I don't even know where to start...
ok.. after the bh visit this morning (which was another great visit!)... we came back to apt... ate a few bites of lunch... (not much.. we were SICK!).... and prepared for court or our 1st interview process. The driver and translator picked us up at 3:30pm... we then picked up lawyer, the rep. from the DOE, and the Director of Guardianship at their offices. We had a VAN full! They were all so kind and assured us even in the vehicle to not be nervous.. that all would be ok! :)
We arrived at the courthouse @ 3:55... We quickly saw the BH director and sat with her. We waited for about10 minutes and then went into a VERY small room... we could not all fit in it.. so we moved to a larger room. It was not anything like the courtrooms in America.... There was a large desk (for the judge), and then smaller desks for lawyers and the court reporter. We sat directly behind Svetlana (Lawyer) and the BH director. The judge entered the room. Everyone stood. She proceeded to ask questions... and everyone identified themselves. She then looked through our paperwork and asked LOTS of ?'s to us as well as Svetlana. Last night when preparing our speeches we found an error on our financial sheet. My annual salary was incorrect (a typo) thus making the entire form INACCURATE... we were devastated and struggled with what to do. We decided to tell Svetlana and confess and hope for the best. Svetlana explained this error and that we only realized/saw it last night.... and the judge was fine with us just correcting the info... (WHEW!!! Thank you LORD... this potentially could have meant NO court until our social worker redos this form and sends it to us here!)...
so... she proceeds.... she had been looking through the papers for a LONG time before ever even looking at us... I found that VERY interesting. We were asked everything imaginable... from financial questions, to questions about Bay and Brook, etc... I honestly can't think of one thing that they don't know about us.. that they could have asked us. LOTS of questions.
This lasted until about 5 pm. At one point the BH director was asked ?'s about F and G... their medical diagnosis and development info... she then was VERY complimentary of us... and spoke of the amazing changes she's seen in the girls. :)
Honestly, it went VERY well.. we felt confident and good with our answers. The judge seemed to like our answers and even smiled a few times at me. :) (I knew I could get a smile.. ;)) All seemed VERY good!
The judge then says she is VERY pleased.. and will set up our official court date. Keep in mind that we NEVER gave our prepared and memorized speeches... :) urg!
She begins shuffling papers and then says....
The official court date will be January 11th!
That's when the entire room GASPED! I am not kidding you. The director, Svetlana, the ladies from the DOE... all started talking. They explained to her that this wasn't best for F and G... that we'd have to return to America without them. We'd be devastated... they'd be devastated. They ALL (I mean all of them) spoke at different times (and sometimes at the same time :)) and shared their own views about how this was NOT best for our family or the girls. The judge argued and stood firm that she ONLY has 4 working days left in Dec. to work. Svetlana and the other ladies in the room seriously drilled her for over 15 minutes. They continued to FIGHT for us and F and G... it was truly incredible! (The 16 and 17th of Dec. are Holidays here.. Kazak Independence Day)... The judge must be off days the next week... we don't know the details.
I was fighting back tears by the time it all died down.... the women in the room where smiling so kindly at us and KNEW we were so disappointed and devastated. They were TOO! As we were walking out of the room they were all telling us they were SO very sorry... and it's so wrong that the officials don't care more about the children than this.... (They said this!).. We all get into the van and they are RAVING! They are so upset... and saying things like... it's SO stupid... why couldn't TODAYS time slot have been court instead of her ridiculous "interview"! They all said that they have NO idea what she'll even ask us in court... cause it was all covered today. What is the deal?
Svetlana is just sick... she was teary eyed with me. She suggested we go get some coffee to talk. Svetlana, Symbat, Garnadi (driver and Svetlana's dad) all went to Krendal's. Svetlana says it's NOT over yet... she's called a friend who can pull some strings. We should know more tomorrow. (Thurs and Fri. are holidays here.)
She says she is hope full.. but, doesn't know if anything can be done. She is trying.. and we are hoping and praying that we'll hear good news tomorrow.
Ok... so we walked away without really learning anything...
except that we now know that this entire group of officials 150% approves us adopting G and F. We felt very good about the judge... We know it will be granted.
While setting at Krendal's we felt led to share with the staff about our desire to come back here (aka Mission's trip) and do something BIG for this BH as well as Kichary. Svetlana and Symbat were very excited. Svetlana said she was IN 100%... she could arrange things on this end and that would be an incredibly wonderful thing to be a part of! We are excited... we are laying the ground work for HUGE things... and it's all God's plan.
Yes... we are VERY disappointed that court wasn't decided and we still don't know..
the thought of leaving F and G and possibly having to come back 2X's is overwhelming...(for many reasons from the girls to finances!)
but, we saw in the midst of this INSANE crazy mess of a journey.... God's hand! I have to wonder how many of those women today.... who were fighting for us will be involved in the mission trip.... God has a plan. This is just the beginning! Maybe those ladies need to be around us more.... maybe someway they are seeing Jesus in us... If one person here sees Jesus in us..we can be delayed... It's ALL for him and about him anyway... right?! YES... most definitely!
We have been so encouraged and uplifted by the incredible amount of love and support we've felt from around the world. We are so so so TRULY blessed!
Please keep praying.... wouldn't it be awesome if they call.. and we have COURT tomorrow? God could do that... :)
or if that isnt' his will.... we'll be coming back after the new year for court!
We are yours God.... Faith, Grace, Bay and Brook are yours! We will rejoice and give you all the praise and glory when we are all 6 together forever!
Thank you Lord for continuing to provide, strengthen, and be exactly what we need you to be!
God has a plan... and WE TRUST HIM!
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