Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunday – February 22, 2009 & Monday – February 23, 2009  


From our visit on Saturday evening.  Hey Malone kids…please note that he is looking at Mom out of the CORNER OF HIS EYE like Eli does!  :-)



Is that a beautiful smile or what!!??





Miss Patty Cake…  He watched the whole program and seemed to really love it.  He loves music  very much.  Micah does too…so I guess that wraps it up for the whole family loving music.



Okay.  In case you are wondering if clothes will actually dry in the dead of winter when it’s snowing…  the answer is, we’re not sure.  Mary hung some stuff on our clothesline in the apartment “terrace” (don’t get too excited about the terrace…we’re afraid to walk on it because it could fall off the building at any moment).  They froze solid.  So she moved them inside and hung them on the radiator.  So maybe given enough time, they would eventually dry.



We attended Pastor Andre’s church this morning.  We didn’t recognize any of the songs, but we recognized the Spirit of God.  We had a good time fellowshipping with these believers.  John & Tracie Loux attended too.



Lunch at the Novograd Cafe with Pastor Andre & his wife, Tatiana (pictured), and John & Tracie (pictured) Loux.  Also, Lilia came with us and interpreted as best she could.  We had a great meal with these new friends.  Andre is the pastor who allowed us to use the apartment we are in at such a great price.  He says it is an honor to serve fellow servants of God.  Wow.



The view from our apartment.  You might think it’s cold here now.  You’re right.



Next to our building is a broken down amusement park (at least I hope it’s broken down and they don’t actually allow children on these rides).  It’s a bit creepy at night so we only take the shortcut through the park in daylight.




So…tomorrow we head to Romaniv to get in a visit with Micah.  While we are there, George will hopefully get the rest of our paperwork we need to file for court.  It’d be swell if we could do that on Monday afternoon or Tuesday.  We’ll see.  :-)  PLEASE PRAY!

The snow has tapered off this afternoon.  As I type this, we are about to get our shoes on and start the trek to the orphanage to see Matthew.  Hopefully it’ll be a sweet time with him.


Hey all…yesterday we didn’t have internet…so no post.  :-(  But you can read it now.  :-)

We visited Micah today for about 2.5 hours.  Had a good time with him.  He’s bonding with us nicely.  He’ll fit in as a Malone easily!!

George has worked tirelessly to get our papers done.  We hope to have the last papers tomorrow, then he’ll be off to Kiev on Tuesday night to take to SDA and get them stamped etc.  We hope to have court next week!!  Please pray!!!

Here’s some pics from today.


Mary is such a priceless treasure to me.  She’s the best mom, wife, lover, friend in the world.  So thankful for her.  She’s a real trooper too!  If you’ve been here, you know what I mean!



John Loux & their new kids…  Aiden (left) and Emma (right).  SO CUTE!  They came walking by the window of the room we were playing in with Matthew.



Sunday…  look, he has different pj’s…  I can’t believe how cute he is!!  And he even looks like a Malone!



He loves the xylophone…  Music in his future?  Hmmm….



He’s so happy just being with us. 



We spent a LOT of time in the car today.  We enjoyed it!  Can you tell?



Our boy, Micah, today.  Eating a banana.  He’s a bottomless pit.



He likes the xylophone too… to a limit.  :-)



Yes, that’s banana oozing out of his mouth and yes, he’s about to spit.  He gets saliva built up in his mouth, then he spits it out and then he wipes his mouth with a kleenex.  Cute, but obviously a habit we’ll need to work on.  :-)



At the table waiting for his lunch.  Fish soup.  Ummmm…would he be this excited if he knew that?



Yes, he’s eating fish soup and a piece of bread.  He was SO HAPPY with it…



More new pj’s today (Monday)…  He was sure happy to see us tonight.  Hugged me, then Mary, then me, then Mary…  get the picture?




Thank you God for the MANY blessings we have seen.  Thank you for the down times when we’ve had to cling to You with all our might.  Thank you for the moments when Your hand has been so evident.  We love You.  We trust You.

Psalm 19
7-9 The revelation of God is whole
      and pulls our lives together.
   The signposts of God are clear
      and point out the right road.
   The life-maps of God are right,
      showing the way to joy.
   The directions of God are plain
      and easy on the eyes.
   God's reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,
      with a lifetime guarantee.
   The decisions of God are accurate
      down to the nth degree.


Thank you for all your prayers.  Keep em coming.


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8 comments: to “ Sunday – February 22, 2009 & Monday – February 23, 2009

  • Malones
    February 23, 2009 at 11:13 AM  

    Hi Chris and Mary,

    We are so excited about all that's going on. The boys look awesome! Can't wait to see pics of them at home with you here in the U.S.! We are praying for you guys!

    Please, please, please, give Pastor Andrei and his precious wife our love. We stayed in their place while we were there. They are so precious and have such a heart for Christ!

    Bless you guys! Love and hugs!


  • Amy
    February 23, 2009 at 11:35 AM  

    It is heartwarming to hear and see how the boys are loving their time with you. I am so thankful that these precious little ones are coming home with you. I love the way Matthew was watching the show you brought for him. Very Cute! And Praise God that Misha only had to spend a short time there before his Mommy and Daddy came to get him.:)

  • Malones
    February 23, 2009 at 11:36 AM  

    Hi Chris and Mary, What a blessing to be able to follow your journey with Michael and Micha. I can't wait for them to be home in Moore so that I can love on them. I got a hug from Seth Saturday when I took the bread over to the house! Your family is so precious. Eli was watching a movie about mommy will be back so wasn't to interested in visiting with me:) You are in our prayers.

    Much love,
    Jim and Carol

  • Courtney
    February 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

    Love love love the updates!! AND THE PICTURES!! They are both adorable! :)

  • Malones
    February 23, 2009 at 11:43 AM  

    Hey you guys...the boys are so cute!!! We are continually praying for you all and reading your blog daily (more like several times a day!). The boys look so happy with you both and we can't wait to hug them when you come back. By the way, MISSING YOU IMMENSELY ON SUNDAYS!!!! (not that the fill-ins aren't doing a great job...just in case they read your blog.)LOL :) Anyways, still praying and expecting that God will go beyond your needs and expectations!!!
    Love you all,
    Ron, Deanna, Jacey & Carly :)

  • Malones
    February 23, 2009 at 8:28 PM  

    Hey Chris and Mary-I am with Deanna on the Sunday morning thing-he kinda reminds of your oldest son -of course much older-anyway-not the same with out you both. I look so forward to your posts-think of you often and lift you up in prayer.
    Praying God will answer prayers much earlier and get you home quicker!!!!
    Much love and many blessings,
    Jennifer S.

  • schoolmother
    February 24, 2009 at 12:39 AM  

    Praise God for the progress with your boys and with the paperwork. I'm so glad you got to be in church though it sounds like the home folks missed you.

  • Malones
    February 24, 2009 at 7:39 AM  

    hi chris and mary, i really enjoy reading the blogs everyday. chris i sure miss you i want be sung until you come home beth moved the choir up on the second row i can't stand up there, my knee is really giving me trouble, but that is okay. the boys are great. can't wait for you two to get home with them. i look at my rope and pray for you two every time i go to the frig. love you charlene