‘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

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Valentin's Miracle

This post made my day and encouraged me in a way I can't express in words. you just need to read it yourself. If you don't know about Valentin and his story, go back and read earlier posts on Jamie's blog. I was praying for Valentin when he first appeared on Reece's Rainbow, before he found a family, and I honestly felt scared it would never happen for him. I'm usually not one to let the doubts in for these kids, but his future seemed so bleak. After experiencing so many failures with Anya, it was easy to imagine the worst for such a vulnerable little boy.

The video Jamie included in this post had me crying my eyes out. And her faith in the midst of such obvious sorrow and loneliness? It spoke to me.

Although I cannot write openly about all that is going on in my life right now, due especially to our pending adoption, I will say I doubt I have ever been in a darker or more hopeless place spiritually. Jamie's words were a balm to my very hurting soul. I want that kind of faith.

I haven't asked this in awhile, but I would humbly ask anyone reading this to offer up a prayer for me and my family. I have not heard God's voice or felt his presence in many many months. Nastia and I both are going through several personal trials that have us confused and overwhelmed, and feeling quite abandoned by many of the people that usually support us. We may not have the support we need nearby, but I know we have it in little pockets across the world, through this blog. I'm grateful for any prayers you can offer that might bring us peace and even healing.

Valentin ( photo from Reeces Rainbow)


  1. Jules3:20 PM

    I'm praying for you and for Nastia and Anya and little D. Praying for MUCH bluer and sunshine-yer days for all of you!!

    1. Thank you! You mustve been heard...I'm seeing a little sliver of light these past 2 days:)

    2. Jules3:03 PM

      That's wondeful!! I'm so glad to hear!! I'll keep praying that good things come your way!! You and Nastia and Anya and D deserve it!!!!

  2. I've been following Valentin's story through his parents' blog, and LOVED that post. It sure ministered to me--so glad it did to you!

    Here is something that has been ministering to my spirit: a song

    I am praying for you!

    1. Blessed, THANK you. That song sounds like a battle anthem, which I need right now. Thank you!

  3. Hi from Valentin's mom :)

    It's really by accident I found your blog post, I mean really. I follow only a handful of other blogs since I am a little busy right now *wink wink* so I don't go looking for new blogs...ever. I found a link and for some reason clicked on it, wouldn't you know God was up to something! I am so happy that God was able to use my very tough few days to not only show me how awesome He is but to also minister to you.

    I don't know your circumstances but I can say, dear sister in Christ, I am lifting you up in prayer! I have had long periods of time where I felt so distant from God. In those times I remember that I cannot trust my emotions and I am not to lean on my own understanding, I am to trust him and submit myself to him. Proverbs 3:5-6. Easier said then done, right? Let Him do all the work, you just trust...and keep trusting...and keep trusting.

    And please know that there are a few more people out here in blog land praying for you! Especially today :)

    1. Thank you, Jamie! I have re-read your post several times in the last two days. I'm still in awe of your stamina and faith, as I try to climb the same mountain. Thank you so much for taking the time to write. God bless. ( And it goes without saying that you and your family have my every prayer.)

  4. Anonymous8:37 AM

    From Rosemary Clark, who's having trouble signing into a google a/c to be able to post other than as "Anonymous":

    Keri, you and Anya and Nastia and Daniel and all the kids at the orphanage remain in my prayers every day. I've missed you on facebook, but I understand trying to simplify your life. But some of your isolation may come from pulling back from connections yourself. It's a matter of balance, though, and I can definitely understand wanting to try to keep things simple, especially now that you have work too.

    Best wishes and big hugs.

  5. Hi, Keri - I've had my own challenges and anxieties that have kept me from even reading blogs much, let alone writing....so I'm catching up a bit, as it were. I'm so sorry about your spiritual dryness, but remember - that is a situation that seems only to assail the great saints (from Little Therese to John of the Cross)....anyway, perhaps that's why I've not experienced it....no progress in holiness such as you have known. I think of you and pray for you often, and keep Anya's holy card where I run across it daily and cover you all in positve thoughts and love.


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