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My husband and I, the Dynamic Duo, have been married since 2003. We've weathered the storm of chronic disease (diagnosis 2006), infertility (diagnosis 2007), turning 30 (2006/2007 respectively) a first adoption (2009) of a tender hearted, compassionate Ukrainian BIG boy (born 2006), who has told us he'd like a baby sister, baby brother, big brother, and REALLY big sister. We recently completed our second Ukrainian adoption journey, which brought us a daughter (born 2005). We'll see what else God brings our way!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Here we go again!

After much prayer and research we have finally made the decision and started the process of adopting our daughter from Ukraine. Our desire is a child younger than Eli. And boy, will he make a great big brother! He's very sweet toward the smaller children he's around. Just the other day, he gently stopped a 2 year old girl and helped her revelcro her shoe. Very sweet.

The decision wasn't as clear as our first adoption. I'm not sure why, but I don't have the same confidence in our decision...not that I think it's the wrong one, but I guess it's just different. This process isn't being rushed by us, that's for sure. The crazy thing is that we could have our dossier to the Ukraine by September and leave by the end of the year to adopt our girl! We are hoping it doesn't happen that fast (crazy, isn't it!), but it really could.

For me, as I look down the long road of obstacles I am overwhelmed and exhausted. What will we do with Eli? Do I make two trips? And as Dave and I look at our finances, we just laugh at the cost. We're still paying off our first adoption loan! And we have no money in savings anymore. There's really no place in our budget to cut down on; we have no subscriptions, no cable, because of the generousity of others we haven't had clothes to buy for Eli, and we certainly don't live an extravegant lifestyle! But we know that God is in control and that only He will be able to provide the money we need to adopt. So yet again, God will get the glory in adding to our family through the miracle of adoption.

I still have some feelings to work through, like why God has decided to make it so hard to add to our family...didn't we obey Him by adopting the first time (and I'm so glad we did!)? So where is this reward for our obedience?

The answer is clear. Eli, of course, is the reward for our obedience. His sweet and loving personality is a blessing daily. He now runs up to us and says "Need hug" or "Need kiss". And I stop what I'm doing and immediately oblige him. I mean, seriously, who could deny such a wonderful request?!

So as we embark on our newest adventure, we ask, no, beg for your prayers. Prayers for confidence, peace, and provision.

Thanks again for your support!


Conethia and Jim Bob said...

Oh, my!!! What wonderful news! I can't wait to follow along. I pray that this wait will not be anywhere near as long as the first wait. Blessings to you in your decision!!

nell ann said...

Hi there! Jeff Barosh suggested we become friends on FB so I checked and sure enough, you're a fellow adoptive parent. We brought home our son, Asher, from Ethiopia last summer.

Exciting news that you're starting up again! Best wishes for financial provisions -- our God is certainly big enough to handle that!

Chris and Celeste said...

I am sure you have done your research, but wanted to fyi you that Ukraine has no healthy children under 6 so if you want younger than Eli it will be special needs. AAI doesn't have their Ukraine program anymore. A country I have heard of worth checking is Molodova through Carolina Services. Blessings