"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Meeting Bella...

Hello Everyone!

We got to meet our little Bella yesterday! She is just precious! She calls me Mama (with some prompting, of course) but is very "afraid" of Kevin and his goatee. It is actually kind of funny. She will look right at him, touch her own chin and say "byoos" (phonetic spelling) "byoos, byoos" or translated says, "afraid, afraid, afraid!" She backs up from him and clasps her little hands behind her back so that she will not have to touch that thing! Needless to say, she has not seen many men, especially ones with white fur on their faces!

Finally here are a few photos:

In front of the SDA building, a Reece's Rainbow tradition! Left to Right--Anatoly the facilitator, Natasha the translator, Paula, Kevin:

Here is a photo of our very first meeting at 10:00 am, Tuesday, June 23, 2009. She is clutching a little doll we gave her while she sports a big, beautiful Ukrainian bow!

Mama, Papa, & Bella outside playing on the Berizka orphanage grounds today, Wednesday, June 24th-- by the way, Happy 16th Birthday to my niece Alex!

Tonight, four Reece's Rainbow families got together at a "Mexican" restaurant. Here we are with our translator Natasha....

Best be getting to bed. It's 12:20 am here and we are dead tired! I will write more details tomorrow and post more photos.



  1. Oh she is beautiful!! So happy for you all!
    p.s. tell Kevin to shave off the goatee-it will grow back!

  2. She is beautiful! Anxious to see how long it takes Kevin to cave and shave his 'white fur'.... too cute how you describe her response! I'm glad you got to meet up with the others! Sounds like a little RR reunion going on over there!

  3. Oh Paula!!!! Bella's name truly fits her - she is absolutely beautiful. I am so happy for you guys. I am praying that the rest of your trip goes smooth.

    Tell the rest of the RR gang that I am praying for them as well.


  4. Congratulations!! She's BEAUTIFUL!!!

  5. awww she is so beautiful! I am soo happy you got her! Kevin, I think you need to shave, it'll grow back! :) heehee She is adorable, LOVE the photo of all three of you, she is so cute. Love the bow too. :) Keep posting photos! hugs! Wanda

  6. Praising God for His kindness in working out all the details! Bella is indeed beautiful. Praying for all of you!

  7. Bella is adorable! What a sweet smile!!

  8. Bella is adorable! BTW my son Avery and I saw the re-run of the Dream Catchers episode of Extreme Home Makeover and he thought it was very cool that I "knew" Grace and her mama!

  9. she's adorable!! so pretty!!!

    and wait, did i read well? a mexican restaurant in Ukraine? what!? i need to get more info about that lol (because im mexican of course)

  10. Byoos, Byoos, Byoos! It is kind of funny -- especially if you know how NOT scary Kevin is!! She is absolutely beautiful! I can see the candy jar in the background and how Bella is clutching the little doll is so sweet! Oh, and is that a DIET COKE in the picture at the Mexican restaurant??? :-) Can't wait for more pictures!