Saturday, January 22, 2011

We Have a Court Date!

Yup...that call we have been waiting for finally arrived! We do have a court date! I am thankful and relieved, but it is not as soon as we hoped. It is further down the road than I have ever read or heard of from anyone else going through a Bulgarian adoption. But, as God has shown me so many times along this journey...none of this is my vision nor my plan. It is HIS! The amount of times He keeps reminding me of that truly leads to believe that I must still be struggling with that surrender of my plan and my vision!

But, on February 11, 2011 our adoption will go to court and I pray that on that day our sweet Selah will legally be our little princess! I would soooooo appreciate it if you would pray with us that day! Bulgaria is 9 hours ahead of us (here in Phoenix) so anytime after 11 p.m (mountain time zone) on February 10th, a judge could be ruling on our case. From what I have been hearing, most cases recently have been passing at the first hearing, but I am going to be praying like crazy for that same scenario for us.

Last night I had planned to take Zachary and Landon to the TobyMac and Brandon Heath concert. This week, however, a horrible flu bug hit our entire family and little Landon was still running a fever and not feeling very well at all. So, Zach and I invited a very special family friend to go with us in place of Landon. It was so much fun to spend the evening with her and Zach! Anyway, I do like a lot of TobyMac's music, but my kids LOVE his music. I was looking forward to a fun night, but I honestly didn't expect to have an incredible night of worship, of renewal, and of a word from God. But, our God is AWESOME and He spoke to me through Toby's song "Hold On", which  I have heard a million times before but honestly never felt the whisperings of the Spirit. I can't even believe how perfect the words were for what we have been experiencing right now. Through this song, He reminded me that, in the grand scheme of things, we are almost there and we have to "hold on to that hope that will lead us to tomorrow". He also reminded me that I cannot lose sight of the One who is holding us because He is the One who brings us that hope. And last but not least, I was reminded that we just have to hold on a little bit longer because the clouds ARE moving a little bit faster now and we are seeing a hint of the sunlight breaking through!

"Hold On"
 Wake up to the morning light
Wipe away the lonely nights
Let a brand new day wash over you
Wanna see you smile again
Show some love to your crazy friends
Wipe your tears away, those days are through

If you move just a little bit closer
You can put your head on my shoulder
Yeah, yeah

So baby hold on
Just another day or two
I can see the clouds are moving faster now
And the sun is breaking through
If you could hold on
To the One that’s holding you
There is nothing that can stop this crazy love
From breaking through, we’re breaking through

Wake up to the rising sun
Thank the Lord for the things He’s done
Lift your eyes to the hope that’s ever true
Wanna see you smiling girl
You’re a light in this jaded world
Wipe away those tears
This one’s for you

And the stars are up there shining for you
Oh, how the Father does adore you
His love will never change
And you and I, we were born to follow
The hope that will lead us to tomorrow
And no one can take it away

Here is my favorite YouTube video, but it plays a second song after "Hold On" called "Get Back Up"...that is why it is so long. "Hold On" is really only four min so don't be scared away :-)

If anyone out there knows of or is now having their court date scheduled so far out, would you please either comment or send me an email? I'm just kind of wondering if this is something new due to a larger amount of referrals which means more children going through the court system which then could translate into a back-up in the courts until more staff is hired? I'm sure with the pace picking up, the courts are going to have to make a trasition of some kind.... 

Holding on 'til our princess is home,


  1. Ours was 5 weeks out I believe...that was supposedly to give us time to get the paperwork together he requested...but that only took two weeks:)! So, this is not out of the ordinary.

  2. Yay, praising God for you. You are that much closer to bringing your little one home!!! We never understand the timing, but somehow have to trust that God knows what He is doing.

  3. Congratulations on the court date! She will be in your arms very soon!!!

  4. YAY!!!!!!!!!! Was thinking about you this week and hoping and praying that you got the GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Lori, Congrats. That much closer...and that's a big hurdle! Any hints on when you can travel.
    Our court date timeline was similar, if you are just finding out. We found out our date Oct 7 and it was scheduled for Oct 25. Gotcha was Nov 29...a week later than it could have been due to Embassy closing for tgiving. I thought the big delay was between sending our 1800 approval to country and getting the court date. That was send August 16 for us and court was Oct 25. I really thought we would have court end of Sept beginning of Oct. They do not follow our timelines though! Bulgaria or Bust!!

  6. So happy that you finally got your day in court:)