Tomorrow at 5:30 pm Cory and I leave for
for 10 days. We will fly nonstop about 13 hours to Russia Moscow followed by a 4 hour layover in Moscow, and then another hour and a half flight to . When we get off the plane in Volgograd it will be late Tuesday afternoon there. Wednesday we will have an official meeting with Volgograd ’s Department of Education. Sometime after that we will meet our son for the first time. Russia
I can not even begin to explain how this feels, mostly because I haven’t even come to grips with it yet. I haven’t completely even reconciled this in my mind yet. I can’t explain how I have already come to love this little boy, and I know that it will only be worse when I actually hold him in my arms. How can I even explain how many people have stepped in along the way and helped Cory and I? So many friends, coworkers, and family members have helped us that my sense of community will never be the same. I feel like Jonah is the most loved baby in the world already.
After spending about a week in
Volgograd we will fly back to for medical exams. We will stay two nights there and then fly back on Wednesday. Moscow
When we leave
, Jonah stays. This will be the hardest part. Where we leave our son at the orphanage and fly back to our quiet, comfy little lives. This is where I need you guys. I am pretty sure I am going to be a wreck. Russia
We truly believe in the sovereignty of God. We believe that when he knit Cory and I together in our mother’s wombs he knew one day that we would be in this moment. We believe he knew that Jonah’s mom would be pregnant with him and give him to the orphanage and that he would one day be ours. I believe this is the same God that has been, and will continue to take care of my son. He was taking care of him long before I ever filled out the first piece of paper for this adoption. He was the one that put adoption on our heart, so I know that he is the one in control. He is also the one that I believe will comfort us and give us peace about this situation.
Our adoption agency is telling us that we could return to get Jonah as soon as December. We may have him home by Christmas! What a beautiful present that would be.
Ways you can be praying for our family:
Peace for Cory and I
Jonah to be comforted by meeting us, and not upset when we leave
We love you guys and hope to be able to update the blog while we are gone so check back soon!
Cory and Leah