I have to admit that there are a LOT of mixed emotions with this. Some relief,
Being separated from my other children again feels hard to me too. There's concern about the costs coming on the heels of a long fall and winter with almost no work for Paul.
I am also concerned about being gone from Todd during his week of college finals when he really should have a little extra support and help from us, esp. as this is his first time to go through finals.
Yes, lots of mixed emotions. But I know beyond a shadow of doubt that God led us directly to Dr. Carson. I know God has His hand over Katya, and I know He knows exactly how all the details of all this are going to work out. Just like we had to choose to trust God and His purposes again and again up to this point, I know we will have to keep choosing to trust . . . As much as we love Katya, I know God loves her even more. I know God also loves and cares about our other children, and He will be with them while they are separated from us.
In the midst of trying to keep up with all we need to do on a regular basis PLUS with the extra things to be ready for surgery (paperwork, pre-op exams/labs, phone calls etc.), we also need to try to figure out how to prepare Katya for something that is so hard to communicate with the limited knowledge she has, as well as the language limitations. We are focusing on drawing up a list of important ASL signs that could be useful for Katya to know such as: Doctor, Nurse, Medicine, IPad, and so on. We will work on teaching her those signs ahead of time. And of course there is a request already for a Russian interpreter for her (hoping we can get the same kind gentleman we had last time! He was such a blessing!).
Above all, we will count on the prayers of Katya's friends . . . I know God is able to speak peace to her heart above and beyond what we can do.