Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 22, GOTCHA DAY is here!

At 3:45, Ukraine time, Lizzie is released into my custody and walks out of the orphan no more. An orphans bed lies empty tonight, she is no longer a ward of the State.

Even "Big Nick" the director was all smiles! He said some really sweet things about Lizzie, even before she was in the room. He said that this was a long and difficult process for her and her new family and he was happy for her. He said she suffered for eight years without a family and it was her time!
I glanced at my watch then at the camera. It is 3:45pm as I sign the release form and take custody of Lizzie.
Signing the four copies that are prepared for us. Signing with me is the Amazing Tanya! The orphanage lawyer stands behind us.

Nickolai makes it official and puts his state stamp to all the documents! Were are done! Lizzie is ours!

Moments later, Lizzie stands in front of the same doors she entered over 8 years ago! This time it's a different story, though. She is headed to a bright future and to her family that loves her dearly. How fitting and appropriate that it occurs on Valentines Day, 2011!

~ Felix ~


Tamara said...

Congratulations Lizzie and family! What a GREAT day! :)

The McEacherns said...

We are so happy for Lizzie and your family! Praise the Lord! Now THAT was a Happy Valentine's Day, huh?

Milena said...

I just cry and cry.... Congratulations1 How wonderful that this day finally came! I'm thrilled for you!

Debora said...

I've been praising God all morning! Soooooo happy for Lizzie and all of you who love her so!

Anonymous said...

wow this made my(and maybe your) valentine's day the best ever! You must all fell great and very relieved. Enjoy!!!

The Shanfelts said...

YEAH Roges!!! We rejoice with you over your Lizzie. She was worth the wait. :)

Safe travels back home...can't wait to see you again.

mikeandmichelle said...

Here come the tears again..., what a wonderful love story!! Congratulations Lizzie and to the rest of the Roge family!!

Kevin and Pam said...

A Valentines Day always to remember! Love doesn't get much better than this. :)

Anonymous said...

I am so thrilled for you all!!! It will be hard to top this Valentine's Day!! What an amazing journey. I defy anyone who is having trouble with "the God thing" to hold fast to that position after reading this blog and Lizzie's story. And the wattage in your faces and smiles continues to grow and glow! God Bless and safe travels on the rest of your journey!

richard said...

Awesome Felix! This is great news!

Hevel said...

Mazel tov!

Hayve a happy life together as a family! You did it!!!

Paul and Diana said...

That is a story of frue love! May she and your family be blessed as you start your new life together.

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy tears! Great Valentine's Day gift for all.
Love Sal

The G's said...

Praising God with you guys! Yea God!

Christa in NC

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

Praise the Lord!!! What a sweet moment for you all! Blessings!

Sheila and Jeff said...

Yay, Lizzie!!!! We are so happy that you are finally coming home forever!!
Sheila and Jeff

Anonymous said...

Praising God for this Miraculous Day for Lizzie and your family! I began following the journey by your blog of Rimma and Lizzie after being Blessed to spend time with them in Virginia on their way through to Colorado! Your fervent prayer, endless faith and perserverence has allowed God's Kingdom purpose to prevail! Rejoicing with you!

In Christ,

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Heidi loves to play sand volleyball, sail and garden. Felix loves to fly at the local aeroclub, sail and fish.