the girls and I were sorting through some of our old things that we could donate to the garage sale and I found a pair of pant that are 3-6 month size that both of my girls wore as babies and we had Emma try them on and they still fit!


  1. Your so sweet what a great way to help! I think i'll do the same :) There is always were not using anymore that someone else would enjoy!

  2. Ok, that picture of President Monson is STUNNING!!! They are definitely not charging enough for that. I want a 5x7, but I want to pay $10 for it and I don't think I can do that with paypal. Will you get one for me and I'll send you the check? email me your address (kathrinpaul@gmail.com)OR maybe this will be a good excuse for me to come visit? Maybe next weekend?

  3. That's interesting and sweet. It's crazy they hosted them. How did that work out? I'd love to donate and am glad you put up this post.

  4. Miss Kathrin: I would be happy to pick one up for you. Or even better visit would be utter bliss! Be we do live in Far Far Away. You let me know what you want to do. Or I will call you this afternoon as you are in my contacts and I think you are as neat as a jar of peanut butter.( It is my new favorite lunch fix lately.) Getting such a comparison is a comment I give only to the elite.

    Kimmie: They loved it! I don't know if you checked out the website but it talks about their experience on their and their thoughts on each of the children. And there is one spot where it talks about them being so excited about trick or treating that when they found out about it, they ran out the door and rang the neighbors door bell at 11:00 at night. That neighbor was me and i felt most privileged.

  5. I love peanut butter, that IS a compliment!! I will be in touch, maybe I can visit on Saturday? What time is your church on Sunday?