Monday, June 28, 2010

Good Samaritans, and other things that are getting us through this.....

We were blessed beyond words last night to receive a dinner invitation from this family living here in Kiev. They had heard through this blog post about our craving for mexican food, and reached out in the most loving and Christ-like way, to us homesick Americans. Doug and Suzie have been here with their 4 children for 8 years as teaching at a christian school and ministering to orphans. They served a wonderful mexican casserole...and CHIPS AND SALSA. Ha! We were in heaven. Even better than the food we enjoyed fellowshipping with fellow believers with a heart and passion for orphan care. What a neat family. I really felt so at home, even helping myself to some DVDs in English! Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality, Doug and Suzie! When John and I left, we said we both want to be that kind of christian, who reaches out to lonely foreigners in a foreign land.



This chalkboard in their kitchen got me all choked up. OK can you tell I am REALLY homesick?

Another sanity saver is being in the company of fellow adopting parents who are equally as frustrated with the slow process. Cancelled appointments. No-shows. Waiting for a document to be signed when the only person who can sign it is on vacation for another week. Lost files. Waiting for clearances. Etc. You get the idea. You see how we're all smiling? It's to keep from crying. 
We had the Loraines, who are adopting a 5 year old girl with cerebral palsy, over for a spontaneous lunch one day. Frozen pizza, ham sandwiches, and squid-flavored potato chips. Now doesn't that sound delicious? Don't be jealous that you couldn't be here to enjoy it with us.


The visits and play dates with Joseph and Zoya are something we look forward to...
....And of course Skpye.


How could we have ever get through this without Skpye???

Pray for good news tomorrow...We NEED to all be together soon.

13 comments:

JennyH said...

What a wonderful family to invite you 2 for dinner. Happy you got your Mexican food.

I love all the pictures you post. ALL your kids are so beautiful. So cute to see the silly faces being shared on Skype. I will be so happy to see all of you together.

Morgan Paige said...

Ah they are PRECIOUS!!!!!!
Praying for yall!

Anonymous said...

How nice and what a great goal, to be like that. To offer hospitality when needed. We should all be like that.

Glad the visits are going well!
Hope you hear good news tomorrow.

Jan

Alice said...

Praying. It is so hard and frustrating! Remember it really will end, and soon be a memory.

Cammie Heflin said...

I so hope you guys get home so very soon! I know your kids miss you too but are going to be so awesome for Joseph and Zoya! Truly blessed family! Love you guys!

Justine said...

Oh, I am in tears for you again...and this time not the happy kind. I am praying for you for favor and endurance. You will make it and have your whole family together soon!

Arizona mom to eight said...

I am so happy that kind people have reached out to you and especially grateful you have other families to talk to while there. I was terribly lonely and homesick my 5th and 6th week there.

I am praying you have no more delays, I know how much you must miss your children.

Rachel said...

soooooooooo cute!!! love the skype pictures!

Shelly said...

I just read this, I'm not sure what time it is there but I am praying for good news! Keep us posted!

Julia said...

I'm amazed that you get Skype at the orphanage - that seems to good to be true!! Continuing to pray for you. I hope things move so fast that you will be gone before we get there on June 11... Although I do wish we could meet you guys as we read every post and have fallen in love with your beautiful babies!!

Carmencita said...

Me encanta. Sois fabulosos, una familia preciosa ,los niños son un encanto. besos.
Carmen desde Madrid, España.

Tina Koen said...

What a blessing. God is so good and knows exactly what you needed then. What a wonderful family to have dinner with. Also, love the Skype call with Zoya and your family. She is just adorable. Thinking of you always.

Janell & Kenny said...

It's the little things that let us know God loves us! That chalk board and those people are such an amazing testimony of His love connecting you to others!

Some news from Clovis and another way God showed me He loves me....We had a major rain/hail storm that brought insurance adjusters and dint repair people and roofers. Well my bible and note pad and book were left outside on the porch. The plastic stand they were sitting on has 2 holes in it now from the beating rain/hail. My bible on the other hand was not wet at all. The book and pad were soaked but survived. My bible though not one drop! God loves His kids so much!!! I would have been devestated to loose my precious bible!

I'm also learning some stuff and can't wait to share and see what God does!!! Missing you guys and planning to see you when you get back. love and hugs, Janell