Monday, August 31, 2009
The First Finish Line...on to the next...
Hey everyone. We got through with court.... about 6:30pm tonight! It went fine and we are approved to adopt Laurel!! Praise the Lord! It was a bit of an intimidating process and we had to wait almost 1 1/2 hrs for the judge but it is over!! Now comes the 10 day appeals waiting period. We appreciate your prayers that no one will appeal the judges decision. It is our understanding that the mother as well as a prosecutor can appeal although technically the mother has signed away her rights.
Please pray for Martha as she will be boarding a night train in a few hours (11pm our time) and travelling to Kiev. She will arrive in the morning and will be taken to the US Embassy where she'll have to sign more paperwork and then be taken to the airport to catch a 2 pm flight out. Hopefully she'll arrive home around midnight Tuesday night.
Please pray for Mike as he'll be left here by himself to visit Laurel and finish up paperwork like the new birth certificate, visa, medical and passport for Laurel.
We can't wait to see you all soon!
PS: The picture was taken by our translator right after we were named parents of Laurel