class and we have seen her knitting away. She is very good at it. It has also been fun to spend time with Grisha. Matthew was able to throw the football with him in the playroom and some of the other boys and it was fun to see them respond to Matthew. There are not many men that come to the orphanage except to adopt children. So it is good to see them play with a guy. These children have so many stories.....how can their story be heard? They are so full of life. That may be hard to imagine...but they are. To be honest I may not be able to fully explain the situation of these children until I can come home and process. My heart goes out to each one of them. May the Creator of all be a Father to them. Please pray that for the cute adorable and fun children. This boy in the picture is Ginia (please forgive my spelling...I am trying to spell phonetically....I am sure that his name is spelled differently). When we got to the internot Wednesday some of the sixth grade boys were there and they were cleaning, and I mean cleaning!! They were great workers. We caught Ginia cleaning out the closet. He is so warm and always smiles. He is just one example of the demeanor of the children we have met.
Now a little more about Karina. It was good to hear her sing Wednesday. We got to meet her choir teacher. She spoke English quite well. She was sad to be losing Karina, but happy for Karina to have a home. That has been the predominate feeling we have gotten from most of the people at the internot. They have been warm and welcoming. It was fun to walk the hall with Karina and hear people call out her name everywhere. She was a busy lady Wednesday. Matthew says that she is just like her mother. But I remind him that she looks like him. :) It is amazing to see how she fits with us. Only God in His providence could have made all of this possible. We continue to thank him and praise Him for His benevolence to us. We are thankful for your prayers and comments on the blog. They are such an encouragement to us. One specific prayer request. We are praying that we will have our court date on or before Dec 19th. We are praying for God to work a mighty miracle. Please join us in that prayer!!!! That date would allow us to keep our plane tickets the same. That would be wonderful. That would also allow us to stop in Kyiv and sign any paperwork that we need to sign. A sooner court date would be WONDERFUL!!!!! We send our love to you all!! Sheila