Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Karina's Big Day

One year ago today - July 8, 2008 - Sheila and I asked Karina if she wanted to be adopted. She quickly and enthusiastically said, "YES!"
Later that evening, her guardian from the orphanage in Ukraine that was accompanying her told her, "You did not even think about it! You said yes so quickly. Don't you think you should take time to think about it?"
Karina responded, "I have been thinking about having my own family for years. There is nothing more to think about. I know I want to be adopted and I know I want them to adopt me. I said yes quickly because this is what I have been dreaming of for most of my life."

Today I asked her if she was glad she said yes to us a year ago.
"Oh, daddy! Of course!"
She has been with us in the States for over five months now and God's grace continues to be evident in her. Monday night one of her classmates from her orphanage flew into the Jackson airport with his new family. How amazing to see God's hand at work to not only bring another orphan home... but to bring an orphan that has lived with Karina for several years to the same state... less than an hour away from one another.
Karina walked up to Grisha at the airport and said, "You see all these people? They have been praying for you. Welcome home."
On the ride back home Karina said, "It is just so amazing to see how God has provided for Grisha. God has given him a family that loves him and a family that loves God. He will be OK now. This is what he needed... this is what all of us orphans need."
Karina says that July 8 - the day we told her we wanted to be her family - is bigger than her birthday. It is her big day.


  1. Last night we welcomed home two more new Amaricans home. The Hoffmann's arrived home with their two girls!

    Our UOO camp is winding down and it will be hard once again to let go. We had one young man accept Christ and the others are close.

    Our children feel the same way your daughter does. An immediate yes to their dream for a family. We recently celebrated our 6th month home. They speak often, too, about their BIG DAY.


  2. thanks for sharing! So incredible to see God at work.

  3. hi matt & sheila! i found your blog through elizabeth holman and have been moved to tears reading of your sweet, beautiful story of your new daughter. your whole family is beautiful - we will keep you in our prayers.

    love, katie (shull) brunone & clan

  4. We have been blessed to follow your story. We've prayed for you since we found your blog last November. Tell Karina more are coming still. We hope to travel soon to bring home 4 more. He is so amazing!

  5. my heart wells up when I read your posts about karina. keep writing. i love reading how the Lord is working in her and you guys as a family. the Lord is SO good.