Friday, June 22, 2012

Here we GO Again!


It's been difficult not to shout from the rooftops until now, but we are so thrilled to share our newest adoption journey to a certain spectacular (little) big man in Ukraine. Does he look familiar??

We first met Maxim in the summer of 2006 when we met our FIRST Maxim!! Two Maxim's...Hmmm there have been lots of discussions on this. In some ways it will make MY life easier calling out Maxim but I will have two responses so we are praying on what his new name might be.

Here's a photo of him praying at an Easter program. It's my favorite!! Oh how I cannot wait to see him here in our home and praying with his family. What a day that will be to rejoice in.

When we last saw him in late 2010 we were given permission to take photos of some of the things going on with him that would need to be addressed. I didn't know at that time it was going to be me sharing with a team of doctors at the Spina Bifida Clinic. That's exactly how it has turned to be as God made those connections effortlessly as we already go to them for Jubilee.

And really that's how God did it.... He reminded me of feeling overwhelmed as I spent time with Maxim. That as I took the photos to help him, I prayed for a family for him. To not fear, to not see the hurdles, but to see the boy, the gift, the future. I prayed but I myself was sure it was much. Having Jubilee enter our lives, understanding spina bifida better, I realize it is never about burden. She will NEVER be a burden to care for. Burden comes when grace is gone. And I know about that too.

There will be lots involved with Maxim's adoption. One of the considerations is how he sits. If you can see in the Easter photo they have to maneuver his legs to fit in the chair and he can not sit for long periods of time due to the prolapse. When you see him sitting on the floor you can see too that his legs spread. The prolapse and spread legs are considerations when we plan transporting him.

We are so THANKFUL to Life2Orphans and Alexander, the director for how supportive they have been. Life2Orphans has a fund growing for Maxim as the costs will be a bit higher we expect. We are currently working with L2O on identifying a nurse to travel with us and some creative ways in flying him to America.

Ten For Orphans first sent the call out to support Maxim in April and we cannot tell you how our hearts exploded to see so much advocacy for him. We have now told all of the important family members who needed to hear first before we sent out the broadcast!

You can donate and see more advocacy and fundraising at

I know so many of you have prayed for him and unknowingly been praying for Randy and I as you prayed for his family. It's been such a blessing to know this and we have felt those prayers. As always we also lift up the many adoptive families we know who are in process of bringing their child home. Please pray about supporting a family! We have some families at that you can double your gift through a match.

“The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8 NIV

Oh that he uses us as we worship him...It's so beautiful!