“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)
Friday, April 20, 2018
Well, the day has come. We finished sending in all of our post placement reports to Ukraine. Every few years a report is required, with photos. Our reports have always gone to the D.C. consular's office. The reports are due on the Month that the children were adopted.
The form is VERY EASY to down load and fill out. Unlike Russia, Ukraine does not require an agency letterhead, or apostille or notorization.
Our last report was a little late. I wanted it to be special. There is room on the report to write how things are going with your child, and I wanted to tell Ukraine how thankful we have been for our sweet girls. They have blessed us so very much as they came home and have grown into strong, beautiful, confident young women. I am so very proud of them.
They would not have had the opportunities in Ukraine because of their physical disabilities. But today, they attend college, drive, have friends, go dancing, teach a college girl's bible study, and are interested in Missions work.
Erika went to Ukraine last year, and this year, both Erika and Sarah are planning to go to Ukraine.
Sarah is also going to Haiti this year, and both of them volunteer at the camp where they were ministered to all those years when they were younger.
Our adoption journey has been one of tremendous blessing and tremendous heart ache.... And I wouldn't trade it for the world.
We have been so very blessed with all 8 of our children.
We have learned of God's grace and mercy in our lives, in very living and practical ways, not just through reading. It has been a daily experience. We have learned to trust HIM when we didn't know where to turn. We have learned how truly weak we are outside of Christ.
We have learned that not ONE MINUTE of the lives we have shared with our children has been wasted. Each and every day, the mundane, the exciting, has been a piece in the puzzle of life for them. Those little lessons of teaching about love and forgiveness, about how to care for a chicken or a goat, or a dog, has placed another piece of their little hearts back together. And today, they are able to love. They KNOW they were loved and ARE loved.
Oh what a blessing that is to my heart.
Erika and Sarah are in college. Erika lived in the dorms for a year and then came back home.
Sarah and she plan to move into the dorms again next year together with a couple of other close girlfriends.
Erika has a very special young man in her life and she works for an Affirmative Action compliance company. She is a psychology major.
Sarah is busy BUSY....She is working at a restaurant and is an accounting major.
Our other two girls are not at home, but they are in contact. Stevie is now in Nevada and is a mama.
Her little baby boy is adorable and she is learning to navigate motherhood quite well. :)
She adores her baby and just as she used to snuggle those chickens (we called her the chicken whisperer) she loves her little one.
Alli is living close by and we talk or go to lunch. She is working full time and loves her job.
The girl who used to throw away her money, now counts money! :)
She is raising a little puppy that she adores and has a boyfriend.
Our sons are all doing really well. Chuck is still working on his music and he is now a manager at the medical supply company he works for. Timothy is teaching. Joseph is an adjunct Philosophy professor and is on his last leg of getting his doctorate degree, Marcus is an accountant.
We now have 13 grand children between the ages of 21 and 2 months.
Well, I'm finishing up editing... I had to take a pretty long break to meet Miss Alli's needs. And another book or two is in my head for follow up. I feel like we have lived another whole lifetime since I finished my first book... :)
I am working with Mike in the auto shoppe. It is so strange when change happens. Going from being home all the time and educating the children at home, to working full time with Mike has been a process. That adjustment time has taken a while! :)
But I have a really nice boss who gives me time off to take care of the grands when needed and to take a nap if needed. :)
I wanted to end this with a HUGE thank you to Ukraine for giving us the opportunity to raise our Girls, for Russia for helping us complete the process of readoption in Russia and being very helpful with the process of paper work, and to the USA for letting us raise our little Oklahoma girl.
And I would like to thank our Social Worker Kathi, who stuck with us from beginning to END... ALWAYS being available to talk, to help, to advise and to share. She is AMAZING.
If you are an adoptive parent, that social worker who helps you through the process is somebody you need to stay in contact with. Do remember to update them on a regular basis of how things are going.
They are there to help you.
And now, all of our arrows are out of the bag..... I pray they will do great things for the Lord.
Their stories are not over and neither is ours! :)