I live in on the North Side of Chicago and have been married to Sergei for eleven years. We parent four daughters; Elaina (9), Zoya (7), Polina (3), and Evangeline (3). Evie, our newest daughter came to us through international adoption. She happens to also have Down syndrome like Polly, daughter number three.
I like to read and spend time with friends and family, most days.
Before Chicago, we lived in Ukraine for almost four years church planting. Sergei was born and raised in Kiev. Now, he pastors a church in Roscoe Village, our neighborhood.
I am passionate about my faith, my husband, our children, writing ambitions and advocating for my kids and others who have Trisomy 21…aka…Down syndrome.
Recently, our daughter Polina was diagnosed with Moyamoya syndrome. This disease thins arteries that transport blood to the brain. Polly suffered three seizures and a stroke on 10/18/09 and will undergo two brain surgeries in an effort to diminish further incidences. We covet your prayers as we pray for 1) Polina’s health and safety through this difficult time and 2) that God will draw us closer to him as a family through this experience.
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