Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Closer

Our agency keeps these really handy referral clocks (on our online adoption planner) that give us an idea of where things stand in the "waiting room". Some agencies tell you what number you are on the waiting list throughout the entire process. Our agency feels this causes stress and comparison, so they avoid this until families are really close. These clocks do however show what month the family they're currently working on submitted their dossier (papers) and officially went on the waiting list. In other words, the next referral will be offered to the family whose dossier was submitted that month. We submitted our dossier December 21st so we're considered December on the clock. Also, we're the two children clock. When the clocks were first posted at the end of March, they read...

Boys(0-24 months)-June
Girls(0-24 months)-May
Two Children(0-4 years)-August

For what seemed like forever, we saw no movement. Referrals were slowly trickling in with the hopes of our spring referral changing to a late summer or maybe even late fall referral. Well, the past 2 weeks things seem to have shifted. In just a matter of 2 weeks the clocks now read...

Boys(0-24 months):August
Girls(0-24 months):June
Two Children(0-4 years):October

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Just to know that there's been movement is so exciting for us. We don't really know how much longer it will be for us. But, we do know that with each step, every emotion, and every referral, we're moving toward them: our children, the ones God has for us, these precious gifts we're so honored to be waiting for. The clock is not on December yet, but it's only 2 months away!!! And for now, we're one step closer.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Leave a Comment!

This blog has become a really neat way to journal and track our adoption journey. We're often told by people that they've been reading our blog, which is great. But, we'd have no way of knowing who they were unless they told us. We would love to hear from the people who are reading and walking along with us. I just discovered that there's a handy dandy 'comment' link under each blog entry. It currently reads '0 comments', but you could be the first to change that! If you visit our blog please feel free to leave a comment, prayer, word of encouragement, verse, or whatever's on your heart. We can't wait to share this with our children someday and tell them their story. We'll show them all the people who prayed along with their mommy and daddy for them to make it safely home. You are all a part of this unfolding story and we want to always remember that through this blog or as I like to call it, "my online scrapbook"!

There's not really any news on the adoption front (that we're aware of). We know God is working in ways we cannot see. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 Things continue to be slow in Ethiopia due to the upcoming elections this month. Unfortunately, this does not mean the number of orphans is declining, just that paperwork is crawling.  We did find out that two of the orphanages on hold have officially had their licenses revoked. All of those orphans have now been moved to other orphanages. That leaves two that are still on hold. Our agency has heard a mixed bag as to whether or not they will be re-opening. We're so blessed to be surrounded by friends and family standing and praying with us. All we can say is...keep praying!