Thank you so much for your many prayers and words of encouragement during our first trip to Vladivostok! What a fantastic trip we had. So many of our prayers were answered. The Lord brought us safely to our beautiful sons in Vladivostok and safely back home to St. Louis. We miss the boys tremendously and are counting the days until we receive a phone call from CHI to tell us we have a court date and can return to Russia. We expect at the least a three-month wait, but it could be longer (let's hope not!). Until then we're both trying to keep busy with work, fixing up the boys' room and doing some traveling to see friends and family.
As we get further and further into this adoption journey, we come into contact with so many people with similar stories. Some of them have already brought their children home. Some of them are waiting for their first trips to Russia. Some, like us, are waiting to return for court. Some of them have been waiting for quite some time. We ask that you would continue to keep us in your prayers, but also all of the families who are waiting to bring their children home. The Lord be with you all.
Clarion and Joel
P.S. - I'm getting better at tinkering with the blog. You'd think somebody like me (Joel) who is in to technology could get a handle on this stuff. A little time and patience and it becomes a cinch. Earlier this evening I put the Vladivostok and St. Louis clocks on the blog as well as a ticker to count the days since we concluded trip #1.