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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 00and Angie Klenck couple travels to Siberia to adopt two sons ES a year Klenck was childhood ght mother of little girl, wanted or from Evans- te, to the .  plans :ess- l agen- met a Woman who adopt her birth, t, s she became because I rnore than any- to the there are of pic- who need a photo of a boy named lVed in an Russia. that Aleksey's mother had delivered a newborn to the orphanage. The Klencks were asked if they were interested in adopting this child too. They said yes. The agency sent the Klencks videos and several pictures of Aleksey, but only one photo of his newborn Benjamin. They were told that the baby was "sick and in the hospital." During their wait, Angle learned she was pregnant. "I was ecstatic about all of it. Everybody has their dreams, and my dream was to have a big family." Soon, they were headed across the country to Seattle, and then on to the city of Mag- adan in Siberia. Because her pregnancy prevented her from being fully immunized, Angie took all of her own food and water into Russia. Both Tim and Angie were stunned by the poverty they found. "You want- ed to bring everybody home with you." When they caught their first glimpse of their new sons, it was "exciting but scary. There is so much going through your mind. It's such a big step." Aleksey had been told that he was getting a new "mama and papa" and that he was going to the U.S.A., but he wasn't sure what that meant. When Angie and Tim first visited him at the orphanage, he didn't want any- AND ALEKSEY KLENCK )ic- adoption located in Soon she and Ltn, Were going of tests and the middle Were told thing to do with them. "He keep to himself and looked down." It took a day in court for the adoptions to be approved, and Angie said there was a "huge relief because everybody kept telling us that they can do what- ever they want to over there." With two new, very young 3 ALEKSEY, BENJAMIN, SETH AND ANGLE KLENCK sons in tow, the Klencks headed to Moscow to complete more paperwork. In Moscow, they enjoyed the "wonderful feeling" of finally having their two sons, but also fear as Aleksey began acting out. "He was kicking, bit- ing, screaming, slamming doors. We were really scared at that point. I had a piece of paper in Russian of 'Things To Say To Your Toddler.' I read it, and Aleksey started laughing at me so I threw it away. "We didn't know a word he was saying, and he didn't know a word we were saying." She called the adoption agency, and was advised to "wrap him tightly in a blanket" when he started acting up So he would know "we were in con- trol, but he would feel secure. That seemed to help a lot." When they arrived in Evans- ville, his tantrums decreased, from three a day for.15 to 20 minutes, to none at all. They began communicating with him one word at a time. "Yum yum" meant food. After about a week, he stopped speaking Russian. Aleksey's brother, Benjamin, was very ill when the Klencks arrived in Siberia. The nine- month-old baby had the behav- iors of a three-month old. "He couldn't make a sound. There was no stimulation over there. i ii i Hear it from the source! Vatican Radio HOME World News Mon, - Fri. at 5:30 p.m. " FARM Only on WUEV' FM 91.5 [ U RANCE University of Evansville 968 Fvalsvil] IN47706 On the air or on your computer at JAMES A NIEMEIER Pers0nal Lines Manager www, / .... He was sad, and malnourished. Basically, he had been fed and changed." Fortunatel}; Benjamin bond- ed to his adoptive parents "immediately. He wouldn,t!et go of me," Angie said. "He was so thirsty for love and contact." Once they had him in their home in Evansville, his health problems continued. He devel- oped whooping cough, and his new parents were up with him "12 times a night." Then, he developed apnea. "He would quit breathing on us. That hap- pened nine times. We couldn't take him anywhere. It was like living in a bubble." Doctors at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis diag- nosed asthma. Now, with prop- er medication, he is "so close to being caught up with his age, and we can take him any- where,:"  , :   , ,' Her eyes fill with tears when she thinks of the life Benjamin faced in Siberia. "He was very sick and very alone. I wonder if he would even be alive today." Eight weeks ago, Seth Klenck joined the household Today, Aleksey is four, Ben- jamin is 15 months, and Seth is two months. Her days are hectic, Angle admits, but she loves her life. "I couldn't be happier. I feel like my life is complete." People wecam about Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. R:qders art" invited to submit information about peoph, who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Services for Catherine Mauler, 81, who died March 30, were held April 2 at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville. She is the mother of Benedictine Sister Mary Celestin Maurer, principal at Good Shepherd School, Evansville. She was the retired secretary at St. Benedict School, Evansville. Survivors also include daughters, Pare Tubbs of Boonville and Mary Pat Skinner of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Larry of Port Charlotte, Fla.; a sister, Sharon Jensen of Bremerton, WasK; and 10 grandchildren. Prayers are requested for William Martin, who is recov- ering from a farming accident at his home in C)athiana. He is a member of SL Wendel Church, St. Wendel, and the father of Father David Martin, pastor at St. Simon Church, Washington. J Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABO: to Ma D , Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evans- ville, IN 47724. The e-mail address is message@evans- Subject:. PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT. The deadline for copy is 9 am. the Friday before publi- cation.