Welcome to our blog. I’m boldly proclaiming that we are now the “6 Fishies” (not just 5), because I believe that God has clearly led us to Vanya, and hope that the newest “fishie” will be with us this summer! So many of you have been following Vanya’s story, and we have been so humbled and blessed by your prayers and generosity. Thank you!!
So, let me start with a brief update of where things are to date, and then I’ll begin to work backwards in other entries with the most amazing God story of how we came to know about Vanya, and our journey. We had enough of our paperwork ready (because we were already pursing a “blind referral” adoption from the Ukraine) and with the amazing help of Eli’s Project, were able to get it to the Ukraine in time ( just in time – another story to come) so that Vanya would not be transferred to another institution. Once transferred, he would no longer be able to be adopted (leaving him in the world of Ukrainian institutions until he aged out, and then to the streets). But now, he will has a family, our family, and we have a submission date of May 25th and we are beyond ecstatic! We are frantically getting the last pieces of our dossier paperwork together to send over. Typically, travel is 5-6 weeks after the submission date, so that would mean that we would meet our son in July!
But, of course, there has to be a “but”, there are talks about the Ukraine shutting adoptions down soon. This is where we still need lots of prayers. There are strong rumors that the Ukraine will shut down in mid-June for possibly 3 months for a reorganization (last time they shut down, it was for much longer). If that does happen, we will not be able to get Vanya home, for who knows how long. Plus, we don’t know how a shut-down would jeopardize his previous transfer status, and if possibly, officials may go ahead and transfer him. So, please pray that God works that out. I think I’ve exceeded the unofficial blog limit, so I will end here for now. If you don’t know all of Vanya’s story, you can read up on Adeye’s blog. Here are three of her blogs that give some of the story behind Vanya -> Dream Come True Giveaway >> So So Urgent >> When Dreams Become a Reality. It is an awesome story of Adeye, following the prompting of the holy spirit, which started an incredible campaign to find a family for Vanya (of which we knew nothing of when we started this) – again, another entry for that whole story.
Thanks to you all for also being a part of our story and adventure!
Kristin and Mat
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