Monday, September 15, 2008

Appointment -- One Week from Today!

By this time next week, we will have hopefully found the perfect little one to become a part of our family. The stress of the wait is overwhelming. Not to mention trying to put all of my affairs in order for a trip that I have no idea how long I'll be on. Spent the last several days also packing the luggage. Adding to and taking away from the piles. No matter how I cut it, I can't meet the 50# weight rule. So, I'm going to end up with 2 checked bags -- oh well.

This whole experience is overwhelming to say the least. There are no words to describe it and only fellow families in the adoption world can relate. My parents, other family members and friends just can't seem to understand the emotions. Even some friends that have adopted from other countries are struggling in understanding the Ukraine way of adopting. One friend said, "You are going to travel thousands of miles and have no idea if you are going to adopt a child??!!" This whole thing is in God's hands and I'm sure he is leading us to the next part of the journey. It does seem rather crazy -- this process. Then I make myself crazy reading about families that have just sailed through and those that have come home with heavy hearts.

Next time I post will be from Ukraine. Wish me luck --until then, Heather

8 comments:

Kevin & Pam said...

Our prayers are with you. I understand the stress!!! The waiting, the not knowing the changes, etc. Put it all in God's hands and let Him carry your load. Day by day He will uphold you.

Jeri said...

It's time to stop reading the blogs of those who are there or have gone before you. (That is if you can, I know I for one am addicted and we adopted our son from Sumy almost eight years ago!)

You've done all the preparing, jumped through all the hoops. Now,it is time to Fully Rely On God...FROG! Funny little acronym but it speaks volumes!

Just remember, for most of the children there...if they run up to you and are ready to hop into your lap, that's a red flag. If they are shy, scared or resist, they should...you guys will be strangers to them. That's all the advice I have except buy about a dozen more nesting dolls in Kyiv than you think you'll need, everyone wants one. Jeri

The D'Antuono Family said...

You know I will be with you the whole way! Stay strong.....I KNOW what you are feeling. Breathe..just breathe...

See YOU in the Ukraine! :)
Oh, those darn butterflies!
Kristina

drdavid said...

Boy, can I ever relate!!! Just know we are praying for you. This roller-coaster of adoption is a testimony to God's grace. I keep trying to remember the TRUTH that "His grace is sufficient for you, His strength is made perfect is our weakness".
Thank you for sharing the struggle with us!
Cindie

MamaPoRuski said...

Excited to follow your journey and progress!Praying for WISDOM and STRENGTH! Not every parent has love at first sight with their children-home grown or adopted! The actual experience is never what you imagine, good or bad. (Our son reached out to us when we first met, making us feel at ease and at peace, so shyness is not always good!) ENJOY your journey! God Bless!

The Flying Eagle said...

You are in my prayers. Best of luck and safe travels.

adoptedthree said...

Tell them it is a leap of faith! Just like any journey to have a child, there are many unknowns but the final product is why we take the first step.

Godspeed!

Anonymous said...

My Dear Heather & Jim,
I have been praying for you both for this day of your adoption journey to come. I know all things in life are in God's hands. I pray that He will watch over you and protect you both, in mind and body. I can't even begin to imagine what you both have been going through these past 11 months. I have always felt from the 1st day I found out that you were adopting you would find a child that is full of love and just waiting for you to take her/him home. May God bless you both on this journey through life. May all your prayers be fulfilled. I am here for you both. With all my love and prayers,
Debcia