Niko, in July, after a haircut
So we were shocked when our court date on the 19th was cancelled, and then appalled when the judge said no to seeing us on the 12th, but pressed on because the Lord was leading. We decided to go anyway, be with our kids, pray for more open doors and wait for a miracle. But then He came to my husband and caused him to pause. He sought counsel from 6 men, all who said the same thing. He went to the Lord through the night and was given an answer, albeit without an explanation, a clear answer.
Abi Rose, Sept and drowing in her tiny clothesWe are to wait, to be still, and stay...for now.
Our Smiley boy, in October
Over the next few days we will make some decision regarding when we will go. And on the 19th we should be given an official date when we will be seen, sometime in Feb. Our foster mom for Abi must move out of her home at the end of the month. We would really like to be there to help her and take Abi as she leaves so our baby will not go back to the orphanage or change homes again. (She has had 5 placements in her short 10 months). So possibly some time later this month...
Beautiful Eyes and loving those fingers
...but for now, the suitcases are packed, each weighing 49 pounds...I know, I checked over and over. Trying to see the numbers on the scale over the huge suitcase in my arms reminded me of the large belly that stuck out during that last month. It was impossible to see my toes let alone that flashing number which would audibly ring out how many bowls of ice cream I'd had that week. There was a strange parallelism for me in that. This is the approaching end of a very long 4 year pregnancy…with twins and trimesters that last 15 months each! It’s brutal! But you know how you just ponder over the Lord’s majesty when you feel those little kicks, and revel at His wonderous creation as you watch your skin grow over that bulging shape like you never thought possible! It’s painful at times, especially at the end…but it’s miraculous!
Niko outside at the Babie's Home in December
My friend had twins and she would call at night in tears because she felt like her skin was tearing, like her stomach was ripping because the pressure was so great and she had grown so much. I guess that’s where we are, that, oh so painful, skin-stretching end, when we see God’s miracles, His grace, His provision, and His wondrous power over our lives in every way.
Sleeping African Princess, October
And by the way, they say when you are pregnant with twins you should gain around 50 pounds…we have 1 pound to go.