Bad news first. Justin has been quite ill. We are honestly hoping it is something he ate and not something that is contagious. He can't be far from the restroom, he has chills, and cold sweats. There was no way he could make the two hour trip to Ussuriysk. He was upset to miss our visit with the Little Guy, but he was relieved to be able to stay in the hotel room.
The good news. My visit with the Little Guy was awesome. More answered prayers! I was concerned that we would have lots of tears and spend half our visit warming up to one another. Boy was I wrong! He was so happy to see me- ok - I think he was happy to see our black bag with the toys and snacks in it, but still he was happy nonetheless. He really hasn't grown much at all from what I can tell. I haven't compared the actual measurements from trip one and today to know for sure. He was sporting lime green tights and red and blue sandals. He loves to be tickled and snuggled next to me toward the end of our two hour visit. I noticed something around his neck while he was laying in my lap. It was the sweetest little necklace made from a piece of twine. On the twine was a golden cross. I don't know how to describe metal...like a firm piece of foil perhaps. I asked about it and was told that he was baptized last week. I am hoping we get to keep the necklace. It will be a very special keepsake.
I am also hoping that this was the last time I had to take him back to his group at the baby home. The next time we visit we want to take him with us forever. We were pretty sure that we would get to have him with us during the 10 days after court but now we aren't for certain. There is a 'big' meeting tomorrow that affects all of the baby home and orphanage directors so we may have to wait to see. Sounds like no one really knows anything right now. We will focus on court and then hope for good news after that.
Speaking of court, Justin and I need to prepare for court now. Better get going. We would love if you would pray for a positive court hearing. Our hearing starts at 10 a.m. on the 31st which would be 6:00 p.m. central time on the 30th back home.