Our last visit with Vika was tough. I had started out my day very early because I knew that we would have to be completely ready shortly after we would get back from our visit with her. I was feeling very restless inside and just could not get control of my emotions. We got on the bus as we did every day, and told the driver "nostanovke pashausta" at the place where we always tell the driver so that he will stop at our bus stop. But on this day, he did not stop. He just kept on driving and driving and driving, until finally we got him to stop at a bus stop. The Lord knew I needed a long walk to surrender my emotions and this day into His hands. All this time, we had no idea that our facilitator was frantically trying to find some documents that somehow got lost from our court paperwork. We had no idea what she was doing on our behalf so that we really could go to court. It turned out that the documents were there all along where they were supposed to be, they had just been put in the wrong place in our file. We finally made it to Vika's orphanage and delivered some gifts that we had brought with us for the workers. Normally, you give these gifts after court, but since we knew we would not be able to come back after court, we brought them with us for our morning visit. I did not want to bring them with me on my second trip since I will be traveling by myself and will do my best to come with as little as possible. :) We waited for a while for them to bring Vika out to us. Vika was very, very tired, so we just spend a lot of quiet time with her. The best part of the whole visit was when she snuggled up to me and just rested on me. Here are a few pictures.
|Yes, we did get pulled over by the police! :)|
We got home after spending some time in a traffic jam-welcome to Atlanta! :) Wanda and Derick had stocked the pantry and cleaned the house! Somehow there are more groceries in my pantry and the house is cleaner than when I left! :) They are way too good to us! The last couple of days we spend mostly laying low around the house. We did make a trip to Stone Mountain, and the girls got to play in the water hole and have a picnic. I have been so tired and my body is definitely not back on this time zone. There have also been so many emotions that I have had to work through since having time to reflect on all that happened the past three weeks. I will do my best to share some of the experiences that I have not yet been able to share over the next few weeks to help you understand. Thank you for all your support and prayers for us! We are so thankful for you and know that it is only by God's grace and by your prayers that we have made it this far! Vika has already taught us so many lessons without even saying ONE word.