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.