All she wants for Christmas…. {adoption update}

Every time I write “adoption update,” I can’t hardly believe it is me writing it.

I mean, I’ve always had a heart for adoption and have always known that I could love any child as if he/she was my own…it’s the teacher’s heart in me, but I never actually thought we would adopt.

So it is still hard for me to believe all of this is happening.

But we are THRILLED beyond words with this unexpected blessing!

{If you are new to my blog and have no idea what I am talking about, you can read about the sweet little 8 year old girl we are adopting herehere, here, and here.}

We get to Skype with our girl every Sunday, and it is the best day of the week!  We love seeing her cute little face.  Her foster sister is in her twenties and speaks some English, so she is able to translate for us, which is wonderful.  :)

The Sunday before last, her foster family found out from the government that we wanted to adopt.  The government official also asked our sweet girl if she wanted to be adopted by us.  We were hoping and praying that she wanted us as much as we wanted her.

This past Sunday, her foster sister told us that our sweet girl said, “Yes, I want to be with my American family forever.”

Oh. My. Gosh.   My heart melted.

Then Cy asked her what she wanted us to get her for Christmas, and her foster sister translated what she said…

“All I want for Christmas is to be with my American family.”


Y’all, I am dying over here!!  I want to squeeze her until I can’t squeeze her anymore!

Her foster family sent us these sweet pictures of her.  They were taken when she got back home to her foster family (a country near the Ukraine) after being with us for the 5 weeks this summer.


Shortly after that, she got gum stuck in her hair and they had to cut it off.  It is shorter than Eli’s now!  But she is still as cute as a button!

We are so very thankful for her foster family.  It has opened my eyes to how important the role of a foster family can be in a child’s life.  She has lived with them for the past three years, and I know it will not be easy for them to see her leave.  But they want what is best for her, and they feel that is us.  Oh how good our God is to us!   I see His fingerprints all over this whole process.

Our prayer is that we will be flying over to bring her home to America before Christmas.  If the adoption paperwork is not finished in time, we will re-host her at Christmas for four weeks, through Project 143, and finish the adoption process at the first of the new year.

I have a feeling this will be our best Christmas ever!!



  1. Congratulations. My husband and I have finally decided to join an adoption agency following two years of ‘shall we’ Now we made the decision, I see adoption stories absolutely everywhere. So weird how that works :)

  2. Tears of Joy! This was such a sweet update on your little girl. I am so excited for all of you! She is blessed by you and you are blessed by her! Thank you for sharing your heart. I look forward to your family Christmas pictures, this year especially! God is good!

  3. Being an adoptive mom (Russia) myself – I have followed your story of your adoption of this precious girl. May God Bless you and Cy and your family – His fingerprints are indeed all over your story. I look forward to seeing her stocking “hung by the chimney with care”

    Kim in Nashville
    Mom to Ginny (13) adopted from Russia at 18 mos.

  4. I’m not usually an emotional person, but I get tears in my eyes every time I read one of your adoption updates! Wishing you and your family many blessings and that this sweet girl is soon with you permanently!

  5. Prayers for Blessings of the most wonderful gift for your entire family…what a glorious Holiday you will all share ….

  6. Traci,
    How exciting! Got goosebumps when I read she wanted to be with you all. Will keep y’all in prayer.
    Hugs, Cheryl

  7. Praying for God’s favor in this process, that your girl is soon at home with you and your family! Lord bless you!

  8. I do not cry but I just got so teary reading this. I have wanted to adopt since I was a little girl. I just had my own child, a boy who is now nearly 6 months and I’ve told my husband that I still want to adopt. It is really hard in Australia but I still want to try. I am so happy for you, and really look forward to hearing how you go.

  9. I am so happy for your family. She is a very lucky little girl. My sister adopted a little girl from Khazahkstan 7 years ago and she has been such a blessing to our family.

  10. I can see God’s fingerprints on it when I look at her sweet face! She looks like she is your natural child! Beautiful family!

    1. I know. It is super crazy how she looks like she was always meant to be a part of our family. She even acts like a Hutcherson! :)

      Thank you!!

  11. What an exciting time it will be for all!! Praying for a smooth adoption process. Are you still in the West Coast? I have an idea why you may be here. Can’t wait to see if this is so.

    1. Hi Lydia!
      Yes, we are still on the west coast. Hoping to be back home by this weekend!
      Can’t wait to share it all with you but it won’t be until after the new year. :)


  12. OMGosh – happy tears over here!!! Praying every day for you guys! And poor girl having to get all her hair cut off. I’m sure she is just as adorable as ever. Her face is so sweet. I am just bouncing around excited for you all!! Keep us posted! xoxo

  13. I have been getting your newsletters, but missed seeing your blogs about Sonya, what with work and all. I cried while reading about your experiences. I thank God every day for people as loving as your family. God has gifted you’all and through you’all in turn has gifted us. Thank you Lord. I’ll pray Sonya will be there before Christmas!

  14. Praising God for creating this beautiful little girl especially for you and your family. And agreeing in prayer with you that the paperwork will come through before Christmas. In Jesus precious name.

  15. Hi Traci, I am just a fellow friend/sister out here in blogland. I came upon your blog several months ago and I have been following you. :) I am thrilled for you beyond words to hear that things with your beautiful daughter are coming along. I do pray for you, and I will continue to pray for you, your family and your precious little girl. Our God is so incredibly awesome and faithful!!! May His sweetest blessing be upon all of you as you reunite with your daughter…soon! Yep…BEST CHRISTmas…ever…I am sure!!! Love and hugs to you…

  16. I’m crying over here in NJ!! Happy tears. So excited for you all. God is so faithful !!! Thx for the update. :-)

  17. Your updates on your adoption of the little girl is so wonderful! I have read the goodbye story to almost everyone I know and I cry every time! God bless you, your family and soon to be new family member!

  18. With tears streaming down my checks out of joy for all, I am praying you are blessed with a completed adoption before Christmas. God is good and He is faithful :)

  19. Why is it just sooooo dang hard to read about this without bawling!??!?!?! Sooooo excited for u guys but even more excited for her!!!! She and her children’s children will b blessed to be called hutchersons!!!!

  20. God bless you! I just started following your blog, so I’ll have to read your past posts to catch up, but this story has already touched my heart so much. I’ll be praying that you are able to finalize everything THIS year!

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