Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Good News!

Well, our appointment was today and it was a little intimidating at first. We were shown lots of profiles of siblings and some individual children and none really stood out as "our kids." Then we were shown a sibling set that was not exactly what we requested, but we can't wait to meet them. We will be traveling by train to Lugansk to meet FOUR siblings! Two girls and two boys. The oldest is a girl who turned 8 in February. Then a boy who turned 7 in March, a girl who turned 6 in March (same day, a year later), and a little guy who just turned 5 last Saturday.

It was obvious as soon as we saw their pictures and heard about them that these were the children we would go meet. We just feel like they were meant to be ours. They were smiling and happily playing in the pictures. Anyone who has adopted before knows the referral pictures are usually not flattering, which is really kind of sad. The kids are said to be in good health (possibly one may have a health issue, but sounds like he will be fine), are all smart, funny, and happy. The oldest did really well in school this year and they said she is a favorite of her teachers and care givers. They have been in the detsky dom (baby home) for a year and a half.

We will write more when we know more. :) Thank you for all your prayers. We feel like they have been answered. We can't wait to see what God has in store for us when we meet them. (Likely on Thursday or Friday.)

Love from Kiev, Krista and Kevin

P.S. Kiev is a gorgeous city, the weather is wonderful, and we have felt like we have been on vacation with our facilitator and his family. I will try to post pictures soon.

23 comments:

sarah_schumacher said...

Krista and Kevin, I am so excited for you and the kiddos! I'm so glad that things have worked out in such a great way for you. I hope your trip to meet them goes well!

mayatk said...

I am so excited (x4)!! Who would have thought...God is so good

Kelly and Joe Broesamle said...

Awesome.. I will continue to pray, and wow 4 kids like that. I hope that God makes it. Cant wait to see the family picture @ christmas ;)

love you guys

April said...

Wow! That is so exciting!! We were also offered 4 at one point, but we just couldn't do it because we already had 2. How wonderful that you can adopt so many! Good luck with traveling and meeting them. Our prayers will be with you! :)

Shannon said...

Wow, 4 that's wonderful! The six of you will continue to be in my prayers.

Owens Family Blog said...

Oh dear -- I wish I sent you with more doggies.... silly me.... I am sooo excited, I am crying!! Can't wait to hear more!! We'll share with everyone tonight if they aren't checking this as regularly as we are!! Love you guys!!! AR and the gang

Kevin and Krista said...

Andrea, we thought about the dogs too. :(

Thanks for checking in. I was hoping that at least one person from small group would before tonight. Please pray that our meeting goes well and things process smoothly from there. And praise for a potentially great referral. We keep laughing because Kevin would never have left Charlotte if he knew he might come home with four!

:) Krista

Kevin and Tammy said...

How wonderful. We are keeping you in our prayers as you travel to see the children. Wow from no kids to four in just five minutes. Amazing isn't it.

Lelah said...

I don't know what to say, I am so happy for you and Kevin. What great news! I love you both so much and we will be praying for everything to fall into place. Can't wait to hear more.

cschelb said...

I am crying reading this. I have always seen you guys as a big family and how perfect. I will be praying for you and the process to be smooth.

Dan & Michelle said...

WOW! FOUR!!!! I am speechless!! LOL

Well, congrats on the great referral and I will be praying all will be perfect and smooth from here on out.

I thought you were only approved for 3, do you need to expand your approval or did you get approved for 4?

Sharon said...

Hi Kevin and Krista, So glad to hear that everything is going well. Can't wait to see pictures and see your kids. You are in our prayers.

Christine said...

Wooo-hooo! Four, wow! Good for you guys. :)

Shirley said...

Dear Krista and Kevin - Lelah would not tell me anythng she just said as soon as you get home from work you better read the blog. I can't stop crying I am so happy and excitied for you both. Wow! I will be praying for all of you. Krista remember the trip to San Fransico with all of us in the mini van oh the memories you will make and keep. God Bless you. Love Shirley

Adina said...

I'm all teary again, because I didn't realize you'd been shown several profiles that probably fit your request, but weren't YOUR kids. I'll continue to pray that everything will go well when you meet the kids and that the legal process will go smoothly. This is so exciting! Praise God!

Maggie Slater-Tool said...

We are so excited for you! We can't wait for Henry to meet his new cousins! We were worried about him not having lots of family! =)

Diana said...

This really is just so amazing! I keep coming back and rereading this over and over again. You and your children are in my thoughts and prayers for a smooth transition.

hdemaio said...

God woke me up in the night the other day and I knew he wanted me to pray for you and your initial meeting on Tuesday - little did I know that you were finding out all the adventure that would be in store for you very soon. sooo exciting guys - can't wait to hear more! love, heidi

jewelzmiller@gmail.com said...

I have been watching your blog waiting to hear what happens!! So excited for you guys!! I am praying for overwhelming peace and wisdom as you meet these precious little ones... that you and Kevin would both sense God's leading either way... You are in our thoughts and prayers!!! :)

Tonya said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! :)

They sound perfect to me! If we ever get to adopt again, I would love to get three or four at one time.

cschelb said...

update!update! I check this every couple hours and am dying to know how your feeling, what you went and saw,etc.

beagist said...

Talk about an instant family! That's wonderful! I hope that our kids will get to meet each other soon:)

Tami said...

YEA!!!!! I'm sorry I'm so far behind in my reading! But YEA!!!! I'll go catch up now. ;)