Adopting Grace

The journey to bring our little girl home

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5 more days


In 5 more days we will get on our plane and start the next part of this crazy journey. People keep asking us if we’re ready to go and I don’t think we’ll ever really be ready….I’m leaving for 3 weeks, Philip is leaving for 6-8 and we’re leaving 3 of our kids on a different continent and going to meet a daughter we didn’t even know we had a few months ago. I don’t think we’ll be ready, but we’ll just keep going forward and God will get us through it.

We are continuing to get things as organized as possible on this end for the friends who will be caring for our children and for me when I return alone. We’ve tracked down travel sized things to keep our luggage as light as possible and plenty of movies for us and Grace to watch during all the travel. I thought we had our clothing all figured out until I read on another blog today that the weather is changing quickly in Ukraine right now. It went from 90s last week to 60s today…and we have mainly summer clothes picked out for all 3 of us. So one of my tasks for this week is to try to figure out what to pack for a child whose size I don’t know and for everything from summer to winter weather. Guess we’ll be busy,huh?

I hope this doesn’t sound too ‘complainy.’ Yesterday I was very excited about going and today I’m a little more stressed knowing that everything has to come together very quickly and we’ll soon be leaving our kids here. Although I know they’ll miss us, I feel like the older 2 will be fine and stay very busy. But I can’t believe I’m about to leave my baby for this long and I tear up every time I think about it. I suppose this would be a good time to head back to Philippians 4 and remember all the blessings we have ahead of us….like time alone with Philip and finally getting to meet Grace!



We are booking our tickets right now!!! Looks like we’ll be flying out the 27th, hitting Frankfurt on the way there and getting to Kiev very early on the 29th. Little Grace and I spent the morning out getting a mattress, sheets and a few clothes for Big Grace while Philip, Josiah and Kasia continued to get the little girls’ room put together. Everything is finally finding it’s spot and the kids are pretty excited. We decided to share Big Grace’s real name with the kids today because Little Grace just can’t seem to understand that we’re talking about someone else and really has no idea what’s going on. Every time we pray that Big Grace is having a good day or eating something yummy she chimes in with, ‘Oh, Yeah!’, thinking we’re talking about her. Hopefully this will clue her in a little and help the transition some. :)

We also recieved word from our in-country facilitation team that the apartment that’s been offered to us is within walking distance of Grace’s orphanage! It’s great to have that confirmed and I’m so glad we won’t have to rely on a taxi every time we go to see her. We are very excited to meet the missionary family that is housing us and had fun picking up a few ‘American goodies’ for them this morning that aren’t available over there. It totally blows my mind that in 2 weeks we’ll be on our way. We’re so excited to finally be this far and yet hating the thought of leaving our other children for so long. This will be quite an adventure!

It’s mailed!

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The i-600A (the application for approval to adopt from the US Gov’t) was mailed yesterday and should be arriving today. This is one of the last pieces we need for our dossier and it was not the easiest thing to fill out because the requirements kept changing. It will probably be 1-2 weeks before we hear back from the USCIS office to get our date to have digital fingerprints done in Des Moines. Until then we get a little breather from all the government paperwork and we can work on getting the last papers notarized and apostilled and keep filling out grant applications. continue reading…