Update from Tuesday

We wanted to send out another quick update!  Our visit today was the best yet.  He smiled when he saw us and engaged in playing with us very quickly.  He also “babbled” much more than any other day–he just says his sounds and looks at us and then smiles.  He and Jon got a little . . . → Read More: Update from Tuesday

Latest From the Ukraine!

We thought we should give the latest from our neck of the woods!  We had another great visit with our little Parks today.  He smiled today when his caregivers brought him out to play with us.  At one point, he also just easily crawled up into my lap!  I was so excited.  He is laughing . . . → Read More: Latest From the Ukraine!

The Lord is My Shepherd

Psalm 23 is well known.  I can remember memorizing in VBS as a child when I was in second grade.  I remember the craft we did with Psalm 23.  I have heard that Psalm and have “known” most of my life.  Until this week, however, I have never really understood it.  I have not been around . . . → Read More: The Lord is My Shepherd

Latest Update!

We just have a minute for a quick update!  Our appointment went so well yesterday.  We felt God’s complete peace about it all–although quite an experience!  We got last minute permission yesterday to travel instead of having to wait until Monday, so we hopped an overnight train ( 10 hours) to our new city and . . . → Read More: Latest Update!

Prayer Guide for Our First Week Away

Hello, friends!

Here are some specific daily things we would love for you to pray for us this coming week.  We cannot wait to keep you updated on our adventure.  Only God could send us on this much of an adventure!

November 22—Pray for Anna and Ryan as they transition to staying with the Councilmans . . . → Read More: Prayer Guide for Our First Week Away

We Need Your Prayers

As we shared last Monday, we are very excited that we finally received confirmation of our travel date to the Ukraine to meet with the State Department of Adoption officials. Since then, we’ve been busily making travel arrangements and doing all of the things that have to be done to pick up and fly half-way . . . → Read More: We Need Your Prayers

What next???

Well, since receiving our SDA appointment date yesterday, our heads have been spinning.  The more we think through our travel and discuss what needs to be done, the more I realize we actually have more unknowns now than before.  Here are a few examples of some of the questions we’ve gotten since yesterday:

How long . . . → Read More: What next???

We’ve Got an Adoption Review Appointment!

Just a brief post to let everyone know that we heard from our agency this morning that we have an appointment to meet with officials at the Ukrainian State Department of Adoption! Our appointment is on November 25 and yes, you guessed it, that is Thanksgiving day! Obviously, this news is fresh to us, so . . . → Read More: We’ve Got an Adoption Review Appointment!

Dossier Review Day

Today is a big day in our adoption journey– our dossier (official application to the Ukrainian government to adopt) is scheduled to be reviewed today in Kiev.  Of course, as I write this, it is actually late in the day in Kiev, so there’s a chance that it has already been reviewed!  Regardless, this is . . . → Read More: Dossier Review Day

How will I answer?

*Warning:  God is at work on my ungrateful heart.  Reading this post might open your eyes to how God might be working on yours, too!*

 I have given some thought over the past several months to how I might answer my children when, one day, he or she asks why they were an orphan in . . . → Read More: How will I answer?