Saturday, December 14, 2013

Redemption....

re·demp·tion
1. the action of saving or being saved from sin, error or evil

We are on such a magnificent journey of redemption. We are privileged witnesses to the Lord breathing newness of life into two of his precious children....

A year ago, I never would have imagined that we would be where we are today. At the time it seemed like such a distant dream....an undying hope that lay hidden just beneath the realm of realistic possibilities. I cannot tell you the endless hours I spent praying, hoping, and dreaming over this one tiny picture....a year ago this photograph was all God had given us to go by; but it was all our hearts needed to say "yes Lord"....


.... A tiny little boy waiting across the world. Our glorious proof that the Lord can speak to your heart through ANY possible revenue! From that moment (in our hearts) he was already our SON!! 

So many obstacles seemed to stand in our way....endless mounds of daunting paperwork, doctors appointments, finger printing, and lack of financing. But still the Lord said, "Do this...and I WILL provide..." so we pressed on...living on faith (and many times not much else). We had very little money and yet through prayer He ALWAYS came through....sometimes it would be only hours before we needed a certain $ amount for paperwork....but His promise was true and we NEVER lacked in provisions...

I felt nearly breathless that year...in awe of His glory....in awe of what the Lord had done and was continuing to do with each passing day...

During that time we found out some more information about our darling boy. His name was Aidan (so we have decided to name him)... He was residing in a mental institution in eastern Europe, he was five years old (now 6), and was completely blind, non-verbal, self injured, and was delayed in every aspect imaginable....but we just fell more in love with him. God had already told us that he was our son...so, special needs or not...he was our baby. Our little boy had endured more pain, abuse and neglect than my human heart could fathom....

 He was skin and bones....




Left in his high chair for hours on end....

And looked so very ill.....

Much to our surprise a few months after committing to Aidan God spoke to us again...this time He revealed another little boy....our second son...

We told God, "no way"...that this just could not happen...we would never raise the money, never be able to do it...let alone be approved for two!!! 

But who were we to tell God no?!! 

So, instead of fighting His will....we followed it....

And fell in love with our second little boy, Narkeez....


He was 10 years old and born with cerebral palsy...

I won't go through all the details with a fine toothed comb in this particular post because I believe you can look back at previous posts and plainly see God shining through in this journey....

His love has been so prevalent and we have NEVER been closer to Him than we are today...

I will let these last few pictures speak for themselves....

A year later...

A world away....

FINALLY in our arms to stay....






Look at what the Lord has done.....
(court: Dec. 20th)




8 comments:

  1. Yay praise God for his mercy and sweet blessings. Praying for all

    Erika

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  2. Wondering if you made it home ok.

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  3. not home yet; everything in Ukraine is closed due to Ukrainian Christmas so we have to wait till the 8th before we can start paper chasing for passports...hoping to leave around the 14th!

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  4. How are the boys doing?
    Karen

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  5. Wondering how you are. Hoping everything is going ok. Looking forward to an update.
    Karen

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  6. http://www.youtube.com/user/TrulyBlesssed5586

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  7. hope you and the boys are doing okay! praying for smooth adjustments and looking forward to updates when you are able. :-)

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  8. I can only imagine what an intense time this is for your family. Please update on the boys when you can... it would mean so much to many of us who have followed your journey and prayed for them.

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