Summer is in full swing around here and it kind of feels like we’re on a roller coaster at this point. We know we’re safe, we’re all buckled in, but it’s moving a little too fast for comfort and we kinda want it to slow down, but it’s also really good and all the spins are kind of fun, we we don’t want it to stop.
There’s a lot going on and there’s about to be a lot MORE going on, so I better fill you in while I have the chance. HOLYMOLY.
We have a volunteer arriving on Sunday and she’ll be here for 3 weeks! Sara is a massage therapist and works at a community for adults with special needs in Arizona. She will be helping us implement massage at Romaniv and will be doing some teaching for the nurse there. We are excited to have her along on this crazy journey. I’m super interested to see how the boys do with massage! I’m anticipating a strong learning curve…hehe THISCOULDGETINTERESTING.
On July 7th we’ll head to Mission to Ukraine’s yearly summer camp for kids with disabilities. There will be two camps and we will volunteer at both of them. Camp was the highlight of our family’s year last year, so we are very excited to do it again. Woot! We’ll basically be there for the month of July. MTU camp is like my heaven. ILOVEITSOMUCH.
On July 13th we’ll take a little leave from camp because we have our appointment in Kyiv to request our referral and officially begin the adoption process here in country!!! Yes!!! Our adoption dossier was accepted and we are ultra, mega, outrageously excited to get this show on the road. If all goes well we should have our son out of the orphanage and in our arms by the end of August! CAN’TCOMESOONENOUGH.
After the adoption is complete we will all head to the US for our first visit as a family since our move here in 2013. Our new son will need to go to the US in order to become a citizen, and he also needs quite a bit of medical care, so off we go! Actually, before we ever moved to Ukraine we had decided that August 2015 would be the time for all of us to come back to the US to visit family, friends, and supporters. We just had no idea we’d also be bringing back another child! BIGGESTSURPRISEEVAHHHHH.
The plan right now is that Jed will be in the US for about 2 months and then he’ll return to Ukraine to get back to work. The kids and I will plan to stay in the US until we get our new son’s most urgent medical needs met. Then we’ll join Jed back in Ukraine. We’re thinking maybe the kids and I will be in the States till after Christmas? I’m just not sure. We’re open and we don’t want to rush things. But in a way it will probably feel like our lives are on pause. I’m not sure how we’ll navigate that well. I guess one day at a time. I get overwhelmed if I think about it too much, so I won’t. At least not right now. 🙂 PROCRASTINATIONISMYSPIRITUALGIFT.
So, that’s where things stand right now. A lot goin on, and lot yet to come. We are doing well, just maybe a bit overwhelmed at the moment. We have so many ideas, so many plans for the Boys, for the work here. It’s hard to imagine leaving it all and going so far away. Wide Awake is granting our local church here in Zhytomyr with funds to be able to coordinate and continue the work at Romaniv while we are gone, so that is really reassuring. We won’t be leaving the boys without love and care. Our volunteers will continue to faithfully go and love the boys. It will just be hard for us to be away. Yet it will be wonderful to be with family and friends in America. Yet we will also be adjusting to a new son and helping him learn how to be part of a family. Yet we will not be bringing him home to the house and community where we actually live…at least not right away.
Lots of thoughts, lots of emotions, lots of awesomeness happening, lots of everything. I’ll do my best to keep you posted along the way. Thank you all for being such a dear part of this journey. Thank you for your prayer, your encouragement, your friendship, your financial support. We have felt so much love and support along every step of this journey. Praise God we don’t have to walk this path alone! You are a blessing to us. WELOVEYOULOTSANDLOTS.
Pics: Hava in Kyiv with her perty new headband, our beautiful Addy and Hava in Kyiv, St. Andrews Church in Kyiv, our kids with a famous statue outside the adoptions office in Kyiv, St. Michaels Church in Kyiv (my fave), Seth is taller than Hava (and 17 months younger!), my everyday morning view, our garden when it was beautiful, our garden infested with bugs (grrrr…ain’t nobody got time for that!), Seth posing with his new bike, my kids being “special”, our neighborhood!
Love it! Thanks! I recognized the Kiev pics!!!
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WONDERFUL THAT YOU CAN COME BACK TO OREGON FOR AWHILE. PRAYING THAT ALL GOES AS PLANNED. KIDS ALL LOOK HAPPY AND HEATHY! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!