Round Two

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. 







28 thoughts on “Round Two

  1. To watch an ongoing miracle–words escape me. Your faces and those of your helping friends say it all. Thanking and praising God all day long! All month long. Forever! Can’t wait to share your love.

  2. God Will Always Make A Way, He Heard and Felt, So Now Rejoice! Rejoice!,I cant believe that Im finally a Grandma. Also That my Little Girl, is a Mother now. Can’t wait, to hear their names, and to see them. Love Mom

  3. Praise be to God the Almighty One!! We are rejoicing with you and Brett!! Our hearts are filled with joy!! xo

  4. Having trouble finding the words to say how excited thankful and happy I am for you! Btw…bawled over your mom’s post! Precious! Praise God from Whom ALL Blessings flow! Come on 30 days… God speed! Looking forward to seeing you!!

  5. Praise Him! Praise Him sharing of His excellence!! We are sooooooo overwhelmed with joy for you both!! We love the pictures! Congratulations on being parents!! It won’t be long, it won’t be long until they are home! So glad that you have experienced more growth in your journey too!

  6. Oh, & my kiddos can’t wait to hear their names! Kira keeps asking all kinds of questions about what their names might be…& already wants to invite them over to play. ;o)

  7. Amanda n’ Brett…..while I’ve been out of the loop for a bit and just now reading about this wonderful miracle……there aren’t two people that could be more HAPPY for you both than your Aunt Ginny n’ Uncle Eric! ( wel-l-l on second thought….maybe a few hundred, ha, ha! ) God does hear our prayers…..and sometimes they are even answered!! May God continue to be with you both as you make this journey together!!! God’s speed!!

  8. YES!!! Praise be to our Lord and Savior!!! You all will make a wonderful family!! Can’t what to meet your daughters!!

  9. So excited for you guys! Praise God for a wonderful outcome in court. I’m sure you guys will have a countdown going on to when you get to pick them up and bring them home with you. =)

  10. hey……mommy and daddy…………….so happy for you amanda and brett. THANK GOD FOR MIRACLES.. love cheryl and harold dean

  11. Congratulations to the newest Lessley FAMILY! We are so happy for you! Can’t wait to meet your precious daughters! Praise God!

  12. Reading your post brought tears to my eyes again… thankful that this time they are happy! I remember that amazing feeling when you realize that this is your last “wait”. We will continue to pray for your family 🙂

  13. Yeah!! So happy for all of you! My favorite part of your post was calling them “Lessley girls.” Can’t wait until this 30 days is over and you’re with your “Lessley girls” again! We love you and are so happy! Landry can’t wait to meet his new cousins!

    Your courage, perseverance and faith are truly and inspiration! Much love!

  14. just catching up on everything and sounds like you have had quite the last month! what a miracle and just a testimony to clinging to God…. he has a great plan! and i am so excited that it is you guys getting 2 beautiful girls!! can’t wait to meet them!!! savor every moment! love ya Teresa Lewis

  15. Thanking God with you! So happy that this milestone has come. Praying for 30 days to go by quickly and smoothly. Praying that soon you’ll be on an airplane looking at each other while your daugthers nap between you – coming home at last. What a glorious day!
    Sending love to you both and to your daughters!

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