Thursday, December 18, 2014

Beautiful and Messy

This life that we live. Its so imperfect. Finding joy in the hard stuff; that's where I am at right now. And it seems funny to me because the 'hard' stuff is not coming when it's easy to battle. It comes amidst the battle already waging. But my God has kept proving Himself faithful, faithful, and more faithful.

Today was a tough day. I am not great at seeing my need for Jesus, and then immediately calling out for Him. But He pursued me today. And praise and worship was on my heart and in my mouth. It blessed me so much to see Him be faithful to me over and over again.

We were greatly blessed with a special video of our future sons and daughter saying "hi" to my husband and I! Ill post the video in the links!

If the Lord puts it on your heart to support us, you are more than welcome to go here:
http://reecesrainbow.org/84178/sponsorsotolongo-2


Thank you for walking with us,
Monica:)

Monday, December 8, 2014

How God Answered Our Prayer, and Why We said YES to adopt again!

Hi beautiful friends. On the eve of my 30th birthday, I wanted to tell you the story of how God led us to adopt again. We aren't special, Seriously we aren't. Adopting Nikita was a God adventure like none other that my hubby and I had experienced. But like all God adventures, it was RIVETING at times, and desperately hard in others. We knew to go back to Ukraine, to adopt again, meant we were going to be holding very tightly to the Lord for every step. We should be like this everyday honestly. But for my hubby and I, adopting put us in a place of clinging like never before. And so as we thought and prayed about returning for some very beautiful kids, the following happened:)
    In early September of this year I was asking the Lord if we should go back. I felt like I wanted a sign, something tangible so that I "knew" for sure that this was where God was leading our family. As I was thinking about what that should be, the thought "200 dollars" came to mind. I knew I hadn't thought that random number on my own, so I felt it was the Lord leading me to ask. So that is what I did. I asked him to bring us 200 dollars specifically for our adoption. I knew this would be hard for 1 reason. Nobody knew that we were contemplating going back to adopt from Ukraine right now. There were some who knew we were thinking of it, but not for right now. So I knew for God to send 200 dollars for our adoption would be, in fact, a miracle.
   Fast forward to about 3 weeks later. I was a bit discouraged. I felt like I should keep trusting and praying, but God had not sent any money. I was tempted to tell somebody, but I knew this was a big decision. If God wanted us to go, I needed to trust He would answer in His timing. So I went to the mailbox one day, and received a card in the mail. I opened it up, completely expecting a nice card reciprocating a deep friendship I had with this person. Instead I opened it up to find a check for 100 dollars, and a note stating that God had put our family on their heart, and they wanted to give us 100 dollars to invest in our adoption. I NEARLY JUMPED OUT OF MY SEAT! I just knew that I knew that it was God answering me! But, it was only for 100! At this point I was fully confidant that God was going to bring the other 100. I knew it!
  Everyday I would go to the mail, awaiting the second 100. Weeks passed, and I didnt know what was going on. "C'mon God", I thought! "Let's get this rolling". I talked to my hubby about it, and we agreed that we would wait together. So early in November, we were ready to take a small step. We were going to commit to our sweet Olya and set up our FSP on Reeces Rainbow. (An FSP is a tax deductible account where you can donate towards our adoption! We had one with Nikita, as many of you can recall!) That morning my hubby was going to fax the paperwork necessary to set it up. But he overslept, and I wasn't ready, and he had to head to work. Boy, was I frustrated. And then I considered what happened, and realized maybe God was giving me a chance to pray and think through something else that had been strongly on our hearts-adopting 3! Yes, adopting 3. So my hubby and I decided to really pray, and my hubby asked God to very specifically bring the last 100 dollars if we were supposed to adopt the 3 we were intently considering. AND 2 days later, God sent us that last 100 dollars, specifically for our adoption, in UKRAINIAN MONEY! 200 dollars. The very number He put in my head, He had supplied!!!!
  So our newest additions, the 3 we prayed uniquely for, are being pursued by our family, and a God Who loves them and smiles over them! Our journey has begun!:) We have no idea what this journey will look like, but we are following a God Who answers prayer!!!!!!!!!!!! Glory to God!

To see updated pictures, go to the blogpost below, entitled "You Make Me Brave"!

If the Lord puts it on your heart to support us, you are more than welcome to go here:
http://reecesrainbow.org/84178/sponsorsotolongo-2

Thank you for walking with us,
Monica:)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

You Make Me Brave ( New Pics !!)

So yes friends! We are going back to Ukraine! There are three beautiful children who captured our hearts when we went to get Nikita. They have stayed on our hearts and in our minds for many months. They were incredible children too! Maxim was just a ball of smiles! Seriously, he gave me a hug when I went, and my heart simply melted! This boy is AWESOME!



Yura is the epitome of fun! He was constantly moving, playing, laughing. Despite where they live, they find everything in the world to have JOY about! It blows my mind.



And sweet Olya, who is learning to stand now! When we were at her orphanage a year ago, she was rolling on the playroom floor. My husband saw her army crawl once, and that's it. It amazes me to see the work that Maya's Hope is doing there. She really is a God send.



So those are the 3 incredible children we are pursuing. I will update you with new pics and information as we go!


As to the title of this post, I wanted to share one thing God has been growing in me. Bravery! Bravery! I desperately want to be brave. In all things. In adoption. In raising my family. In enduring trials. In my walk with Christ and others. I want to be BRAVE.
I think we all do. I am excited about this season of life, but it has not come without walking through the fire. Honestly I still feel like Im walking through the fire. But God is very real, very true, and very faithful!

Please stay tuned to our journey towards our 3 newest treasures:)


To donate to our Reeces Rainbow fund, you can go here: http://reecesrainbow.org/84178/sponsorsotolongo-2

Excited to journey with you,
Monica :)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

We have a YES!

Last week, we were approved to be adoptive candidates! YES! YES! to our dossier!

We are now awaiting travel dates to go and get our sweet boy!

Our son's birthday is this month. He has spent 10 birthdays without a family. And we really thought we would be traveling around his birthday, but we will not be there in time. So we are sending some money to a dear friend in Ukraine who will help facilitate a birthday party for our boy and the kids at 50! We are so so excited to see pictures and know that he, and the kids, thoroughly enjoyed their day!

We are getting near the end. And we have been battling at every turn. God is faithful to us. He is. Battling is never fun. But God has been teaching me that being thankful, and praising in the midst, is what faith is about. Doing exactly opposite of what I FEEL like doing. Because what I feel like doing (and do often) is complain.

"Jesus, this isn't the right time at ALL to be battling" or "Lord, Im doing something for YOU, so clearly I need to be perfectly happy and not struggling with anything, right?"

But it seems God is working with me, in some of the hardest moments in my life, and He is still walking with me through it, only and completely by His grace.

Our finances to travel are slowly but surely coming. Every donation has been a miracle. We are not there yet, but this is one area I am really standing on the fact that He will provide! There are so many testimonies of His faithfulness to the orphan, that I know He will not stop with our son's ransom.

He will do it, because He loves us, and He loves our boy. Just like He will ransom me from my battles, because He loves me, and He has promised me complete victory.

:) Monica

He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. Psalms 55:18


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Dossier Submitted!

Hi friends!

Our dossier was submitted a week ago! We are so excited! We are headed to adopt this little boy very soon!




The closer we get to him, the more our hearts are really starting to feel this. God is allowing us to be the parents of a beautiful, handsome, sweet 10 year old. No matter what the future holds, God knows. He has already put in our path some of the most wonderful adoptive families who will help us transition "Nevada" home! Yes, in case you are wondering, the Brooksville families REALLY ROCK!:)

We are planning now for in-country fees! If you would like to help, it would be such a blessing!

Visit our Reece's Rainbow family page here to find out more and to see our fundraising progress!


Thank you all! So EXCITED to see what God is doing on behalf of our son!

Resting in God's timing and favor through it all,

Monica:)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Being Submitted (and a new pic of our boy!)

Hi friends!

( You gotta love the pink shorts!:)

We just found out today our paperwork should be submitted July 25th!!! Less than 2 weeks!

Our dossier got to U a few weeks ago, but we had to resend our background clearances, so now everything is there and ready to go. Excited for the Lord's timing in it all. He is Sovereign!

This means we have about 10 weeks or so to be fully funded. We know God will do it. He will! If you would like to be a part of it, you can go here to donate to Nikita coming home!


Visit our Reece's Rainbow family page here to find out more and to see our fundraising progress!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

USCIS APPROVED!

We got our approval yesterday from USCIS! Our dossier is complete, and we are planning to make our

way to Tallahassee to get our paperwork apostilled either tomorrow or Thursday! Cannot believe we

are here!!! Adding the newest pic we have received of Nevada just last week! We still have a long

way to go financially, but as we have walked, God has provided for every step when we needed it.

Trusting! Thank you for following our journey!!!

Sincerely,

Monica:)




Nikita