Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Don't really feel like blogging but I wanted to share our court date...

This past week has been such an emotional roller coaster for me.

I know of 3 other families that are adopting from the exact same place as us using the same agency. Three of them got emails saying our coordinator in Eastern Europe was going to be asking for court dates on the 17th of January. I was so excited but I wasn't sure if we were getting one since we didn't receive the email everyone else did. I emailed our coordinator in America and asked her if everyone was getting a court date on the 17th and she said yes. I was so excited I told everyone that we would be getting a court date on the 17th.

Friday the 13th  I emailed our coordinator in America and told her that we hadn't received the email everyone else did and I just wanted to make sure she knew that we could travel ASAP. She email me back and said our coordinator in Eastern Europe didn't include us in the email either because it was an oversight or all of our paperwork wasn't ready yet.  She said we would not be getting a court date on the 17th and I was devastated. I must have just completely misunderstood her and thought we were getting a court date.

I talked to some of the ladies at our church about it and they just shared scripture with me and prayed for me. I felt so much better after that. I know that God is sovereign over all things and I know his timing is perfect but sometimes I just need to be reminded of that. I was totally at peace with not getting a court date yet and I would just keep getting the house ready until we got a date.

Then Saturday the 14th I had the worst headache and I was just laying on the couch trying to get my head to stop hurting. Then Jason saw online that Tripp had passed away and I was so so sad. My head hurt so bad that I couldn't really process all the emotions I was feeling. Sunday during worship it hit me though and I lost it. I cried and cried as I was overcome with grief. I was so sad for Courtney and so sad that Tripp had passed away. I was of course relieved that he wasn't suffering anymore but Courtney still lost her baby and my heart couldn't even handle the emotion of it all. I couldn't help but cry and mourn the loss of sweet baby Tripp.

Then on Tuesday the 17th I was so excited for all my friends who would be receiving their court dates. My friend Kelly called me and I thought she was going to tell me what her court date was but she said "have you checked your email?" I said "no, why?" She said "because you GOT YOUR COURT DATE!!!!" I said "SHUT UP!!!, YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.....!!!!!" I was so excited I couldn't believe it. I said "okay I have to call Jason, talk to you soon." Then I looked at my phone and saw I had a text message that Jason sent me it said "WE HAVE OUR COURT DATE!" He can't really talk on the phone at work so that's why he sent me the text. We were both so excited.

Then Tuesday night Jason , Kenya and I drove to Louisiana to go to Tripp's funeral. Wednesday was his funeral and I blogged about it here. It was so devastating and heart breaking.

Then we came back home and have been getting ready to go to Eastern Europe every since.

I feel like my heart is torn in two. Half of my heart is so excited to be so close to adopting Baby A but the other half is devastated and still mourning the loss of Tripp so please know when I blog about how excited I am I am also as equally sad thinking about Courtney and Tripp. It is a very strange thing going through my heart right now.

So now here is the exciting news WE LEAVE TOMORROW FOR EASTERN EUROPE!!!! Our court date is FEBRUARY 2ND!!!!!

Please be praying that the Judge will approve our adoption and please be praying if it is God's will that they would waive the 30 day wait so we can bring him home with us this trip.

Here is how it will all go down..
*we leave tomorrow to head to Eastern Europe and we will arrive on the 26th.
*as soon as we land we will head to have blood work done
*Friday the 27th we will have our medical evaluations done and I'm guessing we will get to see Baby A.
* we should get to see him every day we are there.
*then Thursday the 2nd we will go before the judge and they will read over our whole dossier (which includes our home study financial forms, medical papers, and tons of other things) then we will be asked a lot of questions regarding why we want to adopt Baby A, how we plan on caring for him... I'm not sure what all we will be asked but I know it will be a lot.

It is still very important that we are not linked with Baby A online ANYWHERE so please don't post his name and say we are coming to adopt him or anything like that. I will let everyone know when it is safe to spread the word.

That is the latest news. Please join us in praying for God to be glorified through all of this and for His will to be done!



Gilda said...

Vanessa, how exciting to hear this news! I am so Happy for you and Jason. God's timing is perfect and he will continue to guide you on this trip. You will be in my prayers all goes well and bring your baby home!

Speechless said...

So, so excited for you!! I'll be praying that everything goes smoothly and you will be bringing your sweet one home with you right after court.

crystal said...

I'm so happy for you guys!!! Praying that everything goes great and also praying for safe travels :)

Jessica said...

What a roller coaster the last week has been for you. I'm so glad to hear you have your court date, and I will be praying for you. And, of course, I will be praying for Courtney too.

Anonymous said...

This is very exciting news. I am praying for you and that Baby A can come home with you. God is so good.

Melissa C. said...

Long time reader, since before Melody & Madison. I pray everything goes well for you on your trip. What a blessing for everyone involved. Please don't feel guilty about your happiness. Courtney wouldn't want that and it is unfair to yourself. God bless.

Amy said...

Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I can't wait to read that you have brought this precious baby home.
It has been an emotional week for all that have followed Tripp's story and he will never be forgotten. I have been keeping Tripp and his family in my prayers each night. I know he's watching over Courtney and smiling the gorgeous smile of his.

Liz said...

What a rollercoaster indeed! Praying for you guys!

Anonymous said...

I am so, so, so happy for you guys! I follow Tripp and Courtney too and was so very saddened. I can't wait for your family to be permanently united with Baby A....So, completely amazing. Have a safe trip and we will pray for a waiver of the 30 days!!