"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sissy's So Excited....

Why, you ask? Well, after much prayer and consideration (not to mention an expensive expedited passport), Elizabeth is going to come along with Kevin and me when we return to Kiev this coming Sunday.

She will be missing one week with her Texas cousins and her national youth group convention in Colorado. However, this will be a once-in-lifetime opportunity to learn about Bella's country and heritage.

We have had some serious discussions with her about how this is not a vacation, but a missions trip of sorts. Most days will be spent going to the orphanage in the morning, returning to the HOT apartment, and then going back to the orphanage in the afternoon. Even with all that, she is adamant that this is what she wants to do.

I am thankful that she is able to accompany me...She will be a BIG help to me both during the visits with Bella and for bringing her home. It will also be a great time to bond with her new little sister Bella. I think they are going to love each other....I know I do!

Love, Paula


  1. I think that is wonderful!

    I am hoping my daughter, Riley, will be able to go with me on the second trip to bring my girls home!

  2. I'm so happy for you, Paula, and for Elizabeth, that it worked out. That's fantastic news and a huge relief, I'm sure! We are praying for you on your return trip to bring home your little girl!

  3. Paula that is a great idea! I was worried about you being all alone there for that long!!! It will be much more fun with Elizabeth and she can help with Bella when you are coming home. Plus what a great educational adventure! I bet she is sooo excited, I would be!

  4. Enjoy your trip! Only days left until court now! Wonderful opportunity for Elizabeth and I'm sure she will be a blessing to you as well! Prayers for your safe travel!