Today we did get some news. Good news? Kinda, but some not so great news as well. Basically it is just going to take a little bit longer to travel to Latvia than we were expecting. We were hoping to already be there and back by now!
On June 19th the orphan court in Latvia was reviewing our case. The Ministry (which is a branch of government) has our official referral and is ready to get us there, but something happened in court that brought to light that the girls have a half-sister who lives with their mother. Yes, another sister... she isn't up for adoption. But, the law there says that they need to sever all sibling relationships before a child can be adopted (this includes half-siblings). This should be a fairly easy thing to do... the problem is the mother and half-sister live in a different region from where our girls are, so the orphan court in that region will have to do that. As soon as that is done the Ministry is ready to send us our official referral and travel dates. But we are now being told not to expect to travel until closer to the end of July. THE END OF JULY?!?!?!?!?! I think my God is bigger than this problem and that paperwork will pass through much quicker than they are saying.
One of my biggest concerns is that these two precious girls now know we are adopting them. They have known for at least 2 weeks (that we know of). They ask every day when Mom and Dad are coming to get them! Just go ahead and stab my heart right now! I am so glad they are excited, but can't stand that they have to wait so long! Please pray protection over their hearts.
I know... God's timing is perfect. But, I thought we had a really good timeline worked out! :) Now we are going to compete with school starting in August for the boys. Coincidentally, school is starting one week later than normal this year... maybe God already knew His plans for this... hmmm....
We are ready... we would leave tomorrow if it would help move things along. But, instead we are sitting and waiting on God's perfect timing. Not fun or easy at times! Thanks for hanging in their with us and for praying!
Here is a song that I have been singing nonstop today... hope you enjoy it as much as I do!