We are thankful to report that court went really well! The judge ruled in favor of our adoption. The court proceeding took an hour and a half. We had to answer a few questions, but nothing like the two hours of questioning that we had last time. It was such a great feeling to hear the judge read the approval and information for the girls’ new birth certificates including their new names (sorry, we are not revealing those until we come back to pick the girls up) and Brett and I as their parents. We are rejoicing and praising God for the gift of these two girls!
As a mother now, I am reminded of Hannah’s words in 1 Samuel..
“…Oh, my Lord! As you live, my Lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child (in our case, children) I have prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he (or they) lives, he is lent to the Lord.”
Last night I was praying and thinking about how for years now we have desired children and I always wanted to go down the route that had the least risk of getting hurt or the most certain positive outcome. That is partly why we chose international adoption..though in the end we really felt God’s call to adopt from Russia. At that point, if we would have known the extensive wait ahead, four trips to Russia and an almost failed adoption…I am certain that I would have said “no thanks”…but thankfully, Gods ways are higher than ours and better! God has taught Brett and I so much about ourselves, but even more about the Gospel. The truths we have learned throughout this time, I am sure will help us in our parenting and in loving the girls.
Now, we have a 30 day waiting period before the judgement is signed and the girls are officially Lessley girls. Even with this, I am sad that we are leaving again and that a little uncertainty remains, but I am learning that uncertainty gives us more opportunities to fully trust in Him!
Below are a few pictures from court. The first two are of the team of people who worked on behalf of the girls and us. The women are from the orphanages and guardianship offices. The lady on the far left is Natasha, our agency rep and on the far right is our other Natasha, translator. The gentleman is our driver who has been dependable and kind to us.