The boys will be with us until their mother is able to get beds for them, which will probably take close to 2 weeks. This is a huge answer to prayer, because we believe this way we'll have time to plan and prepare and hopefully make some sweet memories and take some intentional steps toward their reunion with their mother.
Another answer to prayer is that the boys did not have to be at court today. We've had no aftermath since the last visit, and we're hopeful that it will stay that way!
One last (potential) answer to prayer was a report we received from our case worker who was in the court room today. As of Saturday, we knew that their biological mom was celebrating and shouting from the rafters that her kids were "coming home Monday". We've really only ever heard of their mom being extremely angry, so it's actually been kind of refreshing to hear of her excitement. After court today, however, the report was quite different. We were told that she was really emotional...crying. One of our big prayers from the beginning has been for the Lord to humble her and soften her heart to the gospel.
"You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise."
I don't know her heart, and I certainly don't know the work of the Lord in her life, but I have been encouraged tonight as I've considered the possibility that these somewhat unexpected 2 weeks may be just the thing He's using to begin to break her spirit, humble her heart, and convince her that she is not ultimately in control of the events in her life. Pray hard for this! And pray that whatever words we may write to her over the next couple of weeks will be used by the Holy Spirit to minister to her during these difficult days. Pray boldly that God would prepare her heart to receive Him and find redemption and freedom.