Wednesday, June 29, 2011

If only we could find the camera...

I really was hoping to have pictures of Sveta's room up by now - but Barry and I seem to have lost the camera.  We have NO idea where it could be!  So, as soon as we find it - or decide to buy another, I'll put pictures up.

On a different note, we have something we need you to be praying about.  Our Home Study agency is officially on the blacklist in Russia.  This is not a good thing at ALL.  The agencies we are working with seem to think that we will be able to get a letter from the region where they were placed on the blacklist stating that everything is ok now.  This letter needs to be written in one region and then given to the officials in Vladimir, and they must accept the authenticity of the letter.  If that happens, we will be able to submit our other documents and we will know a court date.  If that doesn't happen, we will have to go about getting a new/updated Home Study (up to a 6 week process).

So, here's what we'd like you to pray:  That the letter is written and accepted by the end of the week.  The agencies seem to think that we should know more by Friday, so we are just praying that we'll have the letter and even a court date by then.  God can do anything!!  We know that this is in His timing, but if I'm honest, I'd really like His timing to be in line with Friday.  :)  We are looking forward to bringing Sveta home, and we'd rather not have to go through more paperwork trails and headaches....but if that's what it is going to take - we'll do it.

On a great note of provision::  Barry was planning on going to Brazil with a team from church...but we decided with the timing of the adoption, we just couldn't chance him being in Brazil when we got the ok to go to Russia.  We decided this after having purchased his plane ticket...however the travel agent just called and said we'll be getting back a significant chunk of the money!  Praise God...we'll be able to us it for the flight to Russia...or at least it will cover Sveta's flight home.

God is so good.


  1. Praying & Praying!
    Thanks for the update. Hope you guys are well!!

  2. OH! :( PRAYING!
    IF you want you could invite me over, and then you could use my camera to take pictures...

  3. Little Jesus, lost and found, help Barry and Jessi find their camera.

    It may sound silly, but it works for me.