We’re on Our Way!!!

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Can you believe it?! Tomorrow morning my parents will be boarding a plane headed to Ukraine for their first of two adoption trips to bring Sasha home!  We want to thank EVERYONE who has contributed to helping us make his adoption possible.

Our Thank You Postcard

My parents send this message to everyone:

It’s time for the "rubber to meet the road" As this adoption of sasha moves to the traveling stage. We want to stop and thank all of you that supported us to get us to this point! All of us have no Idea what is store for sasha & his future, here in america. But as we learned the plight of others like himself leaving the orphanage at the age of 16 to go out to fend for themselves there is very little hope for them. But as a group you have all pitched in an made this all possible.

From the bottom of our hearts we thank you all

~jim, miriam, jenelle, kayla, bradley & SASHA
~THE COZZA FAMILY~

MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU ALL

 

If you would like to keep up-to-date with all of our adoption adventures, sign up to view our private adoption blog: http://ouradoptionglob.wordpress.com/ 

Feel free to contribute to our ‘virtual babybook’ by sending an email to Sasha that he will read someday in the future. If you would like to send a little note to him, a picture, a prayer, or a little word of encouragement you can send an email to:

dear.sasha2011(at)gmail(dot)com 
[See the story behind this idea in one of my previous blog posts – https://jenelleac.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/dear-sashavideo/ ]

We’ve created this video as a way to share a glimpse of our story and to thank everyone who has supported us!

 

Our fundraising puzzle is still not yet complete… but as I write this, we are 76% of the way there! 

If you feel led to donate, follow these directions to send your tax-deductible online donation:
Follow this link ( http://www.intlcare.org/helpingus2.html ) and click the yellow “Donate” button. 
Once you get to the “Review Your Donation” page, please click “Add Special Instruction to Seller” and type “¢ozza Family Adoption”.

In the same way your father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.
mat 18:14

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Hosting Reflection #4–Embraced with Generosity & Love

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This reflection is in honor of all of our wonderful family & friends.  For all of you who embraced Sasha and welcomed him into our lives, I am forever grateful. 

It was one thing to bring him into our family, I knew we would be loving and accepting of him… but I was left wondering how others would handle it.  Would they look down on him knowing he is an orphan?  Would they not interact with him because they are intimidated by the language barrier?  Would they think of him as “damaged goods” being a teenager in his situation?  Would they keep their distance and watch him with a cautious eye?  These were some of my honest fears. I trusted God with them, and Sasha was accepted more beautifully than I ever imagined.

Our extended family – aunts, uncles, and cousins – were just great with him.  They all welcomed him into our favorite Christmas traditions.  I was also especially blessed by the way our church family embraced him.  Sasha was a little Games with new friends on New Years Eveoverwhelmed by the dozens of people who were overjoyed to meet him, but they quickly became friends.  He was blessed by their friendship and the gifts they shared. 

So, thank you to all of you who accepted Sasha and welcomed into an unforgettable experience of being surrounded with loving friends and family.  I imagine that he has never known what it is like to be embraced by so many special families.  You have been a blessing to him and to my family as well!

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