About Me

My name is Jenelle. I am a recent graduate school graduate, excited to enter the beautiful profession of school counseling.  I am passionate about all things teenager, Russian (any former Soviet), orphan care, and international adoption.

This blog has begun out of my great inspiration after inviting a 14-year old Ukrainian orphan into our family for 5 weeks.  Here, I hope to share my reflections on my time with him, and then see what my writing develops into from there!

Since first hosting through New Horizons for Children during Christmas 2010, I have helped to coordinate hosting for the Summer 2011 host program & now going into Christmas 2011.  If you’re in the MidWest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, & Wisconsin) we will be in touch! If you have a church or group you would like to share New Horizons for Children’s mission with, let me know. I would love a chance to come speak and share my heart and our hope for the orphans.  ♥

You can find out more about me & connect with me directly through my page on about.me – check it out!

Blog History


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Casey Jones
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 19:51:50

    Thanks for commenting on our blog! I feel that we have a lot in common! My husband recently graduated with his MSW and is working toward is LCSW while in a day treatment facility with at-risk children at youth. I just started my MSW and plan to get my LCSW. My passion is foster care and orphaned children. I would LOVE to learn more about your plans and your ideas about orphan care. I believe that building connections in our field is SO important! I would also love to learn more about your hosting experience as we prepare to embark on this journey!


    • Jenelle
      Mar 19, 2011 @ 12:15:40

      I’m glad to connect with you! That’s funny, I have also considered SW, that would be such an interesting job to work in a facility like that! I will email you soon! 🙂


  2. Lisa
    Nov 09, 2011 @ 23:56:57

    Hey there!
    I stumbled upon (haha, yah right…God totally put your site on my screen)! your site when searching for any and all information I could find out about our sweet little boy that we are hosting in just a few short weeks. He is from one of the Orphanages that you visited in Sept. of this year! I saw our boy’s picture on your site and I am so excited that you may be able to tell us more about him! Please email me and let’s connect! I can’t wait to hear more about him! Oh yah….our boy is the sweet little guy that ran out in the rain with his hoodie on and waved goodbye to ya’ll! 😉


    • Jenelle
      Nov 10, 2011 @ 00:01:59

      I’m glad you found me Lisa! Totally a God thing! What a special little guy you have! I will send you more info for sure!


  3. Lisa
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 00:10:30

    I can’t wait to hear, see and know more about him! Ahhhh, I can hardly stand the excitement in my heart right now! 🙂 HUGS!


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