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Summer Mercies

16 Jul

Honestly, I don’t even know where to start… It’s been a crazy summer so far, and I doubt it’ll be slowing down for a while yet.

As time continues to pass by, I keep wondering when, or even IF, we’ll get to bring these three sweet children home. I want to be able to hold them, and nurture them, and show them love.

And yet, they’re still not here. Paperwork keeps having to be redone, as a signature here is wrong, or the date there isn’t right.

It’s so frustrating sometimes as we wait, and wait, and wait…..

But there are several passages we’ve been studying (for the Bible Bee), that have made me think of the kiddos…. and gave/give me peace for them.

In Psalm 145:9 (and many other verses), we’re told,
“The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.

He is good, and merciful, and He loves and cares for Yuri, Viktor and Christina. We can trust Him to care for them, and to work all things out in His perfect timing.



“Oh Look At The Time!”

8 Jun

~ Just a short post, inspired by some thoughts I had this afternoon. ~

As the days continue to flow by, as the clock ticks ever on, one question that is always being asked: “When?”.

Right now, one “when” that’s often in our minds is, “When do we get to bring Yuri, Viktor, and Christina here?”.

Thankfully, we don’t need to worry about it, and we can instead bring that question often to God, trusting Him and His timing, but even so, I know I still catch myself thinking and planning, actually wasting the current moments, while thinking of those to come.

So what if we just loved each other in the now?

Loving God, and loving others…. on these two hang ALL the rest. Time could cease to exist, and yet still, Love.


~ thisbigsister

Crazy Trust

2 May

Wow! So much time has passed now since I last shared anything here. We had hoped to have Yuri home with us by now, but God had other plans, and He’s still leading us in whatever those are. 🙂

One big thing that has changed since I last posted is that rather then only adopting Yuri, we are now attempting to adopt two more children, along with him, who are in that same orphanage. Another little boy, Vicktor, who has grown up alongside Yuri, and a little girl, Christina, who’s only 2 ½ years old.

Yes, it’s crazy. At least when you look at it from a “normal” view.

But we’re not. We are simply following wherever God leads, and right now, that means trying to add three more children to our family. I do feel like it’s insane sometimes, especially when we have a really busy day, but it’s okay, God will give us exactly what we need, to do exactly what He wants us to.

So, I’m okay with people thinking we’re crazy, as long as they see we’re only NOT crazy because we’re trusting in God, and not in anything we can do on our own.

Prayers are greatly appreciated as we continue in this endeavor. It’s not possible without God.

Thank you for partnering with us, as we continue on this journey, learning to trust Him, even when it seems truly crazy.


a father to the fatherless

25 Oct

Well, it’s been a while since I last posted, and though in some ways it feels like not much has happened, October has been a fairly busy month so far. 🙂

For one, we went on a week long trip up to Philadelphia, to a conference about helping children with brain development problems (special needs). It was very educational, and I’m looking forward to starting the program both with Talyah, and Yuri, whenever we get him. 🙂 I’ll definitely be posting about some of the things that we learned there, especially as I start using them more.

Also,  the online Silent Auction ended on the 19th. We got about $1,000 from it, so yay! 🙂 It’s interesting to think about – if just 600 people raised/earned/gave $50, we’d have enough to bring two little boys home from the orphanage in Ukraine.  1,200 people – just 25 dollars each. “Many hands and light work” anyone? 😉

If the body of Christ rose up, with the arms supporting the hands, the legs powering the feet, with the body simply being the body of Christ, what could God do through that willingness to join together, and sacrifice just a little of the abundance we’ve been given to share in blessing those who have nothing?

See, I know many people aren’t able to physically adopt – whether from lack of finances, space, time, ability, etc. – but how many would be able to just give a twenty dollar bill?  1,500? Because that would be enough, to give a father to one of the fatherless.

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,” -James 1:27a

~this big sister

“Adoption Auction”

9 Oct

Not much is happening with the adoption currently – at least not at our end – though I’ve been hearing Russian words used in normal conversation more frequently. (Not exactly sure what they all mean yet though. 😛 )

It’s been interesting to me having all these people giving money, time, and/or knowledge to help us in this process. Many I wouldn’t have even thought to tell, but the internet has allowed us to share Yuri’s story with, basically, the world. 🙂

Mom started a silent auction page (which now has over 400 members) on Facebook, and we’ve received quite a few donations to sell. God truly is providing.

Here’s a link to the silent auction page, if anyone’s interested.


There IS a family

20 Sep

About a month ago, i guess, I saw a link to this blog post on my facebook feed.


I remember seeing the picture, and the title, but to be honest, I didn’t even click on the link. I mean, I didn’t have any connection to these people, what could I do? It’s not like WE were going to adopt the kids!

Well, so much for that thought! Mom saw the post a day or two later, and started talking about it all the time. I still didn’t think anything would come of it that would really involve me very much, maybe we’d raise some money for them – I could make some hair bows and beaded socks to sell, maybe bake a couple hundred cookies – nothing we hadn’t done before. But though we are now raising money for an adoption, it’s for our own. 🙂

Mom and Dad began discussing how well we were set up to adopt a child with special needs. With Dad in the Army, we’ve got fine medical coverage, and a steady income, and we’ve had some experience with special needs with Talyah since she has down syndrome. Also, we’ve got three teenagers in the house now – plenty able to help Mom with running the house and keeping up on things. 🙂

Once Mom and Dad made the decision to go ahead with the adoption, everything started moving along quite quickly . We got in contact with a bunch of people we’ll need along the way, and actually just had our home study this morning.

So to answer a line from that blog post, “there is no family.”, well, there IS a family. It’s us.

~ thisbigsister