The Journey to Bring our Daughter HOME

Where to begin?!?

The past month and a half has been an incredible ride and we are beyond thrilled to say:

Our precious Helina is HOME!!!

Helina is doing incredibly well and the transition home has been better than we could have imagined. But for this blog post, I want to share about our journey to bring her home. Our time in Ethiopia was beautiful and God moved in AMAZING ways. (I will divide this up into two posts because it is going to be a long story full of lots of pictures!)

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Still waiting….

Nearing the end of this journey is exciting, yet unbelievably difficult and frustrating, to be so close yet not know exactly when our daughter will be in our arms. We appreciate your prayers that are getting us (especially this emotional mama right here) through this emotionally draining time.

Adoption Update:

We did receive an update on our case last week and we do know our case is finally being looked at. After months and months and months of silence, this is great news. Unfortunately another document (nothing having to do with documents on our family) was requested and it will take a couple of weeks for this request to be processed. We were very relieved to finally receive news on our case yet we were discouraged that this was their reply.

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Handling the Disappointment

We are heartbroken that we did not receive the miracle we were praying so desperately for to bring our daughter home this month. Every day this past month we anxiously waited for our phones to ring with exciting news from our agency, that call never came. We did not receive our letter needed to be assigned a court date in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian courts are now closed for the next two months due to their rainy season and our daughter is stuck in her orphanage during this time. There are so so many families around the country in the same situation as us. It is unbelievably frustrating, confusing and heartbreaking. No one understands why this process has become so difficult.

After taking some time to process the fact that our daughter will not be home until the Fall, we are clinging to what we know. We know that God is sovereign and He is good. We know that He has a plan for our family and we can fully trust Him. We are comforted knowing that God loves our precious “H” even more than we can fathom and He is with her in her orphanage. We trust in the love and faithfulness of our Heavenly Father. We know that more people are involved in this process and can be impacted through our adoption journey than just our little family. We know God will work all things out for His glory.

On a positive note, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that the government officials in charge of processing the important document we need will be working through the rainy season. This is wonderful news. Please please pray that we receive our letter in the next couple of weeks so that as soon as courts reopen at the very end of September we can be given a court date and can hopefully travel to bring “H” home the beginning of October. Please pray against any more delays. Pray for diligent workers and for favor with our case.

Lastly, we ask that you please join with us in praying for our daughter and the many children stuck in Ethiopia waiting to be brought home. Please pray for their health and for supernatural protection over their little bodies. Pray the Lord whispers to their little hearts about His great love for them and that they daily feel His presence surrounding them.

This situation is beyond hard and we appreciate your prayers and encouragement. Brett and I have been blessed with such amazing friends and family members and we could not endure this long, difficult process without you all.