Dolphins, Sea Lions and a Beautiful Park by the Lake

Another wonderful Saturday with the kids!  This morning we enjoyed a trip to the Park and Dolphin Show at Oceanarium in Donetsk.

~ A Beautiful Park on the Lake ~

We arrived over an hour early so they enjoyed playing…

And then heading to the Show

~ The Older Children 7 and up ~

~ The Oceanarium within the Park ~

The show was awesome!!

We are so thankful for the lengths this orphanage goes to secure sponsors to give these children some of the joyful experiences of childhood.  They are so blessed.  And we are so thankful that we get to know our children better as we share these special days.

We were transported to Donetsk on a very nice chartered bus.  I marveled at how quiet and well mannered the children were.  And they are, always, thanks to the high expectations their directors have set for them.

On the way home I again marveled at how quiet they were…there is a hollowness to it all.  They enjoy each thing, that is obvious as they clap along to the music or cheer and clap at appropriate times, but there is not the excitement and recounting of the fun of the day as with a family.

In the midst of the lightness of beautiful dolphins, adorable sea lions and a beautiful park full of scampering children along the lake there is a huge prayer need for our court date.  It is currently scheduled for April 28, three and a half weeks following the submission of our petition for court.  This is an unreasonable length of time, most court dates are within 7 – 10 days of petition, often less.  We hold onto hope for a miracle for court on Monday or Tuesday but all information received at this point is contradictory to what was given previously so nothing is certain.

While we are determined to be positive and use the time to the fullest there are many concerns, not the least of which is the financial burden of this extended wait.  Three additional weeks will remain after court.  We are giving our requests to the Lord for a more timely court date and would cherish your partnering in prayer with us.  He knows our every need and we know the timing is in His hands.

And then there is the most passionate request that the Lord will make the way straight and we will find favor with the judge to be granted adoption of these precious children.  We have grown to love them deeply in our 16 days with them and the uncertainty of the adoption is difficult now that our hearts are intertwined and they are our children, a part of our life.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… Ephesians 3:20

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6 Responses to Dolphins, Sea Lions and a Beautiful Park by the Lake

  1. Kelly & Tori says:

    Count us in for prayers…

    • Us says:

      Thank you…we are determined to stay positive and redeem the time. It was great to learn that you are coming back this fall!! God Bless!!

  2. Matthew says:

    Praying for court to happen much sooner. Thanks for your love for these children!

  3. Lynn Loecher says:

    I know you just want tto stay longer than we did. HEHEHE not really I know how hard it is. But GOD is knitting your family together in there own country which I so wish we could have done with Kristina. I think we would not be where we are at now. SO much to tell you. I am asking for prayers from you as well.
    Praying for court on Monday. =)

  4. Cindy says:

    I am praying for you and will petition specifically for an amended court date. Do you know why it was scheduled so far out? May His peace guide and keep you strong

    • Us says:

      Thank you all for the prayers and support.

      The day we petitioned they said court would be the end of April. We thought surely it could be moved up and that was just the basic response but not so easily done. Now we understand why the orphanage social worker asked if we would be going home before court. Apparently this is standard operating procedure in this town. Amazingly in the large city next door court is in 6 days. Maddening… God is in control, we are just praying for wisdom, the cost to be here that long is huge.

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