Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Few Questions Answered

At this time John and I have decided to adopt an older unknown child--- keyword older. We will most likely not be adopting a child listed on Reece's Rainbow like we did with Alex and Dennis-- this time we are venturing out into the unknown. More like an adventure that we can't wait to see where God takes us. There is a region or two that we would love to adopt from, but only time will tell if that is where we will end up.

We are planning on taking our beautiful Ukrainian born daughter Rachel (age 14) who is jumping out of her seat with excitement at the mere thought of traveling back to her birth country. Bless her heart--- she wants to start knitting scarves like Julia did last time so that she can help earn her own plane ticket. So, she wanted me to ask if any of you are in need of scarves, blankets or anything knitted for that matter. Julia has offered to crochet too! :)

We are nearly done with our homestudy update-- who knew a new social worker could be such a blessing) and would love for us to be able to travel this summer. That is ideal since the kids are out of school-- but we will have to just wait and see.

Though you might think that we are fairly familiar with what to expect and how the process goes, we are pretty certain there will be many surprises along the way. Aren't there always in the world of adoption?

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you guys!! I have been following your journey for some time now. I always enjoy your pictures and stories. I am delighted that you started this blog. I will enjoy following along with you as I did when you went to get Alex. Those are 12 (soon 13) very lucky kids!! Sending good thoughts and good, good luck from San Diego, CA! -Kate

Trima said...

I've followed your blog for about 3 months now and you're family is great! And tell Rachel that i'd love to have a scarf.

Annie said...

OK - I have to ask - why Ukraine (rather than my beloved Russia)?

And....I can't wait to follow the journey, however, your background is a bit too dark for the type - at least on my computer.

God bless! Wish it were me.

Brenda Erickson Photography said...

I cannot wait to follow your journey! How does a blind referal like this work? Do you not know who the child is until you are in country? Do you meet several children before deciding? Are you thinking of a boy or a girl? I am interested to learn how this all works :)

Ruth said...

I didn't know if you were looking for ideas so ignore me if you aren't! Here's a family who has adopted 5 teens from Ukraine and works with orphanages there to help place older kids.

They're an amazing family and they might seem familiar because they remind me of your family!

http://www.hallfamilyadoption.com/

Kelly said...

I knew you would be traveling this summer, I already told you that! LOL!! Can't wait to follow along. I would love to buy a scarf or two from Rachel. That is awesome she gets to go.

Zactly said...

If you are still open to countries, there is a wonderful girl in Serbia who really needs a family. Once at the reece's rainbow site....click waiting children.....other angels.....click older children...scroll down to Maria. She is 8 and seemed very sweet to me, while we were there adopting. We do not have the funds right now to adopt, or we would add her to our family. Serbia has an easy dossier, one trip for about 2 1/2-3 weeks. A cheaper program. Best wishes with whoever you all choose. Have great week.
Vickie

sylsumida said...

How exciting! Following your blog has really encouraged our family to consder adoption when our son is in a better place and we can focus on more than just him!
Your family is wonderful!

ukraine09 said...

Christine,

I am so excited for you and your family! I can't wait to follow along on this journey with you to see who God has for your family.

Jaime

Melissa said...

Can Rachel make a beanie hat? They are very popular right now for babies and little girls. Let me know...I will order!

MoonDog said...

all very exciting!!! we are hoping to go back to Ptown for two little girls there(6 and 7) who used to live with Ben. my new blog for them is ourgirlsbyheart.blogspot.com

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Unexpected is the expected in adoption :) Praying for you!

Claretta said...

Wow Congrats on the deciding to adopt again! I love it when people see that children are a blessing, not a curse. I'm not sure how this works but I'd like to order some things (wash cloths, blankets scraves,etc.) My e-mail address is
pikchick95@yahoo.com
Again Congratulations and God's blessings on your family.
Kaity

Jamey & Catherine said...

Would Rachel be interested in knitting a baby blanket?
We are very excited for you all!

Amy L said...

How exciting! I'm so happy that Rachel is going this time!:) Can't wait to follow you over the ocean again!
Amy

Megan said...

I'm all for a scarf. That would be fantastic and I'd love to help her get her plane ticket. I'm sure she is very excited. And I can't wait to follow this journey. I'm sure it will be wonderful.

Taylor said...

I am just so excited for you guys and for Rachel's getting to go with you. God has and is blessing you guys with an amazing family! Thank you so much for shining brightly as an example to others like me who someday want to have a large family as well :)

Zack, Jenn and William said...

So excited for you guys! Who knows, maybe we'll end up in Ukraine at the same time :) We are praying fervently about a specific region, but will leave it in God's hands because He already knows where our child is! How awesome is that!?!

bdnp3827 said...

I know of several needy older kids right aside the Kyiv area in an orphanage with an EXCELLENT director who is VERY supportive of adoptions. Email me if you want more information.... bdnp3827@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

How exciting! I am so happy for your family, and to hear Rachel will be able to travel back to UA. What a wonderful thing for all of you to experience together.
Kelly-Ohio

Amy said...

Congrats to you... yet again!!! :) Got room to take me?? I'd loveto go back for a visit!!

Hugs to you all!

Amy

The Dulls said...

Well wouldn't it be that my sister is pregnant and will need a blanket! Hummmm, maybe a cream color since we don't know the sex yet?? Let me know when they start making them!! How exciting for your family!!