Molly started working at Starbucks this past week. We felt that with with our mounting legal fees and Matt's new job, the time was right for me to begin supplementing our income.
With hours that work really well for our family, it feels like a pretty sweet deal. I start work at 5 a.m. and am home just a couple of hours after the girls get up in the morning.
Our generous and wonderful extended family watches the girls while I am at work. We are thankful for this opportunity that allows me to make some extra money without incurring additional daycare costs!
Harper thinks that my new job is pretty cool and is envious of my green apron! In addition to the usual pretend cooking she does, she has added making "big cups of coffee." Waverley just likes it when I bring home the vanilla milk!
A New Milestone for Waverley
Waverley put two words together for the first time this week.
"Pat Mama," she said with a smile as she leaned out of her seat at the table to pat my arm as I brought her dinner to her. It was a really sweet moment.
But then again, this girl loves to eat, and she might have just been happy to have her food!
Updates on the Legal Front & Prayer Requests
Our lawyer and the birthfather's lawyers have submitted their briefs to the Court of Appeals. At this point, a panel of three judges will review transcripts of our court dates, all of the evidence presented, and the briefs.
At an unknown time in the future, our lawyer and the birthfather's lawyers will go before this panel of judges to answer questions.
From there, more time (of course, always more time!) will go by for deliberations and then a verdict will be reached.
Our lawyer brought up several times in his brief that the duty of this court is not to make a new ruling based on what happened during our trial, but rather to decide if the favorable ruling was made in error. We are very happy with the quality of our lawyer and the work he has done for us.
As we go through this time of waiting, we would be so grateful for your continued prayers. We firmly believe that it is through prayer alone that we won our case in the first place.
Please pray that the judges would not be able to overturn this ruling.... that it would simply be impossible for them to do so. We don't care how this happens! We just pray that they will decide that there is no viable option but to uphold the ruling Judge Sheppard made in our favor.
We also ask for prayers for our lawyer during this time... that he would have the answers to the questions that the judges need to hear, and that he would have a supernatural wisdom and discernment when he stands before them.
Finally, please join us in praying for our girls. We do not want Harper and Waverley to pick up on the mounting tension in our home as our court date approaches. We saw clear signs of stress in our daughters as we rode out the last round of this legal battle. We are praying they will not pick up on the worry and fear that we have a hard time keeping at bay.
Lastly if you are so inclined, we would so appreciate your prayers for our family in general... that we would be strong and courageous, not afraid or discouraged, remembering that the Lord, Our God, is with us wherever we go. Joshua 1:9 promises that to us. We pray it would resonate within us as we clearly see that God is in this with us and for us.
Thank you so very much!