Reflections on Elliott’s Adoption: One Year Later

Today, December 7, 2011 is a special day for the Parks family.  One year ago today, Melinda and I took a short cab ride from our hotel in Ukraine to the orphanage that our newest child, Elliott Peter, had lived in since he arrived there from the hospital as a small baby.  In some ways, . . . → Read More: Reflections on Elliott’s Adoption: One Year Later

Elliott’s First Ever July 4th Celebration

It is amazing what kinds of events can transpire during the course of a single year. At this time last year, my wife, Melinda, and I were in the process of adopting our youngest son, Elliott.  As we marked Independence Day last year, I took a few minutes in a post on our adoption blog to . . . → Read More: Elliott’s First Ever July 4th Celebration

Wow…a month already!

I thought I would try to give a quick update about what’s going on at the Parks’ house.  We have been home a little over a month with Elliott.  We have had many new “adventures” since Elliott joined our family.  The first couple of weeks were extremely hard as we dealt with and worked on . . . → Read More: Wow…a month already!

Adjusting and Connecting

I realize I never posted that we actually arrived home…but once we were home things got very busy:)  The plane ride home was as you would expect a 9+ hour flight to be with a 17 month old who hardly knows us and who has never exeperienced as much stimulation as three plane rides and . . . → Read More: Adjusting and Connecting

We Are Ready to Travel for Home!!!

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We finished up our final paperwork and got Elliott’s travel visa for our return trip home!  All of our requirements are finished.  We are so ready to begin our long flights home.  We are going to head to one final trip to the Ukrainian cafeteria after Elliott finishes his morning nap:)  We are prepareing our . . . → Read More: We Are Ready to Travel for Home!!!

Med Clinic, U.S. Consulate … Busy Day!

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We have been on-the- go most of the day. It has been a whirlwind of going here and there.  Poor Elliott missed his morning nap today because of our appointments, and it occurred to me that he has never in his little life missed a morning nap!  His caregivers at the orphanage always put . . . → Read More: Med Clinic, U.S. Consulate … Busy Day!

Back in Kiev!!

Thankfully, we all survived the 10 hour overnight train ride back to Kiev last night.  Upon our arrival to our new apartment (you really appreciate traveling light when you move so many times in one trip!), Elliott got a good two hour nap, Jon got a good 1 hour nap, and I got to enjoy . . . → Read More: Back in Kiev!!

Elliott is With Us Now!

What another whirlwind day!  We have been all over this region gathering various documents and signatures!  We got a new official birth certificate for Elliott, closed his bank account, and got his passport.  Elliot took his second car ride ever (his first being from the hospital where he was born to the orphanage.) He was . . . → Read More: Elliott is With Us Now!

Elliott Peter Parks is Our Son Officially!!

What an amazing afternoon!  I could not possibly explain our court experience here in this note except to say that I have not recently been so imidated in my life.  I kept thinking in my mind about Jesus when he said to Pilate that he has no authority but that which God has given to . . . → Read More: Elliott Peter Parks is Our Son Officially!!

News About Court!

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Well, God is so amazing!  Of course, we know that, but we were shown his mighty provision again today.  We had been told on two different occassions by two different facilitators that we would not have court on Monday because Vital Records is closed.  Jon and I had been praying last week and . . . → Read More: News About Court!