"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

And the Winner Is . . . .

JEN STEVENS! Please send me a message and you will be getting a package soon with yummy Bloomer's Chocoates! Thanks to all who helped . . . every new person hearing about our blog is important!! Every donation--no matter how small is VERY important! Every sale of listed items is important!! Please continue to spread the word about Katya and her urgent need to get home!!

GOOD NEWS--we were contacted by a sweet family recently and they told us that we had been on their hearts and minds a lot. After discussing it as a couple and as a family, they decided they wanted to have Katya be their mission project for this coming year. They have committed to donating several stained glass pieces each month that they will be making for us to sell to help raise funds for Katya's adoption expenses!! What a huge and amazing blessing that phone call was to us!! So stay tuned--we should soon have some gorgeous stained glass items up for sale, with new ones coming in each month for the next while!!

Charity and I are also working on some new hand-crafted items to put up to sell . . . and there are still a few things in the Etsy shop that haven't sold yet if anyone wants to take a peek there.

I know I said I wasn't able to share *why* the 29th was an important day in my previous post, but I have done some checking around and it seems it should be OK to share . . . The reason the 29th is important is because it's Katya's birthday. She turned six today . . . alone and un-celebrated. No family. No cake. No presents. It has been a hard day for all of us for that reason, but pray God, it's the last birthday she has in that situation!! Six of them already has been six wayyy too many . . .

Anyway . . . that's why I wanted to do the drawing today. It's Katya's birthday.
We were able to ship off our precious packet of documents and info to USCIS before we went out of town to spend Christmas with some family. We tracked the package and it got there safely before Christmas. Today we checked and the check was cashed yesterday! That means, we are told, that we should soon get an appointment for the FBI fingerprinting for all the adult members in the household! PROGRESS!
In other not-so-good news . . . . we have not gotten our letter from the bank that we MUST have. And so far, no luck turning up a CPA willing to do the "Employment Verification" letter that is required since Paul is self-employed . . .  These few pieces of paper seem to be VERY difficult to wrest out of anyone . . . and we haven't even STARTED on the county requirements yet! Yikes! Defintiely could use some prayers about those pieces of paper . . . because the adoption can NOT happen without them--and without them done "properly" according to the laws of Katya's country.

We also found out that our baby sitter we had lined up to care for the children while we are out of the country isn't going to be able to baby sit for us, so we could use prayers that a new arrangement would present it self. I feel peace that God has a very good plan for our family in this regard. It's just going to be interesting to see exactly what it is!

So . . . onward and forward with fundraising and trying to assemble our dossier!! God hasn't given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind! We are thankful for that as we proceed with our adoption process!


joel said...

We will be praying for your family. I understand about the excitement of others offering what they have to help, and about the anxiety of those one or two things that seem close to impossible to getting that you'd think wouldn't be a problem at all!
My husband and I are adopting 2 RR cuties, and God willing, will be able to travel this spring. From what I am told, your sweetie and one of mine are from the same orphanage! I was hoping to email you but didn't see an email address anywhere. Our blog is adoptingourfirst.blogspot.com and our email is on the blog if you wouldn't mind emailing me.
Thanks, and we will be praying for those papers and the baby sitter situation.

Rachel Golden

Monica @The Mennobrarian said...

Happy Birthday Katya! You don't know me, Katya, but I'm here and I love you. You have a loving family waiting for you, and they are working very hard to get you home soon. If you only knew.