UPDATE: The boys are adopted! But we are still in Ukraine!! We are holding open our U.S. Immigration approval to get an update to 4 boys, rather than 2, so we can begin our new adoption process for 2 more wonderful brothers we met while here adopting. You can still give here (we are a little short), but we are also beginning to accept donations to our new fund here: https://youcaring.com/idonifamily
In 2014, our family stepped out on faith to adopt 3 boys from Ukraine. It was an amazing journey filled with love, prayer & miracles. We saw God's hand move over and over again! Who knew we would be in the heart of the war zone in Eastern Ukraine? But God protected us in every situation and we all returned safely to America. As soon as our feet hit U.S. soil, our 3 new sons became American citizens. And now we are daily enjoying life as a new family with 7 sons at home!
But we know in our hearts God isn't finished with us.
Recently we learned about 2 brothers who truly want a family to love them. A good friend spent about 4 months getting to know these sweet boys while she was adopting her own children from the same orphanage. Thankfully they aren't in the immediate war zone, so we can go to Ukraine and request a referral to meet them and begin the process of adopting again!
This will involve me (Heather) living in Ukraine for approximately 2 months again (as I did from April 19th to June 21st in 2014). Jim will need to make 3 separate required trips so that he can continue working his full-time nursing job which pays for our everyday family expenses.
Right now we have begun the process of updating our home study and finishing off more bedroom space to make room for our new sons. It is an exciting time as we anticipate the new journey ahead, but also a sobering one as we now have hands-on experience in what can go wrong. But God is faithful!! We will do all we can do on our side of things to "stand" -- and trust Him for the rest. Our job is small compared to His!
To those who have given in the past, all I can say is THANK YOU. You have changed lives in a beautiful, redemptive way. When I look at our sweet Ukrainian American sons and how far we have come, I just want to cry with joy. They are so precious to us. And we can't wait to love on 2 more! :-)
To those who are reading about us for the first time, please consider being a part of this miracle. A gift of any size brings us closer to our goal. Our costs will be approximately $35,000 , but we are starting off with a more modest fund raising goal of $20,000 for now.
Thank you for reading our story and joining us in our second amazing journey to Ukraine!
The Idoni Family
Jim, Heather, Ben (25), Carman (23), Angelo (19), John (18), Gabe (17), Aaron (17), Val (14) and Vlad (13).
P.S. Would you like to view our previous fund raising page with our first story of adoption? Just go to this page... www.youcaring.com/idoni