Got THE Call

These faces make it all worthwhile.  (I is on the left)

And it’s a good thing we got it when we did, because after spending an hour and a half on a conference call between Bruce, me, and the airline to get our tickets for six booked, the phone went dead.  Very dead as in no dial tone.  We called the phone company a while later and they said a cable line was cut somewhere and we MIGHT have a phone again tomorrow.  So if you need to contact us and are one of the 20 people who have our cell phone numbers, go for it.  Hopefully our land line will be back in service soon.

We kind of skipped the post that would have logically fit in between this one and The Mitten post.  We were a tad too stunned to write anything for a number of days and needed to get our attitudes, hearts, and minds straightened out before posting about what happened.

We got a call on Saturday, March 12 informing us that we had an SDA appointment scheduled (!) for today.  For reasons that we can’t get into here, we had to humbly ask the SDA if we could postpone our appointment until the end of March.  We aren’t entirely sure what the results of that request are, but today we were advised “by our sources” that we need to be in Kiev no later than April 1.  Well, you don’t have to tell us twice!!  We were on the phone with the airline within a very short time of that phone call.  We got tickets booked for about as reasonable a price as we’re going to get, so we are pleased about that given the amount of notice we received.

It has been difficult to stay fueled in continuing to prepare without a solid date, knowing that we need to keep moving forward and live as though we are going soon.  We’ve been telling the kids that hopefully we will be going next week and that they need to be thinking that way as well.  But they were still a little stunned at the reality of hearing the news when they came home from school today.  They are excited and will be ready when the time comes, but they admit they are a little nervous too.

We are leaving on Wednesday, March 30 and will arrive in Kiev in the afternoon on Thursday.  We’re not sure what is in store for us from that point, but we’re just going to show up and trust that our “handlers” and God have a grip on that!

We need prayer for focus, good prioritizing, protection from feeling overwhelmed, and rest.  It is hard to turn our minds off at this point with the many details that are dancing around in there.  I’m a list writer, so we have lists to work off of, but it is easy to wander off and start working on something else unrelated or just daily tasks and then jump back in where we left off.  Thankfully, we got our taxes done in February and the kids are on spring break next week.  So we need to keep up with school work through Friday and make sure everyone is in a good place.  We also need to work with our dear teachers in formulating some plans for keeping up with school work while we are away.  We aren’t sure what that will look like, but we have wonderful, loving, supportive teachers to guide us and help us through this.  We are so grateful for our school that is mission-minded.

We just want to say again how very thankful we are to have so many people praying for us and cheering us on.  Your prayers are felt and your encouragement always brightens our outlook.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jen ryden
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 23:25:21

    You have our prayers most definitely…and I can I just say WOW!!!!
    Let us know is there is anything we can do, you know you can count on us!
    Love to all of you!!!

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  2. motorcyclemama5
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 00:36:17

    Thanks so much, Jen! I always feel blessed by your cheery comments and your faithful prayers. I THINK we’re in pretty good shape. We’ve only just begun with packing – that will become formidable when we need to start trimming down and making tough decisions about what goes and what doesn’t!

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  3. Karla Landry
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 09:04:07

    That is great news! I have been anxiously watching your blog to see when you got the call. Our dossier was filed on March 9 so we expect to be hearing something very soon. We will be following your journey and praying for you along the way. Hopefully we will see in the Ukraine. The Landrys

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  4. Sue
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 14:58:23

    Yah-WHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO excited for you!!

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  5. Sara Bristol
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 16:03:53

    Yeah!!!! So thrilled for all of you. What a joy it has been to hear about your journey over the last year or more and to see how our awesome God has led and guided you each step of the way. We will continue to pray for you and look forward to welcoming all 7 of you home! I echo Jen’s comment about help, either now or anytime in the process. Love to you all from the Bristols!

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  6. Steph
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 15:30:51

    I wish I could communicate to you the place Ukraine and its orphans have in my heart. I am a bit jealous that you are headed there! =) So fun to have connected with you. I pray God’s richest blessings on you as you travel and I am excited to follow your story!

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