3 Weddings?

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What an amazing day for all of us. After a long Siberian night we headed to the court house. Our girls were there and they were anxious. They started fixing me immediately. My shoes needed tying and I missed a button on my pants. They tied and buttoned me up like good daughters but I could sense their anxiety. Kim and I went in to court and Katia stayed outside with the girls.

Our friend Anna, who is single for all you single guys in America, was our translator in court. We sat and listened to reports from social workers, the orphanage director, the ministry of education and others. The attorney for the state asked if we were ready for this. I mumbled something and Kim spoke about our education, experience, and seminars. Dang. I should have said that.

We left the room and our daughters had to go in one at a time and testify. They are old enough to say no. We could not listen but their testimony was read in full at the end of the trial. They told of their deep love for us and they wanted a regular family. Kristina, I can use names now, said that God brought them parents from America. That’s when the tears started for me. The judge read their family history and their history as wards of the state. He asked me about their education and then he walked out. Three minutes later he walked in and read a statement to the court pronouncing Kristina, Nastia, and Natasha as the children of Alan Michael and Kimberly Rene Clark. That’s when I lost it. Two years of struggle and over 700 miserable nights came out in tears. By the time the kids came in I was a puddle. I was thinking about Kim’s mom and the joy she would have had experienced and I was picturing our new lives together and then it hit me. 3 weddings!

The next three hours were spent walking around the town square. We went to a store where they picked souvenirs out and Kim started teaching them how to bargain shop. We celebrated with ice cream, pizza, and salad. I will give more details later. I’m thankful for the judge and the kind way that he guided us. I’m thankful for all of our new Russian friends like Katia and Anna. We thank God for the wonderful ladies who have loved our kids at the orphanage. I am amazed at our church that carried us for two years. I’m most thankful for that wonderful voice from heaven that pushed us off the sidelines two years ago. We are broken but far from broke. Would you like to see them?


33 Responses to "3 Weddings?"

  1. Kim Clark Posted on May 4, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    I knew it was going to be okay when Alan made the judge laugh!

  2. Doug Williams Posted on May 4, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    Puddling now as I read this. Praising God!

  3. Robert Fulton Posted on May 4, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    So happy for you all! God is so good!! :-D

  4. Katie Forman Posted on May 4, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    So incredibly happy for you two and your newest members into your family and our church family!!
    I can not wait to see these girls in person! And I of course hear all the fill in stories to this amazing journey!!

  5. Gerry Clark Posted on May 4, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    What wonderful news. God is good – all the time.

  6. Inez Graf Posted on May 4, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    God is Good!!

  7. Holland Posted on May 4, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    The day you became a family was the National day of Prayer! What an incredible, tangible, glorious answer to years of prayer!! Many more prayers for blessings for your sweet girls!

  8. Luc Williams Posted on May 4, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    I guess I am my fathers son because I am puddling as well! God is so good! We love all 5 of you and look forward to seeing you all!

  9. Cori Young Posted on May 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    SO SO SO EXCITED for you! Tearing up as I am reading this! These girls could not get two better parents! Can’t wait to meet them some day! Love you guys and Praising God with you!

  10. Cyndi Mulford Crockett Posted on May 4, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Beautiful family picture! These girls have no idea how blessed they are yet! Enjoy getting to know each other and showing them what true family is all about! God is awesome!

  11. Dave Clark Posted on May 4, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Three new grandaughters – can’t wait to see them.

    Best news we’ve ever received on th computer!

    Alan made the judge laugh! Need to hear more about that.

  12. Lisa Goon Posted on May 4, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    So happy for you guys:) They are beautiful.
    We are already experiencing one of three weddings:)
    Nothing like having three girls!
    We’ll be praying for you guys.

  13. Christianne Wojcik-Hosier Posted on May 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Kim and Alan, I am so happy for you and your girls! It seems impossible that it was 20 years ago when the two of you were such important mentors to a gaggle of nerdy Magnet High kids, but even then you were “parents-in-training” and I am all smiles thinking of the wonderful life that these blessed girls will have with you both! Much love to you all in this new adventure!


  14. Megan Hill Posted on May 4, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    YAY!!!! Incredible and God is so good!!!

  15. Doris & Gary Johnson Posted on May 4, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Love this picture. The girls are younger than we thought. Welcome to the wonderful world of parenthood, just in time for Mother’s and Father’s Day. We are thrilled for all of you.” Let the memories begin!”

  16. Judy Carden Posted on May 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    I cannot imagine the joy you are experiencing. Congratulations!

  17. Mallory Darcy Posted on May 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Puddling as I read this right now!!! PRAISE BE TO GOD!!! Can’t wait for you ALL to get home!

  18. Gary Amstutz Posted on May 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    God is awesome!! I’m sitting here at work crying like a baby and hoping no one will take notice. Pam and I rejoice with you…three of our favorite little people on this entire planet finally have a family, a home and a chance of learning to know the ONE that made the entire adoption process possible. I can already see the hope and contagious smile that each one of them has on their faces!! Thank you guys for putting yourselves through this two year ordeal, selling out yourselves in order to totally change the lives of three beautiful little ladies!!!!!!

    • alan Posted on May 4, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      They can’t wait to see you.

  19. Wanda Posted on May 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    What a beautiful family – oh yes – God Has Plans!!

  20. Randy Carden Posted on May 4, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    I am so very thankful for this incredible news!! Thanks be to God!

  21. Aubry Maxson Posted on May 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Praise God! Thanksgiving in May! Can’t wait to meet them. Can you bro g them home now or will you have to wait?

    • alan Posted on May 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      We have to wait 30 days.

  22. Robin Rose Posted on May 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    This is marvelous news! What an answer to prayer!! I can’t wait to meet your girls.

  23. Dave & Allison Miller Posted on May 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    So Happy for you all! God is so Good! I have asked Mark at work every week about the progress, and we have been praying for you and your girls.

  24. Stina Posted on May 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Some of us would like a bigger picture… :) I’m so happy you’ve made it after all the waiting and hoping and praying!

  25. Julie Posted on May 4, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Let the church say AMEN! GOD has spoken!! :)

  26. Cibby Nelson Posted on May 4, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    So excited for your family!! Auntie Kay has been keeping us updated with your story! These are blessed girls! What a journey!! And as my Aunt Rita would always tell me “God is good! All the time!”

  27. Pastor Mike Hancock Posted on May 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    I shouldn’t be reading your blog while driving on the interstate and I shouldn’t be driving while crying, but I am so happy for you guys! praise the lord for this wonderful answer to prayer

  28. Joy Brewer Posted on May 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    As Kay Kloog and Rita Mai’s sister in Minnesota, I am truly so excited for you all and know you will have a bright and happy future. I have three granddaughters and can tell you that the fun never stops! Congratulations!!

  29. Rosalind Posted on May 8, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    I am remember well the tears that flowed when the judge granted Toni and Rich full rights and custody of their precious baby girl. For you and Kim to father triplets is incredible to me ! I can see the puddle, because I have experienced the puddle !! Don’t ever let the puddle stop !! Keep it flowing with the tender love and compassion that both of you will give to those three beautiful girls !!! A trip to Brentwood just may have to be a stop on this incredible journey we are all traveling !! God bless and keep all of you !!!
    Drip Jesus friend….

  30. Laura White Posted on May 9, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Alan & “Clarkie”….I could not be more amazed at just how much the Lord poured out of your story, and has been pouring out of your stories!!! You didn’t give up when the Lord was pushing you to keep believing. You kept faith when it seemed impossible! WHAT an amazing example that is for all who have been following your story, and especially for your sweet little girls. They will know Jesus more so than ever by the mere fact that you both have been Jesus with skin on to them. I am overwhelmed with excited for you two & I canNOT wait to meet them!! “Thank Heaven for little girls…” :-D

  31. Glenda Brewster Posted on May 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Praise God! I am so excited for you, Kim, and those three young ladies. I hope that you will post more pictures. Happy Mother’s Day, Kim!

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