Monday, July 7, 2008

Decisions, decisions....

It's been another incredibly tough day...probably the toughest since we got here. Such a hard decision to make and we've wavered back and forth so many times. We got the information regarding the child we're interested in. It is not as positive as we had hoped for, but more positive than the information we received on the last child we visited. Today we had to decide whether or not we wanted to go see this child or wait another week to view more files at the adoption center. There are risks associated with either decision we make.....If we go to see this child and we feel we are not able to adopt them, we do not get another appointment at the adoption center. If we wait for another appointment, they can not guarantee that there would be any other files for us to view once we get there. The selection of children for foreigners is very small, and we feel if we pass on this one that we're interested in and wait another week, we may miss out altogether.

So we've decided to take a step of faith and go see the child we have been proposed. This child is much older than we expected and we know that if we go ahead with the adoption there may be some issues. We are just hoping those issues are not too much for us to handle. We will find out when we meet them.

We will be leaving Kiev early tomorrow morning for the Sumy region in northern Ukraine. Thank goodness it will not be by train...we have hired a driver. The only downside to that is that it will cost us about 5 times the price of a train. We will leave at 6 am and are hoping to arrive at the orphanage around 11am or noon to see the child. The area we are going to is basically a very small village. Our facilitator thinks there will be very little chance of us having internet at all. Not even an internet cafe. So communication may be limited for the next couple of days. If we have no internet contact at all, we will be phoning family with information. We hope this is not the case, as long distance is extremely expensive. We'll have to see. Please continue to pray for us.

On a lighter note, I have included some pictures of Terry's haircut today. He was pretty desperate, as he hasn't had one in a while. We found a tiny little salon where a haircut cost $100 hryvna (about 20 bucks) Despite out somber moods, I almost peed my pants laughing when Terry got out of the stylist's chair. He looks very Ukrainian now! He will fit right in! As for me, I still stick out like a sore thumb. We've seen maybe 2 people with curly hair the whole time we've been here. Oh well, maybe I'll set a new trend!



  1. Hey guys, I only just got a chance to read your blog now since I have arrived in Africa. I am praying hard for you. I am spending the next two days totally in prayer and I will be including everything that you are going thru in it. With the frustration that I have ran into here many people have been encouraging us. I know you know this but God is faithful in fulfilling His word over you. Don't be discouraged be encouraged and filled with strength. Tara keep laughing even if it is at Terry's haircut. For it is joy from God that will strengthen us. God keeps speaking to me saying that He will make away where there seems to be no way. Infact just this morning I woke up singing that song. It says He works in ways we do not see and He will make a way for me. I pray that you continue to be sensitive to the Spirit speaking and make all decisions from faith not fear. I love you both very much and will see you in Canada with both our families bigger then when we started. God is in control. I will write again soon. Jen

  2. Wow, that is a lot to think about. I've have been thinking about you and sure missing you at work. Everyone just hopes that you guys are doing well and things will work out. I don't think anyone at work knows what's going on because I am only to share the good news. I'm sure there will be good news very soon! I am praying for you guys! Hang in there. Just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you! Good luck this week and I'll talk to you soon :)
    P.S. Terry's haircut looks great!

  3. Hey guys, just another quick note. This bible scripture has been given to me twice in Africa by two different people now I want to share it with you.
    Jeremiah 32:27 "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh, is there anything that is too hard for me?"
    My answer is a resounding "NO LORD, THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS TOO HARD FOR YOU!"
    Know I am continuing to pray for you. Love you.