Here are some pictures:
|This is Symbat's daugher Lenar... She's a doll and I was thrilled to get to meet her!|
|Here is the horse dish!|
|Here we are at their table. From left to right: Symbat's mom, Symbat's ex-Mother-in-law, Phil, Me, Gernadi and Symbat.|
|I took this picture as we were arriving at the village.|
|The outside of their home.|
|Playing with Lenar...Symbat's daughter.|
|Symbat and Lenar... She's so CUTE!|
|Symbat snapped this as I'm trying my first BITE of horse... she thought it was SO funny... she's such a goofball! It wasn't as bad as I suspected... however, it's more of a mental thing... knowing you are eating horse! yummy! ;(|
|I included this picture... because it shows more of the 'real' time we had. Everyone is smiling and laughing... we had a wonderful time!|
We did find out a bit of good news tonight as well...
There is a non-published flight tomorrow evening to Almaty.... so WHEN the judge gives us the positive verdict tomorrow... we will still be able to catch all our flights as our original itinerary states. This is good news... We will not have to pay the fees for changing, etc... and we will be able to make it to Bay's games on Saturday..... (if we have NO delays or cancellations on the way home!)...
This brings up another point... I hesitate in even posting this... but, I've had several people ask what they can do to help us... what do we need? I have had a couple of CLOSE friends tell me that I MUST post about our jobs etc.... so... I am going to post about this.
I have been off work with NO pay since we left on Oct. 21st.... I had 3 personal days that I used for the first 3 days, but, since then I have not received ANY pay in ANYWAY... in fact I've also had to pay for my medical insurance... so in addition to receiving NO pay... we've had to pay for medical insurance.
Phil had 2 weeks of vacation that he had saved for this year. He was able to use those... so the first 2 weeks of this journey were paid vacation for him. He then also switched over to "unpaid leave" from his job. We have also had to pay his medical insurance while receiving no pay.
Now... I just want to say that we are BOTH so very blessed to have been able to take off - take leaves like we have been with our jobs. Our employers have both been exceptionally wonderful with all the unknowns and ups and downs that we've faced.
We were home for 13 days in Dec... and Phil worked EVERYDAY he could while we were home (he was able to work 4 days). Unfortunately we were out of school while I was home.. so again I still did not return to work. We came back on Jan. 2nd... Phil earned an additional 2 weeks vacation at the first of the year.. and his employment was kind enough to allow him to use that 2 weeks immediately.... so 2 weeks of this trip he has been paid.
I just want to say that given all the above... we are doing very well. God has provided EVERY penny we've needed so far.. and we know HE will continue to do so!
It's truly amazing when you look back at where we started and what God has provided. He is so so so FAITHFUL and we KNOW He has a plan and He knows the exact answer to all the ?'s.... finances to the judge to EVERYTHING!
I've had some people ask and I just wanted to let anyone who was wondering know that Lifesong (tax deductable) is still accepting donations on our behalf and will until we bring the girls home.
We continue to trust God and watch as he provides for our little family!
We are honored to be at this place.... in his will... and humbled by his AWESOME sovereign plan for us as well as his PRECIOUS children!
I better sign-off and get to packing... so sad to leave Faith and Grace tomorrow... but, also ready to KNOW they are ours... Court in exacltly 12 hours...
Please keep the prayers coming... we are so humbled by the comments, emails, love and support... we feel it... THOUSANDS of miles away... thank you SO SO SO very much!!!
The One who calls you is FAITHFUL and HE WILL DO IT!!!!! 1 Thes 5:24