Saturday, January 29, 2011

Final Trip Scheduled!!

Our final trip to Latvia is scheduled for the week of February 20th.We are so excited to be finishing the final step :) This week corresponds with our February break. What a blessing that will be so Jana won't miss school and I won't have to miss work.

It is so hard to believe that just 6 months ago we were hosting her and our adoption is final. Jana has adjusted so well to her new family and we are so blessed to have her as our daughter. I am so thankful for the many people who interceded on her behalf before we found her and our families behalf as we moved through the adoption process. God has been so faithful to provide and guide us in every step of the way.

We received an email a few weeks ago about another young boy whose adopting family had backed out only two weeks shy of his 16th birthday leaving him nearly without options. We prayed through this decision and prayed with our kids but felt we weren't the ones God was calling but we are so thankful that the Kilgore family listened and responded with obedience. What great joy we felt that God had saved this boy from a certain fate. We pray the Kilgore's will be abundantly blessed as they move through their adoption process. We pray for them as they wait for travel dates. God promises he will look after orphans in their distress and we praise Him for what he is doing.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and please cover us as we travel to Latvia. Kostya will be joining Jana and I on this third trip and he is so excited. I am praying that God will use this time for renewing and bonding and that He will bless our time together. Please continue to pray that God will provide for our needs as we have a few unexpected expenses for this third trip. We are trusting that God will meet our needs.

May God bless each of you and that He will touch your hearts for the orphan.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year :)

What a roller coaster year 2010 was. We lost Brad's dad and my grandad this past year but God also blessed us with our new daughter Jana. We are truly so grateful for all the many blessings God has poured out on our family.

As I reflect on the new year coming I wonder what great things GOd has in store for our family. Sometimes I fear where he might take us or what he might ask us to do but my experience has shown that when we are obedient the blessings are immeasurable. I know this that God continues to place the plight of orphans on my heart and I wait in anticipation for how God is going to use us to accomplish his instructions of taking care of orphans and widows.

People often comment on how expensive adoption is and of course it is not cheap. Ours would not be possible without our many friends and family partnering with us to make it happen along with Lifesong for Orphans and Promise 686. However, I wonder why we in America don't think twice about dropping $35,000 for a new car or truck that we will wear out and discard so quickly but we think the same amount to save a child is too much to pay?

I pray that each of you that read this blog will contemplate how God is calling you to take care of orphans and widows. Even if you don't feel led to bring one in your home you can help make it possible for others or take care of those who cannot be adopted. Start your new year by making a committment to help - check out the following organizations - - SERV has an orphanage in Lodwar, Kenya, New Horizons for Children, Lifesong for Orphans , Promise 686

May God bless you this new year. Thank you for your continued prayers as we wait to complete our adoption of Jana. Please also pray for all the hosting families and hosted children that God will give each direction regarding adoption.

God bless, Paula