We both slept great last night which is such a blessing! Morning came too quickly!
It was little chilly this morning, so we thought we would keep Patrick inside for the first part of our visit and then take him out for the last ½ hour or so. Well, when we got there, I noticed he had a runny nose. He was sneezing and snotty so we just stayed inside. He didn’t mind at all. We had a great visit – no tears today! When I returned him to his caregiver, he wanted to stay with me. She finally just had to take him. :) We take clothes daily but that baby house hasn’t been returning very many and I was running low. I asked the best I could and she understood! She brought out all the clothes (probably 7-8 outfits) and we looked through them to see what needed washed. Some of it was fine but I took it anyway. I’m just limited in the number of things I have for both boys. So I left maybe 4 outfits there. Hopefully I will get some of it back when we are finished visiting.
Some of you have asked how court will work. Basically after the 14 days are completed (on Thursday, in case you forgot :), we are eligible to turn in paperwork to finalize the adoption. The judge will then assign a pre-court date. At the pre-court, we will be asked some questions and then a final court date will be set. The final court date is when we will officially be declared their parents, their names changed, etc. Andrew will have to talk about why we want to adopt them, why Kaz, about us, name change, petitions and whatever else. We will petition the court for immediate execution (waive 15 days) and if they agree, we will have custody of the boys. We will then fly to Almaty and spend 5-7 days waiting for paperwork to be completed (visas, birth certificates etc.), medicals, and embassy stuff. After all of that is done, we will come home!!! That’s still a few weeks away though.
We had a great visit with Calvin this evening. He has the snuffles also and was drooling up a storm. He loved playing with the stacking cups again as well as the new toy and all together – wow, what a great game! :) He was not as frustrated today – maybe we are just learning better techniques for helping him deal with it which makes it seem a lot better. Anyway, we had fun. He was walking along the chairs and crawling a lot. His little tongue was stuck out for most of the visit. We are trying to teach him to give us five but he doesn’t quite get it yet. :) He also did not want to go back to his caregivers today. What a happy day Mommy & Daddy have had!
Please pray for one of the families here. We can’t go into the details right now but we are just praying for all to work out for their adoption. We are also praising the Lord for the successful pre-court for another family who will have final court tomorrow. We hope to meet their little boys tomorrow night. Please keep us in your prayers; it is very sobering to know that nothing is final until court is completely finished. We love these boys so much.