Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Sunday, December 22, 2013

4th Advent Candle - Love

Today at church our pastor introduced our new boys to the congregation.  It was originally going to be a "baby announcement" type thing.  I sent our boys' "born in our heart date, but I was asked to give a little background info so he could explain to the congregation what was going on since we obviously didn't just give birth to a 7, 9, and 11 year old boys!

I sent an email trying to summarize our past 1 1/2 years...  I told him to just pick from it what he wanted to share.

Well, I was super surprised when we were being introduced this morning, and he read the entire email!  Phillip and I were nearly in tears at the end because he shared our whole story.  How we started out just wanting to host a girl.  How we found out there were no girls left... and we almost didn't.  Then we saw V's face.  And it was just for summer...  and then we had some sort of completely irrational behavior where we decided to not just bring V back, but bring D for Christmas also.  Then D asked us to adopt them.  And we knew that we couldn't.  We knew there was no way we could do it.  So we told God we would because if it was what He wanted then He would have to show up with $40K and a larger vehicle.  Oh and did He ever.  Then we learned that our boys might be separated, so we chose to host D before we travelled to try to keep them all together.  Then arrived in Ukraine only to find out that the baby was gone...  but we chose to focus on the 3 we had, and we finally arrived back home in the U.S. on the 3rd anniversary of when we landed in Ukraine to adopt Mariah.

So here we are, sitting in our seats just listening to this summary of our past year.  Then everyone clapped...and it was like a dream.  I'm thinking to myself, did we do this?  Did this really happen?

Thank you God that we had the faith to say yes.  Look at what we'd be missing if we had said "no."  

 It means so very much that our boys were recognized and welcomed into our church.  After our pastor introduced us, we did the responsive reading for the congregation and Denis lit the 4th advent candle.

The first three candles are HOPE, PEACE, and JOY.

The fourth candle is LOVE.

As God showed His love towards us, we are to also show love.

It just seems surreal that this time last year, we had just met this boy.  I don't think we even went to church the first Sunday he and V were here because they were so tired.  Now here we are just one year later and he is no longer an orphan.  He is our son.  

Can I just say my heart is really too full to describe how awesome this moment was?  Our hope from sharing our story is not that people think we are awesome.  We're not.  I've had people ask me to help them fundraise because, "You were so successful at it!."  No, I was not.  Really.  It was not me.  God brought that money in.  What we hope comes from sharing our story is that others will have the courage to say "yes" when it is impossible.  Because NOTHING is impossible with God.  Nothing.

And LOVE.  Love changes everything.


Milena said...

I sit here in tears. Such a beautiful story of love!

SammE said...

Merry Christmas to your family! I have loved reading the story of your trip and adoption of the three boys, and I look forward to reading about all the children! Happy day tomorrow, and wishes for a healthy happy safe 2014. samm

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson