May 31, 2012

Do you See what I See?

This girl.  Do you see her?  Do you really, honestly see her?Photobucket
I do.  And I could not be more in love with that face.

Her name is Felicia.  I had the amazing privilege of spending time with Felicia while in Eastern Europe.  She stole my heart so very quickly.  I can't express with words how amazing this girl is.  

So I'll just show you...
                         

Because of Felicia's cerebral palsy she only has 6 short months left at the baby orphanage.  In December when she turns four years old she will be transferred to a mental institute.  That literally makes me sick to think about.  Felicia has so much potential.  All that potential would be snuffed out if she was to be transferred.


Thankfully a family has stepped out in faith and committed to bringing Felicia home.  The Cooper family has already submitted all their paperwork to the government in Felicia's country and should be traveling to meet and bring her (and another little girl) home this summer!  They are an amazing family that are ready and willing to provide for Felicia and Michelle.  But the fact of international adoption is that it is expensive.  Really expensive.  And right now the Cooper family is struggling to come up with the funds they need to complete the adoption.


They still need $11,000 to be fully funded.  If they cannot come up with the money in the next several weeks they may not be able to adopt both girls.  Felicia would be stuck waiting again.  This time even closer to her transfer date.  The Coopers do not want to see that happen. They feel that God is calling them to adopt both girls and are working hard and trusting God to provide the $11,00 they need.  But they really could us some help.

Right now there is a puzzle fundraiser going on for Felicia.  With a donation of $20.00 to the Cooper's grant fund your name will be put on the back of a puzzle piece.  Together we can chip away at the $11,000 that is standing between Felicia and her family.  Please consider being a part of Felicia's story.



Go Here to read about the puzzle fundraiser.
Go Here to donate towards Felicia's adoption.

And above all.  Felicia needs prayers.  Prayers for her heart to be prepared for the changes about to happen in her life.  And prayers that this $11,000 mountain standing between her and home would be removed.

pray. share. donate.

May 29, 2012

The Ukrainian Story

Ukraine.  The country that has slowly been creeping into my heart over the last few years.  Honestly, for the last year I have been torn about where to spend my time.  Uganda or Ukraine?  Uganda is so deeply buried inside of me.  I'm comfortable and I love it there.  It would seem like an easy choice to go back to that country.  BUT, there was always Ukraine.  The children, the language.  It intrigued me.  I went back and forth between the two countries for a long time.  Which way to go?  I didn't know.  When out of the blue, last fall I got a message on the internet.

"...Would you be willing to go with us to Ukraine??"

Hmmm.  I hear you God.  Many twists and turns--happy and sad moments and months later I was packing up and leaving home.  April 18th I said goodbye to my family and April 21st after some crazy travel days I landed in Kiev, Ukraine.
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[street near our apartment in K.]

There is nothing more magical to me then having a front row seat on an adoption.  And that is exactly what I was doing.  An adopting family needed an extra pair of hands along for the ride.  I got to be those extra pair of hands.  

In the big city we went through the typical appointments and paperwork.  Did the usual walking-around-all-day-seeing-things-and-eating-borscht.  Nothing over the top exciting.  After a few days we boarded the night train headed for our region.  Once we arrived our days took on a routine of sorts.  I've heard other families describe it as the 'ground hog effect'.  That is so true.  

Though most of my days were spent dancing and reading books in the apartment with the two year old, I did get to sneak in visits to the orphanage.  The babies I met and loved on are forever ingrained in my heart.  They are precious children that so badly need someone to love them and fight for them.   I asked several people "Can I steal this baby?  I will grab it and jump in that car and drive away.  Is that OK?"  And the answer was always "Of course!".  There were days I was severely tempted to follow through with that plan!  Without a doubt the moments I got to spend with those babies are the highlight of my trip.
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[around the corner from our apartment building in region]

It's crazy to me to think that I'm not there anymore.  How did a month go by so fast?  I can still see the apartment building and hear the people hanging around outside our window.  I can smell the city and taste the chocolate and ice cream.  I can see the babies in their strollers.  I can hear their giggles and see their smiles.  Believe me, at the time a month seemed like forever.  I was beyond ready to come home and hug my family.  But now that I am home and have been able to sleep in a real bed for a few nights, I'm sad that it is over.  I learned so much while there and we made so many memories.  Some good and some bad.  we could of done without the bad memories but like I said many times through out the trip, we will laugh about it someday.
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The trip ended differently then we all would of liked.  I am home, but the adoption is not complete.  There is one less orphan in the world, but that precious child is not home yet!  I will not be sharing anymore details about the adoption, the family, or who the child is, until everyone is home safe and sound.  This trip was never about me.  It was always about that child.  About making sure that there would be one less lonely child in this world.  Because of that it became a secret trip.  Thankfully everyone came out on the other end of the trip alive.  Hallelujah praise the Lord!

I'm so thankful for this trip.  I'm thankful for protection.  I'm thankful for the [almost] complete adoption.  I'm thankful for the seeds that have planted.  I'm thankful for the doors that may be opened in the future.  I'm just all around thankful.

Besides, the extra stamps in my passport don't look to bad either. ;))

May 22, 2012

Surprise!

When God opens a door?  You walk through it.

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The last month has been an adventure.  
But good golly, I can't wait to hug my family [very] soon!

Heading home tomorrow.  Please pray for safety and a smooth journey.

I'll share more as I'm able.

May 6, 2012

May 3, 2012

Introducing Felicia

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Girl, Born December 2008
IMMINENT RISK OF TRANSFER to the INSTITUTION
What a pretty little girl, and the chubbiest cheeks!
From her medical records:  Cerebral palsy [Congenital defects of the brain].Periventricular cyst of the left ventricle [?]Plano-valgus deformity of feet [flat feet].

Felicia can stand.  She reacts to her name, different sounds, and toys.  She knows her caregivers.


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