One) To those of you who tried without success to bid on an item being offered on the Hidden Treasures auction–please don’t give up! Please read and follow these instructions instead!
And a big thank you to everyone who has helped with this auction in any way! Yes, we are still open to donated items. Also, please feel free to help spread the word on Facebook or your blog! Here, I’ll make that even easier for you by giving you the link.
Two) The family who was hoping to commit to “Tommy” was unable to proceed. The mom wrote to me, “While I am sad, it is not for me but for [“Tommy”] as I know his age alone keeps many people from seeing what a joy he is.” We believe God is able to provide a loving family for a happy little boy with Down syndrome who just turned twelve years old and is the size of a toddler. So “Tommy’s” photo is going back up onto our refrigerator, and this time it’s staying there until he is prayed home. May I challenge you to do the same?
Three) We have our court date! It has been set for the afternoon of October 21st, less than two weeks away! We are so grateful to the Lord for the utter calm He’s put inside us as we watch Him work out His good plan!
From our attorney~
“You have to keep in mind that families with their dossiers submitted with the court in August got a court date for Oct.25th so yours is very quick. Besides, the judge appointed an extra day for a court date for you, outside of her court days.”
[You’ll never guess the first thought I had upon receiving this marvelous news.
“How many meals can we get into the freezer in the next month?” Hee hee hee!]
In adoptions from Katie’s country, the adoptive parents give power of attorney to their facilitator, and do not appear in court themselves. Court takes place between the two trips. Our attorney, or one of the other attorneys on her team, will appear in court for us on the 21st.
IF there are no delays, and finalization takes place on that day, we were told to expect that it will still be AT LEAST two weeks after court until we can travel to get her. It takes two weeks for the new birth certificate to be issued, then there is some translation and authentication. Our attorney has said she is counting the minutes and will do all she can to expedite where possible. but that she cannot possibly give us any idea of travel dates now. We do know to expect travel to be AT LEAST two weeks following the court date. So we are looking at traveling the week of November 6th at the very earliest, and more likely the week of November 14th. We are obviously asking the Lord for the earlier date for Katie’s sake! (And Joe reminded me that airfares rise closer to Thanksgiving.) But He truly has given us such peace concerning this trip, and that goes for the timing, too!