The Marvelous Journey Home
by John M. Simmons
"The Marvelous Journey Home" is a truly
remarkable and touching story that will tug at your heartstrings.
In this thinly veiled work of fiction (this story
is based on actual events in this author’s life) John M. Simmons
takes us inside the world of international adoption. He gives a
realistic look at the ups and downs of the adoption process, the
bureaucratic red tape, the disappointment and then finally the joy.
John M. Simmons shows through this masterpiece the
coming together of a family. He also talks of another marvelous
journey, a journey we all will someday take. I loved the story of
the father he used in the book, it really helped me to "see"
and to understand. (Mama Oksana, with tears streaming down her face,
hands the child to the child’s father knowing that child is
going to a better place, embarking on a marvelous journey, a journey
far beyond my comprehension).
As stated by John M. Simmons "May you always
experience at least a little sadness, but also unspeakable joy,
when you witness a father and his child embarking on their marvelous
journey home. If you cry, shed only tears of happiness. Grieve only
for those of us who are left behind."
Katya lives in an orphanage in Vladivostok Russia.
She is five-years-old, and as each day passes her chances of being
adopted grow slimmer. She misses her long hair, the hair that was
cut off when she went into the orphanage. The staff is just so overworked
that they don't have time for such frivolous duties. Katya watches
as other children leave the orphanage with their new mama's and
Mike and Laura Knight have two biological sons,
Jeff and Stephen. No longer able to have future biological children,
Mike and Laura decide to adopt. They had longed for a daughter and
decided to adopt a little girl from Russia. They had little chance
of adopting in the US because they already had children, and Russia
seemed the most stable country in dealing with international adoptions.
Mike and Laura leave Michigan and travel to Vladivostok
Russia to meet their new daughter, Katya. Once there they learn
Katya has a younger sister, Loubov, who is two years old and lives
at a Baby Hospital in Partizansk Russia, three hours from Vladivostok.
They decide to adopt both girls. The hurry-up-and-wait game begins,
and the Knights' return to Michigan anxiously awaiting the day they
can return to Russia and bring their daughters home.
Michigan to Vladivostok to Partizansk to Moscow--The Marvelous Journey
to bring this family together has begun.
not to be missed, fabulous book! I highly recommend "The Marvelous