Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We are here

Yay! We finally have Internet. I was worried we wouldn't have access to it, but praise Jesus, it worked out.

We arrived yesterday afternoon. The kids did pretty well, not great, but good, considering how tired they were. They did wonderful until we got on the plane from D.C. To Munich. That flight was about 8 hours. We left about 5 pm and arrived at about 12:30 our time. Malika did really well, she slept about 4 hours. Justus didn't do so great. He tried to sleep, but was so uncomfortable and tired. He woke about 3 times and screamed, and it wasn't just a little scream, it was very embarrassing, but there wasn't anything I could do. He slept only about 2 hours. When he was awake he was great though, so it wasn't too bad. When we arrived in Munich, it was morning their time, so that threw all of us off. The kids did good and played. Our layover was about 6 hours there. I think they did better than us adults :). The last flight was to Kyiv, it was about 2hours, so not so bad, but none of us did good, we were all crying by the end. 

So, after we get here, we were on our way to our apartment and Serge, one of the facilitators calls and says he has bad news, we can't stay in the house we were planning on staying in where the orphanage is. He says we have too many people and we should have told them we were bringing so many people. It must have been mis-communication, because the lady who emailed about the house said it was fine. Anyway, he wasn't very nice on the phone and made it seem all my fault and that he couldn't find anything. I was pretty upset, but was trying really hard to trust in the Lord, because He did after all bring us this far. 

So, later he calls back and says there isn't much they could find, and how much were we expecting to pay, I said since I thought we were getting the house, we brought enough to pay about$30 to $40 a night. He said he couldn't do that and found something for $80 a night and it is a drive to the orphanage and would cost us $37 one way for a taxi. We would have to do that 4 times a day, so that would be around $260 a day in just rent and transportation. He said they would keep looking but he doesn't expect to find anything else. He said I could look myself. I have no idea how to look or where to look. Anyway, I was so upset and just cried. We can't afford that, plus that would make a very long day everyday and really hard on the kids. 

Gary and Lindsay Hagler came over right when I was crying so hard. They are adopting also. We were planning on sharing the house with them. Anyway, I'm So glad they came, they were very encouraging. Lindsay gave me a hug that was very much needed, and Gary encouraged me not to give up (at this point I seriously thought we made a mistake and was really thinking of going home). He said for them if they left they wouldn't be obeying God. I realized it would be the same for us. They got to Dnepropetrovsk today and said they would talk to Marina (our facilitator in region) and see what they could do for us.

Anyway, long story short, I cried most of the night, but morning did come :). When I got up, I prayed and read my bible and the Lord really encouraged me. I know God will provide, it may not look like what I think it will, it may be better! And whatever situation we are in, we trust in the Lord. He has gotten us this far through un-imaginable difficulties, He won't leave us stranded, and my hope is in that. 

Ok, this was way too long, I probably lost half of you:)

I will post pictures of our adventures so far in another post.


  1. Wow! I am praying! It will all work out!

  2. So glad to hear that you all arrived safely. I will be praying for an affordable, safe place for you guys :) Hang in there!

  3. How exciting! God has already gone before you. You will be exactly where He wants you to be. Keep your eyes open wide to be used in His way. We love you and miss you all lots. Liberty sends her love.

  4. Prayers...that first night is pure scary but you will get through it...promise :)

  5. And the place we stayed wasn't exactly the nicest but you could make do with it. Ask Marina about Tamara's house....we paid $50/night and it was a rip off but it was walking distance to the orphanage and big enough for 4 of I said wouldnt be my first choice at all but it might be an option if you don't have any other options!

  6. Praying for you guys - you are so so close to the end of this. Do not be afraid, everything is under perfect control even if it might not look that way. Much love to you all!

  7. Awwwww, man! How stressful! Praying for you that this will all work out to be a wonderful housing situation. Let me know how we can help!

    Corbett :)

  8. We're glad to hear you made it there...even if it was rough getting there. So sorry to hear about the housing mix up...that is stressful. We'll pray that God will provide just what you need and give you peace and perseverance. It will all be worth it in the end when you have your little girl. Praying for you and your kids.
    Traci and the Adamson family

  9. "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even their your hands will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." from Psalm 139

    (these verses were a great encouragement to me when we traveled...hope they encourage you. God is with you!)


  10. Hey guys,

    Just wanted to let you know we are praying for you. It will all work out for the best - just got to get past these initial bumps in the road. I so badly wish we could do something, anything to help. Please let us know if you know of something we can do.

    ~Jen & Jonathan