i had to start writing this post well before i knew i would make it public. first because i’m so excited & second because i wanted it to be well-written!
Yura & I are moving back to the US on August 30th.
after a lot of consideration, we’ve decided we can be the best stewards of time & money by coming back to the States. if you’ve kept up with all our green card business, [i applaud you for that] you know that we cannot be outside the US for more than 6 months. this makes it nearly impossible to rent an apartment for any period of time, much less at a reasonable rate. it also puts us buying plane tickets every 4 months, which is not only frustrating, but expensive.
our plan is to come back, get jobs, transition into an apartment [that we can call our own home!] & continue to do as much ministry for Ukraine while we’re in the States. Harvest and Hope will continue to run, raise funds & support the kids we’ve come to love so dearly. Yura & I will both be looking for jobs in Birmingham [most likely] so let us know if you know of anything! we are both open to a lot & need full/part time jobs!
we will be in Birmingham [unless the Lord directs us somewhere else], attending & getting more involved at The Church at Brook Hills, & enjoying the community we have there with family & friends.
it’s not just Yura & I anymore…
yep! we’ve got a little bundle on the way! he/she is set to arrive sometime in March 2013. we are beyond thrilled, ecstatic, joyful… every emotion possible! the picture above is 9 weeks, but i am currently 12 weeks along & growing pretty fast. he/she is the size of a lime this week!
part of the final reason to return to the States was/is the baby. let’s just say i’ll feel a lot more comfortable birthing our first child in America.
long-term we plan on moving back to Ukraine, after hopefully securing citizenship for Yura [which he is eligible for in 2015.] we would really appreciate your prayers as we journey through that!
what else are we praying for?
- the transition back from Ukraine to America
- missing our kiddos, church & friends in Ukraine
- getting the most important stuff back to America [aka we brought a lot of stuff here & want to be wise about what we bring back & what we leave here for a while]
- finding jobs as swiftly as possible that will allow us to still be with Harvest and Hope, but allow us to prepare for the baby
- settling into life together in a new home!
we are grateful for God’s provision & blessing in all of this. we just continue to seek his wisdom for our life!