Today… well, it's 7:15 pm on Wed. night. We did not go to the babyhouse again today. We went to the department of education and interviewed with the lady who is in charge of giving permission to visit the babyhouse. She asked us LOTS of questions. Many more and lots more stressful than the interview before we visited Kiechery. We survived and I guess did ok.. because she did give us permission to visit the orphanage. However, then told us that there were no children available that matches our request. We aren't sure that this is accurate. Our lawyer was VERY upset and it was obvious to us (even with them speaking Russian) that our lawyer was NOT happy with them. They discussed/raised their voices for about 30 minutes discussing our case.
I am a little reluctant about what or how much I can/should share… sorry.. but, I wouldn't want anything I write to jeopardize our adoption.
Most of you know that back in the summer we were told/asked about a 'nonofficial' referral of a little boy… the problem is that this little boy's mother has had a baby in the last few weeks.. thus, making him once again unadoptable to us. This has caused the problem. Our lawyer has said that they are STRONGLY suggesting that we adopt the older child we were shown at Kiechery. She says this is NOT the answer… and that we should never 'settle' for a child who we don't feel a connection to. They asked us about the possibility of adopting a girl to which we said sure… we are open to whatever child God has for us.. (we didn't tell her that.. we just said we'd be happy to see girls).. There is/was another family who has been shown 2 children and once they make a decision we will be able to see those children at the babyhouse as well. (we believe those are little girls)
I don't really know how to describe the emotions involved in all of this… I have followed so many families who have come to Kazakhstan to adopt… I have read about successes and failures.. and families even coming home without a child. I just 'knew' in my heart that once we made it here… that the Lord would pave the way so beautifully that everyone would just be in awe at how smooth our 'in country' process was. That has definitely not been the case. Tomorrow (Thursday) will be 2 weeks since we left home… and we've yet to find our child.
Our lawyer (Svetlana) is so kind and we really feel she if fighting for us. The government and officials here DO NOT work like they do in America. She assures us that it's nothing personal with us.. but, with the 'referral' child falling through.. that proves more difficult.. and for some reason they really want us to adopt an older child from Kiechery. She says she's not sure why…but, that seems to be the case. She says that we will keep fighting… and that there are children available and she will find our child. Svetlana and her father (our driver) were heading to the babyhouse after dropping us back off. Svetlana says she was going to ask the director for a personal favor and get them to look through EVERY child's file and find available children for us to meet. She is hoping that tomorrow we will get to meet some children, but at this point she cannot guarantee anything.
We are trying SO very hard to hold tight to Jesus and his word… we received the call that they were picking us up to go to the interview about 2 hours before we were supposed to go… so after getting ready to go… we still had 45 minutes to spare… We decided to read and pray… and during that time the Lord showed us the following scripture: " As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I WILL NOT ……..FORSAKE you!" Jos 1:5
I quoted that over and over in my head while sitting in that HOT office today… We know that God has a plan… we know a purpose.. and we know that lots of times delays are straight in God's plan.. We are trying SO desperately hard to stay positive and not waiver in what we know to be God's calling for our family.
I just wanted to share a funny story as well… have to have some fun mixed in with all this stress and emotion… ha ha..
The Dep. Of Educ. Office today had an elevator. This was the first elevator we've ridden on since arriving here 11 days ago. We were presently surprised! J Svetlana stayed in the office talking/discussing things with the ladies that interviewed us. She dismissed the translator and us to wait in the hallway. We went into the hallway.. and Symbat decided we should just wait in the van…. So we head to the elevator (the VERY VERY VERY old looking elevator). Now starts the funny part… we are standing there… and the elevator opens and about 8 Kaz. People rush past Phil and I and get on the elev… now if you know Phil very well.. you will know that the LAST thing in the world he would want to do was be in an elevator crowded… much less in a country where no one else speaks English… but, the translator crowded on… so we had NO choice… they had to squeeze together to let us on. We are touching on all sides.. I think there were 3 other men, Phil, 4 other women, the translator (Symbat) and I… LOL!! The elevator was SMALL! Across the heads of the others I make eye contact with Phil and it's PURE desperation… like Lanetta… GET US OUT OF HERE!!! I inside giggle.. and think oh my.. if we get trapped in this thing… Phil will PASS OUT!! GUESS WHAT HAPPENED???? Yep… about that time the elevator stops and ALL lights on the board go out… and it's NOT moving… I just start laughing.. We were stuck for probably less than 5 minutes… but, I thought sure Phil was going to pass out any second. Finally the door opens on a floor and the 3 of us bail out… LOL!! I was SO tickled at this point… so I'm trying to tell Symbat why it's so funny… cuase Phil hates stuff like that… and she says… Lanetta you are so cruel to him!! LOL!! That made it even better!!
That was most definitely a GREAT memory that we will have FOREVER! We've laughed about it since…
Oh.. and it's VERY VERY VERY cold here today… by the time we got back to the apartment I was shivering… and we wished we'd have taken our gloves. It got cold overnight… and everyone says this is just the beginning.. and it's only going to get colder. WOW! It's COLD!
I guess I'll sign off for now.. since this is a mini novel…. We are hoping tomorrow is the day.. please pray we'll know what to do… but, at this point there is not much choice except just wait… so here we sit! Phil's watching another John Wayne movie! LOL… and he's not really a John Wayne Movie fan… but, we've exhausted the movie list in the past 11 days…. Watched more movies that I've watched in all my life combined! J
PLEASE keep praying…. I know all of you are…