The Adoption Journey of Chris and Lydia Bischoff

We’re Going to Latvia!!!!

by Lydia

Wow, it’s been a busy week! Let’s see…

Thursday, April 18th, just a few hours before we were set to leave for the airport to greet our friends and their new Latvian kids, Chris and I checked our email… and to our great surprise, there was our referral! We had no idea it would come so quickly! In about a week’s time, the Ministry of Welfare approved us to adopt from their country, and they made it to the girls’ home to ask them if they would be willing to pursue adoption, AND THEY SAID YES!

The weekend through Monday was full of emails, documents and such. Then we began to (impatiently) wait for our travel dates. We were both constantly checking our email… waiting.

Last night we posted on our church Facebook page asking for prayer, that they would arrive today (Friday). Maybe that was a selfish prayer, but I wasn’t sure how I’d make it all weekend with this hanging over my head. Well… this morning, at 8:30am, I received an email and quickly called Chris at his work to tell him that…


The rest of my day was a blur of excitement, floating, and being really really freaked out!

We’re now in the process of getting some airline quotes and booking some places to stay in Latvia (a mix of apartment renting and staying with some friends…). As of right now, it’s looking like we’ll be flying out on May 31 and coming back on June 29! We are beyond excited and are suddenly in panic mode to get everything done in time, as that is a short 5 weeks away. (I feel like a new mom who suddenly found out she was pregnant, and is due in 5 weeks!)

Pray with us, will you? Pray that the girls’ hearts stay open to us. Pray that God would guide (and we would follow) in this new adventure as parents of teens/pre-teens! Pray for perfect timing and arrangements for our trip. And pray for our finances. (We’re currently at 43%, and need at least $7325 come in over the next 4-5 weeks.)

Thanks for standing with us and walking this road with us!!!


One Response to “We’re Going to Latvia!!!!”

  1. Lydia says:

    John & Kim – How great would that be to meet up?! We did add 2 days to the beginning of our trip, but otherwise the dates are what we were told we needed to be there. Riga is said to be longer than other cities, plus we are doing a “blind adoption” so that can make it longer, as well. Stay in touch… maybe we’ll cross paths! :-)

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