I'll be honest. I was dreading today. World Down Syndrome Day is always on 3.21 because there are three copies of the 21st chromosome and that is what results in a person having Down Syndrome. It's a day I was hoping to celebrate as the "official" mommy of Kirill. As far as I'm concerned, I'm already his mommy, but legally...well, you know that story.
But when I woke up this morning, I wasn't hopeless. I actually felt rejuvenated and encouraged. God has granted us exactly what we've needed over the past few days. It's been really awesome to feel every moment, God just giving us what we need to make it to the next minute. It's given us clarity and focus like never before. So today, he knew we needed to work on the appeal and write and make phone calls.
Greg and I started the day with a two-hour drive each way to our state's capital to get documents apostilled for our appeal. What better way to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day that taking the steps we need to take to fight for our son's rights to a family? We Fed-Ex'd them to K's country and it was like this huge sigh of relief to know we got them headed in the right direction.
The rest of the day I've spent writing and calling everyone I can think of that might be able to help us. I've been so encouraged at the way Kirill's story is spreading. I can't keep up with all the blog posts being dedicated to him. He's been on two websites that I know of for orphan advocacy groups. It's really so incredible to think about...this tiny boy who can't even talk is being raised up to the highest place and giving a powerful testimony to the CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE. If you know of a blog or website where our story has been posted, please comment with the link. I'm trying to cross-post them all on Facebook to keep spreading the word about our son.
I'm just amazed at the story God is writing through Kirill. Comparing our plans to God's plans are like comparing cheap paperback novels to fine literature. His stories are so much better than anything we could ever come up with on our own.
So Happy World Down Syndrome everyone! We hope that you will spend some time in prayer for our Kirill and our adoption. Our story is still being written...it isn't over yet!