Oh my gosh, y’all!
Where do I even start?!!
I guess my very first thoughts are “PRAISE GOD from whom all blessings flow!” Here is my sweet family at breakfast before Cy, me, Adam, and Eli flew out Sunday morning.
Cy and I have been blown away already by God’s provision and presence on this trip to see our girl. We left Sunday night, and arrived over here on Monday. S-‘s former foster family picked us up at the airport, and we had dinner with them. They have not had S- in their care since we left in December, but they still very much love her. Our relationship with them over the past year has been a gift from God. It was so much fun catching up with them.
Adam and Eli are traveling with us, and they are loving experiencing this new culture! They have also had a great time getting to know the foster family.
Monday night we stayed in a hotel in the city where the Orphan’s Court and S-‘s orphanage is, and Tuesday morning we got up and got ready to see our girl!! We thought we had our Orphan’s Court meeting first, but found out about 10 minutes before we arrived at the orphanage that we were actually going to see our girl first!
My heart was so full of emotions that I didn’t know if I wanted to jump for joy or curl up in the fetal position.
At the orphanage, we spoke with the director about S- and answered some questions. Then all of a sudden, we could hear our sweet girl’s voice coming down the hallway. We jumped up and ran out to see her. All of us began hugging her, and hugging her, and hugging her. She was just as excited to see us and was ready to go to America. :)
We gave her the necklace we bought her that said, “I will love you forever,” and she sat in my lap as we finished our conversations with the Orphanage Director and nurse.
One of the workers brought S-‘s little suitcase to us and then it was time to go to the Orphan’s Court.
I was nervous about our Orphan’s Court meeting. I knew that there would be a lot of questions to answer about what happened in December. Of course, I cried when it was my time to talk. I can never hold it together in those type of situations.
The Orphan’s Court agreed to let us have S- in our care the next three weeks, and set up another time to meet with us on Friday. We will be meeting with them several times throughout our stay here to make sure everything is going smoothly and to give them updates about our time with S-.
Once, we left the Orphan’s Court, we traveled 40 minutes to the beautiful place we were staying. In December, we stayed in a small apartment overtop a restaurant in the downtown are of a major city. This time, the Orphan’s Court suggested we find a place outside of the city that was more peaceful and quiet. And man, did we find one!
We are literally staying in one of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen. We are just a few hundred yards from the Baltic Sea!
Plus we are close to a large river where we can fish and play. We are renting a home that has a large fenced in yard full of gorgeous peonies and hydrangeas and is very private.
Our trip so far has been like night and day from our trip in December! Having Adam and Eli here with us has made it easier on us and has been great for S- to have them to play with.
We at dinner that night at a delicious little restaurant where we sat outside. It was beautiful, and it felt so good to be together as family!
Wednesday, we had a belated surprise birthday party for S- , and it was so much fun! It was the first “pink” birthday party I have ever thrown! ha!
Thursday, we took a bus to town and enjoyed eating lunch out and walking around this beautiful area.
Before we headed back home, we stopped by a playground and had a little fun! (Daddy and S- liked the swings!)
Thursday, the Orphans’ Court came to visit us. That sounds so formal, but it was really two very sweet ladies from the Orphan’s Court and an interpreter. They are wonderful people and are very excited about S- being a part of our family.
Today, it is not very pretty out. Lots of rain and cold wind. We may venture out, or we may stay in. Not sure yet.
But we are having a wonderful time! Thank you so much for your prayers!
Jonathan and Luke are having a blast back at home. (Maybe too much fun!) Our friend, Ron, is staying with them, and I am scared to even think of what the house looks like! ha!
I have been posting each day on snapchat, so if you don’t have that app, download it and follow “beneath my heart.” You will be able to see real photos and videos of our girl and family. :)
I will update you again next week.
Plus, I will be sharing some home diy projects that we did before we left home! YAY!
Have a blessed day!