In My Son's Defense
All Adoption Stories
Emotions and Birthcountry Visits
Who else could say that their family story began with a haircut?
My husband and I own a hair salon. Several years ago, a friend told us about an orphan-hosting program that would have children in our area that summer. Very casually, I offered a free hair-cut to any of the children who might be interested in a “salon day”.
Little did I know how much that conversation would change our lives!
Just one little girl’s host family stopped in to take advantage of the offer. She was 9-year’s old, and will forever remain my favorite-customer.
This sweet little girl appreciated every movement we spent together. First a luxury shampoo, then a simple cut that she chose after looking over several books. Finally, the blow-dry and the application of vanilla scented finish on her gorgeous hair. She ate-up every moment of her special day.
My heart was struck by the idea of letting someone like her into our lives. As I looked up and made eye contact with my husband, who was working the front end of our salon, our eyes told each other everything.
We signed on with the same hosting organization, and on October 17, 2010 we received photos of not one but 2 little girls who we could host through this program. They were sisters, 8 & 9 yrs old. They truly had us at "Hello" or as they would say "priviet".
What I want other families to know if they are considering hosting a child :
After our host-children returned to Ukraine, we did everything within our power to file for adoption as fast as possible.
Now that our beautiful daughters are home with us forever, there is not a day that goes by that I don't thank God for hosting programs. I hope that others will give hosting a chance, or perhaps volunteer, as we did, to support the children who will be visiting the USA this summer.
Click here to learn more about summer hosting through Frontier Horizon!
Call 757.749.3921 http://www.frontierhorizon.org/ What is Orphan Hosting through Frontier Horizon? Every year we bring orphans (social and biological) to the United States and Canada. Through our program, children are matched with host families and get to experience what life is like in a loving and caring home for a few weeks in the summer or over a holiday break. The h...Learn more, see kids, or contact agency PO Box 4429 Virginia
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