Friday, September 30, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
These sweet "5 year old" hands will be able to blow as many bubbles as he wishes when Aunt Cassie gets a hold of him!!
And you ask...When will that be?? They have to wait the 10-days to pick him up. That means next Friday they will celebrate at the orphanage, and Reed will then leave for his FOREVER HOME (or he says his big building).
They will have to stay in Kiev for a few days. We are looking at the first of that following week as their return home. I will update later with more details.
Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute you did not grow under my heart -but in it. -Unknown
We love you Reed! See you soon, very soon! Aunt Cassie
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Love makes a FAMILY!
Many of your friends and family are putting in special time with the man upstairs. Hope you feel us all the way in Ukraine! We hope to hear from you soon!
Dear Lord; Thank you for placing this special child into the hands of two most deserving people I know. Please be with Felecia and Tyler on Monday as we know this is meant to be. I know what it is like to raise a child placed into your life by God. Sending love to Felecia, Tyler and little one...In Jesus name...I love all of you!! -Aunt Amanda
We want to wish you the best through your journey. We can't wait to meet this wonderful angel!! Love you all!! -Maghan, Patrick, Aubrey, & Millie Merry
We can’t wait for you to get home and get a big Ukrainian bear hug! We are getting his room ready and cannot wait for him to get here to fill the house with joy. The puppies are patiently waiting to meet our new addition. I hope we will be hearing some news today of travel plans. Most of all, I cannot wait till you are back in Kiev where there is at least wifi and we can talk some and maybe some pictures. Special prayers are being said for all 3 of you and for the judge that he/she may honor your request to make him your own. It’s hard to believe how this little boy that we have never met has already won our hearts over. Lots of Love & Lots of Kisses to all three! -GiGi (Felecia’s Mom)
This little guy has NO idea just how lucky he is! Y'all will be amazing parents and God has truly blessed this little guy by putting him in your lives! I am praying daily for God's plan for your new family to unfold in the most perfect way imaginable! Love all three of you! -Brittany Taylor
Felecia & Tyler, I have been keeping up with your story and it has been amazing watching it unfold. I have been praying for a long time and include you all in my prayers each and every day. I know the two of you will make great parents and any child will be lucky to call you mom and dad. I hope everything works out and look forward to meeting your new family.-Sincerely, Shela Green
Tyler and Felecia, prayers are being sent up for you, in this new adventure of God's Love! I pray for God's love and guidance to you and your new "son"! May His blessings and love embrace you always! Blessings to you all!!:) -Judy Wright
This is Nana sending love and prayers for smooth transition. Hoping court has gone as smooth as possible and you are finally moving forward. May God give you the right words to say and a judge with a heart deep and wide. Many preparations are being made here. Grandma has asked many questions, and Uncle Austin wants to know if 5 years old is too young for a BB gun!!!!!!! I told him it was mandatory for him to learn English first. I will work the tractor end here. That is easy here in the country. We are Polaris ranger shopping. Poppa Beetle has plans to load up grandchildren to go fishing! Everyone is jumping on board praise God. -Nana (Tyler’s Mom)
Please tell them that we will be praying for them and their son. We know what it is like to want a child to fill our empty arms, but we also know that our God can bless is exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. Right now, our miracle is sleeping. We know that God hears prayers and answers. Our verse for our son is 1 Samuel 1:27. We prayed for this child as I know they have prayed for that child. And we serve a God who is faithfully blessing praying people. God bless the Simmons family. -Prayers and love from the Wilson Family (Beth, Shane, & KP)
I am praying for you all. I love and miss you. -Dad
The love of family is life’s greatest blessing!!! No matter how parenthood finds you, it is a miracle!! This precious little one will be part of such a wonderful family!! We will be thinking of you all and praying!!! -Love, Whitney, Dustin & Jack Holcomb
Felecia & Tyler, We just found out about your wonderful journey today. What a blessing from God that you have been united with your special angel and the same for him! I pray for Gods strength and presence to surround you more than ever now. Congratulations and many more blessing to come. -William, Bridget, & Luls Adams
Praying that everything goes smoothly and that y'all get to bring your little boy home to Alabama soon. -Jessica Moman
We wish you all the best! No other two people are more perfect for giving this precious little one a home more than you guys. Praying for good news, safe travels, and a lifetime of memories to be made with your little boy. Can't wait to meet him, as I'm sure everyone is. Sending lots of prayers, hugs, and kisses from Charleston, WV. Love you guys!!! -The Wilsons (Buddy, Michelle, Meagan, and Maddie)
Hey Felicia and Tyler, Rob and I are praying for you. We are so excited and happy for both of you! We cannot wait to meet him. We love you! Cameron and Andrew said to tell you that they love you and to be safe when you do get to come home. We are sending a lot of hugs and kisses your way. -Amy Sandlin
Praying for y’all tomorrow… So happy for y’all… -Love, Kacy Junkin
Hey guys! We are so excited for the three of you to return and can not WAIT to meet that sweet little boy. We know that God has wonderful things in store for your family. We have all seen God working throughout this process and are excited to see him continue to work. We are praying that God will give you a peace tomorrow throughout your court date, and that all will go well. We pray that this transition time in both your lives and the life of your son will be smooth and that God will continue to give both you and your sweet boy patience, peace and understanding as your family grows together. We pray for strength when there are bumps in the road and that he will quickly know and accept the love that I know you all will pour out on him We know that you are following what God has called you to do and He will continue to bless you in more ways than you can imagine. We love you and are so thankful for the example you are to us. Can't wait to see you!!! Psalm 29:11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. -Candace & Bradley Holliday
We love and miss you both! We are praying for a safe trip and a close bond to form quickly between you and your son. We look forward to having your whole family back in the US! We love y’all!!!-Josiah & Maggie KempThinking about you and praying for your court appointment tomorrow! I don't know what it's like there, but in Ethiopia the court waiting room was small and hot. I had hardly eaten and was nervous so I nearly fainted as we were waiting to go in. My advice - take water and a granola bar. Those 2 things saved me! Can't wait for you guys to get home! -Jenny Dixon
Dear Felecia & Tyler, Our family, including my parents, continue to think of you and pray for you but will certainly focus our energies tomorrow during the time you are in court. If you read this after your court hearing, I hope that all went well and that it was not too stressful for you. This is such an exciting time for you and just the beginning of your time as a family. You know my parents and I are very emotionally invested in your journey. It has been wonderful to follow your every step. Best wishes for a speedy court hearing, and an uneventful return home. -With lots of love to all, Lori
We hope everything goes great tomorrow in court!! We are so excited for you guys and you have been in our prayers constantly! We wish you all the best and can't wait to meet your new addition! -Love, Kyle and Meagan Robertson
Hey guys! We are lifting you up as you appear before the judge today. We are so thankful that God has brought you this far and that you have your sweet son in your arms today. We're praying for power in the name of Jesus that your adoption would be granted the first time and that you can come home together as soon as possible. He is the Father to the fatherless and He has gone before you into that courtroom! Praise His Name for what He's already done on your behalf! Can't wait to meet your little man! Love you guys!-Logan and Lindsey Thrasher
Dear God, thank you for placing this child on Tyler and Felecia's heart. You have formed this family together before their journey every began. I pray that you Give Tyler and Felecia strength, patience, peace, and wisdom for what is ahead and I pray that you give their new child joy and comfort. You are wonderful God and we thank you for your Will and for using us to please You and help others. This child will soon have a home. Amen.-Staci Hardwick
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6) -April Hollingsworth
Please send our love and prayers along to Tyler and Felecia. We are a part of the Giving Hope Homes group at church and have had them in our thoughts and prayers this entire trip. We eagerly read the blog for updates and can't wait to meet their precious boy when they finally get him home (after the #1 aunt of course). We're praying for an easy court date and a smooth trip home! -Stewart, Treva, Miranda and Seth Dean
We're standing with you guys in prayer! Be safe and we will be here when you get home to continue on your journey with you! -Lots of hugs and prayers, The Davises
XOXO! See all 3 of you soon! Aunt Cassie
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
The good news is....
They have a pre-paid phone.
The bad news is....
They only have 20min. You are probably thinking "Why did they only get 20 min?" Well, I am thinking the same thing. Their translator has left & he is the only one who can add min.
The best news is....
We know how to reach them. We know they are safe.
You did not think this is all I have to say, right?
You want to know more, right?
I passed the number along (which is 12 digits by the way) to Sherry, Tyler's mom, so she could call them. Well, it would not go through. Drama...Me kicking myself thinking I should have let her give me number and not counted on my phone to show correct number. After a little researching, we realized you must dial 011 first (just FYI if you ever need to call Ukraine). That makes it a 15 digit number. This worked...YAY!
She was able to talk to them about 7 min.
This is what we know about my new nephew...
1. He is precious!
2. He has blond hair & blue eyes.
4. He is smart.
5. He is very small. I have his measurements in inches. Now, I must decipher to sizes. Help?? Anyone??
6. He loves to sing and dance.
7. He loves Tyler. When they visited the orphanage for a 2nd (maybe 3rd time), he came running to Tyler with his hands in the air to be picked up!
This is what we know about the process...
1. Their court date is tentatively September 26th. They have to stay in Ukraine 10 days after the final court date.
2. They get to see him everyday from 10-12.
Tyler and Felecia are very emotional right now. I can only imagine the roller coaster they have been on the past week. They are very excited and ready to be home as a family of three (six if you count the pups).
Please continue to pray for strength during their wait, pray for this precious little boy, pray for a speedy process of paperwork, pray for a compassionate judge, pray for the family here at home worried about a granddaughter, grandson, great-grandchild, daughter, son, grandchild, sister, brother, nephew, and so on...
If you have any questions feel free to email me at email@example.com. I am not sure how to respond to the comments on here for her. Sorry! Hopefully, i just answered lots of questions.
XOXO, Aunt Cassie
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Soon-to-offically-be... Aunt Cassie
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Many more details to come as we are allowed to share. They ask that things stay private until things are legal and he is ours. Please pray that day comes soon...
Monday, September 12, 2011
Here are a few tid-bits she shared...
-It took 35 hours to finally make it to Ukraine...she said they were falling asleep standing up!
-The bottled water is horrible.
-Weather is awesome.
-Kiev is beautiful!
-She likes the bacon chips (I believe she said Frito Lay)
-Money Exchange $300USD = $2,394 Hryvnia
-Two meals at McDonalds totaled $50 Hryvnia (about $6 USD...WOW Cheap!)
-She said the food at McDonalds tasted the same to her. She is not a picky eater either though!!
Their appointment is tomorrow at 11am Ukraine Time (3am Central Time). Hopefully, I will be able to chat with her after the appointment tomorrow...
Here are the pictures she sent...
Sunday, September 11, 2011
On the flight over to London we were able to see a piece of God's creation plan.... Looking out the window we could see how night and day really work. We watched the sun set on the US as it rose on Europe... It was the most beautiful picture of how amazing God really is! I love the way He planned every small detail.
Many more posts to come.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Our church group threw us a "Baby Shower" this past Sunday! I am so used to going to other peoples showers and taking gifts but when I walked into this one it was a little odd! I guess I never imagined it being me having the "Baby" or "Kid" in our case! We are so ready for what God has in store for us.
We fly out this Saturday! YAY! Mom is going to take us to the airport to fly out at 1. We won't arrive in Ukraine until 6 on Sunday. Yes, we get to be in the air on September 11th.. On the better end we get to celebrate our anniversary on the 12th in Ukraine!
Our bags are packed and ready to roll out. Thanks to all of you who donated supplies for the orphanages. We have one entire bag of supplies to pass along while in Ukraine. I'll try to remember to post a picture of our luggage. It's pretty impressive to pack for this long of a trip and only take 3 pair of pants and 5 shirts! I know they will be so thankful for all of it.
We will be staying in touch via Blog & Email. Please continue to pray for our travels and our child (or children if you are talking to my sister :).