"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Friday, June 3, 2011

Do You Know What This Means?

Yes, that's right--COURT. We got word last evening that court would take place at 9:30 a.m. this morning. Unfortunately, it turned out that 9:30 a.m. translated to 11:15 a.m. so we had a long time to sit and wait . . . In the picture with us is the Deputy Director of the orphanage (a very sweet woman who I respect from every thing I know of her) and one of the "inspectors". In addition there was our facilitator, Nastya, who functioned as interpreter, the Judge, the court secretary and someone who was allegedly the Prosecutor.

After court, we were dropped off by Nastya at the Metro station and made our way back to our apartment. We are grabbing a bite to eat, and cleaning up and will go out to see Katya one last time before we head home early Sunday a.m. (Saturday visits don't seem to be allowed at her orphanage.) We will be home around 5 or 6 days, and then the current plan is for Hope Anne to return with Charity to complete paperwork and bring Katya home . . .

We will announce her new name when the 10 days where someone could challenge this case, are up and she is legally ours.

Pray for Katya. I know us suddenly disappearing is going to be hard on her, but we need to go home for our other kids sake. Also, Paul has been away from his work long enough during the busiest part of the year  . . . and someone needs to escort Charity over so she can assist with the home trip with Katya. Sometimes I thought we were maybe being too wimpy by thinking getting Katya home was a job for two people but I felt better after the facilitators were concerned that I not return alone. They were relieved when they found out Charity was coming to help; due to the severity of Katya's special needs, they felt it was a two-person job. I definitley agree!

Thanks for praying . . . please continue to pray . . .


Danielle said...


I have been following the updates. Praise the Lord things are going more smoothly!!


Nanci said...

Our family is rejoicing with you and praising the Lord. We will also be praying that the Lord will comfort this little one in your absence and cause the interim to pass quickly for both of you.

The Annessa Family said...


Brooke Annessa

Rachel said...

So glad court is over. Praying that the time goes fast until you are untied forever!

Rachel Whitmire
Post-Adoption Care Coordinator
Reeces Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry

Nan and Dan said...

woo hoo!!!!
I am so happy for you all :)

Rhoda said...

Wow! This is great news. Am so happy for you!

I will pray for extra love and patience for all of you during all these adjustment stresses.....
and for safe traveling.

Love all the pics of Katya, btw. And it will be fun to see the "after" pictures, too!

Stephanie said...

Enjoying your journey and praying.

Stephanie Lynch

Milena said...

I'm so happy that court is over! Congratulations!

The Ironic Catholic said...

Yay that court is done; will continue to pray!


Shawn and Megan Mitchell said...

Ahh, the infamous pink building..brings me back :) So happy for you all, can't wait til your precious little Katya comes HOME!!!