Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bringing a new smile....HOME!

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? 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 most favorite part of the 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 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 heart was filled to the max. I called my daughter in love 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 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 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 is amazing........ our........God can use even the internet for His purposes. My heart is 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 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 Name

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!



  1. Such good news.
    I keep u in my prayers.
    I do have to say the wonky print on your blog is very hard to read.
    judy j

  2. WOW, That's fantastic news!
    I'm sure the little guy is thrilled. He looks like he is such a love and it has to make him feel wondeful that so many people could love him :o}....
    I also will continue to pray!

  3. May the Lord watch over you and your family and guide you through this process. I'm so happy and excited for you and for Vitaliy! It's like I said quite a long time ago, if everyone gives a little, it will add up to a lot. People do care Linda and they will help.

    Hugs XX

  4. Thank you Judy. We do need the prayers. Sorry for the inconvience on the print. I will try something else. Can't today, but will try something next week. I just don't want the regular.........I guess it is my crafty side. Thank you for letting me know though!

    Yes Tisha, it is fantastic. V doesn't know yet. We have to get the paper work done and then he has to say yes. We know he wants us! Yea!!!!! He is a love! Thank you so much for praying!

    Barbara..... you made me cry. Thank you! As I said I am humbled!
    God Bless you all!

    Hugs to your day! Linda

  5. It's so wonderful when you can see prayers coming true.I'll continue to pray till he's home safe.I'm positive that the money will be raised.God will work this all out for your family.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  6. Linda, yea!! such good news. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. We too, we're blessed by the adoption of your daughter almost 16 yrs ago. She is a true gift right from God to us! I will pray for a smooth and speedy process! Yea again!

  7. I will continue prayers for Vitaliy and all of you...Praise God for answered prayers! Beautiful pictures...
    Love you ~

  8. I am so excited for your family! That is such great news! Keep us all posted on what your ideas are. I would love to help if I can! God Bless you!

  9. Praise the Lord! So happy for you all.
    Praying Vitaliy home!

  10. What a very good news!!!!!!!!!!!
    I will continue to pray for Vitaly
    Blessings from France

  11. This is good news! Bless your whole family!

  12. That is such wonderful news for your family and Vitality! Blessings to all

  13. Hi Linda! Praise God and Blessing to You All! Such happy news to read while I take a bit of rest on His day.

    I had always wanted a large family, but had to have a hysterectomy last year. I have one precious boy and one darling girl, but have always thought about adding to our family through adoption. DH is not convinced we could handle it, so my daughter and I keep thinking on it and waiting to see what God has in store for us.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful journey with us - one that has only just begun! Heather

  14. So happy for you and your family. The Lord will complete what He begins. I know Vitaly will be so happy. blessings!

  15. God is good and He has a plan for your family. It is indeed a blessing to share your love with V and that he be able to share his life with you. I will continue in prayer because I truly believe that adoption is a very, very positive thing in so many lives.

  16. Hello Sweet Linda,
    I love the photo...of Josh, Tonya,daughter and son's...God is so GOOOD...In the photo you can't nor would you ever think anyone in the family is Adopted...the photo of the two Brother's together...they actually could be TWINS... : ) though in seperate is God who Knitted and Created Vitaliy...I can just imagine the Lord Creating and Fashioning that Sweet babe in his mother's womb and as He was doing that he had Josh and Tonya's family in mind....Isn't that AMAZING...ALL the amazing things that go on behind the scences that we never see until GOD'S PERFECT time...

    Thank You for sharing such a SWEET story..and Looking forward to the COMING HOME POST!!

    Have a Blessed Week...
    And Congratulations to ALL...
    In Christ

  17. Your blogs on Vitality have really touched my heart. I woke up this morning thinking about him and felt the need to pray for him and your family.


  19. Praise the Lord , I know your hearts are fill with JOY. I prayed daily for this answer, now just to get him here safely.
    This reminds me of the time my daughter and her husband got their picture of their little girl in China that would be theirs. Almost 11 years ago.
    God Bless You All

  20. Oh hallelujah!
    I KNEW it would happen!
    Linda, I'm smiling and wiping tears at the same time for Vitaly and your family!
    My Dad was adopted at age 14 and I understand how deeply that young boy needs a loving family around him.
    Life will never be the same again - praise the name of JESUS!!


    Do you hear that all the way from GA to KS!!!

    WHAT JOYOUS NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PRAISE the LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He WHO began a good work will COMPLETE it.

    Thank You, Jesus!!!

  22. Dear sweet ladies.......I wish I could write.......but work in the morning and I have to get to bed. I just got home and I read all the precious comments. You are such a precious family to have!!!!!!!! To think that you are my family is such a precious gift! I can't wait for my Josh and Ton to read your comments. I will compile them so they can read to their precious family! You made me cry........the glory that you gave the Lord was music and a breathe of fresh air to God. I am sure He was blessed to hear his children. Thank you for the encouragement. I will write tomorrow. So tired tonight! Hugs and I love you so much!

  23. meant "breath of fresh air".......not breathe.........I am so tired! Love you!!!!!!

  24. Oh my dear Linda..I am so sorry for the lateness of this comment..I did see this wonderful...blessed news earlier and thanked the Lord for this! Amazing...and your are so right God is good and he does hear our prayers!

    Keep us informed on your fund raiser ideas..

    xoxo Gert

  25. hello Linda,

    If you go and check out Attic 24 blog you will see that at the end of her free tutorials there is a donation button. As a way of saying thanks for these free tutorials we can donate any or even a small amount to help with her running costs for her blog. A Vitality donation button could help the costs of bringing him home.

    Just a thought.

    Blessings Gail

  26. Oh I am so happy for ALL of you! THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US; WHEROF WE ARE GLAD! Psalms 126:3


  27. So thankful that Vitaly is home now!!!!
    Blessings, Linda in Wichita


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