Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Out of the Mouth of Babes

As I read God's Word today He revealed something I have NEVER noticed before.  

Psalm 8:2 "Out of the mouths of babes and infants, you have established strength because of Your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger."

Isn't that the coolest!  God stoops down to make the weakest of humans, tiny babies, the triumphal instrument to defeat His enemies!  And not using anything but the sounds that come out of their mouths!

I just had to share this with you as I am overwhelmed with our God how He chooses to use the least of these.

We see lots of mommies with their babies here in this part of Ukraine.  Everytime we pass one on the street I am reminded of this verse.  

I just love their baby carriages!
Tomorrow we switch hotels.  This one is booked for a wedding this weekend.  I am so glad God chose this hotel for us during our long stay.  We talked with other Americans today who just started on this adoption journey and their hotel has a "squatty potty" for a toilet!  And it's a unisex bathroom not attached to their room!
God has been so gracious to us.  Thank you Jesus for our sweet hotel. 

We get to go see Vitaliy tomorrow!  YEA, can't wait!  We get to share the taxi ride with the other American couple.  Yesterday when we arrived I forgot to tell you he came running out to the car to meet us!  Before when we came, we had to ask the other boys to go get him.  Not yesterday!  It was so good to see his smiling face. 
As I talked to my new friend she said when she went to the school today, Vitaliy greeted her in English with a big smile.  :)  He is such a sweetie!
4 more days of waiting!  Then we get to get his birth certificate, passport and needed papers to start making our way home!  I am missing my Ellie and Ian big time.  Ready to be home as a family of 5!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

As We Wait

Waiting... one of the worst words EVER.

After our court date on Thursday, September 15, we have to go through the mandatory 10 day waiting period.  Vitaliy goes about his life at the orphanage while he waits and we wait in our hotel, NOT FUN. 

"I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope." 
Psalm 130:5  

Today marks our 5th day of waiting.  
God has taken such good care of us.  He has provided just what we need as we wait.  For example, our translator forgot to call our taxi for us to be able to go see Vitaliy today.  But guess who God allowed us to run into on our way to lunch...? Our taxi driver!! Our driver speaks VERY little English, but enough for me to ask him to take us to see V!  Thank you Jesus for caring for us as we wait!
  I am so glad we get to see Vitaliy while we wait.  I'm sure it's hard for him to wait also.  It was so sweet to see him today.  We watched him play with his friends.  They have such a special bond.  Just think 7+ years together in the orphanage... eating, sleeping, playing, learning...waiting for a family.  I'm sure these 10 days are nothing for him, he's used to waiting.  But while he waits, he enjoys his last few days with his friends.  

These boys are the sweetest!!

Tressa also has been so good to me while I wait.  I am so glad God allowed her to come.  Without her it would be a lonely 10 days.  I would find myself in tears many times without her.  She has been spoiling me as I sit in up against the head of my bed, hours upon hours, with the covers pulled up enjoying myself reading, browsing the internet or watching my Little House on the Prairie shows.  Tressa brings me tea, food and laughter.  She even bought hot chocolate packets just for me!  

For my birthday she made a special supper since it was too dark to go out.  She cut up an onion she had purchased along with a tomato and olive oil and made a yummy spread for our bread.  Such a sweetie!

  We pray the next couple of weeks fly by.  We are looking forward to another blessing God has in store for us while we wait... an American couple staying in our hotel Wednesday!  They are just starting their process.  Looking forward to our time with them as we wait!  

"But those who WAIT on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

V and his friend waiting.....

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Birthday

Who would of thought I would be spending my 33rd birthday in Ukraine!? 

Not me.... never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I would be sitting here in a hotel clear across the world from everything comfortable to me.
But guess what.... God has given me the best birthday EVER!!!!  I can't believe how He has given me the desires of my heart, above and beyond anything I could ask or imagine! 

November 5, 2010, less than a year ago, I received, from Josh, an email with this picture about hosting a little orphan boy during Christmas 2010.

Less than a year later, this little boy is our son...

and an orphan no more!

In Spring of 2010 the Lord laid it on my heart to ask Him to 
"...enlarge my boarders..." 1 Chron 4:10b

OH MY, He has done just that!  God has stretched, and stretched and stretched some more!!  He is so good.  Stretching is so hard, but when you have placed your life in the hands of the One who "laid the foundations of the earth..."only growth and blessing can come for our good. 

 Jeremiah 32:42
"For thus says the LORD: Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them."

2 Peter 1:16b we are "eyewitnesses of His majesty."


It has been wonderful spending time with our V.  He is just as sweet as he was in America.  God has shown His faithfulness over and over again. 

For instance; we got Vitaliy shoes in America when we hosted him.  We got them at Wal-Mart because we were told to not buy name brand because they may get stolen from him by the other children.  Well they were not stolen. :) He was still wearing them when we saw him 9 months later!  They were still in pretty decent condition!!!  I couldn't believe it!  Especially after watching those boys play some hard soccer for most of their day! 

Yesterday they broke.... imagine that, yesterday of all times!  He wore them just fine for 9 months with no problems, then when we get here, they brake!  Just in time for us to be able to buy him new ones!  I told you God is into details!

Deut 29:5 " And I have led you 40 years in the wilderness.  Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet."

"A Father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation."  He takes care of these kiddos!  Isn't that so cool!  He has a plan and a purpose for each one of em. 


our son

I can finally update you!
 As of Thursday, September 15, 2011 
we have another son!

Vitaliy Philip Stubbs

As I woke early, the day of our court, I grabbed my Bible. God had me read Psalm 2:7.
"I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my son, this day I have begotten thee. 

  Isn't our God amazing!  He is so into details; and such a romantic poet.

They told us to change Vitaliy's first and middle name, but we chose to just change his middle name. We both loved his first name. I asked Josh to decide on the middle name. Vitaliy's middle name given to him at birth, was his birth father's first name. In Ukraine, that's how they decide the middle name, it's always the birth father's first name. Since Ian already has Joshua as his middle name, Josh wanted to give Vitaliy his father's first name: Philip.

Vitaliy means: "life giving"; Philip means: "lover of horses"

Court went amazingly smooth.  It was scary of course, the unknown always is, but much less scary than I imagined.  It was a small room with 7 officials and our family plus a translator. It broke my heart when they started talking about Vitaliy's past.  He sat quietly listening to his life being read out loud, expressionless.  A couple people in the court room even mentioned this was best for Vitaliy, "since no one from Ukraine or his biological family has adopted him.  They all had their chance."  I can't imagine what he felt as they said that or the roller coaster of emotions he must be feeling now.  Both Josh and I were asked a lot of questions during court to make sure we would take care of him.  Then after about 45 minutes of court they took a break to make their decision.  We were finally called back in and they grated us; Joshua to be listed as "Father"; and myself to be listed as "Mother" on the birth certificate!  Wow, what a feeling! 

Psalm 68:6a "God sets the solitary in families..."  

He will be alone no more.
Glory to God!  Great things He has done!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ukraine Overview

So glad to be able to say "hey" from Ukraine! 

Our travel from Kansas to Ukraine went GREAT! Things are going amazingly well so far, praise God! So glad my sister in law made it from the states to stay with me when Josh heads home.

At the moment we are back in the village close to V.  We just got here via 5 1/2 hour "mini bus" + 1 hour taxi ride.  Not fun, but lots easier than some families we talked to.   The bus was PACKED with a total of 19 people with all the windows up, plus our suitcase at our feet because it would not fit in the back with the other luggage.  :) 

Praise God that we are on the downhill side of our trip now.  You have no idea how excited I am to have the home stretch at least in our sights.  We have had lots of fun here, but ready to be home.  There is some amazing history in Ukraine.
We climbed up to the top of this bell tower!   

We toured an 1200 year OLD church,  that had AMAZING architecture and history!  The colors, wall paintings, gold pieces & artifacts were breathtaking!  Pictures do NOT do it justice.  We even saw how people went in to worship.  As we toured the grounds I was reminded of God's sacrifice He gave us so we do not have to worship Him in a building at appointed times, but in our everyday lives, 24/7.
1 Cor 3:16 "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
I am overwhelmed that God chose to live in and through me!!!!   
Many things have happened since we arrived.  Lots to tell. Can't wait to tell you the nitty gritty.  :) 
Thursday is a HUGE day for us, please keep us in your prayers.  Pray also for Josh, he is not feeling well.  Hopefully we can update you more specifically this weekend.  For now.... Sweet dreams from Ukraine.