Not the 18th

As predicted in the last post, our court date for today didn’t hold. We were bummed, but with several underlying details, we understand and I think it will be better in the long run.

The nail biting part has more to do do with Russia’s presence and pressure on the eastern regions of Ukraine. I haven’t mentioned this much as I am focusing on the adoption aspect in this blog, but it certainly influences our emotional condition. We realize each day of delay (in our adoption process) could make a difference should we need to evacuate the country on short notice.

We pray this won’t be a reality because it would harm the completion of our adoption process. I can’t bear the thought of knowing these kids, telling them we are coming for them, counting the days, and then having to leave the country and leaving them hanging with empty promises.

Sadly, this is the reality for many families who were matched with children in Russia, and more recently in Crimea. Families are weeping over named and pictured children whom they had met and begun forming attachments with in their hearts and in person. But before the process was complete, powers that be, with no regard for the future of the children, stepped in and locked down.

The families still advocate for the children, pray and cry over them, and wonder about what could have been. Do the children know the real reason their new mama and papa never returned? Do they know the pain of the unfulfilled promise that each parent bears? Do they chalk it up as being failed by adults one more time?

Please pray with and for us that this will not happen to our Denya, Ana, and Edik, but also for the parents matched with children in the regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkiv (where Russia’s presence is currently most noticeable). So many are in the final stages of paperwork and waiting on court dates just like us. Real children with real parents and real intentions to take them to a new home and a new life. Waiting on the long and complicated legal process. Wishing it would just hurry up already.

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6 Responses to Not the 18th

  1. Tara G. says:

    That’s absolutely been our prayer. We are asking God to step in and defend Ukraine’s weak and powerless. Stay strong!

  2. Liz Bergstrom says:

    We will do whatever it takes to bring ALL our Grandchildren home.

  3. Erinn says:

    This has also been our prayer for your family and others throughout Ukraine. Our bible study prays for all of you, too. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 We love you all so very much and can’t get you off our minds. We look forward to the day when God reunites your whole family and brings you home.
    Our deepest affections,
    Erinn (for the Cloughs)

  4. AC says:

    Yes, Wendy, I realize all of your concerns over Russia’s presence! I pray you will finalize the adoption and get those sweet children ASAP! I love you all! AC

  5. ukrainiac says:

    Praying for you and ALL of your children…there is a lot of emotional stress throughout the adoption process on a GOOD day, but with all the turmoil and uncertainty, I can’t imagine what goes through all of your minds. Thankful for the confidence and trust in a sovereign God who loves each of the children even more than you do…a loving God who will bring all of this together in his perfect timing. May He be glorified every step of the way.

  6. cassy says:

    I have to say that u and Chris are such special people. I look forward to the day u post that the adoption is complete. I probably don’t pray enough but following ur post I have prayed that ur new family members find ur loving arms safe and sound. Stay safe and know that ur family is so amazing.

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