Friday, December 28, 2012

We better start packing....

Just got word from another family adopting and traveling at the same time as us. Our agency says this:

"I've been dealing with the Russian crisis. Even had media it out here twice today interviewing me about the situation. We have a family who is traveling for child in Russia and now it's been told they can bring him home. Ilona said there are no travel dates today but she thinks your travel date will be after January 20th for sure. She said no travel dates are being given between now and January 20th. She is expecting you to have rather short notice. So if I were you, I would be prepared to go on the 20th or later but do not buy tickets yet. Can you please call or email Tara Worth with this information? I am so bogged down right now and trying to leave the office. TX for texting"
So the packing begins...notice the TP and wet wipes..blahahhaaaaaa

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Sweet Sweaters Are Here...

The sweaters have arrived!! This is just another reminder that we are traveling to Ukraine soon. If you have not read about the sweaters please do so below the photo.

Sweet Sweaters for Orphans


Sweet Sweaters from Sweet Ladies:

We will be delivering a box of hand knitted sweaters to orphans in Ukraine from a group of church ladies that have poured their love and time into them.  We were told these will go to "the children that will be left behind". That crushed me!! I started to cry as I thought of the children that will wear them. As we pray over these sweaters, we pray for the children that will wear them. We pray they won't remain orphans forever. We pray for a family to step up and adopted them. But, we are reminded that their story is not yet finished, that they do have a Father who loves them and will care for them. Thank You so much to the sweet and generous ladies who did this amazing thing  for a "stranger". (Matthew 25:36-40)

It's the week before Christmas and all through the world, there are orphans every where with no one to hold.....

Take 5 minutes and watch this video: 
 
Steven Curtis Chapman 
All I really want for Christmas Song

Well, I don't know if you remember me or not
I'm one of the kids they brought in from the home
I was the red-haired boy in an old, green flannel shirt
You may not have seen me, I was standing off alone

I didn't come and talk to you 'cause that's never worked before
And you'll probably never see this letter, anyway
But just in case there's something you can do to help me out
I'll ask you one more time

All I really want for Christmas is someone to tuck me in
A shoulder to cry on if I lose, shoulders to ride on if I win
There's so much I could ask for, but there's just one thing I need
All I really want for Christmas is a family

Well, I guess I should go ahead and tell you now
If it's really true about that list you have
Somehow I always seem to end up in a fight
But I'm really trying hard not to be bad

But maybe if I had a brother or a dad to wrestle with
Maybe they could teach me how to get along
And from everything I've heard, it sounds like the greatest gift on earth
Would be a mom

All I want for Christmas is someone who'll be here
To sing me happy birthday for the next 100 years
And It's okay if they're not perfect or even if they're a little broken
That's alright, 'Cause so am I

Well, I guess I should go, it's almost time for bed
Maybe next time I write you I'll be at home

'Cause all I really want for Christmas is someone to tuck me in
Tell me I'll never be alone, someone whose love will never end
Of all that I could ask for, well, there's just one thing I need
All I really want for Christmas is a family 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Letter 2012

Family and Friends,                                                                                                  December 2012
Here we are another year gone by and we are so grateful for what The Lord is doing in our lives. 
We had many family adventures this year including motorcycle riding in the desert, trips to San Francisco and Alcatraz, and our first time in Yosemite, Jenness Park Christian Camp, soccer games, gymnastic competitions and Disneyland

Our biggest adventure of all this summer was hosting two sisters from an orphanage in Ukraine. We saw an email in February about the opportunity to serve and host a child from the depressed country of Ukraine. We prayed about it and decided to look at the hosting list of children. After much prayer and consideration we chose a 6 year old girl. We started the paperwork and soon found out that she has a 13 year old sister that is also available for hosting. Again with much prayer we chose to host both girls and bring them to our home for the summer. So, for many months we prayed for the girls that were to come. We prepared their room, collected clothes and bought them many girly items they had never seen or used in an orphanage. But, mostly we prayed for their hearts to see God when they were here, we prayed for their anxiousness as they fly for several hours into another country (having never been in a car before), to stay 6 weeks with a family they have never seen before. What a leap of faith for these girls to branch out into the unknown and uncertain world and not speak a word of English. Our family arrived at San Francisco airport with much anxiety to wait for them to arrive.  We made signs with their names to wave at them as they walked down the terminal. There were 15 children coming to California and they were tired, hungry and scared when they walked up to the several families waiting for them. We were so relieved the girls took to us right away, Vika (6) let us hold and hug her right away and Sasha (13) immediately started trying to learn English. We took the girls to see things they had never seen before. We went to the ocean, saw whales and dolphins,  rode roller coasters, went camping, biking riding, horse back riding, River Cats Baseball game, tubing behind our boat, swimming and going down the slid with lots of family fun time. Eating dinner together and having a daddy pray with them was such a special time. I have a dear friend that is from the Ukraine and speaks fluently; she was a monumental asset to our time with the girls. We were able to have long conversation, understand what they have been through and get to the hearts of these girls. Vika underwent several oral surgeries to clear up major infection and pull teeth that were rotten. She was a trouper never complaining a bit. She was sweet with a happy heart and longing for a family. We decided to proceed with adoption for both girls. The day we were leaving to take them back to the airport Sasha decided she did not want to be adopted by our family. She wanted the "freedoms" of the world, which we were not going to give her. She wanted a cell phone, access to the Internet, songs and movies that we don't allow and freedom to come and go from our home as she pleases. Little Vika was crying and saying she wants us as her mom and dad, but Ukraine will not separate siblings and children over 8 can say "yes" or "no” to any family. With great sadness we knew we had to let them go. Just Mike and I brought them back to SF. We took them to a fancy diner and to the beach to see it one last time. The next morning, as we rode the bus to the airport we were filled with the same anxious feeling of when we were there to pick them up. As we said our final good byes, Vika cried and call "mama" when going through security checkpoint. It was gut wrenching hearing her call for me. I stood there and sobbed, praying for this little girl we were placing back into the care of a cold, uncaring orphanage never knowing if we would see her again. We sent them with warm blankets, coats, sock, boots and lots of the girly things we bought them, but none of that compares to a family that will love them. Our family will pray for these girls for the rest of our lives, as they have grown in our hearts. They received their only Christmas gifts from us, they were packed with a Ukrainian bible, toys, puzzles, hats, gloves and lip gloss to show them our love runs deep and we think of them often. Even though these were not the children God had chosen for us adopt, He did choose them to be ours for 6 weeks and they will always be our girls.

We have decided to continue to pursue adoption from Ukraine. All our paperwork has been submitted and is in the hands of the Ukrainian government.  We are told we could travel as early was January. All four of us are planning to travel to Ukraine. This will be a blind adoption, meaning we will not receive referrals for children until we are in Ukraine. We are confident God is before us in this and has children chosen for our family. You can follow our blog at http://worthswildride.blogspot.com/ to get updates before we leave and when we are in Ukraine with pictures of the children we are adopting. We would appreciate prayers for our travel, our children (here and in the orphanage) and our paperwork processing. Our scripture for this time in our life is: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Our Lord instructs us to care for the orphan (James 1:27). It can look different for every family. It does not always mean to adopt, it could be as easy as taking a meal to a family that has just adopted children, sending a note of encouragement, dropping off a tea or coffee or simply dedicating time to pray for a family. The thought of so many orphans is often overwhelming at times, but one favorite quote from a 24 year old woman, Katie Davis who lives in Uganda, Africa and has adopted 13 children says: "you can't change the world, but you can change one life." I love that!!! What an amazing thought that we can change a life with just a place to call home with a loving family there.

We love you all and pray you have a wonderful Christmas with family.

Worth Family:

Sunday, December 9, 2012

It looks like January!!! EEEEEEKKKKKK

I woke up to this email this morning: 

I'm your facilitator in Ukraine, Igor.
Your dossier is at SDA being processed. 
We are expecting your travel date sometime in January.

I started sweating,  I started to panic, I started to make several lists in my head. I could not focus and could not talk... I just stared at the email. This has moved so far so fast. I sat and thought of the families that have waited for months, even years and prayed for them as they have had the longing in their hearts to hold their baby as much as I do. Why are we so fortunate to be traveling so soon?? Why, when there is such a need for mommies and daddies?? The answer lies with The Lord. 
Pray for our family as we start the daunting process of packing the things we will need for 6-9 weeks in two medium size suitcases. EEEEKKK again~

Sweet Sweaters from Sweet Ladies:

We will be delivering a box of hand knitted sweaters to orphans in Ukraine from a group of church ladies that have poured their love and time into them.  We were told these will go to "the children that will be left behind". That crushed me!! I started to cry as I thought of the children that will wear them. As we pray over these sweaters, we pray for the children that will wear them. We pray they won't remain orphans forever. We pray for a family to step up and adopted them. But, we are reminded that their story is not yet finished, that they do have a Father who loves them and will care for them. Thank You so much to the sweet and generous ladies who did this amazing thing  for a "stranger". (Matthew 25:36-40)