"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Two Less!!!

Notice the famous "yellow dress". It certainly brought us luck!
There are now two less orphans in the world! We passed court!!!! In 10 days (really it will be about 2 weeks because weekends don't count) we will be parents of Nastya and Moira! Then, I can finally share their names with you!

The court room....

There were quite a few questions in court, but nothing too hard. The prosecutor wanted to know exactly how much money we spend on each child per month. That was tricky to figure out quickly! When the judge asked Travis why he specifically wanted to adopt from this city, Travis' brain went into a coma. He couldn't think of anything to say, so he just kind of shrugged. I thought we would be denied right there! Then they wanted to know who would help me take care of so many children. I said my husband would help and they all laughed!

Hearing the judge say how the children were invalids and had never, ever had a visitor was tough to hear. Never again my sweeties!

Thank you so much for all your prayers and great ideas and support! You are all my lifeline!

Travis flies home on Friday so then I will be here alone. Thank God I have met such wonderful friends here that I won't even feel alone. I'll actually have a bed to myself! Really, I will miss Travis a lot!

Nastya has a fever again and has been crying a lot! They don't want me to feed her anymore because they think the food we fed her gave her a rash. I don't think kids usually get rashes from pasta, but who knows?

Moira was lying in her "pen" facing away from me when we came to see her today. When she heard my voice, she somehow managed to flip herself over to see me! I was thrilled! Do you think she looks a little more "alive"?

Sweet little Xavier really needs a mommy and daddy! He is free for adoption, just in case anyone is looking for a sweet son!

I ate something today that has made me really sick. That's what I get for being adventurous. I should have stuck with eating cereal!


  1. WooHOOOOOO!!!!!! PRAISE the LORD!!!!!!!

  2. YAY!! I am so excited! I've been looking for this post all day. We've been praying for you and the girls all weekend. Only 10 more days! We'll pray them home.

  3. I am so happy for ALL of you! Moira does look a bit more awake and I love that she responded by rolling over to see you! Have you decided to keep their names or are you just not announcing them? I'll be praying that times flies by quickly and that both girls feel better soon! Congratulations! ~ Jo

  4. Yaaaayyy! Congratulations from the bottom of my heart. I am so happy for you. And yes, I definately think she looks more "alive"! I can't wait to see pictures of her like two weeks after you get her home. I bet she will be smiling from ear to ear!

  5. Xavi is SO cute! and yes, she is coming back to life!

  6. She does look different! Keep going Moira. You are loved and even that will grow. Take hold of it little love!!!

    So just why did they laugh at your husband helping take care of the kids? Was it after the coma/shrug to the previous question? We got a good laugh out of that too!!!

    So happy. All will be well. Iwant to meet these little loves some day. Oh my.

    Congratulations and sssooooooooooo glad you have some new friends to pass the time.

    Blessings and prayers.

  7. Praise GOD... And yes she does look more alive and alert,,, Oh that is so Wonderful... We are praying for you and those precious girls... Hang on babies... USA here you come... !!!

  8. Oh my goodness, I'm so encouraged by those pics of sweet Moira! May God "restore the years the locusts ate" in her precious life. (Joel 2:25)
    Praise the Lord for your court outcome. He is being glorified through your adoption.

  9. I have been checking your blog all day for this post! Happy tears to see Moira "waking up" and oh my how she will just blossom once she is home! :)

  10. Congrats! What wonderful news!

    I hope this means we'll get a new blog header soon, with the new girls included!

    I'm going to try to to say this in the nicest way possible...
    To be honest, your current blog header photo is really disgusting. I makes me cringe every time I see it.
    Feet give me the creeps. A dirty foot on a face is just absolutely repulsive to me.
    Sorry. Just being honest. I limit visits to your blog so I don't have to see the header photo; I know I'm not the only one who finds that image really disgusting.
    I'd love to see a new header image with Moira and Nastya included! In fact, I'll volunteer to make it for you if you send me the photos and the dimensions of the final image.

  11. I wasn't going to say it, but I completely agree with Ellie.
    That photo is really unattractive. I too would love to see a new header with Moira and Nastaya.

    Congrats on a favorable court experience! That's wonderful. Just a few more days and you'll be able to start your new lives together, at home.

  12. Yay! What a wonderful update. I also can't wait for a new header, but I think the one you have is cute. I don't see anything wrong with it.

  13. I'm so excited for all of you! So you will be staying until they are yours to take home, then? And then do you have to travel with them all by yourself? That will be a challenge but I know you will get through it.

    I love the picture of Anastasia at the top. I think it's adorable and I have never once thought about her foot. LOL

  14. I love this post. You needed encouragement and God gave it through Moira's recognition of you. She will thrive in a BIG family of loving siblings, and in no time you will wonder what life was like without these 2 sweet girls. I can't wait for the time when you are free to feed YOUR girls anything at all that you want. It reminds me of NICU time, when no one could agree if I had the right or not to choose what diaper ointment to put on my little girl's bottom. :( Soon, very soon. I am so happy for you.

  15. and all of your pictures are so GREAT! I'm usually too timid to get all the pictures I really want, and later wish I had. I love that you are not letting anything keep you from recording what your girls may later want to know about and what your heart may need to recall when you need to remember how God stepped in and took over.

  16. woo hoo!!!!!!!!!! congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    so happy for you allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!

  17. Amen!! You and your family have been on my heart. God bless you and keep you in His arms.

  18. So great to read your blog! Those precious girls are so blessed! Xavier looks so sweet. Have you seen any of the other RR children? I've prayed for Yasmine for a very long time and I know that she is turning 7 years old in a few weeks.

  19. Congratulations! Wait until Moira is home! she will be a different baby. Nastya just melts my heart, such a beautiful girl, I'm praying she gets better soon!

  20. Congrats to you all! So happy to see Moira perking up so much! Hope Nastya is feeling better soon. :)

    I LOVE your blog header, btw! Your little girl is adorable, and looks so happy in the pic. But then I'm kind of a barefoot Mama, and don't think there's anything yucky about kid feet... ;)

  21. Congratulations !!!! Moira does seems to be less stressed ! That is awesome ! Prayers your 10 day wait flies by :)
    I can only imagine the girls home .. In a month. The will blossom with the love of their big sisters. Get ready girls !
    So proud of u !!

  22. Yea! Praise God!

    Yes I do think that Moira looks MUCH MORE interactive. If she's responding to your voice that is a super good sign :)

    Prv 3:5


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