Sunday, February 8, 2015

Blessed Beyond Words.......

Blessed beyond words......I sit here reflecting on all our loses over the years of the amazing children we loved that never made it home.  We know seeds were planted of Gods love and word and that is all that matters.  

In all our tears and pain I sit here with tears of joy of how God has amazingly blessed us with children that are after Gods own heart.  No we are not perfect, No we are not the "Brady Bunch" family but by golly we are all blessed.  We know we are blessed by God alone, by His grace.  We are thankful to have one another and we want to love beyond measure and be a reflection of Gods love to others.  

We plan to go back to Ukraine to do mission work but until we can we will do all we can from here advocating for children we know and love in hopes a forever family will come for them.  We have also made a couple videos to help spread the love of Christ with the kids personal testimony's and our cardboard testimony.  These videos are in Russian to reach to Ukraine, Russian and beyond.  

We thank our Lord and Savior for His sacrifice for us, sinners who seek to bring His name honor for all He has done.  

Meet Raul!  Raul is a very engaging young man.  He is full of smiles and really likes learning English.  He has a few words and some sentences already his belt.  He will try to have a conversation with you and will repeat what you say in an effort to understand you.  He prefers to be in the presence of adults verse many of his peers.  He is very professional in a business-like manner when he speaks with you and how he dresses.  You will often find him in his school uniform.  He loves to carry around his green brief case with a frog on it.  He is ready to make a deal.  He is not one to be found playing sports or soccer on the field but engaging in conversation or helping the adult supervisors in the boarding school.  He is very well liked by the staff and helpful to them.  He loves swimming and just being near you.  He is very receptive to hugs and willing to give and take them.  He is one to grab your hand, hold it while you walk and it just makes his day!  My children went to school with Raul and they explained to me he is a Christian and believes in Jesus.  He would speak to my daughter often about Jesus and his faith.  :)

Meet Luke & Jason!  These two brothers are awesome.  Love them to pieces.  These two are very close to our son we just adopted Bogdan.  Luke came up to me with Bogdan the first day I met him and asked me if I would help him find a family.  His brother Jason is at an age where he wants to fit in with the big kids but is not accepted by them yet so he can be treated badly.  One time he went to play soccer with them and they said some awful things to him and he started crying and I chased him down and he fell into my arms crying.  That is when I asked him point blank do you want me to help you find a family.  I cannot make any promises but I will fight darn hard for you.  He said yes please.  He has still held firm to hoping a family will come for him and his brother.  They both are incredible soccer players.  They love it, this is their passion and what they cling to to help the days pass.  They both play on teams.  Both good students and tough as nails.  Luke is soft, kind and tender and Jason is more tough in personality that he wants to look like he has it all under control but is breaking inside and is just a kid trying to find his way and hoping a family will come for him.  Both their smiles can light up a room.  I have fixed boo boos on Luke and he has allowed me to and thankful for the help as these kids get wounds all the time and no one to fix them unless serious.  Luke is a snuggler and loves hugs.  Jason once he knows you he will let you hold him and you talk to him and he hears you seeking encouragement and direction.   Both these boys had asked and are hoping for a forever family to come for them.  

This is our Bogdan on the left and "Banana" on the right.  Yes we call him banana.  The kids when we first met them they would do something that would make us think of something and well his silly sense of humor landed him with the name banana.  He has no family.  This boy is running solo, no family and he is one incredible kid.  When I first met him he was cracking jokes, shy and tough as nails.  Not mean, just tough.  He is all boy.  And over time when he realized I am a wise cracker myself we became buddies.  He is no joking the best soccer player even over the older kids I have seen.  He plays on a soccer team and competes.  I joked with him and told him I need his autograph now so when the big leagues come looking for him I can say I know this boy.  :)  He does not take himself too seriously in that he is a good player in fact he does not take himself serious at all.  The more I encouraged him the more attached he became to me and you would see him wandering in his mind of all the things he does not have and wishes for.  He thrived on encouragement you can see he was and is lacking.   I bought him a banana because he is of course banana and the smile on his face and thank you, you would of thought I gave him a piece of gold.  He would come to me and give me a hug when no eyes were looking.  He would just often stand back and stare at me with Bogdan and just watch.  He did not come to me personally to ask to find him a family because of his situation which I can explain in private but he did go to Bogdan and ask him for my help.  On the last day I saw him before taking Bogdan he took a chance and said across the walkway to me for all the kids to hear "Mama" looking right at me smiling when no caregivers were around then put his head down shyly.  He took a risk.  This is one boy I want to see home.  When he smiles you cannot help but to laugh because again he is a funny jokster and loves when you joke back with him. When you watch his coach talk to him he is all ears.  He wants to please, he wants to get it right.  If he is told what to do by the staff he listen and does what is asked.  He is a good student.  What breaks this boy in two.....and crushes him to the bone.....?  The only thing he has because there is no family and that is if he misses a soccer game he thought he would have.  He is sad and broken but quickly rebounds.  This boy is focused like a laser.   Let's see him home!  Banana will be available after March 2015.  


This is Daniel.  He is 14 years old and legally free.  The best way to describe him is no hope and now has hope....hope for a family....hope to be loved...hope to feel worthy of that love and affection.  I have watched this young man that was in a shell when I met him open up, smile, hug, giggle and just blossom in the short time I have known him.  The idea of hope there could he a family out there for him brings life, light and joy to him.  His future without family is grim....the odds are staked against him.  There is much I know of this young mans history and oh how I want to see him home with a forever family and to experience the love of a family.  The joy of safety in the arms of his mother and father.  Where he desires to be.  He is shy yet can be on guard in fear of being hurt by others so his defenses are up.  But as I wrote I am watching them come down as trust is built.   He is polite and I have seen him show respect to his elders and do as they ask.  One time he did not want to offend me but his teacher was calling him and I did not know.  He did not want to disobey her and he did not want to hurt my feelings.  The poor boy was stuck on what to do.  Then I figured out what was going on and sent him to his teacher.  He is silly and has a great sense of humor.  He wants to be a professional soccer player when he grows up as this is his favorite sport.  He lives and breathes it as he has nothing else.  I asked him if he had a choice to be a leader or follower or really does not care what would he choose.  He said he really did not care.  He did not need to be either.  He just wanted a normal life and to be in a family and be able to talk with his older brother.  He did not need to live next to him but just be able to hear his voice and talk every now and then.  His favorite subject is Physical Fitness of course :).  His least favorite subject is Ukrainian Language.  He would love to learn English as they do not teach it in his school and fly on a plane.  His 3 wishes would be to have a family, have a normal life in a family not an orphanage and to be a professional soccer player.  He also enjoys playing ping pong, swimming and basketball.  He wanted to make sure I knew how badly he wanted a family that he said please tell a family that will consider me that I will do anything to help them, I will work hard to help them, whatever they need and I will do as they ask. He just wants to come home. 


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