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About KazakhVictoria

I'm an artist and self-proclaimed “Jack of all trades, Master of none”, mother to Marc and Sarah. God gave me a heart for the children no one else wanted. I've been a fostercare home, cared for children in the neighborhood, and hosted international students. I never felt a desire to travel outside the country and knew there were so many children in the US who needed people to care. After a series of events, doors opened to travel on my first trip to the Ulan Orphanage in the city of Taraz, Kazakhstan in October 2000. Before the trip, I worried that I would fall in love with one child. My own precious children, Marc and Sarah, had come into my life through the miracle of adoption. I knew that I would move heaven and earth to bring that child home if I feel in love. During that trip, I fell in love with not one child, but 180 children. I couldn’t bring that many home, yet realized I was being called to care for those children who would never find their “forever family.” That began the next chapters of my life.

Dirt Roads, a Donkey and a Life Transformed

This is a short story I wrote and was published in “Drinking Camel’s Milk in The Yurt” which you can purchase on Amazon by clicking on the link.  I hope you enjoy. I have always had a place in my heart for unwanted children. I am a single mom to two US-born bi-racial children through the … Continue reading »

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One of the children who captured my heart..

In 2009 I moved to Kazakhstan to work with a non-profit whom I had traveled with on short-term trips beginning in 2000.  The organization went into the local orphanages doing monthly Birthday Parties, weekly activities and a week-long summer camp. I met 5-year-old Saule for the first time on one of those visits. I noticed … Continue reading »

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A New Year!!

2 January 2015 One of my New Years resolutions is to start blogging again.  I have been using Facebook primarily as a way of communicating my journey for several reasons.  To me it seems easy – being non-techie that is important. I also don’t feel the pressure to be a literary genius. Since I am … Continue reading »

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Part 2 Limited Choices and a desire for home

There is a girl who had to leave Savva Orphanage several years ago because she had reached the maximum age allowed there.  She was 15 years old.   She was then moved to a local technical school to study a trade.  These schools are over crowded, understaffed and not safe places for the children.  The … Continue reading »

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Limited choices and a desire for home…. Part 1

Beth and I were visiting with a friend last week.  This friend has her own successful business and over the years she has hired several orphan girls to work.  This hasn’t always been an easy thing for her.  Often, the girls she has hired haven’t been model employees and haven’t received her guidance in a … Continue reading »

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Life in Kazakhstan is a road less traveled full of curves an obstacles!

Beth and I have been in Kazakhstan more than a month now and I still find myself wondering if I’m going to awake from a dream at any moment. When we boarded the plane in Richmond on Oct. 2, 2012 it was with many emotions — excitement to be heading back to the land and … Continue reading »

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Making new friends and sharing about J127 Ranch in Texas

I have to laugh at how my life has turned upside down in so many ways.  This Epic Journey is beyond any dreams I  had, and  yet incorporates so many  deep desires built into my heart by my Creator. It is hard to believe now,  but I am a home body by nature.  I like … Continue reading »

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Exciting News and a way you can help launch us to Kazakhstan!

I can’t believe how quickly the days are passing.  I am also amazed some days at the amount of work yet to be done for the J127 Ranch vision to become a reality.I am pleased to announce with, much thanks to the dedicated work from Kim Floyde at Aspenglow Services and Cindy LaJoy the J127 Ranch websiteis … Continue reading »

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Kazapalooza – “Kazakh Party”

Kazapalooza (“Kazakh Party”)!  Palooza means “party”! This past weekend Beth Turnock and I had the honor and privilege to be part of a great annual event held this year at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.  It was a gathering of over a hundred families who have adopted at least once from Kazakhstan.  Many of … Continue reading »

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I can’t believe how fast the days are passing!.  I’m also amazed some days at the amount of work needed to make the vision a J127 Ranch reality.   But I am pleased to announce that thanks to much hard work from Cindy Lajoy and Kim Floyde at Aspenglow Services  the J127 Ranch website – … Continue reading »

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