Merry Christmas! Even waaaay away from home over here in Ukraine, we still celebrated the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
We were priviledged to be invited to the home of Keith and Wendy, the missionaries I told you about before. Also there were their children, Shelby and Ryan and some of their friends, Sergei, Natalie, and Amanda. Keith read us the Christmas story and we took a few moments to think on the real reason this day is special. We had a nice time all of us together and too much food! I think that dining room chairs should have a recliner option for days like this! So we thank our friends from America for the great company and fellowship. Before we left, we took a moment and Wendy said a prayer for us and the boys especially for tomorrow's court proceedings!
Our court date is tomorrow at 10:00am local time and that means it is 3:00am Eastern Standard Time. Any of you who find themselves awake tonight (maybe some indigestion from the good food?!) are invited to remember us in prayer. If not just for the court proceedings, then for our nerves! It should go fine but....well, you understand....
We are leaving Kharkiv tomorrow by train and Ukraine on Friday by plane and will be arriving back in the States late Friday Evening. We are hoping to stay with my Aunt who lives there(--I need to pass that along to her!) Then on Saturday our friend Dayakar has graciously offered to pick us up and take us home to our girls! I can hardly wait to see them!
Please pray for us! Our nerves, our boys, our facilitator, our judge and our lawyer. Thank you for standing with us in this way. I will let you know as soon as I can! I don't know how that will play out though since we will also be travelling tomorrow! So much is happening!
I hope you all are having a very Merry Christmas! I keep remembering this verse today. You all know it. It begins like this: "Our Father, who is in Heaven..." Yes, the Lord's Prayer. Why that verse? Because with this adoption so prevalent in our thoughts today, we can't help but to remember that, as it says in the book of Romans in the Bible, "It is by the spirit of adoption that we can call, Abba, Father... This is the gift that Christ came to give. What a gift.