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How can a journey be both glorious and challenging in only three-and-a-half weeks? My heart has been overwhelmed, my brain has been blown away, and at times I have been a basket case of nerves. All of it from the peaks and valleys of this incredible journey to bring our girls home! 

 The valleys:  the home study fee would be larger, the sheer amount of money that we are trying to raise, and realizing that Nina is unhappy being away from her sister at "college."  Questions flood me daily:  can I sponsor for Christmas?  How will we make it through a seven hour home study? Do people judge me? 

 These valley times have a golden thread though!  Sometimes, I find myself on my knees - a good place and position to be in. "God, I got nothing more to say than what I have already said so I will just keep repeating myself."  He hears. He loves. He comforts. I rest. 

 The peaks: here is where I feel that I coast downhill, like a child riding a bicycle for fun! "Peak" da…
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I'm not even sure where to begin. Nina and Katya came into our lives in June of 2017. My daughter Erynne met the girls at our church's youth group on a Sunday evening, and hit it off right away. I knew the needs of the girls for basic clothes, shoes and other things from Michele Reynolds a friend from church. So Erynne and I went out and bought a few things the girls needed. It was when I delivered the clothes to the girls and they thanked me that I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God wanted our family to adopt these girls.  Erynne had already mentioned it to me but I wasn't really sure that we could help. So I started praying for God to make it clear to me if adopting them could be an option. Nina and Katya quickly won my heart and I had to talk to Richard about what God revealed to me. Richard was skeptical at first. Not sure how Nina and Katya would fit into our home. There were also money concerns, upfront costs and long term cost. We were both praying earnestly …
Nina and Katya, ages 15 and 13, are two sweet sisters who have spent the last 9 years living in an orphanage in Ukraine.   They finally have a chance at a forever family in the United States!   Rich and (me)Terri Gardner and our 16 year old daughter, Erynne have opened our hearts to Nina and Katya and now, we want to open our home too.  We want to adopt Nina and Katya!!   Michele Reynolds hosted  Nina and Katya during the summer of 2017 in her home through a hosting program called Guglielmo's Hope.   They came to the U.S. with only the clothes on their backs and a desire in their hearts for a permanent American family.  She knew that she would be unable to adopt them, but it was her hope and prayer that someone in the U.S. would choose to adopt them.  She loved these girls so much and knew that they would be a blessing to another family who was willing to take a step of faith.   At age 15, Nina was so close to aging out of adoption in the Ukraine and I knew this could be her last…