Galin and Emily have shared their hopes and dreams about adoption for as long as they have known each other. But, though they’ve been married for almost nine years and have two biological children, they have yet to actually welcome an orphan into their home. Clearly, this has all been in God’s timing and his timing is perfect as we know. Three years ago they began the infamous paper trail only to be stopped cold in their tracks due to Galin’s year long deployment. Then again when he returned home they jumped back on the adoption train only to again find the gates closed due to more employment complications. The first time they had a door slammed in our face Emily was devastated but the second time she simply thought, “Lord, do you NOT want us to adopt?” she have a hard time understanding how our God would not want to give an orphan child a home in His family…that just didn’t make sense to her! But she knows He is faithful and her understanding is finite so they waited. And, when the dust settled, there on the other side of this valley was the clearest path they’ve seen so far! So here’s the new story:
About two months ago Galin called to tell Emily that he still had a career and a future retirement plan!!! They’d been waiting on this news for so long that Emily wasn’t sure if he’d remember the momentum that they’d had towards adoption in the past…But then, that sweet, sweet husband immediately followed on with encouragement to reopen the adoption process!!!! Of course, Emily assured him that she had every intention to hit the ground running just as soon as she got through a weekend of training at this home school conference. Emily was so excited to attend the “Classical Conversations Parent Practicum” because this is their first year homeschooling.
So, Emily was at this three day practicum and on the first day some of the community leaders introduced themselves and her ears perk up at one mother’s mention of her newly adopted children. Emily immediately made a mental note to track her down and pester her to tell her story (always excited to hear other families’ miraculous adoption stories). However, Emily was in no way seeking her conversation because she thought her specific adoption situation was one that the knight family would find themselves in…. but boy, was she wrong!
The mom was so warm, practical, and transparent with her story that Emily was instantly drawn in as if she’d known her for much longer than five minutes. While she explained how they ended up adopting two amazing fifteen year-olds , these sweet teens, Ira and Rostik, actually walked through the hall where they were talking! They were helping as nursery aids for the conference. Emily had a chance to enjoy their humor and candor, look into their eyes, and experience who they really are. Every child is a gift and these two remarkable children are no exception! Val told Emily of their special needs and of the plight of orphans in their region of the world. If these two had not been rescued they would surely have been very ill (and worse) on the streets in the living conditions where they were headed next. In this particular country these orphans are put out of their “boarding school” when they turn 16. Rostik referred to it as a “sad graduation” in his thick, endearing accent. He said that their teacher actually cries as she signs the paper to release them because she knows what happens next in the vast majority of these cases. Now, at this point, Ira enters the scene and inquires “Vot you tooking bout?!” (as she hugs Emily’s shoulder). Emily had met Ira earlier because she was helping with the preschool children where her oldest daughter was playing. A very lively girl with a spark in her eyes and a wholehearted hug for whoever needs it, Ira is definitely not shy. She, the refugee, made Emily feel welcome on her first day in a community full of strangers. In this brief time Emily already knows her to speak her mind, welcome everyone, and probe with earnest questions. So, Emily is holding her breath now, feeling sick at the inevitable conclusion to most of these “sad graduations” wondering what alternatives do these girls have besides prostitution, drugs, and death…?
As Galin and Emily got to know the Deutsch family over these conversations, Ira told them of her best friend/room mate that was “left behind” at the boarding school. These girls had been roommates since they were 7 and 8 years old. They were like sisters before Ira was adopted to the US, and now, feeling the weight of her sister’s fate, Ira prays daily for a family to bring her dear friend home. And, as we know, Ira is a very candid person so, at some point, she bluntly asked Emily, “You adopt “Juliana”? All they could tell her was to keep praying, but their hearts wanted to say, “Yes!!! Yes!!! Absolutely!!!”
Emily told Val that this was really moving her heart but that it was highly unlikely that Galin would be on board with this crazy new idea because they envisioned adopting a child the same age or younger than their oldest daughter, Arlie, who is four years old now. Emily thought she would really have to sell this idea to Galin in order for it to even have a chance. But, do you know what God did?! Without any bribery or manipulation, Galin was not only interested but also excited about this “rescue mission!!” He has always had a particular hatred towards child trafficking, sex crimes, and the people involved in these atrocities, so, in his mind, this adoption opportunity is clearly a peaceful way to battle that evil. Emily was blown away at his response! They decided to meet with the Deutsch family later that week and let Galin get to know the kids. Emily was thinking this might seal the deal for him but the truth was, that he needed no convincing; his heart was pricked just like Emily’s and we were on a new path, one that we had never dreamed of walking!
Now the Knight family is working tirelessly to bring ‘Juliana’ home to our family and reunite her with her best friend her in the USA. Their hearts are aching to bring home their daughter as quickly as possible and let the healing begin!
11/7/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at trusting3-5.blogspot.com