“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Four Wonderful Years Ago
You bring us Joy, and Happiness. We are so proud of all that you have accomplished in such a short time.
Four years ago, YOU took a chance on two crazy Americans who traveled to Ukraine, said they would be your parents, and knew nothing more about you than, you were Sarah's best friend, AND "Your joint don't work." You had to tell the Attorney that you were willing to leave your orphanage, fly to a new country, learn a new language and be our daughter. You were scared, but you were brave. You took the chance at life and a family. We knew it was right from the very first time we saw your sad face sitting next to your best friend.
She was leaving. You were staying. She was going on to a life in America with a mommy and daddy. You were stuck.
Even though you were 7, you were smart enough to figure out that WE were not the people who took Sarah to America. You had lots of questions. So did the orphanage workers.
You had seen other children leave over and over again, and then, it happened for you. You told us you couldn't believe it. You told us you have been waiting for 50 years. All we could do was weep and see how precious you were. We wept for what you had lost. We wept tears of joy, for what we were about to gain.
You had lots of questions on the way to the airport. "How long will it take me to learn English?" "Will I have to have surgery?" "Will Sarah remember me?" Those were very good questions.
Of course, it didn't take long to learn some English.... your first phrase was "That's not mine!" Sarah DID remember you! And yes, we knew you would have surgery.
However, we had no idea, when you got home, that 4 months later, your feet would need to be amputated. But God prepared us ahead of time, when we got Sarah. She already had a prosthetic leg. So it just wasn't that different. We knew it would be the best way to give you the ability to walk freely and without pain.
You were so brave. When the doctor mentioned amputation, we both smiled. You said, "I'll just be like Sarah". I think he was relieved. It isn't easy to tell somebody that they have to have their feet removed.
All you cared about was having purple tennis shoes!
Erika, you have been a our joy. You bring happiness to all around, and we are SO GLAD that God prepared our hearts, prepared the way and even prepared all of our family both related and church family, for us to bring you home. :)
We ALL LOVE YOU!