I wish I had more to report. I wish I knew when our court case would be heard. I wish I knew how the MOJ will respond when they return in September to discover we have filed an appeal through the courts to bring Irina home. (We have been given two scenarios: 1) They will want to save face and avoid looking bad to the public and add Irina to our adoption. 2) They will dig in their heals and we go to court.) I wish the court would hear our case earlier than the projected month of November. I wish I knew what their decision was going to be. I wish my daughters could be home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the oldest one’s 6th birthday on November 17th. I wish this process didn’t take as long as it does from start to finish. I wish Irina had a one-on-one attendant that came daily to work and play with her. I wish my offer to pay for one had been accepted. I wish some of my friends understood how painful the wait is and how much I miss my future daughters. I wish some of my friends understood why we are adopting so late in life. I wish my family was more supportive of our decision instead of thinking we are so senile we haven’t a clue what we’re doing. I wish my arms were full right now instead of empty. I wish my girls knew how hard we were fighting to bring them home quickly and how much we already love them. I wish there were no such thing as an orphanage, and every child had someone to love them from the moment they came into this world. I wish the world were a prettier and nicer place…
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it. John 14: 13-14
Earlier this week we received our official referral for your almost 6 year old daughter! She will be 6, November 17th, and as much as we’d hoped to have her home before her birthday, or at least Christmas, it’s looking more like January or February. Things just do not move as quickly in Eastern Europe as we would like.
We are so very excited to make this announcement! Right now we’re in the process of putting together a photo album to send to her so she can get a little familiar with her new family and home. Pictures of all of us, the dogs, the cats, her bedroom, the house and neighborhood. I truly hope she will be as excited about this as we all are.
We are still working on bringing Irina home too. The paperwork for our appeal has been filed with the court and they have agreed to hear our case. Unfortunately, it will most likely take three months to get a judge to hear our case. This is one of the reasons it will take us awhile to get our 6 year old home. We are praying that when the ministry reconvenes in September and learns that our facilitator has filed to have their decision overturned in court that they will cave and allow us to add Irina to our adoption. If that happens, we’ll be able to bring both girls home in early winter. Please continue to pray for all of us, especially little Irina. She needs a family desperately!