Today poor R came into the room limping. She hurt her knee somehow, but we aren't sure how she did it. Using the translator on our phone, we asked her how she hurt her leg, but instead of answering the question she typed "I love you" in Ukrainian. We were so touched that she told us that without being prompted. We sure love her too!
Many of you have been asking for more details about R. Although I can't share much, I can tell you her age. She is a 10 year old beauty! Maybe that's surprising, but God has made it so abundently clear that she is OUR girl. How thankful we are that the Lord's plan is always mightier and more unpredictable than we could ever imagine. Looking back, we can see how God has opened our minds to His will and led us to R through each step of our journey. R's pure heart and strong character continue to amaze us and make us proud as we get to know her more each day. And wow does she share so many personality traits with me and Mark. She's spunky, persistent, and already teaching her mama and papa a thing or two! A true Jackson!
On a discouraging note, it appears we're going to be here awhile longer. It doesn't look like the SDA will process our paperwork until Wednesday. The soonest available court date would be the next day, Thursday, March 7, or Monday, March 11 (Friday the 8th is a holiday). Then add on ten days after that for the mandatory waiting period and an additional week to get R's passport, visa, medical exam, and embassy appointment. That means we're looking at being here until the end of March. We're trusting in God's perfect timing and are praying for a miracle to get us out of here sooner. We'd appreciate if you'd do the same!