Monday, October 29, 2012

We Met Our Son

Yesterday, we met Baby A! The first glimpse of that beautiful Ethiopian woman, holding a blue bundle, with my swaddled son inside, just about stopped my heart. Baby A is an absolute delight...pure sweetness. He just looked and looked into both our eyes, was cooing, and even belly laughing. I can hardly believe we're here in Ethiopia, again, working to adopt our 3rd child. I don't have much time, but wanted to do a quick update.

Our trip has been amazing so far. One of the highlights was taking Malachi to visit his orphanage, Tikuret. It was so special for Malachi and all the nannies to see one another again. It was a deeply meaningful time. We also had a wonderful time staying with our friends, the Shannon's, of Embracing Hope Ethiopia. We'll be spending time with Baby A the next few days, court on Wed, and then we fly out Thursday. We're all doing great so far. Malachi started with some belly trouble today:(, but hopefully it'll pass soon. Nate was sick a few days ago, but is better now. Praying the rest of us stay healthy!

Thanks for all the prayers, they've definitely been felt and effective. Hopefully we can update more soon, after court. Here's a sneak peak of us being handed Baby A for the first time.

Friday, October 12, 2012

We're Going to ETHIOPIA!!!

October 24th, we will board a plane headed to E.T.H.I.O.P.I.A!!! It worked out that our 4 year old son and my dad will be coming with us too. Our court date, where we appear in front of the judge to give our consent to the adoption, is October 31st. We are beyond excited and grateful...there's really no words. You wait so long, pray so fervently, and fight so hard in an adoption; then, all of a sudden, the door swings open. And you just kinda stand back and stare at this open door in awe and disbelief. You can hardly believe that this moment has come. You turn to each other and say, "are we actually going to Ethiopia, do we actually have a son there"? It's just all so surreal. But, these open door moments in an adoption don't come very often, so we are sitting back and enjoying the excitement and anticipation building these past few days! Thanks for the prayers and we'll keep you posted. 

By the way, Baby A will not be able to come home with us on this trip. We will then return home and wait another 2-4 months to finally bring him home. That wait will be the most difficult. But, it's also the wait with the most hope, because the finish line is actually starting to come into view.

We'll post more details about our trip soon and how you can pray for us!