Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Can you provide a home for these boys?

Right now, I am sad to say that we are just plain stuck in the adoption process.  Things simply aren't coming together the way we had hoped.  We don't want these children to be stuck in an orphanage any longer than they have to be.  To that end, we would like to spread the word about Yuri and Viktor, in hopes that another family may step up to adopt them.

If you can provide a home for one or both of these boys, please let us know.  We would like to help with the adoption fees.  We believe we will be able to pay the facilitator fees (which means you would need to cover fees for home study and related domestic fees, travel, and lodging (there are organizations who may provide this at no cost).

Both boys are now 8 years old and need a home NOW!

Here is a current picture of Yuri:

Here are a couple current pictures of Viktor:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Setbacks and sadness, but we still have HOPE

After waiting several weeks, we found that one of our documents was not done properly, and so it was refused.  As a result, several more documents were "expired" (past 6 months of their date), and all of them had to be re-done, re-notarized and re-apostilled.  So far, we've gotten them all re-done and re-notarized, but when we tried to get them re-apostilled, we hit another snag with how the notary had signed his name (he put his middle initial, which didn't match the secretary of state's records).  So, they're not apostilled quite yet.

We've had some setbacks, but the good news is that this is the Lord's adoption, and He will accomplish it in His perfect timing.

In the meantime, we've also had news that has brought tremendous sadness to our family: one of our biggest cheerleaders for the adoption (and a very special friend of mine) passed away suddenly.  Dawn was always there to cheer us on--the first person to see a new post about the adoption and share it with others.  She was always encouraging us to press on, even with the setbacks, and ALWAYS praying for us every step of the way. I miss her tremendously!

It's so good to know that our hope is in the Lord, whether in the adoption, the loss of a dear friend and sister in the Lord, or in whatever situation we find ourselves.

If you would like to bless Dawn's family financially, there is a fund set up for them.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Our Paperwork is Submitted!

We received notice from our facilitator in Ukraine that our adoption paperwork has been submitted to the authorities there.  We should be hearing from her in about 3 weeks to find out when our appointment with the adoption department in Ukraine will be.

It hardly seems real!  :-)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Please pray on Thursday

We heard from our facilitator that she has received the last of our paperwork and that she has an appointment scheduled to turn it in THIS THURSDAY!  Please pray all goes well!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Adoption Paperwork Submitted! (Again)

We re-did and re-sent the paperwork that had "expired" (was more than 6 months old).  We're praying it will get to Ukraine in time and that our facilitator will be able to submit it Thursday, July 24th.  If, for some reason, this does NOT happen, we will have more paperwork expire and need to be re-done.

The Lord is providing the funds we need.  We have around $32,000 toward the adoption costs.  We're not sure exactly how much we'll need, but we're told to expect somewhere between $30,000 and $36,000.  I'm quite sure the Lord will provide anything additional that we may need, in His perfect timing.

Speaking of timing, I sure thought all this would be a done deal by now.  We've had glitches and hold-ups all along the way.  But one thing we know for sure and certain--the Lord's timing is perfect!!!  His ways are not our ways--they're so much higher than ours that we can't even fathom.  So we'll continue to pray and trust His perfect ways.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

And we also need prayer for patience....


Just a little while after my previous post, I heard from our facilitator.  It seems that the office in Ukraine is now closed (holiday maybe?), and the soonest the paperwork can be submitted is July 17.

So, we will have to go back and re-do three documents that will have expired by then.  Two of them won't be a big deal, but the other one is a bit trickier, as it is one that has to be apostilled in Washington DC.

And so we wait.  I'm so thankful the Lord's timing is perfect.

Need Prayer for Speed!

We need prayer!  We finally received our last apostilled documents (certification of the notaries) from the Department of State, which completes our adoption packet that needs to be sent to Ukraine.  We will get that sent to our facilitator today, expedited (Lord willing).

BUT, there's one problem.  One of our documents was prepared and dated WAYYYY back on Jan. 10.  This means that our packet MUST be turned in to the Ukrainian government by July 10 or it is invalid.  And all of it needs to be translated into Ukrainian by that point, also.

If it's not there by July 10, we're going to have to re-do some of the paperwork, one of which is a form that had to be send to Washington DC for apostilling, which means another long wait.  And sending things to Ukraine is PRICEY!

So, please pray for the Lord to speed this packet along, and that our facilitator will have time to get it prepared and submitted in time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

We're still waiting...

All of our notarization is finished for our dossier (adoption paperwork packet).  Unfortunately, we weren't able to get all the apostilling done quite yet--some of the papers had to be sent here and there, and weren't able to be completed here in SC.  So, we're still waiting.

In the meantime, we continue to pray and wait.

The Lord has provided funds in various ways, and we have currently raised around $32,000.  We're not sure exactly how much we'll need, as fees will vary.  We're anticipating needing somewhere around $36,000.  So, we're close!

Please continue to pray with us for Yuri, Viktor, and Christina, and for the other children needing to be adopted.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Our dossier is almost complete!

We've had a few snags with our paperwork, but I think it's almost ready.  Now we need to get it all notarized, and then apostilled, which is basically a notarization of the notary.  After that, we'll send it onto Ukraine and wait for our appointment!

We have been gradually saving up the necessary funds, and we think we're pretty close to what we'll need.  A lot of it depends on how much airfare, lodging, food, etc. will cost us.  We could probably use another $6,000, to be on the "safe" side, but we know that the Lord will provide every bit that we need, so we're not concerned about it.

Thanks so much for your support and prayers.  It hardly seems real that the end may finally be in sight!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Yard Sale Adoption Fundraiser

As of this point, we are still on track to travel to Ukraine when our paperwork is approved.  To that end, we are having a fundraiser next week.

If you are in the Columbia, SC, area, we are taking donations now for our upcoming yard sale.  Here are the details:

The sale will take place April 17-19* (see details below), rain or shine, at St. Andrews Evangelical Church, in the east wing (enter through side door).

*Thursday-Friday, April 17-18:  Early-bird shopping from 4-8 pm available with $10 admission fee (Free for SAE church members or for anyone who donates $10 worth of items to the yard sale)

*Saturday, April 19: Open to the general public for traditional Yard Sale

Contact Jennifer Worch for more information

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Prayer Needed

I'm sorry it's been so long since I've written.  We've been working on getting our paperwork finished.  The medical certificates have been giving us problems, but we've almost got that figured out.  Hopefully, we'll get it all together soon.

BUT, we need some prayer.  Because of the unrest in Ukraine, the US State Department is cautioning Americans against travel to Ukraine.  We're not worried about our safety (God has that under control), but this could be a problem because Troy might not be able to get authorization from his job (in the Army) to travel to Ukraine if it is deemed unsafe.

We know that God is well capable of changing the political situation in Ukraine, if He so desires.  Would you please join us in praying for that situation?  And, ultimately, that the Lord's will be done in all this.

Thanks so much!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tax-deductible Donations

We are now connected with an organization that can accept donations and provide a tax-deductible receipt.  This might be a good option if you have been considering a contributions but would like to be able to make it tax-deductible.

Here is our link:

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Big Change of Plans

We have a slight change of plans.  Well, maybe a little more than slight.  Actually, it is something that we have been praying about for a very long time, and we now feel that it is time to go forward with it. 

Our home study previously approved us for two children.  We are getting it amended to approve three.

Our plan is to adopt three children from the same orphanage.  We have been praying about adopting both Yuri and Viktor (you can read about him in the same article) for quite some time.  We notified our facilitator of our intent a while back, but didn’t feel it was the time to announce it publicly yet.

Our facilitator has also told us that there is now a 2 ½ year old girl with epilepsy at the same orphanage who needs a home.  This is exactly what we, in our hearts, were waiting for, and we hope that things will work out for us to adopt all three of these children.  We are working to that end.  

Will things be difficult?  Yes, I’m sure!  But, we know that the Lord will equip us for what He calls us to do.

We had been previously advised that adopting one child from Ukraine would cost around $24,000, and that two would be $30,000.  Adopting three will likely be somewhere in the area of $36,000.

We have currently raised $6,000 for the adoption.  We trust that the Lord will bring in ALL of the funds necessary before the time comes to travel (thus far, we have had everything we needed before we had need of it).

If you would like to partner with us financially in this endeavor, that would be terrific.  If you would pray for us as we do this, that would be even better.  J

You can donate by credit card through the YouCaring website, but we are charged a PayPal fee.  If you would like to make a donation without a fee, please contact me for more information.  I’m sorry, but the donations are not tax-deductible.  

This is Viktor.   I wish I had a picture of Christina to share with you, but we have not yet received one.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Headed to Ukraine soon?

We received our I-171H paperwork in the mail Friday!

We need to finish getting our paperwork together for our dossier, and get that sent to our facilitator in Ukraine ASAP.

And with things so close, we are likely going to put my car up for sale.  If you know of anyone looking for a 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander in terrific condition with very low mileage, send them our way!  It's a really handy car with lots of extras.  :-)

Please pray with us.  We know that we are asking for Yuri, but we are also praying about bringing home one or two other children from the same orphanage.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Greta needs a home soon!

Greta is in need of a home right away.  She will "age out" of the adoption program when she turns 16 this November.  In Ukraine, at least one parent must be 15 years older than the child, but there is no upper age limit for adoption here.  There is no limit on the number of children in the family, either, so large families are welcome.

Greta's grant fund currently has $20,000 in it.  This will pay for almost all of her adoption costs.  Please consider opening your heart and home to this little girl who desperately needs a home.

And please share her story, so that others will know.

You can read more about her here.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Adoption = Redemption

I found this on the Facebook page of a friend who has adopted a child:
Adoption is not a tidy way to add to a family.  Adoption is redemption, and redemption is costly.

Isn't that so true?  Redemption is costly.

In Yuri's case, we're told to expect around $30,000.  Yes, that's quite an expense.  It could be the down payment on a house.  Or it could purchase a very nice new vehicle.  We could take several family vacations with such a sum, I would suppose.

As nice as those things may be, none of them are eternal.  What a privilege it is to be a part of redeeming a life.  To be able to take a child who has never truly known love, and share with him not only our love, but our Father's wonderful love for us.  It's a price that is worth paying.

Jesus paid ever so much more to redeem us.  He paid with his precious blood.  I'm so thankful that Jesus was willing to pay the price to redeem us so that we could be adopted into the family of God.

Not a tidy way to add to a family, not the easy way, and not the cheapest way.  But so worth it.