We did get the court decree and an updated birth certificate today. There was one little glitch in the court decree that was causing some confusion so the lady at the vital records department in Misha's city of birth did not want to issue the birth certificate like we wanted it. I stood in the hallway and intently prayed until Vanya came out saying that she was going to give us a birth certificate. I was so excited that we were going to be able to get the birth certificate done. It was a very long drive and I certainly did not want to have to go to court again and then drive back to that city a second time. Really praising Jesus for that tonight!!
I found out today that this region no longer does one-day passports, which we were counting on. So, we have to wait the standard 3-business day minimum to get the passport. That means there is no possible way for us to fly home this weekend. If everything is in order for us to successfully apply for the passport tomorrow we should be able to pick it up on Friday. We will then have to go to Kiev for the medical exam and apply for the visa. The embassy in Kiev is only open during standard business hours so we may not be able to do that until Monday and picking up the visa on Tuesday. So, it looks like we may not be able to fly home until Wednesday or Thursday of next week. :( :( :( We really are ready to go home. Please understand that all of this is variable at this point and can change at the drop of a hat. I will keep you posted as we proceed.
The director of the orphanage will not be available tomorrow so we cannot officially check Misha out of the orphanage until the next day. We will need to at least temporarily check him out long enough tomorrow to go apply for the passport though. Please pray that it will not be a problem for us to check him out temporarily in order to do this.
Please pray that we will be able to apply for the passport tomorrow. Also, please pray that everything else will fall into place so we can begin our journey home.
Thank you so much for your love and support. Most importantly, thank you interceding on our behalf.