The Eve of Our Court Appointment…

1 Dec

We went to the baby home around 9:45 or 10:00. The trip took longer than last time due to icy, snow packed roads.  We did have to slip booties on for the baby home this time (once we were in the main part of the baby home, we put on our house shoes we’d brought with us). Our sweet Colin was hesitant with us.  He had a snotty nose today so we don’t know that he felt well.  We also aren’t really sure that the caregivers have showed him his books with our photos in them.  It has been almost 5 months since he last saw us so we weren’t expecting him to remember us that well anyway.  We tried to play with him but he wasn’t very interested.  He was interested in cheerios and sort of interested in his stacking cups.  He eventually just snuggled into me and fell asleep.  As he relaxed into sleep he stopped sucking his thumb, which he likes to do when he is upset.  His poor little thumb looks like he’s sucked on it enough to form a callous. I rocked him and rubbed his back as he settled deeper into sleep.  His breathing was a little heavy which made me think his nosy may be stuffy.  It was surreal to have him back in our arms–our precious boy whom we have missed and for whom we have prayed.

After awhile, the doctor came and let us go into a bigger playroom where a couple was visiting their little boy.  Guess, what?  This little boy was the same little boy from Colin’s groupa who ate lunch with Colin when we fed him on our first trip.  Alan and I were so happy to learn that this little one has a mama and papa who will be able to pick him up on Saturday!  They will live in Kentucky not too terribly far from us and the dad actually knew a family I know from Lanesville Elementary. To my mother:  Mom, our prayers for this little boy have been answered.  He has a home and he looked so happy and was so engaged with his parents!

We exchanged addresses/info. with the other family and shortly afterwards took the boys into the main room for lunch with their groupa.  Colin sat in his little chair at a table with about 4 other children.  They brought out pieces of bread and the children chewed on that first.  Then, they brought out a soup which each child fed him/herself with an adult sized spoon.  The bowl was not made of plastic, mind you; it was made of ceramic or something similar.  Next, the children were given a minced up meat mixed with rice.  They ate this and then were given little glasses of beverages to drink.  Colin successfully drank by himself.  Alan and I watched with amazement at how well Colin fed himself.  We know that we may have to stop some of this temporarily once he is with us to help facilitate attachment. 

One of the caregivers confirmed for us that Colin has added 2 new teeth since we last saw him.  Colin was so patient with her while she counted his teeth.  He really did not feel any bigger to me so we think we should have gone with our gut and brought 12 month clothing and 18 month clothing.  The family of the other little boy said they were concerned that 12 month clothing might be too big on the boys.  As we left Colin was heading off to his potty time with others in his groupa–he looked eager to go to the potty.  He was trying to push on the big door leading into that room.

We will be the first family who has a court hearing tomorrow morning.  This is a good thing since the court hearing may not start exactly at 9:30 am.  It may last 1 to 2 hours.  The facilitator and translator helped to prepare us for court today.  We are still a little nervous but are trusting that God will help us through this.  It is customary for the husband to be asked most of the questions so please pray especially for Alan.

It dropped to the teens (temperature) today so we will wear more layers of clothes next time we take a walk.  We have not been too hot indoors, except on the Aeroflot flight to our region. Today we walked to a restaurant for a late lunch after our court study session.  We also looked for the children’s store.  The store was unlike any store in America which I can think of.  There were tons of clerks working in different little departments of the store and it felt like a maze going up and down stairs trying to find where the items for infants were.  We finally got to the bottom floor of the store (which seemed only accessible through one outside entrance) which consisted of the infant clothing, toys, and infant care items.  We may have to buy some clothes here if the clothes we brought are too big for Colin.

I’m sorry there are no photos to post today of our walk in the cold!  Hopefully, we will have a photo to post tomorrow with news of a successful court date!

Until then, please do keep praying for the judge to look favorably upon us and our paperwork.

Thanks for stopping by,



10 Responses to “The Eve of Our Court Appointment…”

  1. Stephanie December 1, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    Hi Heather – It is amazing but I believe that Colin is from the same home that Cassidy is from – and I believe that by your description you met up with Cristina & Aaron. A very nice couple, we met them the last few days that we were with Cassidy at the orphange. If you see them again, please send our best to them!!!!

    I pray that all goes well tomorrow at the court hearing (LOTS OF PRAYERS TO ALAN). GIve us call when you are finished tomorrow. Maybe we can do lunch.

    Talk to later – and GOOD LUCK,

  2. Michelle December 1, 2008 at 1:24 pm #

    Praying your court date goes well tomorrow.

    Also praying Colin’s cold goes away and he can feel better.

    Stay warm!


  3. Julie W December 1, 2008 at 2:21 pm #

    We are praying that all goes well with court!!! Don’t worry, and enjoy your time. We only have a couple more days in Moscow before we head home. We look forward to meeting you when we all get back to the States!!!!
    Julie, Wade & Alyssa

  4. Clint and Calli December 1, 2008 at 4:09 pm #

    Hey!!! We missed ya’ll yesterday as we celebrated Thanksgiving. I fried my first turkey and it was actually good!! Calli cooked alot of good trimmings to go with it and you know Mom brought tons of food as well. Calli and I continue to remember ya’ll in prayer everyday and at church with our Sunday School class. We can’t wait to see and meet Colin in person. We love ya’ll!

    Calli and Clint

  5. Sherri December 1, 2008 at 5:54 pm #

    Thanks for the great update!! Will be praying for you, that God will give you peace, wisdom and grace!!

  6. Carine December 1, 2008 at 8:09 pm #

    About 21/2 hours to court, am praying for you!!

  7. Kathy B December 1, 2008 at 8:41 pm #

    Praise the Lord for all He has done and is doing! We continue to give all the glory to Him. We are lifing you up in prayer as are all the folks in your hometown church. May you and Alan feel our circle of prayer strengthening and filling you with peace and confidence and you face the court hearing this day. All our love, Mom

  8. Elizabeth December 1, 2008 at 10:11 pm #

    We are praying for you. Keep warm, keep calm, God will guide Alan in answering the questions.
    God Bless,

  9. Julie E December 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm #

    Our Sunday School class just met together and joined in prayer for you two. Praying even now for you guys. Love ya!

  10. Joy Coats December 2, 2008 at 12:04 am #

    We are praying for you!! I know things will go great. Can hardly wait to hear how things go!!
    I sent an email, wasn’t sure if you got it. I wanted to make a necklace or bracelet for you for when you get back. It would include soil from Colin’s orphanage or region. Let me know if you would be able to get some and I’ll start working on this momento for you.

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