Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's Official! We're Adopting!

Many of you already know that for the last year, we have been working towards the international adoption of a sibling group. Along the way, we've had joys, disappointments, heart breaks then more joy. Feelings of inadequacy..."this is crazy, we can't do this!", followed by confirmations from the Lord to continue. Bouts of frustrations over the amount of paperwork, not to mention the costs!?! and perfect peace. Impatience..."why does everything take so long?" and the knowledge that everything is perfectly timed according to God's will. It has been an amazing journey so far.......

PHEW! All those documents finally DONE! Now we are officially announcing that we are (Lord Willing) bringing home a sibling group from Ukraine. Our packet was filed with the Ukrainian courts May 31 requesting a specific group consisting of 2 brothers (ages 8 and 9) and their sister (age 14.) We have loved them for over 7 months now, but they do not know we exist...yet. We've heard that we may be traveling to meet them in as little as 5 weeks! The process takes about 4-5 weeks in country with a 10 day waiting period in between trips. We are excited, nervous, joyful and most of all just waiting on the Lord.....for everything. Trusting Him with all the details and just trying not to get in the way of what He is doing through us.

The remaining processes are so unpredictable. The children could say no, in which case, we would be referred a different sibling group, or the judge could just shut the entire process down if we don't find favor with him/her. We will have to be in country for extended periods of time: leaving some of our children here, taking some of them with us.....

What I'm saying is that we really covet your prayers right now. Please pray that the Lord's will be done and that we will have the patience, the flexibility, the trust and faith to just let the Lord lead, and that the remaining funds will be provided as needed. Please pray for our children that will be staying at home and for those of us who will be traveling, and that our Ukrainian children's hearts will be prepared and open to us and the adoption, and that they will be kept safe at the orphanage.

Thank you so much for your prayers, we will keep you posted on our progess as we should have a travel date in the next few weeks!