Saturday, February 2, 2013

We are HOME!

Jumping ahead in the story...we are in our HOME...a family of four. The kids are both asleep in their own beds & very much love each other!

I'm sorry I haven't had time to blog the rest of gotcha day yet, but I'll get there.

Thank you all for your love, prayers & support. Please continue to pray for Polina and Carter both as we all transition into this new, amazing life!


  1. Wow! It's great!
    I saw your video from the Dozhd' channel:

    You all are so nice! Polina looks very clever and beautiful girl, no doubt you fell in love with her at once! )

  2. HAPPY for you! Long and happy life for all your family!! God bless you!!

    Nadya, Moscow.

  3. At long last! I couldn't be happier for you, guys!
    Please keep updating all of us on how you are doing, how Polina is progressing with her English, how are the kids putting up together - everything! Awaiting blog entries with videos and photos most impatiently.) Will send you Russian cartoons and books etc. as agreed at Starbucks on Arbat ;-).
    May you be blessed!
    Irina xx

  4. Do you know anything about any of the other families?

  5. Truly incredible story! Ive learned about this story from dont-remember-which -newspaper and was deeply touched. I looked through your blog and was amazed by your strengh. I was crying that day.
    Im so much happy reading that your are family of four now and you are home with your lovely Princess. And this torture is over.
    You took a long and very difficult way. You all deserve to be happy like no other!
    Thank you.
    Anastasia, StP

  6. Congratulations!!!

  7. It's so great.
    I am so relieved to know that you are all in US now, and Polina is safe, saved for good from the russian "state care and protection", with her loving parents and brother. It was like in a "shindlers list" movie, really. Can not even imagine, how difficult it was to go through all this.
    God bless you all. Polina looks different already, happyness is making her so pretty!

    Kate, Bonn

  8. How wonderful!!!! Praise the Lord!!! I was getting worried when you didn't update your story. So happy Polina is home with you. God bless you all!!!!

  9. God bless you! Tanya from Russia

  10. So beyond thrilled for your family!! Welcome home and I hope you can now take some deep breaths, relax and enjoy your blessings! You have a beautiful family. "For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. They are plans for give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11.

  11. Congratulations and PTL :)

    God is so good. :)

  12. I'm so glad for you!

  13. You are such a beautiful mama with a beautiful family. God bless you all.

  14. Congratulations for Skaggs family!
    Another video of Your departure

    Uncrossing my fingers and wishing you all the best!

  15. Hello! There's a video about you on the Russian news portal:

  16. I'm so happy for you, guys! Let all children have such wonderful loving parents as you are :). Love to you all!


  17. As an adoptive mother myself, I just want you to know how happy I am for you. My daughter couldn't walk either, but she does now! :) Praise God!!

    I am praying the same for your daughter~

    Cherish every moment with your little princess!


  18. I'm just now reading your updated story on Yahoo news in my kitchen and crying tears of joy for you! I've been praying for you since I read the first article that stated you may not be able to adopt Polina afterall. As an adoptive mother myself, the unspeakable joy that awaits you as grow your love for Polina is breathtaking. Praise Almighty God for His faithfulness and mercy in uniting you as a forever family!

  19. So happy for your new family
    Been follwoing your story for a while and what an awesome happy ending for your family and Polina

  20. Congratulations! My husband and I adopted our three sons from Russia. Our youngest was the toughest adoption - we met him in May 2005 and were unable to get him until May 2006. The circumstances were very similar as to what you experience in November/December/January. It's an amazing journey to experience. I wish you and your family all the best! God Bless. Suzanne, Iowa

  21. I'm so happy for you!

  22. I am the father of a boy from Kazahkstan. Kazahkstan follows the same rules as Russia and we are very aware of the MoE and their jobs. I am extremly happy to read that Polina is now home safe with you and your husband.

    It's amazing the people you meet along a journey like yours and mine and how you come to appreciate God's plans are not our plans. My wife and I think that must be his time for humor. To know all things and know our desires and when we make plans for future based upon hurdles to be completed on our timeframe. Must be humor.

    Congratulations and continued happiness to you and your family and I pray all the best for your continued blessings from God.

    Adoptive Parent David from Memphis, TN.

  23. Yay! So happy for you all. I have to say Polina looks just like you Kendra!

  24. Happy for you and for the little Pauline! Good luck to your family! Zlata, Israel

  25. Many Many Congratulations! I am so happy for your family! You are a wonderful mama and Polina is such an adorable and clever girl! I watched the video of you going home on and it is so touching! All the best to your amazing family!

    Yana, Saint Petersburg

  26. Hey! We're happy to hear this wonderfull news from you! We saw video

    We hope and wish you all will have long and happy life! And we will pray for it!


  27. I am so happy to read this post!
    Good bless you and your wonderful family!
    Best wishes from Saint-Petersburg.

  28. Kendra, I am happy for you and even more - for Polina.She finally found the real Mommy, you both her real parents - caring and loving and brave. And very very strong. I have watched the videos and you did your best (it is difficult to even watch the video without holding back the tears).

    Also I would like to thank you for finding time in I am sure a very busy schedule to write these posts. I will repost it in facebook, will pass it on to my friends - people in Russia now need to hear the story from the inside, need to know what is going on in orphanages and how many problems there are. Now that the adoption ban has brought so much attention to this problem people NEED to hear the real stories. And they need to see the happy endings too. They need to know that it is a privilege to be able to take a child home from an orphanage. They need to see parents who share information about their kids - because they have nothing to hide.

    I am sure God will provide you with all strength and love necessary to care for Polina and Carter.

    Please contact me if you need help with communication with Polina. I can translate through Skype if needed. anastasianm at

    Anastasia (AbigailGable on twitter)