Tell me what it is you want to do with your one wild and precious life? -mary oliver

Thursday, May 5, 2011


It seems that every day this week we've been hit with continuous "storms" of bad news.  Our latest is that the earliest court date can be is Friday, May 13th. 

Yep, you read it correct, and that's not definite.  
That puts us at 5 weeks in country before we have a court date.
Longer than the 2 weeks we were told by our translator and longer than the Eastern European Adoption Handbook and Reeces Rainbow guidelines projected of 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 weeks.

Our children read our blog daily to catch glimpses of their sister. 
In that respect, I am not going to share the details.

For those coming after us, it is IMPERATIVE that you email me.  Only because Andy made calls as high up as they come between the US and this country did we learn about the court issues that have been in the works, but were not communicated to us.  At this time, we are uncertain if it is specific to our region or the entire nation.

You need to be aware of what is happening before you arrive. 

In country 5 weeks before a possible court date,  and that's not definite.

I'm struggling for words, so it's only pictures today.

My father (always has the perfect words) said when I skyped with him today...

The Sun will come up tomorrow.


  1. prayers of support and love and speediness sent your way...I cannot imagine...biggest hugs! You will be teaching your children at home how amazing and patient and strong and courageous their mom and dad are and the great lengths you went to save their sister. HUGS!

  2. Praying for you and desperately wishing you some quick closure and happiness with your new daughter!

  3. My positive thoughts and prayers are with you both! It warms my heart to see the photos of Sarah reading. Have faith!

  4. So sorry Shelly! As we have only been home with Oli a week (after MANY delays) I totally understand how you feel rigt now. We will be praying fervently for you all!

  5. I'm so sorry you've been delayed!

    We were exactly one month from SDA to court, and that was a year ago. It's not ideal, but it's not unheard of (and we knew we were in a longer region).

    We ended up going home & then back for court.

    Sarah is beautiful!

  6. Everything is so "unknown" in the country you are in, for some it's a speedy process, for others, it's much longer. As hard as it is, God's timing is perfect, even if we don't agree. Take the extra time to enjoy your little one one on one, and explore her region so that someday you can tell her all about it. Praying for things to fall into place soon Shelly! Hang in there and keep your eyes on the prize! :)

  7. My husband and I are attempting to adopt from S-country, so I found your blog through RR when you first started the process. I live very close to where you're from (I work in OLSD); if there's anything we can do for your kids, please let me know. Getting "stuck" in country is one of my fears, and we only have dogs--I can't imagine how frustrating it must be.

  8. Speechless, our kids go to OLSD. Love to hear where you work.

  9. Andy and Shelly -
    I know it is easier said than doen, but continue to hang in there. "God has a plan for you" - it just is not apparent right now. Don't let you faith waiver and stay strong!
    Hope to see you in June - Josh's graduation party is June 12th....Yes, he is graduating:)!!! Watch out OSU!

  10. The first words we learned with adoption were to "Expect the unexpected." Never truer a phrase. Hope you get a date soon.

  11. So sorry to hear about your delays. Ugh. Hang in there. Praying for the courts to be on your side :)

  12. Shelly, I hate that y'all are experiencing things that were not planned. I hate that y'all are stuck away from your other 2 children. I know it is hard.

    Isaiah 43:2 says: When you cross deep rivers, I will be with you,and you won't drown.When you walk through fire, you won't be burned or scorched by the flames.

    It will all be worth it soon!

  13. Keep on Keeping on Girl! You have a ton of prayers going up for you.