This post is waaaaayyy late in coming, but I’m just now getting around to it. Baby steps, right?
Anyway, I think it’s been a couple of months (?!) ago, but we had some friends come and stay the weekend with us. These were friends we met online. Friends who had gone through a similar journey as us–adopting a teen (or in their case, TWO teens) from Ukraine. We had been Skyping with them quite a bit and Olya had gotten to know their kids. They all wanted to meet (and we wanted to meet Bill & Val in person as well)…..so, we planned a quick weekend and made it happen.
The D’s drove down on a Saturday and got here around lunch time. If I was worried about the kids not getting along or being too shy around one another, I was immediately proven wrong. They took to each other and started talking away in their quick Russian. They had so much fun…playing cards, eating, wrestling, braiding hair, playing outside. They even joined us for church on Sunday. It was such a nice weekend.
Sam and I also enjoyed getting to know Bill and Val. There’s just something about being able to connect with folks are are paddling in the same boat as you. You’re able to talk, share things, encourage one another and be encouraged that you’re not alone. Also equally awesome? Val is a fellow home-schooler…so nice to be able to bounce ideas off each other!
The funniest thing had to be the wrestling matches. Here’s our lovely daughter taking down the D’s son, Rostik (I probably really spelled that one wrong). With Ben getting in on the action. What you may not see? Abby’s getting ready to clobber whoever comes near her with a pillow. :)
The kids had fun playing disc golf and getting outside to play hide and seek. Heidi, one of Bill and Val’s bio daughters, is an EPIC hide and seeker. She completely buried herself in the leaves.
On Sunday morning, we had Abby, Olya and Ira help lead our church in the Russian version of the worship song “Enough”. So cool to have these kids, singing to Jesus as they learn more about His love for them.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about our journey lately. It’s definitely not been easy. Our family has been stretched and tugged way beyond our comfort zones (I guess the key word there is “our”). But we’re making it. I can look back over my shoulder and see how far we’ve come. It’s so good to be able to look back–especially on the hard days–to see that, yes, we’re making progress. I thank God for every step we take forward together.
I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders.
I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.