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 . . .