As our 4th big adoption journey begins...
Our story is a long one. But it is full of amazing miracles and trials of faith!
This is the condensed version...
We are the Idoni family from Michigan. When Jim and I married in 1987, we believed God showed us that we would adopt children someday. After our youngest of 5 biological sons had turned 12, we felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to begin preparing for adoption, whatever that would look like. Through very amazing and confirming events, we began the journey which resulted in adopting our first 3 Ukrainian sons. In the summer of 2014 I lived for 2 months in the war zone in Donetsk, Ukraine. Our first adoption journey was a breathtaking season of nothing less than miracle after miracle to bring our boys safely home.
As we settled into our new family life after the adoption of our first 3 (ages 12, 16 & 17 at the time), Jim and I knew we were called to go back. After much prayer and fundraising (again!), we returned to an area west of the war zone and were successful in adopting 2 more sons, ages 11 & 14.
While we were there, we met so many children who also deserved to be in families. We committed to advocate for two of the boys we met, ages 12 and 15. Then we began to discern God's leading for us to adopt these 2 boys ourselves, because it became evident they greatly wanted to be a part of our family. We made preparations to come back quickly and to adopt them, as well.
While in Ukraine again to bring home the children who would become our 6th and 7th adopted sons, the Lord brought yet another young man into our lives. Zhenya is 19 years old and cannot immigrate easily as our other sons have done, but he is a son and brother in every way. We long for the day he can join us in America. Our family will never quite be complete without him here.
Myself and 2 sons visited Ukraine in October 2016 to spend time with Zhenya -- and while we were there we visited an orphanage where we knew some children had been interviewed for hosting to the United States for Christmas of that year.
This is where we met Alex for the first time! Alex is 16 years old and he has never known the love of a family. He has waited so long for a family to love him. Much too long! So we invited Alex to visit us over the Christmas holidays at our home here in Michigan. While here with us, Alex expressed that he wants to be adopted by our family, so we are preparing now to return to Ukraine and adopt him!
Not only that, but as of September 2017 we've had specific confirmation from the Lord that He is calling us to take a step of faith and prepare to adopt 2 more boys who are in Ukraine. We don't know whether we've met these boys before -- but we are preparing for three new sons now!
All 7 of our already adopted sons are strong, healthy, happy and thriving. They know they are loved and safe. They know the orphan life is far behind them. Only a short time ago they were all facing very bleak futures in Ukraine. God stepped in and changed their stories!
His amazing love has transformed our lives into a beautiful picture of His grace and care. We will never be the same... and we wouldn't trade our lives for anything. We look forward with anticipation to all that God still has for us ahead!
Thank you so much for giving as generously as you can toward our new adoption journey... and for sharing our need with friends.
If you have helped with our previous adoptions... thank you from the depths of our hearts!
Heather and Jim Idoni
Our children (so far) -
Benjamin (27, married to Cara - grandson, Ezra, almost 4), Carman (25), Angelo (22), John (20), Gabriel (almost 20), Aaron (19), Valentine (17), Jason (17), Vincenzo (16), Vladimir (15), David (14), Vanya (13)... and Zhenya (19, in Ukraine)... and one daughter and 2 grandchildren in Heaven.