on your mark, get set…”you didn’t bring your passports?” (and we got a court date!)

Well there is good news. We got a court date. We are going to make you sweat it out, but it’s an exciting time! Here’s how it happened.

We had pre-court on thursday at 10am. We arrived at 9:25 and waiting until about 10:05 while people came and went. Our coordinator showed up with Sam’s doctor, who is a really sweet lady, and she loves us. Finally we got called in, so we went up to the third floor into an office. Dang it, wrong floor. Everyone laughs, and our coordinator leads us up another floor where we enter the judge’s office. We went in and sat down.

The judge asks for our translator’s papers. Then he asks for our lawyer’s papers. Then he asks for our passports, which we did not have. “What? You don’t have your passports?” He didn’t want to go on with the hearing without them, which is understandable, so he said to come back at the same time on Friday. It was very disappointing, and we were worried about how it might make us look or that it would delay us. No one told us to bring our passports, and we even asked someone who said no. 

So we did the whole put on a suit and tie and pantyhose thing again (collectively speaking, so don’t get crazy. Rude.) We went back and did it all over again. We actually got in at 9:45 this time and were out of there by 10am. We did the whole deal, he asked everyone some basic questions like “what is your favorite number?” and “if you were a hotdog, would you eat yourself?” Then we set the date and left, excited to be past one step, a little nervous about the next one. But this was a good day.

While we were waiting, Sam’s doctor told us that while we weren’t at the baby house yesterday because we went to pre-court Sam was walking or crawling around wondering where we were. It’s sad, but sweet. We should also report that he called Charity mama yesterday for the first time. He was reaching for her when he said it, so we are pretty sure it was legit. He is also walking a lot on his own now and does it with a little more balance and grace. It’s exciting to see him making steps up the developmental ladder while we are with him. He is a cool kid.

Thank you guys for praying. Please pray like crazy for us as we approach our court date. Here are a few specifics:

1) favor with the judge
2) that some of the issues we have heard about will either not come up or be minor things that get by wth a simple, straightforward answer
3) approval
4) peace in our hearts and minds as we prepare
5) for the Lord’s power and grace to be seen in these steps

Thank you so much for being there with us for every step. We have felt the prayers and encouragement over the last few days. This journey is not just ours, it belongs to so many other people. Thank you for walking it with us.

PS – the court date is this Monday, April  13 at 3pm (You didn’t think we were really going to keep that from you, right?)


10 responses to “on your mark, get set…”you didn’t bring your passports?” (and we got a court date!)

  • Rick Carroll

    Aaron and Charity:
    You guys have never met me, but I work with Aaron’s cousin, Tori, in Terrell. She’s one incredible young lady and loves you both (AND Sam!) very much. To that end, she’s shared yours’ and Sam’s story with all of her co-workers and many of us, in turn, have shared it with our friends and family….and the legions of prayer warriors continues to grow.

    Seriously, you guys have and amazing story of faith, love, perseverance and obedience to tell and I know that its far from being over. Please know that there are (literally) hundreds if not thousands of folks out there praying for you and Sam and we will continue to do so until God’s perfect will is made manifest and (prayerfully stated) you guys and your baby boy are safely back home.

    I’ve not been to Kazakhstan but have been to several baby homes and orphanages in another former Soviet Republic. You guys are living the dream that many of us have (although I know that the dream is sometimes less than wonderful) and fulfilling the sense of calling and commitment that many more should. Thank you.

    And please, keep those cards and letters coming….we’re all on the edge of our seats here waiting to hear how your court date turns out!

    God Bless You all and best wishes for the happiest and Holiest Easter ever!

    In His Love and By His Grace,


  • Jamie

    Monday is so close – congrats!

  • Chanda

    Congrats on getting the court date. I was really nervous when we went into that courtroom, but everything went fine. Best wishes.

  • Jane Peterson

    Praying for the court date, for favor in the eyes/heart/mind of the judge (and everyone else involved), for any potential problematic issue to be a NON-issue. Aaron, you are cute (re: your earlier post), but Sam is cuter. Charity, of course, is as beautiful as ever, on that side of the world or this. Much love, Jane

  • Bo & Julie

    Oh my gosh!!! WOW!! Praise GOD! That’s just in a few (long) days. We will pray before we go to bed Sunday night! Can’t wait to hear good news. Love you!

  • Stephen Mstar

    Court is such an exciting and scary time. We had to walk into that room 3 times before we had a final decision and each time felt exciting and overwhelming. Sam’s doctor is the same one our Sasha had and I have to say that she is one amazing woman. All the kids there love her. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It feels weird to be on this end of the globe seeing someone do the exact same dance we were in two months ago.
    Praying that the judge will find you as charming and wonderful as you come through in your posts…

  • Darla Elder

    This is all so exciting. I can’t wait each day to see if there’s a new update. Please know that we are praying & looking forward to the day you get to come home with Sam. Thanks for sharing this experience with all of us so eloquently. I’m sure that everone else, as we have, have fallen in love with Sam.

  • John Lewis

    PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aunt Elisabeth

    We will pray like crazy. So that’s while we’re sleeping Sunday night right? Tell Sam that Jonny calls him his little brother. We have a picture of Sam on the fridge and Jonny pointed at it yesterday and said (in Spanish of course) that’s my little brother. Tell Sam his cousins love him.

  • Charlotte Cox

    2:50 a.m. in Terrell TX. Just couldn’t sleep. Got up, Facebooked, Yahooed, Facebooked a little more. 29 seconds earlier you posted your blog. Maybe I couldn’t sleep so I could read it and pray…anyway, know that I did. God is good.

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