Sunday, November 4, 2007
Remember all the Halloween horror movies? Halloween 1, Halloween 2, etc? I got tickled today when the caretakers handed me Noah in his Halloween outfit for the 5TH DAY IN A ROW!!!!
Noah is progressing in many ways. He is getting better at standing when holding on to something. But he really surprised me today!! I was standing there holding him up and he started picking up one foot and moving it forward and then the other foot and then the other foot. He was on a mission to get to a particular toy!! I COULDN'T believe it! Then, I began thinking how lucky I am in that ... I am seeing his first tooth come in, I am seeing him learn how to sit up without help, how to stand while holding on, and I am hearing his first "babbling." Soon, I will see him crawl for the first time, and later ... say his first word, etc. It's quite incredible when I think about it all! He is at a wonderful age!
I'm including a couple of photos of Noah and Asher. Noah was just fine until Asher decided to teethe on his head!
This afternoon, Larissa brought to the orphanage our two petition letters for the court. One is a petition for adoption and one is a petition asking for immediate custody. She interpreted them for us and we signed them. I believe that by Tuesday we will know our court dates. Meanwhile, Olga and Larissa gave us the "FIVE FINGERS" (they call it) or the five things we must cover in our "court speech." The speech should be about 20 - 25 minutes long ... this includes pausing for the interpreter (Larissa). I'm going to begin working on my speech tonight. I've given quite a few speeches in my lifetime ... but this will be the absolute most important speech I have ever given or will ever give. I am going to pray and pray that God will give me the perfect words to say ... the words He would have me say.
I got back to the apartment to find the heat on! But, when I got to the bedroom, I heard water dripping! The faucet to that radiator was ON and water was leaking all over the floor!!!!! Oh, Lord! I grabbed towels and cleaned it all up and am just praying it didn't leak to the apartment below. Thank goodness I got here when I did and not much later ... or it would have been ROUND TWO tonight with the owner and the neighbors. Can you believe it?