Dear sweet ladies,
I have been waiting since last Tuesday night to tell you this. We have some very exciting news! We received an email from our kids last Tuesday night and it said,
"We heard back that he (Vitaliy) is available for adoption!"
They asked that we wait until Friday to let the news out. Now do you remember that they said it was going to take up to 7 weeks to find out.....if he was available or not? Well..it took a whole 1 1/2 weeks....Blessed OUR hearts! Our family is so excited we can hardly stand it!!!!!!! We know without a shadow of a doubt that it was Prairie Flower Ladies hitting the floor on our families behalf and our GOD hearing you. We want to thank you alllllll so much for your kindness and prayers. You are so precious to me... and I don't know how to express that in just words. I wish I could talk to each one of you face to face and tell you. I wouldn't be able to hold back a hug for each one of you thats for sure!!!!!!
Sooooooo back to what happened.....we had to get a hold of the adoption agency to see what was okay and not okay to put on my blog.....because so many of you have email on what can you do. I found out in the morning on my break that the lady had gotten ahold of Tonya.......she gave us instructions as to what to do! We are working on that right now and hope we will have something up soon. At around noon on Friday I was praying and thinking and asking the Lord.........what can I do to "sell something sweet" and do a fundraising idea to get to "BRING Vitaliy HOME"! "No pressure on anyone and I am not kidding on that!!!!!!!!!!" My brain was going a hundred miles an hour and ideas were going off in my head. Then it was time to get off work.......my most favorite part of the day...........to be able to take of my silly hat off........."throw" it in the drawer (hoping that someone will take it) just kidding.......and then I RUN out the door........so I can come HOME.......and be with my family! Anyway.......I got in our little farm truck and thought I would look at my email........ as Phil loaded all the buckets of scraps. I saw that one of "my dear blogger friends" had written. I read..........I cried............my heart was filled to the max. I called my daughter in love Tonya.........read it to her..........all she could say was........oh my.......Praise the Lord! What my sweet friend wrote was she and her family had been praying, just like all of you have been doing. She is crafty and had she said that she had an idea (which I still don't know what it is) smile.........waiting. She said that there was a blog that she wanted me to look at. I did. It was a family that had an idea and they had raised enough money to bring their little girl Home! We have never talked on the phone and so I wrote back to see if we could talk. YES she said..........we did........we had the most delightful time. Can you believe that just an hour before I was talking and thinking with the Lord and here she writes me an hour later. Amazing is all I can say! We started out with prayer.........two ladies ..........coming before their Father.......we were being knit together..........a three cord.
The scripture I am talking about is:
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up (I, Linda want to be a "people picker upper" that is why I blog)! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
I read this: "There are very few endeavors in life that are performed more efficiently with one hand than with two. In nearly everything we do, we must ask at one time or another, Could you give me a hand with this or.......could you hear my idea? When we work together we receive encouragement, ideas, and an extra hand.
So as we talked...... she encouraged my heart it was a very precious time. All weekend I have been praying and asking for some ideas.........this morning I was laying in bed........honey asleep beside me........I was again thinking and talking with Jesus..........and "this idea" came flying in my head..........it was adorable (well at least to me)...........I was so excited........."honey not sleeping anymore".........I said........... "I have an idea"! Well really the Lord gave me the idea.......can't take credit! He (honey) was happy. Smile! I am going to make up a sample. Also waiting for my "blogger friend" to send me her idea............she is sending it in the mail......wish I could camp down at the mailbox!!!!!
At the end of my friends email she had a prayer.......I want to put it up for you. It will bless you........as it blessed me. So many of you have written the same kind of things to me. I have been also able to pray with you via email...when you have let me in on your story............it is amazing........ our........God can use even the internet for His purposes. My heart is full.........my Lord has heard our families cry........HE has not left us wondering out there, we are going to trust Him through this whole thing. He so wants to be in the details of our lives........if we will let HIM! We will! We are so excited for the RIDE. Please pray for our protection as Josh and Tonya now start filing papers and that it would go through without a hitch......there are some sad stories. The enemy of our souls does not want Vitaliy in our family.....the Bible says to not be ignorant of the schemes of the devil............Jesus RULES OVER EVERYTHING!
Here is her prayer:
" Lord thank you so much for your Loving care and provisions..You know and are above ALL things...though are minds are small and finite you still love us in spite of ourselves and your Mercy and Grace are new every morning..Lord I thank you so much for bringing Linda and I together and creating a friendship between us that even though we have yet to meet in person you have knitted our hearts together in Spirit..what a blessing and special gift that is to me as it you know it is much needed in my life..to have some one who is of a like mind and heart that desires to be ever pleasing to you...even through are imperfections...Lord I ask that if it be Your will that You would guide and lead us to an idea for a fundraising project that might bring Vitaly home to Linda's whole family...I do pray that You continue to Minister and Protect his spirit as he is away from them at this moment...may the words that were spoken in Your name ring in his little heart and mind daily..may they be a comfort to him when he lays his head down at night... and an encouragement to him when he might get discouraged or feel hopeless...Father may your Perfect will be done without hindrance or delay...And Lord though I know that Linda and I may never meet on this side of Eternity...I do know that ALL things are Possible in and through you...So I ask that we would have a chance to one day meet...because I know it would be SWEET...Thank you Lord for hearing are prayers even when be typed out in an email..We Love You and Praise Your Holy Name...In Jesus NameAmen"
God Bless you sweet ladies......and most of all thank you from the bottom of our hearts.....
for loving my family like you do. I am so humbled and grateful that each
of you precious ladies are in my life!