About Us

Hattiesburg, MS, United States
We are a really average family that just can't get over that we have been adopted by an extraordinary God! We are excited and expectant as the journey to enlarge our family unfolds before us.

Monday, March 2, 2009

False Start

Wow! The last couple of hours had been wild. Today was pretty typical except that we have been waiting for word about Nick's passport. No word at 2 P.M. Then, a little after 4, Yana called and the passport is done! So, we were thinking, "Great, we'll pick Nick up in the morning." Not so fast my friend. Yana called right back and said that the Director would not be at the orphanage tomorrow, so we either needed to get him right now or wait until Wednesday. We talked for about 30 seconds and decided to go ahead and get him. So we hurried and got his clothes together along with the gifts for the people at the orphange and some other stuff we had accumulated to donate, and we headed off to the orphanage.

Once we got there, we went to the director's office fully expecting to sign the papers and get Nick to bring him back to the hotel for the night. The director welcomed us into the office, and she tried to tell us something as we were getting reasy to sign the papers. One problem...no translator. Yana is still in Kyiv. A qiuck call to get her on the phone, and we understood. The director was willing to make special arrangments for us to pick him up at 7 in the morning. Whew! I think that will be a little easier for everyone.

So, we are headed to get him in the morning at 7 with a quick stop in Odessa to get the passport and then on to Kyiv. If everything goes well, we should be in Kyiv tomorrow afternoon around 4 or 5. One giant step closer to home!

This last couple of hours has been a blur. We just prayed from the time we got the call that God would order our steps. We're pretty sure the director's unexpected offer was just that. It's not that we don't want him with us. It's just that we want to minimize the trauma for everyone.

Erick's pretty whiny tonight. He went from being excited to get his brother, to crying over not getting him, to crying over wanting his old life back! Well at least he'll have his "old life" for one more night:)! Pretty funny. I'm sure every child that has ever gotten a sibling has wanted that from time to time.

Erick has been facinated with the hotel cat while we have been here. He's also been pretending to be a cat and coined a new term, "cat-tastic." I hope we have a cattastic day tomorrow....

I think from the post tonight, you can tell how to pray for us. Thanks for checking in on us. We'll write when we can.




Kimberly said...


Kristin said...

Martha and I should write a book of "Erickisms". I think people would buy it! They would think it was cattastic!

MamaPoRuski said...

Congratulations on the "almost there" so sorry for the upheavals!
I didn't see you post (many families don't) but I hope you have settled his orphanage account by now, otherwise the director may want to do it at another time! We didn't know about our son's bank account until the day we picked him up, and we had to go back the day after to settle it with the director! This time I have it planned before we take our girl!

taterbugs said...

We are eagerly awaiting your arrival in a chilly MS! Praying for safe travels!
Love, The Millers - Terry, Susan, Taylor and Jack

cara said...

Rick and Denise,
We are praying for y'all today and are so ready for you to come home. I will especially ask that Nick's anxiety will be very low or even better, non-existant. Can't wait to get you back to Mississippi soil again.
Much love,

Leslie said...

Yes, that helps on how to pray...we all need to be praying just like we are...but extra prayers for Erick, I think! Will be here continuing to pray for all of you!!