Symbat explained to her that we were leaving... that the judge decided on our court date of Jan 11th... and we have to go back to America due to expiring Visas, and that this would be our last visit until close to Jan 11th. She was SHOCKED about the court date as well... and said that we had been here in Kazak. visiting the girls for a LONG time.... what was the deal?!
That is every ones response. :) Smile and remember that God has a plan!
Ok... so we asked first about putting pics on the girls beds... They allowed us to tape 2 pictures up on each girls bed.
The girls were VERY excited. As we started to go into the room where they sleep.. Phil grabbed the camera... and guess what... it won't turn on. (batteries are ALL dead... we guess!)... Symbat had her camera and took the pictures... I borrowed her camera and downloaded them... however, you can't see much of the room. (but, it's better than nothing)
Here they are:
|Still working on Faith's bed.... they were SO excited about putting the pictures on their beds. :)|
|Here we are working on Stella's bed. Yes... those are tears in my eyes. I know it's God's plan, but let me just say it hurts.. and it hurts DEEP.|
As we came out of the bedroom... I was BAWLING. One of the caregivers saw me and smiled SO sweetly... I asked Symbat (while BAWLING - with the caregiver watching me) to PLEASE tell them that we love them and that we are coming back. The caregiver was so sweet.. and said she will tell them every time she works. She told Symbat that F and G have been waiting a LONG time on us.. their Mama and Papa.. and they will NOT forget us. She was so sweet..at least I know ONE caregiver will talk to them about us. The bummer is that they rotate so much... it goes days before they have the same caregiver again.... urg..
We wouldn't be leaving tomorrow if it wasn't God's plan.. this has to be the best thing for all of us... We keep telling ourselves this.
We are leaving these babies in the Lord's hand... He will take really good care of them.
We left a gift and cards for them... Svetlana is going to give the cards to the director. (we wrote on the front what days to give them to the girls) Symbat translated it all in Russian... so the caregivers can read the cards to them. Svetlana hopes that since we are giving them to the director that she will for sure get them to F and G on the correct days. We left New Year's Day presents for them with Svetlana as well. She is going to go see them and give them the presents as well as watch their New Year's production. We are so thankful for this. She said she would try to send us some pics via email!
Prayer request: We realized that our I-171H form expires about one week before we will most likely be bringing the girls home... (meaning we'll have to have a home study update.. and pay oh about $1000 total again for this immigration letter from the US government as well as a HS update.)
This is crucial and could delay us even longer if we have to redo it... We pointed it out to Svetlana tonight and she was JUST sick...
She is going to go visit the lawyer on Monday and explain the situation again. If the judge would waive the 15 day waiting period after court... problem would be solved! We need to gain one week somehow/someway... or we're delayed due to this form.. yet again..
PLEASE pray that Svetlana will receive good news with the judge on Monday... and that when we book tickets to come back.. the prices will be SO inexpensive that we'll be shocked!!! Lord, we KNOW you have ALL things under control.... and as I've said everyday for weeks.... We choose to TRUST you!
Here's the travel itinerary:
Leave Pavlodar apartment @ 7:30 am on Saturday morning.
Flight to Almaty @ 9:20 am (2 hour flight)
Wait in Almaty for 15 hours. :(
4:20 am Sunday morning - fly to Frankfort
Frankfort to Chicago
Chicago to OKC - supposed to arrive in OKC at 2:08 pm Sunday afternoon (OK time)
2:15 ish - GRAB Bay and Brook and melt into an emotional pile! :)
Go eat some REALLY good Oklahoma food!!! Texas Roadhouse? YUM!!!
Sunday evening... Christmas Caroling via trailer (hayride)... back to church for hot chocolate and yummy goodies.
Life resumes at home.... (on the outside... on the inside.. 1/2 my heart is in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan!)