Sunday, November 22, 2009

What Happens Next

Now that we have a court date, everyone is asking what happens next. A very good question indeed...

On December 3rd, (sometime in the early morning hours our time, keep in mind they are 8 hours ahead of us), our case will go before a judge in Ethiopia. We will not be present for this, instead someone from our agency goes on our behalf. When we pass, Isaiah is officially and legally our son! We may or may not pass the first time. Many families have not been passing lately, and it is usually for a reason that is completely out of our control. For example, someone from the MOWA (kind of like our social services here in the US) has to write a letter for the court case. If they do not write the letter in time, you fail court and are rescheduled. Some families are rescheduled for later in the week while others are pushed to a month or so later. So passing court is the first hurdle. After passing, (and celebrating like crazy), we wait for an embassy date appointment. From what I understand, the staff in Ethiopia has to receive our court degree and then gather numerous documents including little Isaiah's new birth certificate, passport, medical records, etc. All of these documents have to arrive at the Embassy at least two weeks prior to our appointment. What does this mean? This means that we'll probably get a tentative embassy date, and then wait for it to be confirmed when they receive all the documents. If they are there in time, we book our tickets! WooooHOOO!

Right now we are guessing that if we pass court the first time we will probably travel sometime in January. There is a December 28th embassy date, but to make it, all of our documents would have to be gathered with super sonic speed and this does not usually happen. However, we know that our Father will work out His perfect plan, in His perfect time, and nothing is impossible for Him.
11 days...Let the countdown begin!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009






The Valley

My friend Tarren recently sent us an encouraging email. We are so thankful for her, and for all of you, who have been constantly praying for us and encouraging us in so many ways. Tarren reminded me of a song we used to sing back in the day, and after listening to it this morning, I thought I'd post the lyrics in the hope that it might encourage some of you as it has encouraged me. This is my prayer this morning...

The pathway is broken and the signs are unclear
And I don't know the reason why you brought me here
But just because you love me the way that you do
I'm gonna walk through the valley
If you want me to

Cause I'm not who I was
When I took my first step
And I'm clinging to the promise
You're not through with me yet
So if all of these trials
Bring me closer to you
Then I will go through the fire if you want me to

It may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that's not my home
But you never said it would be easy
You only said I'd never go alone

So when the whole world turns against me
And I'm all by myself
And I can't hear you answer my cries for help
I'll remember the suffering your love put you through
And I will go through the valley
If you want me to.

"If You Want Me To" by Ginny Owens

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Latest

We are still waiting to be assigned a court date, but on Friday we received this little update on Isaiah:
"His personality is bigger than his size; he is happy most of the time and has great eye contacts. As far his case, we are waiting for court date.”
Although it's not much, it's something, and at this point we are very grateful for anything. Hold on sweet boy, we will get there one day. In the meantime, we are so thankful you are happy, and your personality is shining through. We can't wait to meet you.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Welcome Home Derek!!

A beautiful reminder of His faithfulness and what lies ahead. Thanks Michelle!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


I just stumbled across this inspiring blog:

Check out their amazing story of adopting a sweet little girl, who happens to be HIV positive, from Uganda.

You can also read more about this little girl and how she was introduced to her forever family here.

From Joining the Journey:
Adoption is the road less traveled and there is a reason for that. IT is a TRAGEDY. For domestic adoption, there is a birthmother that is leaving a child behind...HEART WRENCHING. For International adoption, (typically) a child has been abandoned, and his/her heart KNOWS that and LONGS for a mommy and daddy. IT IS NOT EASY and prepare for your heart to BREAK several times along the road. If you want to feel the Lord's presence more than ever, see the face of Jesus in a child, and experience the HEARTBEAT of Christ TAKE the road less traveled.

To support their orphan ministry check out

It's so exciting to see what the Lord is doing through their obedience. Thank you Suzanne, for sharing your story and for the awesome reminder that
Obedience trumps worst case scenario!