Natasha and Maxim

Natasha and Maxim
Natasha 16 yrs and Maxim 12 yrs

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Still Just Waiting

First of all we would like to thank everyone who made our Chick-fil-A Night such a great success. A lady at Chick-fil-A said that we had one of the bigger turnouts. We don't know how much we made yet but we really appreciate everyone taking the time to help. Thanks so much!

Right now we are still just waiting. We hope to here our travel dates next week. The problem is that the kids are leaving for the whole summer to go to different camps and the orphanage director is coming to America. He says that we have to wait till he gets back if we don't make it before he leaves which is the 28th of June. We just have to wait till we get the dates till we can figure anything out. Who knows? Only God! We just have to be patient and wait on God's perfect timing. It is a very hard to listen to Natasha with the only sentences she has ever said is ,when are you coming to get us and why are you not hosting us for the summer. Elena, our translator says she is very sad. Her friend Vika is now here in Canton with her new family and she got to experience how adoption was all really real. Maxim seems to be doing fine. He is outside playing with friends most of the time when we call. We will not get to talk to them anymore after the 25th. They will be leaving to go off to camp. Please pray for Natasha's heart. She is probably one of the oldest children there and really would rather be doing something different. I know she would love to be around children her own age. She has always been mom, being one of the oldest, and I know she would like to experience someone taking care of her instead of always taking care of everyone else. She still needs to be a child herself. Please pray for God's perfect work in all of us as He continues to change their lives as well as ours.

I found a wonderful scripture this morning. Psalm 68:5 says, "A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in His holy habitation". When God wants us to grow to be just like Him, this is part of it. It is so easy to go through our days praying, (yes and even) reading your Bible, going to church and doing all the churchy things and forget to be where God would be, in His holy habitation, taking care of those who can't take care of themselves. This is what I have always done. I have actually felt like I didn't even know how. Sometimes we just need to jump out of the boat and let God do it for us. Just obey. Get out of your comfort zone and let God do amazing things in your life. I believe He is waiting on us to do that. That is where we can experience Him more than we could ever imagine. When you realize that you can't do it, but He can. Let me tell you, it is not an easy road, but you can never imagine the blessings that come with obedience. It is so so hard, but so so rewarding. It is life changing!

 I have no words that could thank you all enough for all you prayers and support. Please continue to pray. None of this can happen without Him. It could be 2 weeks, a month in a half, or 5 months. Whatever it is, it is God's perfect plan, and that is all we want. For Him to be honored and glorified through all that happens! We have realized, it don't matter what you have as long as you have Him! He is all that matters!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lifesong for Orphans- Chick-fil-A Night- Video- God's Heart: Adoption

Please view this great video and see God's Heart for Adoption.

I have great news to share about Lifesong for Orphans. This is an awesome organization that seeks to help bring joy and purpose to orphans. They are partnering with us and assisting us in bringing Maxim and Natasha home. Funds donated to Lifesong for Orphans from now through July 19, 2011 will be given to us as an Adoption Grant to help cover adoption expenses for Natasha and Maxim. As a 501(c)3 organization, your gift is tax deductible.We are also waiting to here if this will turn into a matching grant. This could help us receive another $5,000 when we raise $5,000 of our own.You can send a check to Lifesong or you can go to the link on the side of this page and donate on Lifesongs website. Please write “preference Spruell #2101 Adoption” in the memo section of your check or when donating on-line.
1. Please make checks payable to: Lifesong. You may preference how the donation may
2. Mail checks to:
Lifesong for Orphans
Att: Spruell #2101 Adoption
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744

Please come and join us for Chick-fil-A Night to raise money to help bring Natasha and Maxim home. It will be Thursday, June 9th , 5:00-8:00, at Chick-fil-A in Carrollton. We will receive 15% of all food sold if you give them our ticket at the register. Everybody loves Chick-fil-A. It is an easy way to help, just come and have supper!

Thank you for your prayers and support!