Closing in on a Year

March 31, 2009

I’m sitting here writing today in our living room, in front of our big beautiful window looking outside at the green grass and blue sky. The birds are singing, I hear kids laughing and talking as they walk home from the school that is across the street from our house. All are beautiful reminders that spring is beginning to make it’s appearance here in Akron, OH.

Although it feels like just yesterday, it has actually been almost a year since we were sitting in this same living on a beautiful spring day, making a DVD to share with our friends and family about our decision to adopt a little one from Russia. It’s hard to believe that it has already been close to a year.

There are so many changes from a year ago to today.  A year ago, international adoption was just an idea, today God has turned the idea into a reality.

A year ago, the thought of raising $40,000 was insurmountable; today, God has given us more than we could have asked or imagined and we are now close to our goal.

A year ago, we thought that waiting this long was impossible, today God has given us the strength as we wait upon the Lord.

A year ago, words like “dossier” and “referrals” were new and unfamiliar; today, they are a part of our daily vocabulary.

A year ago, I was excited by the thought of family members and a few friends being a part of this journey; today, I am completely overwhelmed at the hundreds of people who have outpoured their love and support for this journey.

A year ago, we sensed God was leading us to a little one in Russia; today we are convinced God is leading us to a little one in Russia.

It’s amazing what God can do in a year. I am in awe of how He has refined and shaped our hearts through the pain of waiting, through the ups and downs of the unknown, through the fears of threats to the future of our adoption.  Although we don’t now what the weeks and months and even the next year will bring us, I feel more certain than ever that God will give us exactly what we need as He continues to lead us on this journey.

All that to say, as time goes by, it also means facing the reality that a lot of our paperwork is going to expire. The first expirations will happen in May, with another following in July and then more in the fall. It will cost us some more to authenticate and mail the updated documents. This is just the reality of the wait.

Thank you for journeying with us. Thanks for not giving up on supporting us, praying for us and staying updated even during the mundane moments of waiting. We are so grateful for such amazing friends and family!


  • We have not heard anything from our agency regarding the team of people who travelled to Russia.
  • We will soon begin the process of updating our expired paperwork for our dossier

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that God will continue to strengthen our hearts as we wait
  • Pray for our little one – that he/she would somehow begin to know our love for them
  • Pray for wisdom for all that are involved in this adoption – from our agency, to the facilitators in Russia, to the judges and local Russian officials

Until next Monday, love Kate & Steve

One Response to “Closing in on a Year”

  1. Lee Starlin said

    I am sure the waiting is hard. When the time comes, the time will fly by and you won’t have time to catch your breath. I hope you are storing your energy for later. Continuing to pray for little “St. Pete”.

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