(While I was attempting to get them to sleep.. Grace puts both hands on my cheeks and kisses me on the mouth and says very sweetly... "I love you!" awe.. precious!)
We headed to consulate appointment. I just had this dread that something would not be correct.... I know everyone has said the appointment is a breeze, but other things have been a breeze for others and NOT for us.. ;) I was bracing myself for a delay.. yet, HOPING so much that things were all ok!
The lady at window #3 was so kind. She processed all our info... took the last of our money. ;) and said that we are good to go.. at this point I just looked at her! SERIOUSLY?!? We have the girls.. we are wrestling with them while signing the papers... we are really out of here.. for real?! I started crying! Phil just smiles at me... the girls are tired of waiting! wow!!! Amazing! I have to say for Phil and I that this appointment today was much more emotional and exciting than court even.. Wow... we are REALLY coming home!!!
Here is a picture of the building that consulte is in....
... and here we are in front of the building! The consulate is on the 16th floor!
Penny and her driver then picked us up and we headed up into the mountains to look around! The mountains here are absolulty beautiful! We had a wonderful time exploring and seeing the mountains! It was a great outing and a wonderful way to end our journey here! :)
We are forever thankful for Penny and Richard! (Richard had to go to Astana on business today... so we didn't get a picture with him!)
Here are some of our pictures:
|The outdoor ice skating rink.. it's absolutly beautiful!|
|I have no idea why Grace would think to grab a snowball and throw it at Papa! ;) hee hee! However, the snowball veered off and hit the red brick wall. Papa didn't even know we were trying to hit him! :)|
|The snow was melting and running off everything. I showed the girls that they could touch the water dripping. They were so excited! They were in shock that it was ok to touch it!|
|FUN TIMES!!! ... and yes, they got a little wet.. but, you know what? They dried! :)|
|Aren't they precious? I don't know how it's even possible, but I love them more and more every single day! :) My heart is bursting! :)|
|An attempt at a family picture in the mountains! :) The girls REALLY wanted to run around... NOT take pictures!|
|I love this one! :)|
We leave here for the airport @ 2am! (in 4 short hours!)...
For anyone who lives local and has asked... we will arrive in OKC airport on Tuesday, March 15th @ 7:34 PM. If you want to be there... you are welcome!
I received info. from a friend that a local news channel will be there filming.... and that they are covering our story on the news that night.... WOWZIERS!!!!
Please... pray for Faith and Grace and that they are not completly overwhelmed. We don't want to miss an opportunity to speak positivily about adoption and the Lord... but, also want to ensure that F and G are ok!
I know all of you are...but, please pray for our travels! :) I have us pretty much packed up... Phil and the girls are asleep.
I am seriously in shock that we are heading home WITH THEM soon! wow!!!!!!
God is so so so very FAITHFUL!
ok... one more thing.. this will most likely be the last post I make before we are home forever!!! SO STINKING EXCITING!!!
So.. I want to share about this.
I know that so many people have followed our journey of Faith and Grace to Faith and Grace! :) We are so so so thankful for everything that anyone has done... from donations to help to prayers! We are forever changed and moved by this entire process....
Please know that we want all of you to meet F and G... we really do! However, after the grand airport celebration we plan to keep things VERY low key for about 4 weeks. We are asking that we have very little to no company... please know that this is only for the best interest of our family and the twins. We need some time to adjust and bond and Phil and I both feel this is VERY necessary. We have several Dr's appointments already scheduled and things going on... so we will be out and about some.. but, we really feel we need to keep things as simple as we possibly can for at least a few weeks. Please understand and know that there will be a time when you can love on them too!
Speaking of that... I've been told that there is a HUGE celebration planned in April 10th from 1-3 @ the Perkins community Building in the new Territorial Plaza! Just an FYI.. Faith and Grace will be there! :) Please come and meet them that day... we'd love to have YOU help us celebrate them being home forever!!! I will share more details about this as I know them! :)
We will be home in a few hours... I hope I don't pass out at the airport! I can not even imaigne the awesome presence of God that is going to fill that airport! OKC watch out... ;)
ok. I could go on and on.. but, I will stop here and try to get a couple hours rest! I bet I will need it, huh?! ;)
I will post from Germany and Chicago if I can... but, you just never know if that will be possible!
Pray for good seats, peaceful sleep and wonderful flights!
I will post as soon as I can when we get home!
Love and prayers... and THANK YOU for loving our little family!
Paka from Kazakhstan for the last time... (this trip!) ;)