Welcome to our family's adoption blog! We are Stephanie and Frank Ruckman a family blessed with two daughters living in Tennessee. Frank and I have always felt led to adoption but recently decided it was time to quit talking and start acting. This blog is simply our journey to bring home "baby brother". We believe God brings our families together in many different ways. If you read our blog you will understand that adoption can take you down may paths. At first we thought our child was going to be joining us via Bulgaria now we have learned our journey is going to detour to Moscow!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

No news

I write this post after several weeks of thinking. As you may have seen on our last post we where overjoyed at the opportunity to meet a beautiful boy in Moscow. To make a long story short the placement of this child with our family fell through. I had to take some time and grieve this loss. This was the first time I had allowed myself to really WANT a child, this child. I know this was God's plan but sometimes we forget he is in charge not us. The way this was affirmed with me was the day we would have flown into Moscow is the day the airport was bombed. For those of who don't know Moscow has several airports and this is the exact airport we had planned to fly into on the day we had planned to arrive. I know we where spared a potential horrible experience and I am thankful for that. At this time I am just taking time to think! I do not know if we will pursue another Moscow child or if we will get a referral from Bulgaria. Just taking some time and trying to let God guide us in the right direction.

Friday, December 17, 2010


A lot has happened since I last posted.
To much to even discuss except to say our adoption path has taken a huge detour!!
We had found ourselves getting discouraged from other friends we have meet on this adoption road that have been waiting years for a placement. I had a real struggle about do we stay with Bulgaria or do we start looking at other countries? It took us almost a year just to get registered with Bulgaria I just didn't know what to do!

Well after a lot of prayer and a decision to be proactive I started emailing other agencies to just learn about the programs in other countries. One of the things I did was to register with Rainbow Kids. Rainbow Kids is a website agencies can register to tell you about the children they have waiting. Some have major special needs some have a special need just because they are male and not a baby.

Last week I received an email that simple stated 17 month old, male child, healthy, Eastern Europe region, no picture. I just emailed out of curiosity thinking he might be in Bulgaria. Well I quickly got an email back and a very long phone call from an agency I have quickly grown to love. We where able to see his picture and we fell in love.

A week later we are looking at plane tickets to go meet our child. There is no other way to explain the events that have happened this week except to say God has led us to Moscow, Russia where my baby boy is waiting.

At this time we have plans to make our first trip at the end of Jan. or first week of Feb. and will eventually bring him home in March. We need lots of prayers because his adoption is more expensive than we had planned but we just know God didn't take us this far to leave us now.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Approved for Both Hands Fundraiser!!

We got word Friday that we have been approved to participate in the Both Hands fundraiser project. For those of you who are not familiar with Both Hands it is an opportunity for us raise money and do amazing work for a widow. I invite all of you to google Both Hands Foundation and learn more about this amazing project. We have found a wonderful widow we are hoping to be able to work with. I am working with her family to make this possible. Please be in prayer that she will allow us to help her and in return receive such blessing!!

We also got word from Bulgaria that we would get more information on where we stand in the lineup of waiting adoption parents. in January. At this time we will learn if we are one of a million waiting for a little boy or if the numbers are smaller. We also learned there are over 1500 special needs children just waiting in Bulgaria. Some of these children have huge struggles in life. I just pray that God will protect and guide these children until they are placed with their loving parents.

Continue to pray for us and baby brother wherever he is tonight!