Wednesday, February 9, 2011

We're here

Our flights went well and we had great seats. Smooth travels, and early arrivals. Off to a good start. Arrive in Ukraine and because of my female cycle, felt very emotional. The Ark is a great place, and the people who work here, care here and run the place are amazing. Their hearts so in tune with the kids. It is still an orphanage. I am reminded of that as I tour the boys dorm. Sad. All these kids should have a family and a home. Home Sweet Home as they say. I think of the excited looks on their faces, if they could only have their own place and space. Parents who are always around for a hug, kiss, or just to sit with them. So the hugeness of our endeavor sets in. To say I am shell shocked is putting it midly. Woah. My life is so easy and light in America. And now, major change is coming. It does get a little easier everytime I see Kristina, Igor and Denys though. She gravitates to me, and the boys to Steve. At lunch, I can hear Igor tell the other boys, "My papa", with a grin from ear to ear. So after freaking out for the first 12-18 hours, I begin to cut some of the ladies and kids hair here. It relaxes me, something I know. Kristina watched and hung around in the hair room after school. Her friend Ivanna hangs out too. Shes great too and they are roomates. Our first night ends with a gourmet meal cooked by Jane and Barbara and we celebrate Gayla's birthday. She is wonderful. Much younger looking then I had conjured up in my head, I didnt recognize her when we first met. Actually thought she might be an older girl here! Anyway, wise are her ways. A good nights sleep and some incredibly encourageing words from the Lord this morning. (Thanks Dawn for hearing my heart and sympathizing with me - I love you!) Jesus in the garden expresses his human heart when he says, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup be taken away from me. BUT I WANT YOUR WILL, NOT MINE." later he says, "Keep alert and pray, otherwise temptation will overpower you. For the Spirit is willing indeed, but how weak the body is." Psalms 31:19 Oh how great is your goodness to those who publicly declare that you rescue them. For you have stored up great blessings for those who trust and reverance you. listened to my plea and answered me. (Heidi's verse)
SO CHEER UP! TAKE COURAGE IF YOU ARE DEPENDING ON THE LORD. Perfect. We are off to our interview with the SDA. A formality. More later...


  1. Everyone is thinking about you guys right now now, just everyone!
    There is so much love and prayer heading across the world to be with you on this part of your journey xxx

  2. Prayin Prayin Praying. Can't wait to here such great news of their home coming!!!

  3. We are so thrilled for your family and the kids to finally be joined together. What a tremendous journey for all of you. You are all in our prayers for a smooth transition!