A very kind comment was left today asking how we are all doing. Thank you for your kindness, we are happy to give an update. We appreciate so many of you who loved and prayed for all of us through this journey. You have shown Christ to us beyond what we could have imagined.
The oldest girl continues to live with the same family and is a senior in a local private school. She will be 19 this fall and has chosen to stay in the U.S. since her 18th birthday. She is considering colleges for next year, among them a university in the nearest city to her hometown in Ukraine.
Her younger sister and brother were adopted in July, 2012, by a local family with six younger children, 4 from international adoption. This girl, now almost 18, has a gift and passion for young children and a larger family with more children was one of the most important things she desired in a family. They home school and now live on a working farm. I recently saw a precious note her brother had written in English with beautiful, perfect penmanship.
Our son, Alex, now 17, biologically unrelated to the other three, is amazing. He is extremely academically gifted, and equally adept socially. We have been so blessed with wonderful friends and a school perfectly fitted for him. We home school and he attends an excellent, very highly academic school for home schoolers. He is taking American Literature, Modern World History, Physics, Psychology and Pre-Calculus with no additional help with English and maintains top grades. Each of his classes meet once each week for 90 minutes for instruction and he completes the remaining 4 days work at home. He is a varsity starter on the school soccer team and plays competitive table tennis in the off-season. He enjoys high school worship, home Bible studies and activities through our church, Southeast Christian.
Many of you knew Alex had an old head injury and corrective neurosurgery in December of 2011. Thank you for praying with us for a successful recovery, your prayers were answered powerfully. He has recovered fully and is cleared for all activities; to his delight, even heading soccer balls. He is healthy and beyond thriving, at 10″ taller and 40+ lbs more of him to love than when we stepped off the plane 27 months ago. He continues to grow physically and in his walk with Christ.
This photo was taken the first morning we met Alex, April 4, 2011
This was two weeks ago…
This one was taken tonight, when his team beat their biggest rivals in the opening game of this weekend’s tournament.
Mom and Dad are doing well. 🙂 We love the many friends, activities and fun Alex has brought to our home. He has a joyful, happy spirit along with his quick wit and fun-loving pranks that keep us laughing. He has friends coming and going all the time. We savor the time and our only regret is that we missed his first 15 years. He has a tender heart and sweet spirit that is endearing.
To the commenter today that inspired this post, thank you so much for asking. We have learned much from this journey but the most powerful thing is that ‘God Has This’ and that we are called only to follow and be obedient. We are never guaranteed that our desires or preferences will be the outcome. This has never been about us. Obedience and faithfulness to follow wherever Christ leads is our heart’s deepest desire. We learned quickly that our timing is not His timing…and we are so grateful for that. If our adoption journey had followed our timetable, we would have traveled one year earlier and Alex would not have been registered for international adoption and likely not here today. We learned that sometimes God uses us as conduits and we are not the destination. It can be a hard journey and not what we would have chosen, but His plan is perfect. There is no greater blessing than to be right in the center of God’s will, even when that is so very different than what we could have imagined.
To each of you that followed the journey, prayed us to Ukraine and through 95 uncertain days, then the difficult early weeks and months at home, there is indeed joy in the morning!! After some very dark nights and tough days, this is the joyful morning and we could not be more blessed. Thank you…we love you all!