Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Faith. Hope. Love.

On Saturday, February 14th over 200 individuals came to Walnut Grove Park in San Marcos to be a part of saving two lives. 
Lives that have been abandoned, forgotten. 
Lives of two children, a 12 year old girl and 16 year old boy. 
Lives that are currently being lived without parents, with less than 3 small meals, in an orphanage, in a country at war.

They came to show love, not the romantic love associated with Valentine's Day but a better love, a stronger love. 200 people gave up their Valentine's Day morning to donate to a cause and run/walk 3.11 miles for two children that most do not know. Chick Fil a donated 210 chicken sandwiches. Boo Hoo Crew donated over an hour of entertainment, cliff bars, and even wrote a song for the event. Ryan Brothers Coffee donated coffee. The Inbetween Pizza donated a gift card for the winner. Not to mention our other amazing sponsors, Mama Kats, Old California Mining Company, Sign Shop San Diego (contact number is 858 722-7569), Corcoran Coaching... all willingly, without question, to help just 2 of the 153 million orphans in the world.

Many people of those 200 are wearing t-shirts that will spread awareness that their are orphans in the world, orphans that deserve more than what they have been born into. They need faith. They need hope. They need love.
It was not their fault. They are the victims, but yet they are still being punished.
The more I am involved in this cause, in the lives of these children, the more I am beat down by statistics.
How can I do more God? How can I do more?

"Trust in the Lord all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your path."
Proverbs 3:5-6


Emails from Ukrainian facilitators, the adoption agency and messages from Alex fill my inbox.
I am traveling, but when? 
Sources say the end of March.  But I still do not know for sure and will not know until 2-3 weeks before my court date. My first of three trips will be 1 week (most likely over Easter).
Leaving the Easter Bunny and my husband to care for two little girls.

Love them too much

I will be able to visit the children I put on an airplane way back in August. 
It has been 6 months since Yana woke us up yelling for the dog. I can still hear her "YADY, YADY" and Alex in a raspy tired voice telling Yana to leave Lady alone, it 's only 5 am.
It has been 6 months since I have watched Alex fall off his bike, requiring bandaged cuts.
I will bring them more supplies when I go, things like tylenol and vitamins, tooth paste and deodorant, luxuries for them right now. I will spend 3 hours during "visiting hours" with them each day before I return to San Diego. Leaving them to spend more weeks maybe months in the orphanage. 

I am Faithful that God will provide the remaining 13,000 dollars we need to be fully funded.
I am Hopeful that they will be ours before summer. 
I am Loving that this Journey is almost done!

I have to put in one more order of t-shirts, so if you want to spread awareness and support the adoption of Yana and Alex, please donate to our you caring account 15 dollars per shirt before Friday, February 20th, 2015. Make sure to leave your shirt size and your email address, so I can email you and find out where to send the shirt.


Summer hosting is up... Here are a few links of organizations 

A Heart for Hosting (the organization we used)

New Horizons For Children

If you feel called to donate toward Alex and Yana, please do so here 

Thank you, 

1 comment:

  1. We had such a fun morning, and loved spending our VDay morning supporting your sweet family. You are both amazing, and I can't wait for you all to be together this summer. XO