Donations will assist in making it possible for us to adopt Georgiy from the Ukraine. All donations are tax deductible.
It was not by coincidence that Georgiy came into our lives. He came to America in hopes of finding a loving forever home, through a program called Journey of Hope. During his stay in Minnesota, Georgiy was staying with a host family. But God had a different plan for Georgiy, and the adoption agency decided to pursue looking for a new home for him. Cathy and I had spent seven years waiting to adopt. Over the Christmas and New Years’ holiday, we became more determined than ever to become parents. We had started a Facebook page to share our adoption journey. On Wednesday, December 29th, I posted my New Year’s resolution: I want to be a dad in 2011. One of my childhood friends saw my post and knew that Georgiy needed a loving family and asked if Cathy and I would consider spending a week to let him get to know us better. Without hesitation, we said, of course! That was Thursday, the 30th. Arrangements were made for me to pick him up on Monday, the first day of my week of vacation – one that I had originally scheduled for the second week of December, but I had decided to move it, to accommodate a few co-workers taking their vacation time around the holidays.
Our week together went by so quickly, but we connected with Georgiy almost immediately. He spoke virtually no English, so it was an experience to try to communicate with him. We soon learned from watching him with our nieces, Alicia and Megan, and nephew, Matthew that language didn’t seem like much of a barrier. I remember the first day the four of them spent together, swimming; Georgiy and Matthew were both speaking in their own languages and neither one of them even cared! It was so special to watch. It was like they knew what the other one was saying. We spent a lot of family time together while he was here, and Cathy and I knew in our hearts that we could not live without Georgiy in our lives. We learned Georgiy’s favorite color is yellow, his favorite food is ketchup, he has a beautiful singing voice and likes soccer, gymnastics, martial arts and break-dancing.
The hardest thing for Cathy and me was to take this special treasure back to the airport and put him back on the plane to the Ukraine. We told Georgiy before saying goodbye at the gate that we wanted him to make us a family, and we asked him if that was what he wanted, too. For the first time all week, this smiling, happy-go-lucky nine-year-old boy from the Ukraine, became serious, almost solemn. He told us through the interpreter that he felt safe and loved with us. Georgiy touched Cathy’s chin and told her, “Mama no cry!” He came back at the gate and hugged us both three times each before boarding his plane.
It was no accident that Georgiy came into our lives and that after seven years of waiting we would finally be a family. We are completing the paperwork, so that in the next six to eight months we can travel to the Ukraine to make things final.
After seven years, this New Year’s resolution will finally happen!
We are asking that if anyone feels it in their heart to give financially, to make a charitable contribution to the adoption agency we are working with on our behalf. Regardless, we desire your support through prayers. Our desire for Georgiy is that he have a brighter future here in America. It is said that 90% of orphans turn to some sort of life of crime after they are basically kicked out of the orphanage at age 18. We also want to provide Georgiy with a loving Mama and Papa. We are so thrilled to be able to share our adoption journey with you all and thank you so very much for taking the time to read about this amazing boy named Georgiy. We will need a lot of help in the next six to eight months and would appreciate anything you can do in support of this worthy cause. Thank you dear friends and family!
Cathy and Dave