Friday, February 29, 2008

still here.. still posting

Just not as often. My good friend Josh Harrel sent me this article... enjoy:

Thanks Josh!

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Eye Doctor



We have ordered cute pink eyeglasses for Ava. She does not like
anything on her face. This will be fun! They arrive on Friday.
Tune in then for photos.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Fun with The Cookie Monster

Big Sister's Love

Ava sure loves her big sister Liesel.

Tiny feet

Ava loves having her feet rubbed!

Ava Is Loved

Big bro Jude caring for Ava while Hope practices her motherly instincts.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Grape Vine

I'm not only the proud father of my newest daughter, Ava Alina Grace... I am also the proud father to #6! If you haven't heard by now, my lovely wife is with child with numero seis.

I so love her! What an incredible mom and wife! I am truly blessed! I have to say, I am as excited about this pregnancy as I was with the first. Eventually, I'll get this dad thing down.

Watch for some cool charts in upcoming posts.


Ava's Physical Therapy...

The professional's all agreed that she is going bloom and blossom. She love the room and the lights. We'll keep you posted.


Good News...

Charissa just called and said that Ava's Echo Cardiogram showed NO sign of a heart deffect! Thank you Jesus.

We are blessed.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Simeon and Ava!

My lovely wife, has surpassed my blogging skills. She has created 2 videos. Click on the links to view them:

Simeon's Birthday Video

Ava's Birthday Video


Monday, February 18, 2008

Ava Alina Grace Joy Urban

I'll try to keep my posts up, but I'll never be as good as my lovely wife.

Tomorrow morning we have an EKG for sweet Ava. We are praying for a good report about her heart.

She keeps getting stronger and happier every day. She is a joy! I think I'll add a middle name for her.

Would like for you to remember the Cornish family as they are in Ukraine now. They've had their court date and they are now the parents of 2 sweet children. The arrived Kiev 1 day before us. They now are into their 10 day waiting period. Lets agree with them that the process of passports and visa's will go very quickly and that they can get home QUICKLY! These are great folks and they have been in an intense battle!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Special Flower...

Ava had a special flower just for her at her Grandma and Pa-Paws church, First United Methodist Church in Clovis NM this last Sunday. 
This flower is very special. Every time a little one comes into the congregation, a flower is placed on the alter as a symbol of new life! Ava has a new life now and some pretty proud grandparents!

Ava had no Grandmothers Jan 31, 2008, but on Feb 1, 2008, she got 2! Oma and Grandma, I sure love you.... Ava.

Ava Loves Her New Chairs!

A fun new game with a cheap toy!

Hi-Chair.. I like to throw spoons!

Bumbo Seat! Look Ma-Ma! No hands!

Friday, February 8, 2008

My Brother...

My brother, Ken Urban, has giftings from Jesus that he has not even discovered. He created this video for Charissa and I from a perspective that is unique and touching. Thank you Kenny! You have truly blessed us captured a moment in time that will last for all eternity.

To: Ma-Ma and Pa-Pa From: Ava Alina Grace

Kenny, I speak life and encouragement to you in the path that Jesus has for you and your family. God has wonderful plans beyond your wildest dreams for you. Be encouraged in your new decisions and keep looking to Him!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Mission Complete + Pictures

We are home. Ava is greatly loved! 

Pictures are worth 1000 words...

See Charissa's blog for details.

Last Leg

We are buckled in. Ava is looking for her brothers and sisters.

Where is Ava?


Cleared immigration, customs and security. Well be home in 5 hours.

Ava is good. She is wore out... Will sleep good tonight. Its 1030pm
her time.

On to Denver

We are locked in for our 11 hour flight to Denver. Ava is doing well.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Through Security

Waiting on plane in Kiev at KBP.

Homeward Bound

Kiev -> Munich -> Denver -> Tulsa
Be in Tulsa 620PM Tuesday night! Mission almost complete.
LH3233 W 05FEB 2 KBPMUC HK2 605A B 650A 820A
LH 480 W 05FEB 2 MUCDEN HK2 835A 2 915A1205P
UA6556 W 05FEB 2 DENTUL HK2 349P 620P
Watch for GE updates and posts on each hop.
2 pictures this time. The red clown suit photo was the first day we saw her. The second pink coat suit was leaving the orphange on Friday... 8 days later. She looks like a million Grevnas!.. doesn't she!

Its Official!!!!

Ava has a passport and a visa and the moment our plane lands on US soil, she will become a dual citizen of US and Ukraine!
Person after person has talked about this adoption being a miracle. Maybe we should change one of her middle names to, Miracle!
Working on plane reservations now. Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 3, 2008


Is that a trampoline Dad? I can't wait to lay on it! Some day soon, I'll be able to jump!

Kiev skyline. No-one here gives a rip about the SuperBowl. Quiet as a mouse.

Wow dad! What is that? Kool!

Today we go to the US embassy for a visa and the medical clinic for an exam. We hope to be done by 4pm and make plane reservations to COME HOME! We have favor with God and man. Jesus is so good to us. We are so blessed to have Ava! Watch for GE updates on our journey home.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Back in Kiev..

Someone LOVES riding the Ukranian train!

What is the world are you doing to my mouth Dad?

Our home for the next few days high on a perch in dowtown Kiev.

Nice train ride. Ava slept well and ate well. She is a happy little girl.
  • Tomorrow we rest.
  • Monday to the Medical clinic for an exam required by US Embassy.
  • On the to embassy to get her papers in order.

We are working on plane tickets now to come home, leaving either Tuesday or Wednesday.

We'll keep you posted.

Friday, February 1, 2008

GE Update

49 12.195
31 54.084
0 mph
308ft altitude
Bumpy ride, but Ava is sleeping peacefully. We keep pinching ourselves, to make sure it isn't just a dream. We are so excited to be going home. I can't wait to see my kids! I miss them so much.
We have her for 5 minutes and already have an inventory of hairbows to keep track of. Isn't she a doll?

We have The Package!!!

Her first taxi ride as Ava Alina Grace Urban. Court is done, they
waved the 10 days! God is good!