Sunday, February 20, 2011

Delayed yet again... and we met and Spang Family!!

We found out last Thursday evening that we are for sure NOT leaving this Friday (Feb. 25th) to pick up Faith and Grace.   

Svetlana does not have the passports yet.   She is supposed to receive them 'soon'... they estimate we can go and pick them up 7 days later...  (this would mean we leave on March 4th... one week later)...  7 days longer....  
However, they have not confirmed that this is FOR sure.. and have not allowed us to make definite plans, purchase tickets, etc... :(

We continue to wait... trust God and watch him move!
I will be honest and tell you that it was SUCH a disappointment.     We were very sad... as you can imagine.   If we get to go on March 4th... it will have been 6 1/2 weeks since we left them...  :(
The last time we saw them was Jan. 21st.    That's a LONG time if you are 3 1/2.   

However, we both KNOW that God has a plan that we do not see or know of... He has not forsaken us and we will bring those babies home in and on his EXACT time table... NOT Lanetta's!  ;)  

Just another opportunity for us to trust him and watch him come shining through once again!    We have a choice to trust him.... or moan and complain and feel sorry for ourselves...

Big sigh...  
It is tough.. but, before we know it they will be home forever!

All the scriptures and songs and passages that the Lord has given us over the past 3 1/2 years all apply here today.

It has been truly amazing how God has continued to provide for this journey!   We have been blown away by God's plan!!    Things are most definitely falling into place and for that we are SO humbled and thankful!   God has such an amazing plan... so much better than we can EVER dream up.   Wow!   We are SO amazed by our Lord!   

The donations of clothing and toys just keep coming... INCREDIBLE!   We are not sure how we're going to get it all there.... but, WE WILL!!!     We've even had some folks donate money to help us with luggage fees and overages!    INCREDIBLE!!!
We have been blessed and blessed and blessed... NEVER in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine this...   God is SO very faithful!  
If he's tugging at your heart strings today... don't fret or worry or question.   Take a HUGE step forward!!!  BE BRAVE and do what he's calling you to do...   HE does NOT expect you to figure it all out.  He has a plan and it's far better than anything you've ever thought of before!  

We spent a great day on Saturday with Bailey and Brooklyn.    We went to dinner (had a family DATE), a movie and did a little shopping.   We went looking for a double stroller and some items for Faith and Grace.   The girls are SO excited and involved in every aspect of picking things for their sisters.    They can hardly stand the continuing to wait and argue about who's going to do what with who!   PURE sweetness!  :)
Faith and Grace are going to be overwhelmed with LOVE... :)     Awe... makes my heart smile!     I have NO doubt that those 4 girls are going to instantly bond!  :)
I can hardly wait to see it all happening...   ;)

While out on our family date/day... We had the honor of meeting the Spang family!     Jill and I have followed each others blogs for years (3 years to be exact) and feel like we know each other SO well.  They were in Oklahoma visiting some friends and we were able to meet them!   This was the first 'blog' friends we've meet in real life and let me tell you it was awesome! 
If you follow their blog you'll understand... Sarah and Will are just as cute in person as in the pictures!   We enjoyed meeting and visiting with Bob, Jill, Sarah and Will SO much!    Spang Family you are such a blessing to us!!     We are honored to finally meet in 'real' life and honored to call you friends!  :)

As frustrating as it was... My camera batteries were dead! URG! However, Bob took the following pics for us!

From left to right:  Brooklyn, Sarah, Bailey and Will :)  
Bailey and Will - Bay was/is quite the babysitter!  Will is such a DOLL!  Smiles nonstop and is such a flirt and charmer! PRECIOUS!

It was great to meet Jill in real life!  

Brook and Sarah!   Sarah is such a CUTIE as well!   Brook LOVED chasing her and babysitting her!  ;)  ha ha!!    Sarah weighs EXACTLY what Faith and Grace weigh, so Brook was thrilled to be able to pick her up!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I-171H Form

I had to quickly post that our new I-171H form has been processed and approved and we have a PDF copy... paper copy is in the mail!!
(For you non-adoption readers.. this is the approval that you must have to get through immigration with your child(ren).... it's a HUGE deal.    Ours expired on Feb. 15th. :( )

Thank You Lord for a sweet supervisor at the NBC office (Immigration)!   

It is looking like we'll be heading to pick up Faith and Grace on Feb. 25th... that's ONE week from Friday!!!  ONLY 10 days away!!!!   WAHOO!!

The agency is confirming with Svetlana that the their passports will be ready and then it's book tickets and get our babies FOREVER!!!

We are so excited!   
It's so hard to think of them.. and wonder what they are thinking.   Are they thinking we are never coming back?   Are the caregivers telling them that we are?   Who knows....
However, I do know this... Our Jesus is holding them in his hand!
A DEAR friend had a dream this past Sat. night and he was in the orphange rocking and praying with the girls.   Phil and I both BAWLED and knew it was the Lord confirming to us once again that even though it's hard and we can hardly stand it... HE'S taking care of them! 

Thank you Lord for ALL of it! 
We are in awe of you!!!    We are forever changed for your glory.... and thank you for this journey!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ways you can help!

We received an email from our lawyer on Monday February 8, 2011 confirming that she had the adoption decree in her hand. This was a HUGE relief. This means the waiting period was over on Monday. They are forever ours! Thank you Jesus!!!

They are now processing all the paperwork so that we can come and pick up the girls.

Svetlana estimated that if she received the adoption decree on Feb. 8th, that we’d be able to pick up the twins on February 24 or 25th.

Our I-171H (which is the form you have to have from US Immigration to bring your children into the US) expires on Feb. 15. We completed a home study update and all the information needed very quickly upon returning home. We had to pay yet again for this form ($720)… and we only need around 10 days more… so frustrating!

USCIS is saying they have our name tagged and will expedite our update the second it is logged into their system. They cannot or will not give us a time frame for how quickly they will turn the form around. We could possibly be delayed due to this form. We are praying it comes QUICKLY, and making plans that it will be here in time.

I have had several people ask if we need anything or what they can do to help us… I’ve shared with a few close friends and some who have asked some of our definite needs. EVERYONE has begged me to continue to be honest…. And allow others to help – therefore also sharing in the blessing!

I am going to be VERY honest. It’s VERY difficult to type this out and share it…. Because we’ve been SO SO SO very blessed by all of you already.

PLEASE know we are so very honored, humbled and thankful! The Lord has provided every step of the way for us and we KNOW he will continue to provide. I have shared with several people how amazing it truly is… If someone would have told me 6 months ago that Phil and I would have both been off work with NO pay for almost 3 months, I would have said there is NO way that we could afford or make it. I can’t even tell you how amazingly incredible this truly is. ALL of our bills are paid and were on time every single month. God has provided EVERY need! His word says that he will…. And HE does!

The fees and amount we had to spend in country were thousands more than expected. We will have made 3 trips over there.

We have had a couple prospects about return flights… families wanting to donate frequent flyer miles, etc… but, so far nothing has worked out with that. The airlines have STRICT rules and almost make it impossible.

If we look with our natural/fleshly eye at our financial situation right now… We don’t know how we are going to afford the several thousand dollars we still need to bring Faith and Grace home forever. However, God has already begun providing. We have had two special financial gifts given to us in the last couple of weeks. One donation was specifically for one of our return tickets! We continue to be humbled as God provides. He means it when he says that he desires, “to set the lonely in families.”

We know that God will provide these last dollars to bring our girls home forever.

I’ve had people also ask how to give and/or if we get money sent through lifesong. If you would like to make a donation and it be tax deductable, you can send it through Lifesong. They are graciously keeping our fundraising account open (due to our incredible process) until Faith and Grace are HOME forever. Another amazing blessing and God’s hand!

(Please know I’m only posting this because I’ve had people ask me to…)

Here’s the info. If anyone would like to make a donation:

Our local bank:
Payne County Bank - Just make a deposit into Phillip and Lanetta Gobble’s Savings Account – Adoption Account.

Paypal – Our personal paypal is

Here’s the info. For making a tax deductable donation through Lifesong:

Made out to Lifesong for Orphans Memo: Gobble 1246
Sent to:
PO Box 40
202 N Ford street
Gridley, IL 61744

Online @ PayPal:
mark Gobble 1246 on memo

We know that God has a plan and we KNOW he will provide! He’s proven it time and time and time again!

Here’s the second way you can help. We asked Bagdat (Orphanage director) specifically what the orphanage needed. We told her we planned to fill several suitcases and bring LOTS of donations back to the children there when we pick up Faith and Grace. She was thrilled! She said their main needs are clothing and toys.

I know that everyone that is reading this post have seen videos on TV of orphanages or videos of children who are homeless, hurting and starving. The TV producer at the end always asks that everyone donate a certain amount of money to feed a child for a month, etc.. We have all watched it. We have all wondered if all the money REALLY goes to the children as well. I know that I’ve wondered that. Haven’t you? Let me just tell you that we are guaranteeing you that you can donate some items/money/toys to a place that is in SUCH need. I can promise you that every penny/item/toy will be given to the orphanage in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. I would love to even be able to ask Bagdat (once we get there and give her the suitcases FULL of clothing and toys) what else the children need. I would love to have money to buy medicine or food for them (if they’d let us).

Paying the overage fees for luggage is much cheaper than shipping boxes and this way we KNOW the items make it to the babyhouse.

We donated a large sack of toys that we had purchased for bonding with Faith and Grace. We asked if they could be given to their group. The next day when we arrived, the children in their group were FIGHTING over the 2 babydolls that we had donated. It was so sad. They need toys so desperately.. as well as clothing.

We need clothing from size birth – 3T (boys and girls). We also need underwear, panties and tights.

Please keep in mind when purchasing items that we are limited on space and weight. We are going to check into taking more.. but, as of right now we will be taking 3 LARGE suitcases with nothing but donations in them. We are going to keep our personal items down to 1 suitcase, so we can donate more. Also remember that this orphanage houses children from birth to age 4.

This is yet another way that we can SHOW even the workers in the babyhouse, our in-country staff, the director, etc…. JESUS! I want them to just be amazed at the LOVE and generosity we are extending to them. I just know as we open those suitcases and hand out those items and clothing that Christ’s love will touch them.

If you do purchase some items… I have a personal favor. Will you pray over the items you are sending? Will you lay your hands on the clothing and pray for the babies who are going to be wearing those clothing. The children who are going to put that clothing on are living a life with NO family. They are cold, lonely, sometimes hungry and most likely don’t feel love. Pray that when they wear the clothing or play with the toys they will FEEL Christ’s love and that their lives will be touched. PLEASE remember that we are talking about REAL children here… children who have NOTHING… children that NEED us!

These children are BEGGING to be loved. They stand in the doorway and wait for me to hug them. They fight to get a hug… they BEG me with their eyes to love them. They BEG for me to pick them… You can see it in their little eyes… they wonder why Stella and Violetta were picked and they weren’t… They know that they are being left behind.

PLEASE join me in praying for them… PLEASE! Every single child in the world deserves a family… food, clothing, toys… HOPE. LOVE. JESUS.

I took these pics of the group on the last day we visited Faith and Grace...  Can you help these babies?   Keep in mind that this is just ONE of several groups.   Faith and Grace are in the oldest group in the babyhouse.  The other children are all younger.  

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Court update from Jan 21st!

Then Jesus said,
“Did I not tell you if you believed you would see the Glory of God!”
John 11:41

Yes.. Lord you did and THANKS for your promises and THANKS for showing us once again that your word does NOT return void!!!

It is with much excitement and overwhelming emotion that I proudly announce that @ 6:48 pm on Jan 21st Stella Grace and Violetta Faith became legally ours!!

Wow.. I really don’t even know where to start with this update… We are sitting in O’Hare Airport in Chicago on Sunday afternoon (Jan 23rd). We were delayed leaving Frankfort, therefore missed our connecting flight from Chicago to OKC… so here we sit! :)  We have several hours to wait… and I thought this would be a good time to try to type out some sort of a post about court.. and an update.

However, I am having a difficult time knowing where to start… I think I’ll go back to the day of court.

We went to the babyhouse and saw Faith and Grace for our normal visit. We visited with the director for a long time prior to seeing the girls and I asked her a lot of questions that I’d been wanting to ask her. I will post more about this in a few days… but, I plan to take suitcases FULL of needed items for the children in the orphanage when we go back to pick up the twins.

We also talked with her about the trip we will be making (mission’s trip) and want to do something HUGE for the babyhouse…. She was in SHOCK.. but, thrilled! I suggested a couple of ideas and she’s going to think about it as well. We exchanged addresses, phone numbers and emails addresses. I warned her (with tears streaming) that we would be sending packages for the children there for YEARS to come.. so just be prepared. We thanked her for the care that they’ve given to OUR daughters… and of course I cried. She was teary as well.. and it was a GOOD visit with her… SEEDS planted! :)

I just want to share that this meeting with her ALL occurred BEFORE we knew anything about the verdict. This was on the morning of Jan. 21st… we still had NO idea what the verdict was going to be… or if we were even going to really get one that day. I just felt that we had to keep trusting the Lord and walking in FAITH.. therefore, even when it LOOKED impossible… (and yes, it looked impossible)… we knew what the Lord had promised us!

Now, don’t for a second think that we’re super humans or something… cause WE ARE NOT… even as we were sitting there talking with her… I fought off the negative thoughts (those things the enemy puts in your mind)…

You see just let me tell you that everyone was cautioning us that this judge “could” give a negative verdict. They were all saying it would not surprise them… and for some reason she seemed to not like us. I have several theories as to why things were so difficult for us… but, I doubt that anyone will ever know the real reasons or why things happened the way they did. Honestly, it’s ok that we don’t know. As I’ve shared a million times on the blog… we just know that “all things are for a reason” and “work together for good to those who love the Lord!”

I am sure that there are so many millions things that we’ll never know that were orchestrated COMPLETELY due to the delays we faced.

(I am now finishing this post and it’s Feb. 4, 2011 – We are home and it’s been 2 weeks exactly since the positive verdict. Here’s the rest of the update…)


I am going to just keep typing and pick up where I left off days ago…

We then had a good visit with the twins. It was our last visit for weeks (but, we didn’t know that it was.. we suspected, but didn’t know for sure.) Honestly, as I sit here in my bed 2 weeks later… it’s REALLY hard for me to bring myself to really type about the visit. The emotions are overwhelming and well… I miss them so much it hurts…. And thinking and typing about them still there in that orphanage with us so many miles away… well, I can’t do it tonight.. so sorry.

We left the babyhouse and went straight to the notary’s office. We filled out and notarized all the forms that the lawyer will need to act on in our behalf for completing the passports, visas, adoption certificates, birth certificates, etc… for the girls for us to bring them home. This made us feel good.. that we were going ahead with this… however, Svetlana continued to say that we were just going ahead with this since we were most likely leaving the next morning. We could feel from her that she was still VERY nervous about the court proceedings that we were facing that day… and that it was far from over for us. She tried so hard to be laid back and fun and realized, but you could just feel the stress, tension, and worry.

We went back to the apartment and got ready. They picked us up at 3:00pm. We were again so nervous, but repeated all the scriptures that we were standing on… and reminded the Lord of his promises to us and Faith and Grace. We rebuked the enemy and took authority in the Lord.

We picked up all the ladies and headed to the courthouse. There were LOTS of people in the courthouse on that day. The hallway was packed. We waited for what felt like hours… however, at about 4:00 they called our case. We all went into the courtroom. Svetlana gave her the newly corrected and notarized document that she found the error on the day before. She had lots of questions about this and asked Svetlana about this as well as Phil and I. She was her normal cheery self (the judge). She then asked me to stand and asked for my closing statement. (Svetlana later apologized and said that she did not have ANY idea that she would ask us for a closing speech.) so… having NO idea what to say, and NO prompting from in-country staff, I just ‘winged’ it and poured out my heart. I honestly have NO idea what I said… but, attempted to show her through my words and with my heart bleeding before her that we WERE IN FACT the twins parents already. I cried, but held it together and felt ok as I sat down. She then asked Phil to stand and asked him for his closing statement as well. He was incredible as well.. and also got teary eyed. I don’t really remember what he said either…except in his heart that they were already his daughters and in his heart he had 4 precious daughters and could she PLEASE allow us the privilege of welcoming them into our home and hearts FOREVER! (TEAR JERKER!)

As I think back over this session (it’s now been 2 weeks) I feel physically SICK. I can’t even put in words the agony and stress that we were under.

As we finish our speeches she then asks if we have anything else we would like to say to her or anyone in the courtroom. She then asks if Svetlana has a closing statement. Svetlana gives an INCREDIBLE statement on our behalf and honestly it was amazing the points she made. She stated all the issues the judge seemed to have and gave her our answers once again. She quoted laws and statistics of children who are never adopted. She told of stories she knew of children just like Faith and Grace who were never adopted and ended up on the streets at age 18.

It was SAD, but very moving and an incredible closing speech. She is REALLY good!

She spoke for a while. The judge then asked ALL the representative to give closing arguments. They all summarized all the info. - about us, the girls, from birth to medical info. They ALL stated and restated their medical info., all our info. Etc.. and at the end of ALL their speeches stated that they COMPLETELY support our adoption and us and recommend that our application for adoption be accepted and allowed.

At this point it’s about 4:45. The judge then states that she needs a 10 minutes recess. She says that when we come back the prosecutor will give her closing statement. We all file back out into the hallway/benches. We wait for about 20-25 minutes. She had another court session during this time. NO idea what it was about or what the deal was, but the staff told us that she was doing another session. (Just another reminder that things DO NOT work like they do here in America!)

We are finally called back into the courtroom at around 5:15. She asks the prosecutor for her closing arguments. The prosecutor speaks and again (as everyone else has already done) lists all the details again. She also says she has NO questions and completely supports us in adopting these girls.

So.. we are thinking that this will be it… surely we are about to receive a verdict.. and she then says… she needs a hour recess.. and that ONLY Phil and I need to come back for the verdict. You could feel and see the panic in EVERYONE of our new friends faces. Everyone suspected that she was going to say no… and was clearing the courtroom to do so…. Because she knew that these ladies would FIGHT for us. It was overwhelming as we walked out of there. The ladies were all hugging us in the hallway and telling us that they were SO sorry and were hoping for the best.

We left and ran a couple of errands. (exchanged some money and got our in-country flights for the next morning). It was SO obvious during this time that EVERYONE was so nervous about the verdict.

I am going to be honest here… I would not have been surprised AT ALL if we’d have received a no verdict. I was prepared. Phil and I both suspected that we might. We were planning to begin the appeal process IMMEDIATELY. We both felt and KNEW that somehow, someway, one day these 2 girls would be ours… however, we also knew that when we said.. “Ok God.. we want YOU to get the most Glory:… We were giving it ALL to him!

Now.. don’t get me wrong… I begged him…I cried.. I said.. DEAR GOD… Surely not.. surely NOT! Surely we are going to get a yes verdict… but, I also said… God if we don’t… I STILL trust YOU! I KNOW that you placed us on this journey… We KNOW that they are OUR daughters.. and we KNOW that your plans FAR surpass ours. See… I had this fear that maybe someone needed to see us trust God further, longer and more… and you know what.. if that would have been God’s will, we would have made it through it. One person’s life is worth it… ONE person getting closer to God by following our journey is worth it!

So.. at 6:15, we are back at the courthouse sitting in the hallway waiting… 6:30… still sitting waiting. There is NOT one single person there. Only the people who work in the courthouse. The other judges walk past and ask Svetlana what’s going on. (She’s friends will ALL of them.) It was obvious by watching every ones faces that they thought the judge was doing this and going to say no. I just kept quoting scriptures in my head over and over and over.. Jerimiah 1:19 ~ The Lord gave it to me. He wants us to CLING to his word when everything around us feels as if it’s crumbling.

Let me just tell you that HIS WORD WILL NOT RETURN VOID!!!

There are so many promises in that book that we all take for granted… such a shame. Lord, forgive us all!

She finally comes down the hall @ 6:45pm.. and we go into the tiny courtroom behind her. The following people were there: The judge, her court reporter girl, Svetlana, Phil, me and Symbat.

She did not smile or address us in anyway… She stood and began reading pages and pages and pages of summary about our 7 court sessions. She read details from all the days, things she asked, our answers, she went through the MASSIVE pile of paperwork and stated all the forms she had etc…

Keep in mind that she’s reading FAST.. and Symbat (translator) is trying to keep up. After about 5 minutes of reading Svetlana reaches her hand back and GRABS my hand and squeezes. I know at this point that whatever the judge just said is bad or good… but, have no idea until Symbat says, “and I also agree to allow the application of Phillip Gobble and Lanetta Gobble of twin girls - Violetta and Stella!” Silent tears start falling and I hold on tight to Svetlana’s hand. Phil puts his arm around me. I assume he heard Symbat… but, he didn’t hear what she said… so he has NO idea what is happening. She continues reading all that stuff… We stand there and listen to her read and read and read…. Until 7:15 pm… and at the end she again says that “she agrees and will allow the application to be processed!’ It was at that point that Phil realized she was saying yes!

I can’t even explain the emotions. We didn’t scream.. we didn’t shout… we hardly even smiled… It was like about all I could do stand up. It was NOTHING like we thought it would be. It was surreal. It still seems so surreal to me. We were in complete shock! Everyone was!

Svetlana gave us HUGE hugs… we were all teary eyed, but just all in shock!

The courthouse building was completely empty as we walked out and down the hall. There were only 2 cars in front when we left. It was a lot of fun telling Gernadi (Svetlana's dad - our driver)… He was so thrilled and gave me a HUGE hug! He was so relieved. We get in the van and Symbat and Svetlana are calling people telling them the GREAT news, and Phil and I are just sitting there. We have NO way to call or let anyone know… and we are seriously in shock!

Svetlana calls all the ladies involved and they are SO relieved.

Svetlana insists we go to Krendal’s to celebrate… so off we go!

Here are some pictures of our dinner at Krendal’s:

Here we are at Krendal's with Gernadi.  He is Svetlana's father and our driver.   He was so kind and we enjoyed our time with him so very much.   He was so sweet to us and gave the sweetest heartfelt teary toast to us and our family.  

This is Bagdat the orphanage director.   She went to dinner to celebrate with us.   Totally a "God" thing!  :) 

Here we are with Svetlana and her Dad.

This is Svetlana and Bagdat. 

While sitting in Krendal’s I began to just feel so physically sick that it was about all I could do to sit there. When we got back to the apartment I was in a lot of pain and just absolutely physically sick. We got flights rebooked and plans made to leave the next morning.. we finally got to call home and tell everyone. We looked at each other and just smiled. However, we were still in shock. As the night progressed I continued to get sicker and sicker… and was physically sick for about 3-4 days. I know that it was just a physical response to the battle that we had just fought and WON… however, I have to admit that I am/was disappointed. It was like we really didn’t get to experience the pure excitement of what had happened for the overwhelming emotions and physical pain. Phil got sick on the way home (flights) as well.

This is the reason why I am just now getting a blog post up about court. I don’t know why I’ve not made myself take the time to type it all out… except that it’s REALLY hard to go there.

I have had several emails and comments and people asking if we are ok… thank you for checking on us. We are ok… We came home to HUGE absences from our jobs… (lots of work to catch up on). It has been VERY hard to just jump back into life here. There are some huge adjustments and as bad as we missed home and things here… it will NEVER be the same.

Phil and I are FOREVER changed and really seeking God and his direction for us and our family.

I had a good friend today say that it’s ok to feel torn…that we in fact are torn between 2 separate worlds right now… and let me just tell you this is EXACTLY correct.

Ok.. I am going to stop for now. This post is about court.. and I’ll post more soon about what’s going on with us… details, etc..

We are ‘supposed’ to be able to pick up girls around 24-25 of Feb. I will post more details soon… PROMISE!

Be encouraged today… and CLING to him… He will never EVER EVER leave you or forsake you… even when you think that he’s silent and maybe forgotten you… Don’t give up… that might be the exact moment that you will SEE him!!

Thank you Lord for our 4 daughters! We are SO SO SO SO blessed!

... and on that note...  I wanted to post my all time favorite picture of Faith and Grace...  
Dear Lord, how my heart breaks and I miss them.    We know that you are holding them in your hands yet again Father.. and we trust you!
I can't wait to look back on these weeks and NEVER remember them not being here....
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name, welcomes me!” Matt 18:5

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