"No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you" John 14:18
Natasha and Maxim
Natasha 16 yrs and Maxim 12 yrs
Friday, August 5, 2011
Finally Getting To See The Children!
We have been through so much since I last wrote, but these pictures show the best part. So I will start with where we are now and retrace my steps back. First of all we have not been able to get internet for the past few days. This has driven us crazy. One because we have not been able to skype with Brady and Sarah Grace and two we have not been able to share with you all the excitement that has been happening in our lives. Today is Fri. and we got to see Maxim and Natasha for the first time yesterday. They are now at a summer camp in Berdansk. This camp is right on the ocean so we think they are having a good time. The excitement of waiting to see them was just about more than I could handle. It took a long time to round them up. Then finally Natasha walked in the door of this small room we were sitting in with the orphanage director, the camp director, and our facilitator Alla. I think we kind of took her by surprize, but then she had the biggest smile we had ever seen on her face. Alittle later Maxim came in, and the picture above show the two of them writing a letter to the courts saying that they wanted us to adopt them. It was an amazing feeling, seeing God's plan unfold and seeing Maxim come and hug Brad and tell him he loved him. It was like he felt safe. We have been so amazinly blessed. We did not get to spend much time with them though. We gave them a few gifts and had to leave.We are spending tonight and we spent last night in Chernigivska at their orphange. The orphanage director is a very nice man and has offered for us to stay here while getting all of the paper work done in this city.We have already got our court date scheduled for Aug. 16th. Just in time to leave and make our plain on the 18th. God has been so amazing. We give Him all the glory for the timely manner and ease to this process. He has sent us wonderful people who have worked so hard to help us. Our facilitator Alla, has been amazing. We met her as we got on the train Thurs. night. We spent 11 hours sleeping, or shall I say trying to sleep while riding. After having no sleep, we took a 2 hr. road trip on the bumpiest road I have ever been on in my life. We needed dramimine both times. When we got to the orphanage we set out to get all the paperwork done and took a trip to see Maxim and Natasha. This took another hour. It is hard to explain how all of this got done in one day, but it did. Today we got to sleep in and Alla did alot more work for our adoption. She has worked so hard, constantly trying to get this done so that we will be able to go home on the day we planned. We are so thankful, God has put so many sweet, wonderful people in our path. Tomorrow we will return to Berdansk and get an apartment close to the camp. We should get to stay here for the rest of our time before court. The camp director has allowed us to spend some time with them each day, but we still don't know how much. We will get to travel with the Laudenslayer family as they get to visit the child they are adopting for the first time since their Christmas hosting. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Pleas pray for our safety and for us to show God's love to all the people we come in contact with. We do consider this a mission from God that we are on. We want to shine His light! Please pray also for the other families here adopting. They also wish so bad for things to go smoothly so they can return to their families.
You can look at more pictures on facebook. The new ones put on are of the orphanage. It is a big rock or brick building. Brad is playing basketball on their playground and all the pictures outside are around the orphange.
Thank you all so much for youer love and support. Your the greatest!!