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Saturday, April 30, 2011

In the words of our translator...

...you did not have very good luck unfortunately...

Oksana, said this in response to the meeting about our court date.  We were hoping for the judge with a reputation of getting through international adoption cases quickly, however, we were appointed a judge who has NEVER had a case such as ours.  Oh my! 

Some positives are that she listened to Oksana's story about the time we've been here, the financial toll, and how much we love and want to take Bo Peep home.  The judge not only listened, but also told Oksana she will take our files home for the weekend and familiarize herself with the procedures.  Unfortunately, we will not know when the official court date is until next Wednesday.  Oksana pleaded for a Friday, May 6th preliminary hearing.

PLEASE pray that we are able to get that date!  Some unexpected financial things have come up...we are further from the orphanage than we thought, therefore we are spending $40-60 per DAY in taxi fees.  We walk three miles one way to a nearby mall in between sessions when Oksana is home for the weekends, then walk the 3 miles back to the orphanage for the afternoon session to save on fees. 

So far EVERYTHING has been according to God's perfect timing.  He has orchestrated so many "little things" that have turned out to be huge for us!  Even if we are here for longer than we’d like, we KNOW it is for a reason.  I'm continually amazed at God's goodness throughout this process.  A HUGE fear I have had since the beginning was that I would not fully love an adopted child, especially since we knew we would adopt a special needs baby.  But now I miss her!  I ache to see her and hold her and hear her sweet giggle. 

But I am beginning to better grasp the enormity of how much God truly loves us.  He DOES want the best for us and loves us so much more than we could ever fathom!  He promises to never leave us and He promises to be our strength when we are weak.
Luke 11:11-13 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?  Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

God gave us a wonderful gift and we're so thankful for her...she makes us wanting MORE...see video below!!!:)  We do believe she will be talking soon!!!!!!!!!!!



  1. Precious!!!
    Praying that you have a smooth court process. Any possibility of this judge waiving the 10-day wait?

  2. she is just beautiful. Praying for your court process to go swiftly.

  3. Hi,

    We have a judge who has never done this before as well. Must be the season :) Check to make sure the judge is willing to make a ruling the friday before a holiday weekend - we just had a week long delay because of a law that says they can't. May 9th is another national holiday. We're praying everything will go smoothly for you guys!

    Drew and Kara

  4. LOVE it!!! Look how much she's learned from you guys already!! I have a feeling she'll be verbal sooner than you realize! :) I'd say that was a very good attempt at vocalizing "more"! Especially with English being a 2nd language and the cleft palate.