‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Saturday, November 06, 2010

She Came Home

Don't want to jinx it, so I'll keep this brief. Anya came home last night. It was a very awkward evening and she said she was only staying briefly, but one hour lead to another, and the freezing temperatures outside helped our cause. She stayed. Now, Saturday night, she is still here and 'thinks' she'll stay.

I finally found the courage to sit and talk with her this afernoon about what happened two weeks ago. There were tears from all three of us, but I think we made some headway. At least I know she's now safe and not hungry -- my two biggest worries when she is not here.

Pray that doors will open and mountains will be moved and somehow, someway, she will board a plane with us in a month and head home. It's more than a longshot, but I know God is faithful, and I trust Him.
If Anya cannot return with us, I'm asking for your prayers for Nastia. She is dead-set against moving here, but if Anya cannot be with us on American soil, I promised her we would still be a family somewhere. I'm ready to move here, but Nastia is not. It will take me several months to pack up and make plans and also to secure a temporary resident visa for here.

My dream is to fly home with both girls, but if it can't be done, I am ready to accept whatever God has planned for us. Prayers always welcome...


  1. A lot on your plate still Keri but at least she is back with you. As it says in a song I love to sing "God will make a way where there seems to be no way" if we stay focused and trust Him with all our heart. Your box will be in the mail monday so hopefully it will arrive timely. Take care my friend.

  2. So glad to hear she is home!

    Sending up a prayer for all of you!

  3. I have chills reading your post, Keri. I am surprised she was gone for so long but am relieved to learn of her brave return!

    I will pray that the decision makers look past their perceived personal power by denying your permission to depart with both girls. It serves not one purpose and I pray they see that. I pray their hearts be softened in order to realize the effect their decision has on 3 lives and even 4, not just Anya. They can bring pure joy or utter disappointment which will lead to your complete adjustment and I pray they choose joy!

  4. Anonymous11:26 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  5. Great news- I knew she'd be back. Hoping and praying for things to work out SOON.

  6. so relieved to read that she came back and it wasn't the day before you were leaving....

    and nastia is always in my prayers. above all else. please let her know i love her.

  7. Love and always prayers.

  8. Whispering thanks.

  9. So glad to hear that she is safe. My prayers are with you.

  10. Anonymous11:21 PM

    Thanks for the update, Keri! Continued prayers for your family (all of them); much love and an overabundance of grace & peace that only Christ can give.

  11. I've been very worried about Anya so I'm relieved for you and Nastia...! Best of luck with that big dream of yours.

  12. Hooray! And prayers are coming your way that all will be well. In time. Blessings, Debra


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