Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Disappointment, yet faith must prevail

I'm pasting the email that I received from my American facilitator on Monday. Needless to say, I'm very disappointed. I have pleaded with God over the last few weeks for some clarity about the timing of the Ukrainian process and more specifically, that God would make His path so clear as I waited. God has answered my prayer--I confess that answer wasn't the one I wanted.

Dear Gayle:

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is very bad news
for you and Ukraine, I am afraid. They have a new law restricting
adoptions to only married couples, and I am told that this time they passed it with a
veto-proof majority. I am still trying to get more information, but
it looks like this time it will become law regardless of the President's possible veto. I have two other single parents in the same position as
you,and I am advising them to switch their dossiers to Russia or Latvia, as
both countries accept single parents and you would not lose all the time
and money you put into this process. You can contact the USCIS to switch
yourcountry for adoption, and then contact your local agency to change your Home Study and prepare the dossier for whichever country you choose. I am sorry to have to tell you this very bad/sad news, but I hope you will continue to move forward with your adoption plans and that God will see you through the changes you have to make. If there is any way I can help, please be
sure and let me know right away.


Russia is probably not open to me if I wish to adopt a child younger than Will. I'm checking on a couple of agencies, but none look promising. Latvia, which is open to me, will take 2-3 years. By that time Will will be 6 years old. If we are to add to our family, God will make the path so clear that no road blocks will deter His will.

Will continues to provide a sense of joy--This evening, as I was washing dishes, he runs up to me, throws his arms around me, hugs me and says "I'm glad that God gave you to me as my mommy." What joy God has brought into my life through Will's presence in my life!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Pass the torch...

An excerpt from the Geneva website about the torch relay:

"Geneva’s 160th anniversary celebration was one which the Geneva community far and wide will remember for a long time. At the center of the anniversary celebration was a torch with a flame that traveled from Ohio to Pennsylvania in a symbolic journey of the college.

On Saturday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m. a spark was kindled at the landmark stone in Northwood, Ohio, where the college began 160 years ago."

Will and I were 2 of the participants--I really enjoyed the time that we spent celebrating with so many people. Will though really enjoyed the bus ride to our spot and eating the pizza when we returned to Geneva.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Life is happening......

WOW!!! Almost 2 months without a post. Shame on me! We've been busy with all what is partof life at present. In a nutshell---Spring break came and went with snow, cold and sickness; Easter came and went with family and friends here for dinner and Easter egg hunt; work has been extremely busy; Will is continuing to grow and mature and become quite independent; and as spring begins to emerge, I can hope for the warmth of summer. I'm posting a number of pictures that have been taken over the last 2 months.