Bring Nikita Home

Larissa Houser
Larissa Houser Columbia City, Indiana

It all began in the Spring of 2019 when a friend shared the photo of an aging out orphan from Eastern Europe who needed a summer host family that would commit to adopting him. The situation stirred in us a desire to understand what life would be like for an aged out orphan in a country the size of Texas with over 100,000 orphans (you read that right). We prayed. We asked for confirmations and the doors were opened so we committed to hosting & adopting.

During that summer of orphan hosting we learned and grew a lot. It was hard and often times confusing but we remained committed to our word. We loved R so much and I truly saw him as our son... but God had other plans and the story did not unfold how we thought it would. R wanted a family but he also wanted to stay with his gf and friends in his homeland. We visited him after our home study was finished to make sure we understood his situation. Our hearts broke at the life he was choosing. But the Lord was saying "Let go"

Fast forward 2 years later to this past summer...

We had an opportunity to host again. We were adamant that this time we were only "hosting to host" and adoption was only something we would consider if the child asked us. Even then... we had to know it was a good fit & the best thing for everyone.

Nikita arrived early July and we felt all the typical awkwardness picking up a Russian speaking 13 year old from the airport.

The first week I was convinced we had made a mistake. N would barely come out of his room and he wanted to sleep ALL the time. He was so quiet, but direct when he did communicate. After some coaching from my introverted friends we took the path of patience and we were so wonderfully rewarded! We watched Nikita open up and saw his fun loving, quirky personality more and more as the summer went on. The anxious sighs and nervous ticks disappeared completely by the end of the summer and the kid who went stiff when you'd attempt a hug, wanted and accepted comfort.

I was surprised so often by how teachable N is, his intuitive questions, and his intelligence. He told us all summer he did not want to leave, but I just figured he would miss the fun things we did. However, by the last week we were having serious conversations about what it would look like to live here. He knew that if he was going to ask us to adopt him, he needed to be sure.

Fast forward to August 28th, departure day... N had a very difficult time leaving us. He was emotional in the car to the airport and clung to me like a koala while we waited to say final goodbyes, and when the final goodbyes came he was a ball of tears... but so was I! A few days later he came out and asked us to adopt him and we said yes!

AMAZINGLY, our home study was a month from expiring. This meant we would not need to start all over but "simply" update our home study. The $ and time saved is so precious and such a gift! Talk about God working all things together for our good!!!! What I thought was all for nothing served an important purpose. We were able to *re* start the process right away.

This adoption process is HARD. It is so long and requires so much sacrifice. But isn't that how our heavenly father loves us? The gospel is demonstrated so beautifully through adoption, and I am so thankful for the insight this process has given me into a part of the Father's heart that I could not understand as well before He led us to this.

If you made it this far, THANK YOU for reading our story. We have an estimated $15,000 to go, and we submit our dossier this month! Please consider helping us with the financial burden of this process. Every gift, great & small, gets us closer to bringing Nikita home!


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction)*. Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Houser 09887”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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My Story

It all began in the Spring of 2019 when a friend shared the photo of an aging out orphan from Eastern Europe who needed a summer host family that would commit to adopting him. The situation stirred in us a desire to understand what life would be like for an aged out orphan in a country the size of Texas with over 100,000 orphans (you read that right). We prayed. We asked for confirmations and the doors were opened so we committed to hosting & adopting.

During that summer of orphan hosting we learned and grew a lot. It was hard and often times confusing but we remained committed to our word. We loved R so much and I truly saw him as our son... but God had other plans and the story did not unfold how we thought it would. R wanted a family but he also wanted to stay with his gf and friends in his homeland. We visited him after our home study was finished to make sure we understood his situation. Our hearts broke at the life he was choosing. But the Lord was saying "Let go"

Fast forward 2 years later to this past summer...

We had an opportunity to host again. We were adamant that this time we were only "hosting to host" and adoption was only something we would consider if the child asked us. Even then... we had to know it was a good fit & the best thing for everyone.

Nikita arrived early July and we felt all the typical awkwardness picking up a Russian speaking 13 year old from the airport.

The first week I was convinced we had made a mistake. N would barely come out of his room and he wanted to sleep ALL the time. He was so quiet, but direct when he did communicate. After some coaching from my introverted friends we took the path of patience and we were so wonderfully rewarded! We watched Nikita open up and saw his fun loving, quirky personality more and more as the summer went on. The anxious sighs and nervous ticks disappeared completely by the end of the summer and the kid who went stiff when you'd attempt a hug, wanted and accepted comfort.

I was surprised so often by how teachable N is, his intuitive questions, and his intelligence. He told us all summer he did not want to leave, but I just figured he would miss the fun things we did. However, by the last week we were having serious conversations about what it would look like to live here. He knew that if he was going to ask us to adopt him, he needed to be sure.

Fast forward to August 28th, departure day... N had a very difficult time leaving us. He was emotional in the car to the airport and clung to me like a koala while we waited to say final goodbyes, and when the final goodbyes came he was a ball of tears... but so was I! A few days later he came out and asked us to adopt him and we said yes!

AMAZINGLY, our home study was a month from expiring. This meant we would not need to start all over but "simply" update our home study. The $ and time saved is so precious and such a gift! Talk about God working all things together for our good!!!! What I thought was all for nothing served an important purpose. We were able to *re* start the process right away.

This adoption process is HARD. It is so long and requires so much sacrifice. But isn't that how our heavenly father loves us? The gospel is demonstrated so beautifully through adoption, and I am so thankful for the insight this process has given me into a part of the Father's heart that I could not understand as well before He led us to this.

If you made it this far, THANK YOU for reading our story. We have an estimated $15,000 to go, and we submit our dossier this month! Please consider helping us with the financial burden of this process. Every gift, great & small, gets us closer to bringing Nikita home!


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction)*. Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Houser 09887”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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Rebecca

Feb 3, 2022

“Good Luck with your adoption”