Our application was officially sent to to Ukraine via FedEx today. Vernon and I had meetings today so my best friend Lynn took that package to FedEx for us. Like I have said before, I have such wonderful friends and family. Lynn said that it should arrive in Ukraine on the 7th. Our translator will submit it on the 12th. Then we wait for a notice to travel and an appointment. I am so excited!!
But, I covet your prayers more and more every day. The closer we get to being able to travel for the adoption the more I pray for our daughter. At this point in time, she does not know that she is being adopted. She is unprepared for what lies ahead. There are choices to make, based on what she thinks life will be like but without any real perspective on which to make those choices. She will have to leave her entire world behind and move into the unknown. A new home with an unfamiliar family, a new language, a new culture. She will have to learn how to live with parents telling her what to do, where to go and when to get back. She will move from an environment with little support and few expectations to an environment where she will be supported and encouraged to dream. If she works hard she can make those dreams become a reality. She will be immersed in high school while trying to come to terms with all of these other issues. High school is hard enough without all of these other issues piled on. She needs your prayers. It will be very difficult for her.
It will also be difficult for the rest of our family. Our oldest daughter moved out of the house a couple of years ago so the boys will have to adjust to having a sister in the house again. Personalities may mix well or they may clash. We will have to learn what makes her happy, what makes her sad, what makes her angry and so on. We will have to build relationships, learn how to trust each other, and learn how to become a "family". It doesn't happen over night. We all need prayer. God's intervention and wisdom are what we seek the most. God's intervention in everybody's hearts, to give us patience and compassion all across the board. God's wisdome to know when to stand firm and when to exhibit grace and mercy. God has called us all to this journey and he will walk with us every step of the way. He won't make everything perfect, but He will walk through the challenges and the victories beside us.
Thank you for your prayers and for your support. Be blessed.