We are officially kicking off our fund raising efforts. We are starting off by planning several fund raisers. I know this is the hardest part of adoption asking for money I really hate it. Everyone is asked to donate to so much and everyones resources are limited. We couldn't do it otherwise so we just pray about it and let God do the rest. Please pray with us as we step out in faith to raise the money to bring this deserving girl home.
Let me give you a little background on Karina. We met her when we went to adopt our other girls. The director would not allow us to adopt her at that time. We then had her come and spend Christmas with us. She came again the following summer. We made plans to adopt her. I will not go into all the details of why we could not adopt her at that time. I will say it is all in God's timing, she had a grandmother that she loved very much and was able to spend much of last summer with her, which wouldn't have happened if we had adopted her. Lena had only two months to go before she aged out of the orphanage and God put her on our hearts when Karina was not ready to make a commitment. If it his will now two girls will have a home instead of only one.
Her grandmother died recently and now she is ready to come and be part of our family. She has no one, not one other living family member. She will be 15 next week and we have one year to get her out before she turns 16. At the age of 16 she will be on her own and what happens when these kids are put out on the streets is something I can not bear to think about in relation to Karina, or any child for that matter.
My friend is at her orphanage adopting now and said Karina loves us so much and is hoping that we come for her. We gave her a Russian/English bible when she was here so I hope that she has been reading it.
I have contacted our SW and he is going to come the week after next to do an up-date on our homestudy. We really are not looking forward to starting all this again but we know the treasure at the end will be worth it.
Come along with us on our new adventure! I will of course still be giving up-dates on how the rest of our bunch is doing. Speaking of that, Kyle's blood count is back up a little and he is feeling better. He has an appointment with a neurologist tomorrow because they are running more tests because his liver and spleen were swollen. He goes back in 2 weeks for more blood work and they are hoping things will appear normal again. Thank you for your prayers I just know God is listening.
Praise God from whom all blessings fall. We have been so blessed beyond measure.