We thought we were on our way to having a court date – the judge ( a pro-adoption judge we are told) finally had our file in hand and was reviewing it. Surely, we would have court within a few days. But, no, the judge wants an original birth certificate and a public record of the birth, which will take about a week for the court to receive. Ugh…so, we wait some more. At least another 1-2 weeks more. Mat’s employer has been very generous, but they are also really needing him back for some important meetings on July 27th. So, we are asking for prayers that we can get our court date on either 22nd (Friday) or the 25th (the following Monday) Whether I continue to stay here or come home for our 10 day waiting period after court remains to be determined. I’m feeling very frustrated, and I am soo soo sooo missing my kiddos at home. In my frustration I started wondering, ” Why isn’t a certified copy of the birth certificate enough”? ” Is this a delay tactic and the judge just wants to be spiteful”? ” “Well, I had to have my original birth certificate – why wasn’t our son’s original as well in the file in the first place? Is someone to blame for this?” In the end, it doesn’t really matter, because God wants us here for another week or more.
Sharing a bag of M&Ms – Yummy!
We got our discouraging news yesterday just as we were leaving to go to dinner. we had been invited by Karen Springs who works in orphan ministry here and has a hospitality ministry for adopting families as well. She had an adoptive couple from CO that had just adopted 8 and 10 y.o. siblings and were on their way out of town staying with her. I honestly felt so defeated that I just wanted to stay “home” ( in my 600 sq. foot flat) and wallow. But, we went, and had a fabulous meal, connected with this amazing couple, and with our host, Karen who has a huge heart for God and orphans. We prayed together, laughed together, and I learned how to use the funny looking thing that would allow me to have coffee in my jammies at our apartment (yes, it’s called a coffee press)! I left Karen’s feeling so renewed in spirit! So, as I think about the whole issue of “timing”, I know God gave me the fellowship of last night at just the time I needed it most – to be encouraged, to get peace, to be reminded that God is in control of all of this. Soooo, since it has been so evidently clear that God has led us here, and led us here in time to adopt Ian before he would be transferred to a place he would then be unadoptable, that He got us to Ukraine before the SDA closed (or was supposed to), then I will have to trust that the waiting game is for a very good reason that I just can’t see (for now). So, wait we will do. A new friend gave me a wonderful verse to keep in my heart: Gal. 6:9 And let us not be weary in doing well: for in due season we shall reap a harvest if we do not give up.
BTW – on the coffee side note – having coffee available to me as part of my a.m. routine is a comfort thing and relaxing, so I have missed it, and unlike in America, you don’t see people here throwing on a baseball cap and workout shorts to run the the local coffee shop. It’s very cultural here that when you go out, you have your nice clothes on. People are very nicely dressed, and even the beggar on the metro has an over sized suit on.
Thank you Lord!
The upside of being here so long is that we get to see Ian most every day and have gotten to know his personality more. He is a ham and loves playing with his new pappa. We’ve also been given some insight into things that may be challenges as he integrates into our family. Ultimately this is a blessing.
Pappa holding “baby” Ian
We’ve also been able to connect with some incredible people here. I got an opportunity to join a camp that a team from Switzerland was doing with HIV kids at the National Children’s Hospital. It was a neat experience. Then, to learn that this team from Switzerland has been praying for us for months was mind blowing.
Through Jim and Marianna Peipon from Ukraine Medical Outreach, they knew Ian’s story and that we had come for him even before they met us! Of course, being with the Peipons has been a huge blessing – see Marianna’s blog. Jim accompanied us on our medical consult with Ian’s Dr. He was able to ask questions that we wouldn’t know to ask but will be valuable for our Dr. stateside. He will even be able to e-mail Ian’s Dr. here if our Dr in the states needs more info. How awesome! And now, meeting Karen, who generously has offered us to stay with her for FREE (which will be a huge help since we will be here longer than anticipated)! I am very much looking forward to spending time with her and enjoying her little balcony (something else I have really missed)
Look we were able to rotate the pic!
Here are two videos that have touched our heart. The first one is Ian telling us a Bible story – can you guess which one? And the second, is us teaching Ian a few words and then Pappa playing with Ian. His laughter touches us each time.
Video of Ian telling us a Bible story >>>
Video of Ian learning English and playing with Pappa >>>