God’s plan

God’s plan was not what I felt it would be. Our little Emma will be staying in an orphanage  until another family is found. They will not approve us to adopt her. We are very saddened for us and for her. Please pray she finds a family soon.

Still waiting…

I ask for your continued prayers as we wait to hear from the ministry of justice about Emma. They were supposed to meet today, and we were supposed to get news today, however, no news arrived. We don’t know if this means they didn’t meet, or if they are “considering” our appeal. We will continue to pray for Emma until we have a final answer. Thank you to those that are praying with us. 

My graduate!

On Saturday night, June 9th, my beautiful daughter, Alexandra graduated from high school. I am always amazed at how quickly the time flies. I swear it was just yesterday I held her in my arms for the very first time. This is the 4th time I’ve experienced one of my children graduating, and it is always just as emotional as the first. I wish you all the best baby-girl! 

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Yes, we are proud of her! I love you too, baby! Soooooo very much!

 

 

 

 

And we wait some more!

This morning I was notified that the minister is on vacation all next week, so we will not hear anything about our appeal until the week of June 25th. This gives us more time to pray for little Emma! Please continue your prayers that she will get the life she deserves! 

Spiritual warfare!

There is a spiritual war going on for our child’s life. This morning I received an email from our placement agency asking for a letter from our doctor saying he feels we are healthy enough to adopt a child of any age. At 4:22 PM, I emailed the signed letter from our doctor to their office. It is now in country waiting for all three letters to be presented to the ministry of justice. There is still hope. And with that hope is life and a chance for our little girl. Please continue praying. The battle is not yet won, but we may have an edge. We definitely have an angel overseas willing to fight for her and us!

Denied

Monday we received news about our Emma from the Ministry of Justice. They have denied our request to add her to our adoption because of my husband’s age. I would like to say more, but at this time, it is better that I do not give voice to the pain and anger this decision has caused. I can write more after our children are safely home. I will say we have not given up the fight just yet. We have written a letter of appeal to the minister, and a dear friend of 25 years has written a personal letter of recommendation for us. We have stressed that we are still very vital and active, and “old” is not an adjective anyone who knows us would use to describe us. 

At this time, all I can ask is for anyone who is reading and following to please pray they make and exception and reconsider their decision. It isn’t like this little girl has families beating down the orphanage door to bring her home. Her future is bleak without a family willing to give her a chance. Please pray that the God will soften the hearts of those making this decision, and give this little girl a chance at life with a family. Aren’t “older parents” better than no parents? 

Supplement 3 approval!

Yesterday I received notification from our USCIS officer that she approved our supplement 3, the document that changed the ages of the children we could adopt from age 3 to age 2. This means we can adopt baby Irina without issue. We cannot adopt outside of the age range indicated in the home study, so this was necessary. It also means we can add “the little girl left behind” if she is listed with the ministry of justice by the time our documents are translated and submitted to them. Everything is now in order so we can bring all the girls home if it is God’s will. It is all in his hands at this point.

We still have not received the “official” ok from the ministry that Irina has been added to our adoption. They met least week, but did not get to our file, so we have to wait for their next meeting to find out. We have been assured there should be no problem adding her, however, it is always nice to get the “official” word before getting too terribly excited about it. The waiting has been difficult for me. Irina is not being cared for properly, given only the basics, food, clothing and shelter. In her two short years, she has been left on her own in her crib without the loving touch of anyone. At two she can roll over and lift her head up, but can’t sit on her own yet, as no one has ever held her, let her down on the floor, or put her in a sitting position. Her muscles have not developed. She will need physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy when she gets here, to develop as a normal baby would. Obviously, she is developmentally delayed in all areas, but her prognosis is very good once she gets home and starts receiving the love and stimulation needed to develop. I expect to see her blossom in the care of a loving family.

Some news…

It isn’t what I expected to hear this morning, but it’s something. The ministry of justice has still not gotten to our request to add Irina to our adoption, but we should hear sometime this week. We have requested she receive a baba (grandmother figure) until we bring her home. The baba program matches a child with an older woman who has grown children to come to the orphanage daily to spend one-on-one time with the child. The baba’s hold, love, play, and stimulate the child so they aren’t just wasting away in a crib. Irina needs this desperately. As soon as we get our official notification that she is ours, we will push for her to receive a baba. I think it will help her tremendously during the time she remains in the orphanage.