Our court date was scheduled for Friday morning at 10am.
My mom and Josiah arrived on Thursday evening.
On Thursday evening, we also found out that a very important document had not yet been signed. We could not have court unless this document was signed.
So we prayed, and we prayed, and we got lots of other people to pray. And then we prayed some more!
On Friday morning, we got ready for court. At 9:30am we found out that that the paper was signed!
And then we were off to court. The courthouse is about a 5 minute walk from our hotel. It was cloudy and windy and rainy. The kind of weather that makes your umbrella turn inside out.
We entered the court room and took our seats. There were 11 people in the court room: a judge, two jury members, a prosecutor, a secretary, a lawyer representing the orphanage, a social worker, our facilitator, my mom, and me and Josiah.
Now, as some of you may remember, we specifically asked people to pray for a few things: a kind and compassionate judge, a kind and compassionate prosecutor, and the waiving of our 10 day wait. In Ukraine, after adoptive parents pass court, there is a mandatory 10 day waiting period. This is to give anybody the opportunity to appeal the judge's decision.
Our judge was AWESOME. Our prosecutor was personable and very friendly! And everyone (judge, jury, prosecutor, social worker, and lawyer for the orphanage) was in agreement that, due to Oliver's current condition, our 10 day wait needed to be waived.
WE WERE ECSTATIC!
And now, since we are officially and legally 100% PARENTS (whoa, that's so crazy), we can post lots and lots of pictures of our children!
So now, let me present to you the newest additions to our family:
Oliver Eugene Nolan (7 years old)
Andrew Sergei Nolan (7 years old)
And oh boy, do we love them a lot :)