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THANK YOU (… and They’re Right here!)

THANK YOU (… and They’re Right here!)


I’m lengthy overdue in providing a heartfelt THANK YOU to these of you who so generously supported us in welcoming our Ukrainian refugee household.

It has been two and a half months since I shared that our household was “adopting” a Ukrainian household. We gave up renting out our Airbnb condo in order that they might have a spot to stay. For the following two years or so we’re financially accountable for caring for a household of 4 (single mother, 15-year-old boy, 10-year-old woman, and 1-year previous woman) along with our circle of relatives of 8. within the plan or the why? Listed below are our ideas.

Along with your assist, we had been capable of convert our condo from a 2-guest trip keep to a 4-person everlasting residence, with every little thing from mattresses and mattress sheets to diapers and towels. We additionally acquired present playing cards for the household to buy themselves for particular private objects they want, together with money donations that can assist with buying issues like telephones or signing up the youngsters for summer time swim crew.

I’m joyful to announce that our new buddies arrived safely 4 weeks in the past!

By the point they arrived that they had been awake for effectively over 24 hours.  Then the ultimate immigration course of took 4 extra hours (all whereas we had been ready on the airport questioning what on the planet was taking so lengthy). It was 1:30 am once they arrived at our home.

We’ve got seen miracles alongside the way in which as we ready for his or her arrival. I’ll share a few them with you.


So as to add a private contact, I wished to make every of the relations their very own customized quilt for his or her mattress. I requested about favourite colours and hobbies to get concepts on the right way to personalize them. Creating 4 quilts (a child, two twins, and a queen) in six weeks was no small job! I recruited great buddies to assist me in reducing the material (my least favourite a part of quilting) and among the piecing.

Two weeks earlier than our refugees’ scheduled arrival I had completed piecing collectively all of the quilt tops. I obtained them finished simply in time to convey them to “present and inform” at my month-to-month quilt guild assembly. I advised my guild that I wasn’t certain how I used to be going to quilt them in time, however I used to be going to strive, so if anybody wished to return over and quilt with me, they had been invited.

Properly, the sweetest girl got here as much as me afterward and mentioned she would like to pay to have the quilts professionally quilted on a longarm machine. Figuring out that that is very pricey (in all probability $200-300 per quilt), I hesitated at first. She was so beneficiant and decided to assist me. We met on the native quilt store that Friday and defined the urgency of the mission. They had been quilted by Monday! My mother and I labored on binding them by hand in order that they could possibly be completed and on their beds once they arrived.


We weren’t certain how transportation was going to work for 12 of us! We’ve got two minivans: one which seats 8 and one which seats 7, so with two drivers we might have the ability to get all of us round. That might work effective for going to church on Sundays or household outings on Saturdays, however not when I’ve to select up and drop off greater than 7 individuals at a time or after we all need to go on an extended journey collectively.

Nonetheless, we had been going to attempt to make it work. We had appeared on the value of shopping for a used, massive capability van. And it was scary! Since covid, the costs for used autos have skyrocketed.

At simply the appropriate second, we heard from an excellent buddy who knew all about our state of affairs (it was via their daughter that we first realized of the chance to sponsor a refugee household). They’ve a 15-passenger van for his or her huge household. Lately their van was having engine bother and the watch for a brand new engine was too lengthy. They appeared on-line and located a surprisingly nice value for a similar mannequin of van. They scooped up the deal simply minutes earlier than one other provide got here from internationally (the deal was so good that somebody in Japan was prepared to pay to have it shipped there). Then a mechanic steered a less expensive various to a brand new engine for the previous van and it labored like a allure. For a number of months that they had two working 15-passenger vans. They considered promoting the previous one, however they knew that in some unspecified time in the future (possibly two months, possibly two years) it could want a brand new engine. It simply didn’t really feel very moral to promote one thing so iffy, however they determined they might simply give it to us and we may get as a lot good out of it as we may. We supplied to purchase it or commerce them for one in every of our vans, however they insisted that they wished it to be a present.

We’re so, so grateful for such a beneficiant present. We simply took our first household journey with our “dozen” and it drove completely, even at 7,500 ft as we crossed the mountains to introduce our buddies to Lake Tahoe.

It has been pleasant to get to know our new next-door buddies. We’re settling right into a summer time routine and getting higher at speaking each with English and indicators and with Google Translate. We love sharing our actions and meals and area, and love that they likewise share (in case you ever have an opportunity to get good do-it-yourself borscht, varenyky, cabbage rolls, or different Ukrainian delicacies, don’t let it move you by.) We stay up for the following few years, and we’re so grateful for all of your assist making this doable for them and for us.

Later this month I’ll be protecting our monetary expertise to date with our new Ukrainian buddies, together with our rule of thumb with regards to paying for his or her desires and desires, in addition to variations I’ve seen in our respective cash mindsets. When you have particular questions relating to this matter, ask within the feedback or ship me an e-mail and I’ll tackle it in my subsequent put up.

I’m additionally fascinated by going again to posting month-to-month price range updates. Is that one thing you’d be fascinated with seeing? Or possibly a price range for 12 can be too bizarre and unrelatable. Let me know what you assume!

As soon as once more, THANK YOU a lot for being a part of our village to offer this excellent household a recent begin!



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