I am going to stencil this on a wall in our house!
Having someone to love is family.
Having somewhere to go is home.
Having both is a blessing.
How true it is! How true it is!
As we anxiously await the news of when we travel to bring you home, these are our wishes for you always ...
Smiles when sadness intrudes
Comfort on difficult days
Rainbows to follow the clouds
Sunsets to warm your heart
Hugs when spirits sag
Beauty for your eyes to see
Friendships to brighten your being
Faith so that you can believe
Confidence for when you doubt
Patience to accept the truth
Courage to know yourself
Love to complete your life
Sunrises that brighten your day
Dreams to aspire to
Protection and wisdom of a father
Nurturing and teaching of a mother
Strength of sisterhood
Nourishment for your body and soul
Memories to never forget where you come from
Desire to make a difference in someone else's life
Music to dance to
Knowledge that God brought us together
Feeling that you have never been loved more
Trust that Mama & Papa will be always be here for you
A night sky filled with stars to make your own wishes upon
мама и папа (Mama & Papa)
Please join me in praying that negative thinking, stress, being overwhelmed, the ways of the world, being overcommitted, over busyness, hurriedness, fatigue, compromise, pressures, overworked, underappreciated, misunderstandings, and stress to not get in our Spiritual Homes and take over (Matthew 6:34; John 14:1).
ENOUGH, SATAN!! ENOUGH!!!!
We are so proud of you, Timmy!!!
You have a heart for God and for people - you can't say that about too many 6-year olds. We hope that we set an example of what kind of person we want you to be - a Christ-follower.
We will forever miss our "Little Mouse" and pray that God will protect her and provide for her. We hope and pray that she is exactly where God wants her to be and that she will have the opportunity to become all that God wants her to be. We hope to see her in Heaven when we leave this earth and to give her all the hugs and kisses that we have saved up for her.
We went into the hosting/adoption process with the intent of doing God's Will or to be a vessel in His plan. We can only hope that His plan was for her to be reunited with her family in Ukraine and that through our hosting Taya, it was a wake-up call for her family to welcome her back into their arms.
We are thankful for the time that we got to spend with Taya and hope that she carries memories of us with her as we will of our time with her. We will miss her laugh, "PLEEAASE, John," "Mama Mia" and "Mario" when playing GameBoy, her little "Natasha?" when she wanted to call her, her "mm-hm" when she understood what we typed in our pocket translator, her mannerisms and her playful spirit. Most of all, we will miss her smile and her beautiful little face!! I am thankful that I got to spend time creating a scrapbook with her that she can look back on and remember the family in America that loves her very much.
We have asked our adoption agency to gather bios of other little girls around Taya's age and who are at Rymma's orphanage for us to consider. God has laid it on our hearts to bring two young ladies into our family and we want to honor Him. Please keep us in prayer as we discern our options.
Praises for Bob, Gail and Natasha returning home safely from Ukraine last night! After 9 months in the hosting/adoption process and 22 hours of travel from Ukraine, Natasha is finally at home with her new forever family! We are excited for all of them!! (The picture below is of Bob, Gail and Natasha before heading into court to finalize the adoption.)
Many blessings upon you and yours,