Monday, April 11, 2011

The best laid plans of mice and men....

... often go astray.

We were supposed to have court today. 

While we were at the orphanage visiting the girls, our translator told us that the judge for our case had suffered a death in her family.  The earliest we might have court is this Friday or next Monday.  A new official date has not yet been set.  We may not know our next court date until Friday.

This sets us back in several ways.  We had been hoping to attend/speak at  a special education conference in Slovakia this Saturday.  Even if we had court this Friday and immediately left for Slovakia, we would arrive too late.   Since next week is Easter week, the school systems in Slovakia all shut down and so at this point it looks like our Slovakia plans are derailed.

It is now possible that one of us (probably Ezra) will fly home early.  Since our Slovakia trip was a business trip, our employer was paying for that.  With this canceled (and an additional delay due to the death) our timetables are pushed further behind and we would be pushing the envelope of our FMLA sick leave. 

There are several options on the table and we are not sure what are plans for the immediate future hold.  Being in limbo is a horrible feeling because we can't plan or anticipate as well.  On the plus side, we had been debating all last week whether to go ahead and buy our train/plane tickets for Slovakia.  The prices increase dramatically if you buy at the last minute.  Our facilitators, Sasha and Violetta, advised us to wait until after court to get the tickets.  We are glad we have heeded their advice, as we would have purchased $1000 worth of tickets and not been able to use them.

We have been divinely hindered.  We are not worried.


Here's the day's haul of pictures and video.  We got "Aurora" walking with a walker.  Leigha started off in a good mood and then got grouchy near the end. 



  1. "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." - Proverbs 19:21

    Just trust in that purpose. For you it has come in a different method than most, but with kids you will learn your well-laid plans often go astray. ;-) Praying that the court date is soon and believing that God's purpose will prevail there and in Slovakia and back at home with work. Love ya!

  2. praying you get a court date soon...LOVE the pics..the girls are so beautiful..

  3. they are absolutely gorgeous little girls! I love to follow your story and will continue to pray through the ups and downs of your adoption journey. I cant wait until the day I open your blog and it is a picture of you both with both little girls home safely with their new family. =)

  4. I am so sorry, I have been silent! :) But we have been following and praying for you faithfully! I was so sad for you to read how the Lord changed your plans. I do know that He has His loving hands in every part of your journey and that He will work all things together for good! I am so glad that you now have some American company to help pass the time there! :) We are praying that you will still have your court date this week and faithfully praying that the Lord will let you bring home your precious babies VERY soon! They are absolutely precious, and I cannot wait to see them at home! I am working on finishing the quilt for you, so it can be waiting at home to be put to good use very soon! Please email me if there is anything we can do for you! We'll be glad to bring you home, too! :)