Friday, November 29, 2013

Change of Plans!

Last week we received the good news that we were cleared by all parties to move forward with Will's adoption.   In other words, we could travel to Moldova and begin the 30 day bonding process.  Then we began to sense the urgency from our contact in Moldova for one of us to travel to Moldova within the next couple of days, so Andy is leaving Sunday.  We don't really know what this means as far as future trips or the remainder of the process.  Please pray that God clears the way for Andy to meet both children and get the last of the paperwork on Lena.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Thanks to all of you who have asked and prayed for us on this journey of bringing Will and Lena home.  On Tuesday of this week, it looked like we would leave this Sunday.  By Wednesday morning, we were told that we should not travel at this point.  This morning, we made the decision to postpone our first trip until around Dec. 30.   I wish I could give you a simple explanation about why things change from day to day and why we haven't been able to travel already.  But I can't.  It would be quite a long post and your eyes would start glazing over in the middle and your head would start nodding.  Therefore, I will spare you the details.

Now, we are continuing to push to receive the remainder of the information on Lena and a formal referral from Moldova.  We thought that piece of information had been received and we even sent an acceptance letter.  But we were WRONG!

A praise is that Will has been approved by the US to be adopted by us!  However, Moldova hasn't received the Article 5 that they need from our govt.  to allow us to meet him.  We are still chasing this rabbit!

Since my last post, God has really given me a peace about Him being in control, so I really appreciate all of you who have been praying for me.  He gave me a verse from Psalm 91:11:  For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.  This verse brought so much comfort to me and I am clinging to it.

Saturday, November 2, 2013


There is a short movie out about how children with no families are STUCK in orphanages around the world even when they have families waiting on them.  This is where we are!  In my last post, I related that the official referral had been received on Lena and we were excited about moving forward.  Well, we are not sure if it is the official referral because we have not received the translated document yet!  In addition, Moldova is now requiring an additional letter from our State Dept. to clear us to travel even on Will.

Unless we receive key documents by Nov. 12, we will not travel until the end of Dec/first of Jan.  If we receive info by Nov. 12, we will leave Nov. 16.  Waking up everyday and wondering if this will be the day when we receive the information has been challenging.  We've had their names and pictures for a year now which has made us all the more anxious to meet them.

This process has really challenged my faith.  Do I really believe God is in control and He has the very best plan?  I have to say that there are times when I think I know best.  I panic about the kids being behind especially academically and think one more day in the orphanage means one further day behind.  Surely God realizes this so why isn't He orchestrating this adoption sooner?  Research says that for every three months in an orphanage, a child is delayed by one month, so basically a child would at least be 1/3 behind if all other factors were constant.  Will is six but will be more like a four year old.  Lena is three but will be more like a two year old.  Doesn't God see the urgency in this?!?!  Wouldn't it have been great to have celebrated their birthdays with them in September and Christmas in December?

I don't have the answers but when I struggle with the unknowns, I am reminded of God's faithfulness.  I am reminded of how He has never forsaken me, that He loves Lena and Will unconditionally, that He created them, and that yes, He really does know best because of WHO HE IS!   I hope He doesn't get tired of "gently" reminding me as the journey continues.  We appreciate your continued prayers.