Saturday, April 2, 2011


You might remember my posts about hosting Valera, an orphan from Ukraine.  When we hosted him, we were adamant that we were not interested in adoption.  We already had six kids and adoptions are expensive!  I'm sure most of you know, though, that we fell in love with Valera while he was here.  The car ride home from the airport after dropping him off was the most quiet I have ever experienced in my life. 

The next day during church all I could think about was Valera and I wished we could afford to go get him.  I thought I knew Derek's heart on the matter, though, and knew he would think I was crazy for wanting to adopt.  That night as I was sitting on the phone talking to my sister, Derek tossed passport applications in my lap and said, "If we won't go get him, who will??"

So I'm pleased to announce, we have made the decision to adopt Valera!  He is not available for adoption until August, so we are just now starting the process.  We are meeting with our agent on April 14th for our first home study visit.  I've met a lady through email who happens to be at Valera's orphanage right now and she's seen him!   

This process is going to cost a lot of money, and we are stepping out on faith and relying on God for the funds.  We have a few ideas for some fundraisers and are anxious to get started.  If you'd like to help out, I have a paypal account that you can donate to.


NadineC said...

Oh Amy!!! I'm soooo happy you are going to adopt him! When I initially read the stories about his visit, I was thinking how would you ever be able to send him back...he seemed so lovable and smart and it would have torn my heart apart to have to let him go. I just donated $25 and I challenge other viewers to do the same, or whatever they can afford, to help you bring him back to where he should be :-)

Sam said...

My wife and I are adopting two boys from the same orphange as Valera, too. We hope to be there at the end of May or June. Are you on facebook?
Let's connect. We would be happy to carry over something for Valera if you would like to do that.
Sam and Deborah Dye

Nikki said...

Praise God! I have 2 friend in my church that are adopting from the Ukraine. One family is there now meeting their boys. They other family should go in a couple of months. I'll be in prayer and can't wait go with you on the journey to bring your boy home.

Knitika said...

Wow, that's really something huge! All your posts about him made me teary, and now you're going to bring him home for good!

I tried to donate. Paypal gave me this message that something went wrong, and to check to see if I get a confirmation in the next 30 min. If it doesn't go through, I'll try again tomorrow.

Good luck!

Amy said...

Sam - my email is amyskin at gmail dot com if you'd like to email me, I couldn't find you on FB.

Knitika! Thank you so much! Let me know if my link is broken, it works for me.

Knitika said...

This time it worked. Good luck!