Praise the Lord, we got some good news today! Tomorrow, at 2 p.m. (7 a.m. Eastern Time in the United States), we will stand before a judge and a jury to petition to become the parents of Vika. Exactly seven months ago tomorrow, we found Vika's picture and her story on someone's blog. Six months ago, we knew that the Lord wanted us to become her parents, we started the long process, and Vika became our daughter in our hearts. Two weeks ago, we got to meet Vika for the very first time in person, and it was instant love just like when we saw her picture for the very first time. Tomorrow, it will be our job to share our hearts with a judge, jury, and other members of the court hearing why we would choose to travel thousands of miles, leave our own children behind, live in a foreign country where we can't even read the letters, much less speak the language, raise and spend thousands of dollars and countless hours of time for a "worthless" (yet in our eyes and the Lord's eyes priceless) child. Thank you so much for all of you who have supported us financially and in prayers to bring us to this point! We would not be here without you! Please pray for us tomorrow that the court hearing would be smooth, that we would share our hearts the way God wants us to share it, and that the judge will grant our petition to officially make Vika a part of our family forever! And one more prayer request after court: We will need to travel back to the capital quickly in order for me to make my flight back to the States on Thursday morning at 5 a.m. We are not sure yet how we will do that, but Y. said she will arrange it all. Please pray that we will NOT have to pay a driver to drive us all the way there as it is a LONG drive! :) Tomorrow our family will be divided across three countries! Abe will be coming back to the States on Sunday and will go to work for a week since we had so much delay with court, and then I will be on my way back to bring home Vika in about ten days from now. What a journey!!!
We had a good visit with Vika today. She enjoyed eating and playing and walking, and was recovering from the weekend! We will get to see her one last time tomorrow morning, we believe! It will be very hard to leave her behind! That is for sure! I am not sure when I will get to update all of you tomorrow, but just know that I will do so as soon as I can! Until then, here are some pictures of our day with Vika.