Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Let Me Just Cut to the Chase



I've tried to imagine how this post would read many times. But to be honest, I was unprepared to receive the email confirming that

WE HAVE A DATE!!!


I read it, re-read it, wept, scared my husband to death (because he was watching this unfold with no explanation), immediately text messaged my best friends, and then called my mom. So here's the other shocker; our appointment date is October 23rd. Yes, that's right, three weeks from today. The realization that this was really happening was immediately followed by panic. I was away from home and just happened to check my mail on my cell phone. With no computer in sight and hours before I would be back home, I felt like I was losing precious planning time. I managed to put in for airfare quotes and check on accommodations from my cell before I got home. For those of you who will be traveling to Kristina's orphanage or who know workers who minister there, please don't share this information with our girl or any of the workers at the orphanage. We want our arrival to be a surprise!

You have been so faithful to pray for us in the past. We need your prayers now more than ever. Please pray for us to find affordable travel options and as we begin to make preparations for our four children who will be staying here. Pray that God will give me a sense of peace in the whirlwind that begins today and will end with Kristina in our arms.

16 comments:

Shelley said...

Congratulations!

adoptedthree said...

Take a deep breath, Scream YES, then let the fun begin!!!

Congrads!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS I had less then 48 hours from notification to leaving for Oksana's NAC appointment so three weeks would feel like months to us ha ha!

Melissa E. said...

WOW!!! We are SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!
Is this normal for parents who have the child pre-selected? The quick turnaround and all? If not, you certainly have Someone moving mountains for you!!!

I can hardly believe that not only do you have a date but it is so SOON!!!

I shouldn't write so much...you have things to do! Heehee

Congratulations! Congratulations!
Congratulations!!!!!!!

Nataliya said...

Oh my gosh, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I didn't even realize that your dossier has been submitted! And now the date in 3 weeks - just amazing! I'm so happy for you - make sure to take a picture of Kristina when she sees you!

Missy said...

When I saw your date, my jaw almost hit the floor! I am so excited for you!! You will be in my prayers for everything to fall into place (although I'm sure God already has that worked out) Congrats!!!

DoveFamily said...

I had no idea you had been submitted. What great news!! Congratulations! I'm sure you're excited, overwhelmed, nervous, anxious... but what a happy little girl Kristina is going to be!

The Clinging Vine said...

Praise God! And we had about two weeks notice before Dmitry's court date (which was four years ago yesterday, AAMOF). One family had about 10 days notice.

So three weeks is actually not too bad, all things considered. ;^)

Praying for affordable travel arrangements, etc.

Anne in Fort Worth

Kristen said...

Wow! This is Pastor Kristen from South Carolina who e-mailed you a few weeks back. God certainly answers prayer in powerful and sometimes shocking ways, doesn't He? I will again join the many others in prayer for you, that everything goes so very smoothly over these next few weeks, and I will eagerly check your blog for updates!

Debbie said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Leslie and family! I'm so tickled for you all and Kristina! My husband and I are hoping to adopt from Ukraine some day; thank you for telling your story so I can pray for you and learn all I can as we wait to start our own journey to our children. Godspeed to Ukraine!

Hugs from Colorado,
Debbie

Heather said...

Wow! Congratulations, that is fantastic news!

I will keep your family in my prayers as you go through preparations and travel.

Tami said...

Wooohoooo!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Three weeks. Wow.
We'll be praying...and reading. ;)

Lisa, Chris & Lucas said...

I am soooooo excited!! I gasped...loudly when I read your date!! I can't wait to follow you while you are in Ukraine. Now you can finally bring your daughter home...where she belongs!! Hugs and congratulations!!

Lisa Bush

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!!! that is soooo exciting!!!~Jane

The O'Haras said...

I can bet that she will be surprised and your secret is safe with us. I saw her in the hall today, but didn't get a chance to snap a pic...she was bounding off towards study time about 4:45. Daily trips to the orphanage are soon in store for you. Bring that IPOD for those marshutka rides...and visiting hours are between 2&5 PM :D

Fioleta said...

Congratulations on getting one step closer to your goal :-D Very happy for everyone involved

Ashley said...

CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!11 I AM SO EXCITED!!! I THINK I AM GOING TO RUN AROUND THE ROOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD IS SO GOOD (ALL THE TIME)!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR HOW YOUR UKRAINE TRIP GOES AND TO HEAR (OR SEE) KRISTINA'S REACTION WHEN SHE SEES YOU! THANK YOU FOR GIVING GRISHA OUR LOVE! :) I CAN'T WAIT TO BE EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE IN OUR JOURNEY. IT WILL HAPPEN! THANKS FOR ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT!