It rained most of the day today, so we headed out to the bowling ally. We saw Kristina's competitive side come out and it wasn't pretty! She had a tough time just enjoying rolling the ball down the lane. Our kids were laughing and high fiving each other even if they only knocked down one pin. Though the other children were cheering her on, she got frustrated and cranky at one point and decided to quit. After about 15 minutes of sitting and pouting, she decided to rejoin us and apologized for her behavior. It has been a good thing to see her recognize unacceptable behavior and correct it with little prompting from us. She is adjusting and given the circumstances, she's doing a great job.
Speaking of adjusting with little prompting, I am not as successful as Kristina in rolling with the punches lately. I need your prayers for just learning to be still. Most of the time I'm with Kristina, a barage of questions goes through my mind: "Will she be with us forever? How can we possibly afford an adoption? How can we bear to send her back?" Pray that I will be at peace and trust God to unfold things according to His will. News came from the Ukrainian govenment this week that no new adoption petitions will be accepted until January of 2007. What??? January 2007??? Then I came across this verse today:
Do not move the ancient boundary in the fields of the fatherless; for their Defender is strong; He will take up their case . . . - Proverbs 23:10-11
Pray that I will joyfully leave things in the hands of our Defender. Let us see what our God will do.