We received an email from Liliya today and though we are personally THRILLED, our hearts ache for this grandmother who is living out sacrificial love. Please pray for Tamara and that she will experience the grace of God as she loves Katya.
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because inquiring minds want to know, here are details:
1. Bill was able to notarize the doctors’ licenses at our bank rather than the one I tried yesterday. Yes, Leslie, our wonderful doctors and their staff will be receiving something yummy.
2. Bill has apostilled everything except our MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE. While I was explaining apostilling to the kiddoes this morning, it occurred to me that this could be a problem. Because we have several “original” (how can there be more than one “original?”) marriage certificates, we just included one of these. However, we were married in NC so it has to be apostilled in NC. Fortunately a pair of the grandparents live in Raleigh so they can take care of this for us. It just won’t go out with this set of documents but will go out along with the I171-H and STATE criminal clearances, when they arrive.
3. Bill is enroute searching for Maggie Scobie. Even with his fancy-schmancy i-phone, he has needed ME to be his GPS. 🙂 They are trying to connect at some restaurant in Aldie, VA.
Katya has been sent to a “children’s sanatorium” for three weeks. I have NO idea what this means and you can imagine that this mother’s heart is just longing to get her HERE where she can see our wonderful doctors. Anyone out there who can enlighten me on what is a “children’s sanatorium?” Please pray for God’s protection of Katya.
Tamara, Katya’s grandmother, has assured Liliya, our translator, that she is signing papers tomorrow. Perhaps this recent sickness, as hard as it is, is part of God’s plan for moving Katya out of an institution and into a family.
We did talk with Katya on Saturday – Bill, me, and ALL the kids. It still is too tender for me to write about, so I’m focusing on tasks. Once I can, I will write.
The biggest snow we’ve had all year came on Sunday night. But, we braved the snowy roads to notarize a million documents. And, our Associate Pastor met us for the FIFTH time to sign and notarize the employment verification letter. This one has been tricky for us as a ministry couple because of housing allowances and how that impacts salary.
So, we headed to Richmond for our apostilling adventure only to pull into a snowy parking lot and discover that Governor Kaine had declared a “snow emergency” and all the state offices were CLOSED!
And, there’s another bump in the road. Our copies of our doctors’ licenses have to be notarized as exact duplicates of the originals. However the notary I saw today for this says that she doesn’t notarize duplicates of originals, only signatures. Hmmm… Any tips? Our doctors and their staff have been amazing, but I’m wondering how much more patience they’ll have when I show up AGAIN tomorrow telling them that I need something else.
So, we’re praying and waiting to hear from Maggie, at FrontierHorizon. Bill’s ready to drive back to Richmond tomorrow and then drive to wherever Maggie is to hand deliver the documents so that she can take them with her to Ukraine.
I’m a bit discouraged, so pray for us to see God’s plan for getting these documents into Dima’s hands.