One thing I miss about Ukraine is how much simpler life was during the 4 weeks we were there. We had very few places to be so we rarely had to rush anywhere. We had very few possessions with us so there wasn’t much to put away at the end of the day. And we didn’t pack many outfits so there was very little fuss over what to wear each day.
In America we have fallen into the trap of thinking more stuff will make life better, but in some ways it just makes things more difficult. So Nate and I are going to continue to cut back in an attempt to better enjoy the things that we do have. And we are going to try to do less so that we can better enjoy the time we have with those we love.
Also, we have been warned by many people not to spoil newly adopted children because they will think all the gifts they are receiving when they first come to America is normal american living and they will be upset when the gifts stop coming.
So we ask our generous friends and family to resist the urge to shower Oleg with presents when he comes to America. A few things are fine, and we know everyone only wants to give out the goodness of their hearts, but please try to understand why we don’t want tons of new stuff for him. Thank you!