Thursday, February 19, 2009

Blessed be the Name of the Lord…  

Here’s Misha…


He is at the mental institution in Romaniv.  He has lost a lot of weight since he was moved here in October.  He’s become quite frightened of everything and is very scared.  He was hungry the whole time we were with him and he pointed at his mouth, pointed out the window at the “canteen”, and searched our bags for food. 

It was a very emotional day for lots of reasons.  But we are trusting God to do what He alone is able to do…

There are some paperwork problems, but that’s apparently to be expected.  So…there you go.

Here’s some more pictures of our visit with him…








George, our facilitator









My beautiful wife.  I couldn’t begin to be here without her.





Misha loved looking at the pictures in the photo album.  He can say “hannah.”





She is so beautiful.











He kept putting the toys in the backpack and going to the front door.  :*(










Ummm…yes.  We spilled the big bottle of bubbles on the carpet.  :-)



Misha already calls us Mama and Papa.  He has no concept of what that is…but it’s nice to hear the words.  :-)



Our visit with Matthew tonight was very sweet.  He remembered us.
When we left, he screamed and cried.  It broke our hearts, but it’s good that he’s getting attached to us.








Thanks for the prayers.  We have several large barriers to climb, but God IS FAITHFUL!  Thanks for your love and support.


NANA:  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  We love you.

KIDS:  We miss you terribly.  We look at your pictures often.  We can not wait to come home and be with you.  We love you will ALL of our hearts.  Take care of each other!!

BLAKE:  Don’t forget that Seth NEEDS hugs.  You initiate it and give him real hugs.

All our love to you!


PS:  we’ll post a video of Misha hopefully tomorrow.  Today was a FULL day.  Tomorrow may be too, but Saturday is coming.  :-)  \o/

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12 comments: to “ Blessed be the Name of the Lord…

  • Malones
    February 19, 2009 at 12:15 PM  

    Oh how wonderful! Praying and trusting all the details will work out!
    Sarah in PA

  • Amy
    February 19, 2009 at 1:16 PM  

    Bless his little heart! What a sweetie! I am so happy that you are able to bring Misha home, he is such a deserving little boy! Praying for things to go smoothly and for lots of wonderful visits with your new boys!
    God Bless!

  • Meredith
    February 19, 2009 at 1:30 PM  

    So glad to see him!! He actually looks GREAT to me! Yes, a little thinner and of course in his situation a good amount of fresh fruit and bread and yogurt-- whatever you can let him eat while you visit with him will be great. I'm so proud of you guys for going not the 'easy' route but the one that puts the kiddos first and allows God to work through you to the best of those kids! God Bless You!

  • Stephanie
    February 19, 2009 at 2:06 PM  

    Oh my...I'm in tears knowing what the transfer has cost him. They are both so beautiful! God bless your endeavor.

  • Malones
    February 19, 2009 at 3:22 PM  

    Chris and Mary...What a happy little guy!! He's beautiful! Are you still calling him Misha or have you named him yet? The pictures are priceless! Please keep posting. I live daily for your blogs!!! (I really mean that!)
    Praying and expecting that God will meet and exceed your expectations and needs!!!
    Love you all,
    Ron, Deanna, Jacey and Carly :)

  • Malones
    February 19, 2009 at 4:10 PM  

    Oh my goodness-I have been just been breathless reading your blogs. Your children are precious and I love how you keep showing and making a statement about "your beautiful wife" does this heart good. I am about in tears just thankful how you show your love to her through this and your love for God and these 2 precious boys. Thanks for letting us in on this journey with you. Miss you both.
    Jennifer S.

  • June Berger
    February 19, 2009 at 10:07 PM  

    The boys are so beautiful! How blessed you are. How blessed they are as well, to have a Mommy and Daddy so in love with them already! Praying for speed of paperwork and safety for all.

  • Lou
    February 19, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

    Your blog has me in tears tonight. The boys are precious and beautiful. We are all here praying for you. I can't wait to see them HOME.

  • schoolmother
    February 19, 2009 at 11:19 PM  

    Chris and Mary,
    The pictures and posts are great. May God go before you and make your paths straight. And God bless Misha and Matthew.

  • Kenneth
    February 20, 2009 at 6:01 AM  

    why yes - Mrs.Malone does tend to exude beauty when she's in her element doesn't she? you are one mega-blessed hombre, mi amigo ...

    the vacation is over Chris - pack up your family & c'mon home - we got things to do here & you're needed @ the HQ
    Ken & Beth LaFever

  • sturpin
    February 20, 2009 at 8:07 AM  

    poor Misha. I am so glad that he is able to come home with y'all. Beautiful little boy

  • Malones
    February 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM  

    Blessing the Lord that you both are reaching out and ministering to the ones that are on His heart.
    Thank you for listening to His voice and bringing glory to His name. Jamie