Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Changing of Leaves

Wednesday morning we left home on a journey that took 29 hours of almost constant traveling to reach our final destination.  The journey was very tiring but the rewards were like finally finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  The reason why you may ask?  When we began this second adoption journey, we understood the whole process better.  While there were some changes, not all were bad changes or very different from our first adoption.  We were finally invited to come and go see the two children we grew to love the previous year when we were here adopting our son Pasha.
 
We arrived at the court house around 10:30 AM Friday morning for what we thought was going to be session 1 of 2.  Our facilitator told us the judge said he could probably get this done in one session if the prosecutor would agree, well evidently he worked it out because before we left the court room he approved the adoption of both children.  How wonderful is that, when we found out this could be the case Thursday night we called our daughter, son, emailed a friend I work with, and a close family friend, oh and my momma, and had them to rally the prayer warriors.  Well those prayer warriors rang heavens bell because the judge did it in one session. (Prayer answered!)  Now we are the proud parents of Sasha Joy and Bogdan Loy Dailey, and Pasha’s best friends became his brother and sister and to best part is there are two less orphans.

It very emotional for us as we got to see the child just a couple of minutes before court, and then to see three friends who have been apart for a year just pick right back up like nothing had ever happened;  I pray they will always be like this.  During court I watched as Pasha and Bogdan caught up on a full year in about 10 minutes.  Those little hands were signing so fast it was all I could do to keep up but so satisfying to be able to tell them they now have a momma and daddy and brothers and sisters and an entire family.  I don’t know if they understand the concept of family but I promise you they will very soon.

As we were on our way back to the hotel Friday evening, I was taking in the scenery here because fall is in full color here and the sun was shining and it was like God showing me he put the finishing touch on the day when he moved back the clouds to let the sun shine upon the trees.  It was breath taking and there was a song that came to my thoughts and it goes like this.  “The warmth in winter the flowers in spring the laughter in summer and the changing of leaves the food on my table a good place to sleep clothes on my back and shoes on my feet I have been blessed.  I have been blessed God's so good to me, precious are His thoughts of you and me, no way I could count them there's not enough time so I'll just thank Him for being so kind God has been good so good I have been blessed.”

Even today I have been singing that song in my spirit.  The Psalmist said it best, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,” (Psalms 107:2a ESV).   I don’t want the rocks to cry out for me, or in my place so I cried out my praise to him last night and all day long today.  For bringing us to this point and granting us the adoption of our young son and daughter and also for getting our luggage to us that missed our last connecting flight Wednesday.  God been good, so good, I have been blessed!


Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! Hail Him! Highest archangels in glory;
Strength and honor give to His holy Name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,
In His arms He carries them all day long.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Arrival

Ben, Kathy and Pasha have arrived at their destination safe and sound.  Only, their luggage didn't quite make it, so please pray that despite not having proper court attire, the judges will look beyond that in the morning and grant them the approvals they need.  In addition, pray that Ben will be able to find a store that carries the toiletries they need.

A huge prayer request is that they will be able to get their second court date moved up to tomorrow as well, because then, their ten days (of waiting and gathering official documents) will begin on Monday and thus the sooner they can come home!

Blessings,

Big Sister

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pasha says: "Please, please, please come and help us!"

Pasha wants you to know that momma, daddy and himself are hosting a Double Adoption fund raiser Saturday September 20 at Underwood Baptist Church from 11:00 AM until ?
We will be serving:
  • Smoked Boston Butt
  • Potato Salad
  • Baked Beans
  • Cole Slaw
  • Hot Dogs
  • Potato Chips
  • Deserts donated by some very dear friends
We are not charging a set amount for the plates.  However, we are asking for a donation to be made in any amount you can give.  All donations will be GREATLY APPRECIATED and will be used to make Pasha's best friends his Brother and Sister and to bring them home.  We had made our first trip but needed to return home to wait for our court date.  So the additional air fare has added additional cost so please come and help us bring these two precious children home.   

But Jesus said, Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven(Matthew 19:14 ESV).   We are also told in Proverbs to “Do not withhold good from them to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. (Proverbs 3:27 ESV).

The link at the top of the page will take you to our family sponser page at Reece's Rainbow.  The donation are securely handled by Pay Pal. Donations made this way are tax deductible as it is through a non-profit organization. Remember you are doing this for the children, not us.   

We sincerely thank you, and thank GOD for you.

Rev. Ben, Kathy & Pasha Dailey

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Homecoming #1

Mama and Daddy came home this week.  They have to wait several weeks for some medical test results, so they came home while they wait.  They intend to go back in a month and a half.  They picked a very excited Pasha up from the school bus stop on Friday. 

Hi "Ma" and "Da!"
Although excited, he was very confused when he didn't see his new brother and sister.  Despite our attempts at trying to explain to him, he had his mind made up that when he saw Mama and Daddy, that "Joy" and "Theodore" would be with them.
Looking for J and T.
But, finally, he gave Mama and Daddy bewildered bear hugs.
 
Then, being the little techie he is, he immediately asked Daddy for the iPad, because he knew there would be photos on it.  Here he sees some familiar faces, Theodore being on the far left of the iPad photo. 
 

Now, Mama and Daddy have explained more to him about the situation of going back over there in a few weeks, the thought has consumed him, and it is just about all you can get him to talk about.

On another note, we went out to dinner this night (Mama and Daddy, their kids, and grand kids).  We met a new deaf friend at the restaurant named Ryan, who as a child attended the same school Pasha now attends.  While Pasha was too distracted to talk with him much, Daddy had a very nice conversation with him.  It is amazing how God causes people's paths to cross.  Daddy felt very blessed at having met Ryan, and we hope that Ryan got a blessing from meeting us.

'Til next time,
~ Big Sister

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sonny with Showers of Blessings

Tuesday it was beautiful here in Eastern Europe, and we had to meet with the district board that is the equivalent of our DHR.  They asked us many questions about ourselves and about Pasha and why these children our reply was God.  After we had answered all of their questions we got a 100% vote from the board.  This means they have given their stamp of approval for us to move forward in the adoption of these two beautiful children.  So once again the Son shined down on us showers of blessings and has with each of our adoption journeys, and in our everyday lives.

 I don’t believe anything is by chance I believe when someone is put in our path either for us to help them or them help us for me it is divine intervention from the Heavenly Father.  You see God is omnificent knowing all things and if you study you will find this.  Take this example “And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, "Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?"  And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us."  And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover” (Mark 14:12-16, ESV).

Jesus knew the servant and where he would be and who his master was so he told his disciples to look for him.  I believe that is how he does us because this year just like last year he has put us in the hands and care of many people.  It was not by chance I know it has been by divine intervention by God working in his wondrous way and using his Holy Spirit to speak to us and to them.  So many times I have turned around to ask for help and there was some who could speak some English and other times people would just hear us and step up to offer assistance.  So taking some words from Bro. Mark Lowery, “I just love it when God shows out.”

Because of the way God is helping and leading, I know we are doing God’s will in our lives and in the lives of these children.  For many years I did not understand why my hearing was getting so bad or why I had such deep desire to know American Sign Language, but now I do.  And if God sees the need to take all of my hearing then that is his will, and at the same time I know where my shepherd is leading me.  There are many of his sheep in the world and in our own State that have not been reached or had the Gospel explained to them.  A few years ago there were almost 100 ministers for the deaf according to one minister, who is deaf and pastors the largest deaf church in the state, this year there is less than half of that. 

Christ said look at the fields they are white unto harvest but where are the reapers.  Take whatever means you have; whatever gifts God has given; and go put them to use in the fields.  Just remember it does not take much, because if you are doing it for God he will bless you and he will provide your needs.   Remember he took a small stone in a boys sling shot and brought a mighty giant to his death. 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Communication between two continents...

Up until just a handful of decades ago, it took several weeks, or even months, to receive communication between continents. 

However, thanks to God for giving us the knowledge of technology.  With video chat, we have real time communication.  It allows Pasha to stay connected to Mama and Daddy. 



Monday, August 25, 2014

Showers of Blessing

Since last Thursday we have been spending time with the children back at the school.  Not just Joy and Theodore, but all of them.  There have been times I have counted as many as 15 children with us and one day one of the teachers came in an saw them all with us and asked if we wanted them to leave.  We told her we were fine and we were okay with all of them.  We had the two Kindles we brought for Joy and Theodore, my pad and Kathy’s kindle and both of our phones with games loaded on them.  And they were all enjoying these items. 

We had to make some rules that each would play for 30 minutes and then the pad or phone would be passed to another child.  That way everyone had an opportunity to play and the older children would not take away from the younger children.  They learned very fast we meant business because if they took away from someone else we made them give it back.  So all in all everything went very well and through it I discovered something.  Christ taught it is better to give than receive, but what I have learned is that by giving you do receive.  

Let me explain, as we sat there watching the children the past three plus weeks we have seen what a great joy these devices have been bringing them.  I mean they take these devices and they find the games and within a few minutes they have mastered it.  They are all so intelligent and gifted in so many ways and we get the privilege of seeing the joy and wonder on their faces.  So the next time you find an opportunity to practice the words of Christ remember you receive when you give.  It is kind of like paying it forward.

Like today we bought things to take to the school for a party.  We took some cookies, candy, chips, fruit, bread and Nutella, which was a huge number one home run score with all of the children.  They had a ball I wish you could have seen them all they truly loved it.  This was our farewell party for them and saying good bye to Joy and Theodore for 6 or more weeks.  It was so hard to say good bye, there we were all four of us hugged up together crying and so saddened and our hearts heavy for the love we have for these two children, and all of the others.  Joy’s heart was broken and she cried too, I know Theodore wanted to but he did not want to in front of the other boys. 

Our driver we have had for the last week has just been wonderful.  He has been here each morning right on time and he is waiting for us when it is time for us to leave.  He is just amazed how all of the children look for us and come out to greet us each day and he has been telling his family.  So today as we left with our hearts heavy and eyes full of tears his niece was with him and spoke English very well, (another blessing).  She told us her mother and grandmother wanted us to come and have lunch in their cafe.  Let me tell you when GOD pours out the blessings he Showers them down with people like our driver, his niece his sister and his mother.   God knew we would needed these people right then and he sent them just when our hearts and our spirit needed it most.

There shall be showers of blessing, and today by giving we received such a wonder blessing from the kindness of new found friends and a wonderful meal.  It was Sowers of blessings we needed right then sent at the right time and on us the blessings did fall.