I am going to start by giving you exactly what you have tuned in today to know, but then I'm going to make another post to give a more detailed explanation of...well, everything. The details are for people like me, with currently too much time on their hands, or for people who want to understand the process we are going through.
Also, we have a lot of people emotionally and financially invested in what we are doing here and you deserve to know exactly what is going on and have hope that this will finally resolve...and soon.
What you want to know is whether or not the director signed the papers. She did not.
Thank you for your prayers in our behalf. The fact that we wanted that and prayed for it but didn't get it does not shake my faith in the Lord, prayer, or whether or not we should adopt these children. So, please don't let it shake yours.
The reality is, we all look at our lives with as much vision as we would receive by looking at the universe through a straw. There is vastness we are unaware of, so we can't let the small things make too much difference...however gigantic they may feel at the time.
Please know how much we LOVE and APPRECIATE all the prayers and thoughts. We feel you and know you are out there caring about us. We pray for you in return!
We will, hopefully, have our SDA appointment for Nastia's signed referral this coming Thursday the 21st. This is assuming the director finds a little time to put her John Hancock on a piece of paper. Sorry...I'm being rude.
We will be leaving tomorrow afternoon for the orphanage because we would like to spend that waiting time with the kids, rather than holed up in an apartment in Kiev when we don't need to be!
We will return home on the 23rd.
If all goes according to plan and she actually signs before Thursday, we should be able to see our return home as the 10 day wait for the court date. Our hope is to return in July when Marsh can do it and have our court appearance.
The rest of the process is a little iffy from there...in terms of our plans...so that is it up to that point.
If she doesn't sign before Thursday, well, it's not as beautiful a scenario so let's not even bother to go there. :)
Thank you again for all of your efforts in our behalf. Many people were asking me to tell them specifically what to pray for. In my limited view, I thought we needed the director's signature. Our prayers only need to be "Thy will be done." We are in mighty good company with that request!