Saturday, May 20, 2006

Here are the Two new Efland's

Hi everyone. It took us a day to figure out our internet dial up connection. We arrived on Monday am at 9:45am in Karaganda and were swept off to the orphange. We both looked like homeless people with no shower or sleep for 3 days. We went to the hotel and put our bags down and not even enough time to brush our teeth were takin to the orphanage. Thank God for mint gum! We went into this room with another family and sat down and they brought in a bunch of children. Only one little boy was very playful. Now remember, this other family was looking as well. So we really felt weird talking to a child with others interested as well. None of the children were younger than a year. One of the girls was abused as a baby had marks on her face. So the first two hours we along with the other family were very upset and disappointed. None of our requests were granted. We went back to our hotel and showered and slept until 3:45, when we were able to return. We met up with our facilitator Tamara and Lena who we told of our concerns. They were in court that morning. She apoloigzed and told us that she has children picked out for us and doesn't know why they didn't show them to us. Bob and Gina saw their little boy and were excited. Then we were told that we could only have two children if they were siblings. We went and met up with a little girl who just turned 4 years. She was beautiful and shy at first then she was very playful. Her brother was brought in and he is 1year and 10 months he is cute and a lady killer. He is so shy. It took us until yesterday afternoon before we got him to laugh and play. This morning we went to his room and he came right to us. Tuesday we decided that these were Efland kids. We have until this weekend to come up with names for thier new birth certificates. Her name is Alyona and his is Vonya. Her name will be Alana so as not to confuse her. His name will be Noah or Nathaniel, but which one. We need a middle name for her. Look at their faces and help us out.


At 4:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They look precious, hope you spent a lot of time with them and know them better, they will adapt quick may confuse a little with handling this new language, may god blees your journey in Kazakhstan with your new family


At 5:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited to see my nephew and niece. They are so cute. The little boy reminds me a little of Chandler. I can't wait for you two to get home so we can hear more about them and I especially can't wait for you to bring them home.
Love you,

At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anthing you name your beautiful children will be wonderful........ my suggestions are

Alana Elizabeth
Noah Andrew

At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 6:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful children!! I know you two are so excited now, Congratulations MOM and DAD (and the Efland and Marcocci families)! For names my suggestions would be Alana Marie and Nathanial David...Can't wait to hear more and then to see everyone! Love and prayers,

At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nathaniel (Nate) Arcangelo Efland
Alana Marie Efland
That is Christine and My suggestions hope you like them do We win anything for picking the names? Your Brother...

At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations they are beautiful and its great that they will be able to stay together.
Linda @Metrolina Greenhouses

At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like Alana Rayne Efland. Just like your brother, I want to know what we win!
your sister (in law)

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous JACKIE said...



SEE YOU SOON,(yeah right)

At 7:06 AM, Anonymous JACKIE H. said...


At 7:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my gosh!!!! you are now mommy and daddy!!! what a great life you will have together. i bet you are just bursting right about now. we are all so happy for you guys, you waited a long time for this. now the hard part,...names. of course i think alana margo is pretty. keep up the good work, more pics please. lovemargoaddiezoedennis

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there guys!
Sorry it took so long for us to respond... I haven't stopped tearing up since I saw them... I think Alana Grace and Nathaniel David for names... Grace because God certainly has given you that and David because eventhough he was small he fought the battle and won! Much love to you... Tracie & Michael et al.

At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a surprise. They are beautiful! God is good. Alana Grace and Nathaniel Francis are my picks. Grace was a name we considered for Faith. God has shown his grace on you. May you you all be blessed with good health and hapiness.
Ron & Paula

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Eflands,
I am so happy for you! This is such a beautiful story. Although I have never met you, I feel like I know you because I have kept up with your story through Pam. Alyson and Chandler, you will be wonderful parents. Efland children, you are so loved!!! And Pam and Fran, MANY CONGRATULATIONS on becomming grandparents. GOD is GOOD.
In friendship,
Andrea Anderson
Springsteed Realty

At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!!! They are stunning and beautiful!! This is just to amazing for words! Isn't it amazing that we make out plans yet God in His wisdom already knew who your precious childen were and had them handpicked for you!! I love the name Alana Grace which is also Eliana's middle name! I love Nathaniel David as well! But you will know in your hearts what their names will be. What a journey Enjoy every minute and take lots of pictures!!! PS today is one year anniversary of receiving Eliana!! God is Good!! Love, Kim Gray

At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chandler & Alyson

They are beautiful. We are so happy for you and the new
grandchildren. Dad saw the pictures and cried, he went home to show grandma and came back with
tears in his eyes. Hope you are doing well, can't wait to see the
two beautiful babies and the both of you. we love you very much.

dad & phyllis

At 10:10 AM, Blogger sybil Markey said...

The children are beautiful!! I'm so happy for the two of you and look forward to reading your blog.

At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The children are so beautiful, I am so happy for you guys, come home safely and pack a butt pillow for the ride home, I think the name goes with the child, you will know what to put on the birth certificate when the time comes.

At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You and the children are blessed!!

What about these names?

Alana Alyona Efland
Nathaniel Vonya Efland

In honor of their birth parents ..

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyson & Chandler,
In all the excitement, I forgot about the names too! I like
Alana Grace (alot) and I really like Nathaniel David. David has always been a favorite of mine. I agree that you will pick the right names when the time comes. I know you must be on Cloud 10!
Andrea Anderson

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Chandler & Alyson

I am so happy about the children
Good that they are brother and
sister. They look beautiful.
I am sure whatever name up with
will be fine. I suggest Noah and Alana Marcie. See you soon.

Love Grandma Mildred

At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again;

we didn't put our suggestions in.
Have you thought of using
the grandfathers name.
Alana Madison Efland
Nathaniel Francis Efland


At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, they are just perfect. I sit here with tears in my eyes so I can't imagine what you felt like when you saw them. I am so proud of you both that you perservered with this. God had them waiting there just for you two. I can't wait to get my hands on them...oh I will probably scare them to death. ya'll stay safe.Love Sandy and Bart and Lee

At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Alyson & Chandler, Wow! I remember the first time I saw my Son, David Matthew and he looked at me. It seems like yesterday, but he will be 21 in 2 months. The day we adopted him is one the very happiest days in my life. Can't wait to see the children in person. We named our son David, meaning "Blessed Gift of God" Can't go wrong with that. Can't think of a girls name, Hannah, for 1 Samuel was asking God for a child. Read that story. Maybe Hannah.

John Springsteed

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Alyson and Chandler,

Congratulations! Reading all these wonderful entries demonstrates all the love and support waiting at home for you! You have truly been blessed, as have these babies, who have come to you at ages nearly reflective of the amount of time you have been married and planning a family.It is clear THESE children were meant to be yours! Much love and God Speed, Aunt Tina

At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Aunt Kathy said...

Dear Alyson and Chandler,
Your mother telephoned me at 7:15A.M. just as I was heading out. I was teary-eyed all the way to work! I am so happy for you and those beautiful children who have been blessed to have you for their parents. I can't wait to give them hugs and kisses. Congratulations!!!As for the names..I like Alana Grace and Nathaniel David. Love, Aunt Kathy

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