Saturday, February 26, 2011

We Have a Date!!!

This week was a big week in our family. Wednesday we celebrated 3 years of marriage AND got our court date!!! This is the first time during this adoption journey that we've ever had dates ahead of us to look forward to! Dates have been unknowns at every turn and it's kind of weird...GREAT to have an official countdown in our house! We are beyond excited and can't believe this is actually happening. Several other adoptive families we've gotten to know through the blog world will be traveling very close to the time we are...what a special blessing.

Next for us is shots, visas, re-fingerprinting, booking tickets, reserving guest houses, finishing up teaching, sorting through shower gifts, setting up rooms, selling 3 golden retriever puppies and so much more. My dad is actually planning to travel with us and we will be staying in country for 2 weeks to see what doors God may open for further ministry in Ethiopia. I will then be staying by myself (with a missionary family) through the end of May. I'll be flying home just in time for my sister's wedding, May 28. Hopefully we'll still be stateside June 11 for my sister-in-law's wedding. We're trusting God to work out the timing of all these special events in our families. 

God's really been teaching us to take things one step at a time and to let tomorrow worry about itself. This adoption is about so much more than us, the kids, adoption, missions, calling, our families. . . it's about HIM being glorified. There seems to be a lot of delays and unknowns surrounding the phases of this adoption we are about to step into. A specific things you can pray with us about is. . .

1. That the Ministry of Women's Affairs (MOWA) would be able to get their letters of recommendation to scheduled court dates so families can "pass" (move ahead toward their embassy date with a successful court hearing). Evidently they are extremely short staffed and swamped. 

We'll be leaving several days before our date to have time to spend with the kids and adjust to the higher altitude and time change. So, you're all wondering what is this date, right??????
 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Answered Prayer!

On Monday morning (after an incredibly special shower thrown by our families), we got a call from our agency saying they got the needed documents for our case! Praise God!!! Let's remember that just 3 weeks ago they were telling us we may not be able to get the needed documents, period. We were able to submit our case to court on Thursday. This is a HUGE step. Hopefully we'll hear our travel date by early March. Right now they're saying it should be about 2.5-3 months out from when we submitted the case to court. Thank you all so much for praying for this situation and our family! When we were all gathered for the shower on Sunday, it was as if we were declaring that these kids are coming home! God moved in a mighty way and we have been so strongly reminded that He is sovereign and He is the defender of the fatherless.

More on that baby shower soon...:)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Justice-Restoration-Joy

These 3 words have been in our hearts for a long time, especially since we got our referral for little boy M and baby girl H. First an update, and then some thoughts...

We were very thankful to hear that the needed documents for our adoption can definitely be gotten (don't have them yet). When we were initially told about the new requirement, our agency wasn't sure if the documents could even be gotten for our case. The social workers are currently working on getting the documents (hopefully sooner than later) so we can move ahead. Evidently they need clarity as to the who's what's and where's involved in getting them.

Please pray with us, that God would continue to move in a mighty way over there, as many waiting children and families are affected by all this.


Our kids have lost so much...been through so much. It's so hard to think that papers are keeping us from moving toward bringing them home. The road toward restoration is a long, tiring, and painful journey. At the same time it's beautiful, joyful, and in our God, He makes everything new. But, the cost is great. We've really been wrestling through the tremendous pain and deep loss in our children's stories. A story that we've been entrusted with as their parents to carry for them and along with them as they begin to understand it all. As painful and joyful as this season is (quite the paradox at times), I know God is in this. I see His face and fingerprints everywhere I turn, every time I look at my children's faces.

This is our Father's heart...justice...restoration...joy

Little Ones-We are praying our Father's justice, restoration, and deep joy in your lives. May He open doors for us to come to you very soon. We will do whatever it takes and wait as long as it takes to get you home and safe in our arms forever. 

If you have a few minutes, please listen to this song and pray for our children! This has been a special song we've played and prayed over them during this journey.