Thursday, May 14, 2015

Our plan

I have been in "just-do-it" mode for 11 months. From hosting to adoption. And now, as we are dotting our i's and crossing our t's, I finally feel like I can exhale.
I can breathe and it feels good.

I have planned events. I have begged for money. I have poured my heart out for everyone to read. I have broken down in my weakness, and I have been lifted up in His strength. I have watched my family change and I have shared my faith. 

This journey was an adventure. Not one of my doing but one of God's miraculous plan.
Nothing in my life has ever changed me the way this adoption has. 

And it started so very simply:
During a casual play date, two pictures were shown to Adam and I as we sat next to each other on our coach, while laughter of four children rang outside in the backyard. 
We see them for the first time.

Sasha and Yana, are the names listed below their picture with a brief paragraph description, 4 sentences that described who they are. 
God put it on our hearts, and so it began. Facebook posts asking for hand-me-downs for the two orphans we were hosting for the summer. Giving them a vacation from their life without parents. 
That's all I signed up for. Oh but God's plan is bigger and better than a 7 week vacay. 

Then there was 6, and although I knew I was falling in love, I wasn't aware of the bond my then 3 and 5 year old were building with these visitors. They had become a brother and sister to them, and I had no idea.  

When summer was over we said good bye.
But then I see my Lily's face and knew at that moment...we sent our family away. 

We kept the adoption process quiet for awhile, only telling a few people as we worked out the logistics to OUR plan.

See, I was the only one going to travel. I was the only one who was going to cross the ocean for them and I was the only one going to bring them home. (missing only 4 days of work, max!).
Oh but God's plan is bigger.

Adam arrived in Kiev this afternoon. 26 hours of traveling. He saw them for the first time in nine months. 
His son and his daughter. 
They have his name on their birth certificate (and somehow they have his eyes?
Yana hides in his jacket as he grabs her. And Alex hugs him over her because he can't wait his turn.

Their Mom and Dad are with them in Ukraine. 

Adam left Wednesday morning from San Diego and will be returning Saturday afternoon. Our plan was he would leave us here, in Kiev, as we wait for medical clearance, passports and visas. But God's plan is so much bigger.

We are coming home as a family. Passports came today, medical clearance too. Tomorrow is our U.S. Embassy appointment. The four of us will be traveling across the world together. Same flight, same day, same isle.
No longer orphans, but now Californians! 

God's plans is bigger and better.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:11-13


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    1. Thank you Nicole. I am amazed how everything worked out. God is so good.

  2. Dear Kim ~ I have followed your journey and am happy that the adoption part is finished. This post really touched my heart. I'll keep praying for your new, bigger family as you journey on into the new and unknown parts of meshing your sweet selves together to become one. HE's got this!
    Hugs from MN. US - Jo


    1. Thank you Jo. He certainly does, and it is incredible to watch. Thank you for the prayers. Lots and lots of love. -Kimmy

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