Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bringing Dariya home: It is finished...

Daddy & Dariya proudly show off her passport, visa and immigration papers.
The sheep was a gift to Dariya from a very nice couple that live down the hall from us in Kiev, Yuri & Gala
We had our visa appointment this afternoon and after a mere 45 minutes we were issued her visa to enter the United States.  This was the last document we needed to leave Ukraine and bring her home. 

Get your kicks on Route 66, Kiev....
Our work here in this country is complete, it is finished

These words, "it is finished" were the last words Jesus spoke from the cross.  This shows us that he faithfully fulfilled his mission to save mankind from sin.    For this I am so completely thankful.

As I laid awake last night those words kept swirling in my head.  We would have nothing without Christ.  We feel like we have been called on this mission by Christ to bring this sweet child home.  We aren't amazing or fantastic in what we are doing, we are sinners saved by the blood of Jesus.  We are just trying to be obediant to God's call for our family.   Through this journey we have continued to be blessed through our obediance to His call.

We are prayerful that other's lives have been changed and that more orphans will soon meet their forever families through our story.  Maybe God is calling you to pray, donate, or even adopt.  If you asked us in December if we would be in Ukraine hours away from flying home with our new daughter we would have said you are crazy.  Never say never.  Pray and seek His guidance.

A fabulous journey it has been.  We have enjoyed Ukraine and will miss our friends here dearly.  Jason wants to come back for the Euro 2012 games next summer, I told him to get our dossier ready and we can come back.  (Don't have a heart attack Grandma, it was a joke).

As we sign off from Kiev we will leave you with pics of Dariya having her celebratory pasta dinner and ice cream for dessert. 




  

I fit right in with the Cannon family. I LOVE ice cream!


Just a friendly reminder for those of you who are meeting us at the airport or those who will see us soon in the community or at church etc...Dariya probably will make attempts to come to you. 

We request that you help us help her to understand that she can't jump into everyone's arms by telling her no (at least for a little while until she gets settled well into our family).  Thank you!


16 comments:

joelswork said...

I am so glad we got to meet you guys! I feel blessed to have gotten to spend time with precious Dariya, and her parents :)
As for the 2012 games, well I told Joel we should come back for that as well. And since we'll be here anyways.....lol
Love you guys! Praying for a safe, uneventful trip home!

Amy said...

Amen! Amen! Amen! Praising our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Amy

ch said...

Looking forward to seeing you all and praying for smooth travels...

Anonymous said...

I love your blog today. Dariya's state of being an orphan and our state of hopelessness is finished! But with the wonderful finality of those holy, precious words, a fresh new life comes dancing forth for Dariya CANNON and us as renewed people of God through Christ. He is risen indeed! Amen to new beginnings. Praise Him! ~ Amy H.

Renee said...

Ahem, I would like to change this title to... it is only the beginning..... Dariya's miracle continues, to change lives, bless hearts, show the world that one little girl's prayer, although not audible to our ears, was heard by a Risen Savior...It is only the beginning... Once upon a time there was a family who listened when God called...I can't wait to watch her story unfold. Love wins, Renee

Lori said...

Praying for safe travels! Congratulations and Praise the Lord!!!!

Emily said...

I love her face in that last photo! God bless you on your travels!

Katrina said...

She is sooo cute. I am so happy you are done and will be home soon. We have just started on our journey and am so grateful to everyone who has shared their journeys with me.

Elisabeth said...

What a beautiful connection adoption is with the gospel. My greatest prayer for Dariya is that just as she has been adopted into your family, that one day she will trust Jesus as her Savior and be adopted into the family of God.

Congratulations! I am rejoicing with you today!

Cathy said...

Praying for a safe journey home. God bless!!!

stephanie said...

Hurry home!! Safe journey back to the States!!!
Next big trip for the Cannons... RI!!!!!!!!!! ;)

Jill said...

Praise God!!! What a powerful testimony as well. Thank you!

Let's see...you are probably about ready to land in Germany right now. Hope her first flight went well and she sleeps a lot on the next one!

Love you guys! :-)

Anonymous said...

praise god indeed!!!!! So happy you made it!!
Praying the travel is going well today! congrats!! hugs!
Nancy

NB said...

beautiful!!!! can't wait to see your beautiful family all together! love love love... ;)

Emily said...

Hope everyone is happily resting today - AT HOME!! :)

Jane@flightplatformliving said...

i love the ice cream pictures! xx