Archive for October, 2008

New Rule

Posted in Uncategorized on October 31, 2008 by heart4kids

Just when things are looking up we get something new to worry about!  We’ve just learned from another family who is in Ukraine now that there is a new rule there taking affect.  The new rule is to prevent siblings from being separated if some are adopted and others would be left in the country.  To make our story more interesting, the three girls have a fourth, younger sister somewhere in the country.  She apparently is in the foster-care system and we have been led to believe that she is not available for adoption.  Could this be a road-block to our process?  We hope not!  “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness”.  We’re going to keep pushing ahead and believe that this is going to work!!  We’ve seen too many miracles already to think this could be fruitless.

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We have a date !!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 29, 2008 by heart4kids

We just received the big news that the Adoption Ministry in Ukraine has granted us an appointment on November 17!! On that day Melissa and I will have to be in Kiev to appear at the ministry office. This will launch the legal procedings which could take 2 to 3 weeks to complete. We have a lot of logistics to organize to make this work but we are excited to reach this big step!

Good news/ bad news

Posted in Uncategorized on October 9, 2008 by heart4kids

The little angels

“When are you coming?!” That’s what the girls asked when we talked with them on the phone today. It was good to hear their voices again. The good news is that we were given an appointment to be at the ministry in Kiev. That means we’ve been approved!! The bad news is that it is Nov 4, right in the middle of my flight training class that I am required to be at. Our agent helped us write a letter today asking for a postponement of 2 weeks. She seems hopeful that they will grant it to us. Overall we are encouraged to know that we are approved and we will travel in the near future. The girls each said that they are doing very well in school. (Kids are honest about that, right?) They are working on some poems and dances that they look forward to sharing with us.

Hopeful!!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 8, 2008 by heart4kids

We just got a message that a travel date has been assigned to us!  We just don’t know when it is yet.  Tomorrow our agent in Kiev will go to the ministry office and try to get the details.  If this is true it means our dossier has been accepted!!  This is really good news.

I’ve learned that Northwest Airlines gives discounts to adopting families.  I’ve just filled out the application and am hoping this will be a help.  With the rising cost of flights this could make a big difference.

Tomorrow morning we are going to attempt another phone call to the girls.  We hope to really encourage them this time.

Again we want to thank everyone who has donated to the project!  About 2/3 of the total agency fee has been received in donations!!  You guys are amazing!!  For the other 1/3 we’ve been able to procure a loan from a foundation that helps these kinds of projects.  It’s really coming together!

15 years old now

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2008 by heart4kids

A little princess!

On October 1 Aza turned 15. We were sad that we couldn’t be with her on her birthday. We did get some help though from a gracious American lady named Adeline who works in the same town as the orphanage. Adeline bought some gifts, a chocolate bar and a rose, and took them to the orphanage to give to Aza on her birthday. We can only hope that she got them. Aza is a very sweet girl. She feels a big responsibility to look after her younger sisters. She makes sure they do their best in school and encourages them to keep a positive attitude.

The girls only have a handful of photos from their younger years. This is one of Aza when she was about 7. I took a picture of the photo with my camera, so it’s not the best quality. This was probably taken by her mother on a special day. Judging by the back-pack it may have been the first day of school. I know they didn’t have much money, but I think their mother sacrificed to take care of the girls. It must have been painful for their mom to say good-bye to these beautiful kids.

We are still waiting patiently for a decision from the adoption ministry in Ukraine. They have all of our paperwork and now we can only hope and pray that they will be in favor of our efforts. Because this process has been extended longer than we originally thought, we are still collecting donations toward the cause. (See “Sponsor Us”) Pray with us that these girls can join our family soon!