Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Operation: Gotcha!  



Here we are!  We sprung em!

Matthew left the orphanage at 11:30 a.m. and Micah left the Mental Institution at 1:30 p.m.!!!!!!!!!

Okay…I asked ya’ll to pray for a miracle today.  I didn’t even know what I was asking you to pray for but I felt God prompting me to ask you to pray. 

Let me back track a bit…
Yesterday, I think I told you about the Ministry of Social Defense and that we had to have approval from them to remove Micah from the institution.  It doesn’t matter that we had a court decree and everyone had signed off.  Well, George saw the guy 3 or 4 times and he kept saying he’d do it, but he didn’t understand…etc.  He finally said last night at 6:00 p.m. that he would do it and fax it to the institution by 10:00 a.m. this morning.  Well, we found out this morning that not only did he not do it, he left town this morning to avoid making a decision.  No comment.  George’s comment to us as we were about to dress Matthew to leave the orphanage was “They are not going to let you have Misha.”

Believe it or not, I didn’t panic.  We have been trusting God and just knew that His hand was in control.

Also, we were unable to apply for passports yesterday because we needed something from both orphanages to get it done that we didn’t know about previously (some new rules or something).  So at the end of the day, we hadn’t really gotten anywhere.  So I asked you to pray.

We got to Romaniv to the institution.  We sat in the car while George went in to get some papers.  I felt that I needed to asked a couple of people here to pray so I texted them and asked them to pray for a specific miracle.  It wasn’t 10 minutes until George came out and said he needed us to come in and sign the papers.  I didn’t know what the papers were, but the longer we were in there, it became obvious (I can catch a word or two here and there and sometimes understand what’s going on…other times, I just get it completely wrong) that they were going to let us take Micah right then.  I asked George if I understood right and he said yes, we were taking him.  He said that they knew what was happening with this guy and said it was crazy and that they would take care of it.  MIRACLE #1!!!!  Praise God.

We were on cloud nine!  So it was off to Zhytomyr to apply for the passports.  We were hoping the right man was going to be there to get the old style passports so we could get them quicker.  We had hoped to get them by 6 tonight or first thing in the morning at the worst.

We sat in the car with both boys and Mary went to take Micah for a walk and George came to the car and said to come sign some papers.  I asked him if we would get the passports today or not.  He said, they’ll be ready in 10 minutes.  It took ONE HOUR to get what often take 3-5 days!!!!!!!  MIRACLE #2!!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!


Here they are!  The miracle passports.

It has been very overwhelming tonight and we are certainly in for a difficult time, but God has brought us this far and will not be leaving us now.  We know that.

Tomorrow we go to the hospital for health checks and to get our visas. 

Unfortunately, we can’t get plane tickets until next Tuesday.  There is some big event in OKC apparently.  So…we’ll be home Tuesday night.  We don’t know the time yet, but we’ll know soon.  But Tuesday’s the day.

The only problem…I have the flu now.  Mary is quite a bit better, but I have it now.  Ugh.   It’s terrible.  My chest and back are on fire from the coughing.  Mary described it, but it’s hard to understand until you feel it.  Please pray for me.  Tomorrow will probably be worse than today.

Thanks for your love and your prayers.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!!

Psalm 119:19-33

Love you all.

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20 comments: to “ Operation: Gotcha!

  • Mary Malone
    March 18, 2009 at 4:49 PM  

    I'm soooo excited and can't wait to see you all....... we have some suprises for you!!! The boys look soo cute and they will probably like to have 5 siblings!!! I can't wait!-Hannah

  • Malones
    March 18, 2009 at 4:51 PM  

    Chris and Mary!! Praise God!!!!! God has surpassed and far exceeded your needs and expectations! HALLELUJAH! We can't wait to meet them!

    -Ron & Deanna Olson

  • Mary Malone
    March 18, 2009 at 5:03 PM  

    I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There soooooooooooooo cute everone is so happy!!!! They can't wait to see you nethier can I!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-Bethany

  • Mary Malone
    March 18, 2009 at 5:12 PM  

    This is not Bethany any more. But there are soooo cute I can't wait I LOVE YOU -Seth

  • Malones
    March 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM  

    Praise God!! I did not expect that great surprise!!! Praise God! Can't wait to see the whole family together! Enjoy adjusting to having the boys full-time! Wow! Awesome even!! That's our God! So glad Matthew & Micah are safely with you!~Sarah from PA

  • Carson's Mom
    March 18, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

    What an awesome story! God of course had all of this worked out in spite of the people that you had to deal with. It is so wonderful to know that both boys are safe with a family that loves them. I am praying that you will feel better very quickly so you can get on with enjoying your new family members.


  • Malones
    March 18, 2009 at 7:24 PM  

    God is so goooooooooodddddd!!!!
    Can't wait for all of you to get home. Take care Chris-glad Mary is better!!!
    Jennifer S.

  • Malones
    March 18, 2009 at 7:41 PM  

    GOD IS SO GOOD! I'm so glad you have those two beautiful boys, praise God!! Have a safe travel home and praying you get better soon Chris. Blessings to your entire family of "9" now, how awesome is that!!! The weather is so nice, sunny and warm in Okieland, the boys won't know what to think of it. Be safe and hope to see you soon, Tara and Family

  • June Berger
    March 18, 2009 at 10:04 PM  

    Praise God, Praise God! Crying happy tears of joy with you all!

  • Kenneth
    March 19, 2009 at 5:40 AM  

    OMG !!! {Our Mighty God} I am weeping giant tears of utter joy !!! Mrs.Malone looks sooooo fulfilled in that picture - she looks like what God looked like the day we each accepted Jesus as our Savior !!! those boys are REDEEMED from a horrible destiny !!! my hands are shaking & I'm still blubbering - the devil will hafta dine elsewhere - those boys aren't on the menu any more !!! I am absolutely ecstatic for y'all - pack it up & c'mon home ...

  • Malones
    March 19, 2009 at 5:48 AM  

    Praise the Lord! He is such a wonderful God! He went before you and had it all worked out and now you have those two beautiful boys! Chris we are praying for a quick recovery so that you can enjoy your two boys and not be sick traveling. Also praying that the boys stay healthy and not get the flu! Can't wait to see you and your WHOLE family all together! Praise the Lord!!! We love you. Jim and Carol

  • Malones
    March 19, 2009 at 8:27 AM  

    Congratulations Chris & Mary!!! I am so excited for both of you and those adorable new Malone boys!!! What an amazing journey you've it's time to get home! I will be praying for everyone's good health and safe travels! Hope to see you all soon! ~Jennifer Roberts aka Meghan's Sister!

  • Malones
    March 19, 2009 at 8:57 AM  

    I'm a little late learning that the boys are finally yours. Can't wait for you guys to share in person, what has taken place in your lives.
    We've always known God was in the mmiracle business,but when we experience a fresh one its so AWESOME.
    May God speed your recoovery from the flu and protect your little ones.
    W W

  • Carole Ray
    March 19, 2009 at 9:04 AM  

    I like Ken am blubbering tears of joy for you all. God is so good. So sorry to hear you are ill. Will pray a hedge around the boys so they don't get sick for the flight & Chris will be able to help with them. I'm sure this is a big adjustment for them.

  • Malones
    March 19, 2009 at 11:38 AM  

    Our GOD is an awsome GOD He reigns from heaven above. You both look so young and refreshed in the pix with the boys. God is good all the time. Hope you have a good trip home. Linda S.

  • marji
    March 19, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

    OK, everyone at the gym thinks something bad has happened!! I am blubbering like an idiot!!! PRAISE OUR GOD!!THEY ARE RANSOMED!!!We love you!!!!!!!!

  • Alyson
    March 19, 2009 at 12:31 PM  

    Yea! God is good! All the time! Isn't is great He knows what we need even before we do! James said a prepaid legal convention is keeping you from getting home sooner! If you want to fly in somewhere else we can come get you! Can't wait to get all 4 of you home!

  • Malones
    March 19, 2009 at 2:11 PM  

    As I'm reading your blog Nicole C. Mullen's Redeemer is playing.....I know My Redeemer Lives.....what a GREAT God. I know you must feel physically wasted Chris, but what better timing could there have been - just having to hop on the plane and come home rather than have the whole process in front of you. Can't wait to see your new little ones - I might just teach the choir to sway after all!!!

    God Bless you both!

    Cindy (& the other Wrights)

  • MaryAnn
    March 19, 2009 at 2:19 PM  

    Can you say "I believe in miracles?" what? louder, I can't hear you! (<:
    Tuesday is an excellent day to fly'll give Chris a little bit of time to "heal" so get busy and heal, hear? CU soon!!