Needing a Miracle!!

Friends, we are asking for your fervent prayers. We are in need of a miracle. Since the beginning of this year, we have been waiting for just one document to complete the next step in the adoption of our daughter. As soon as we receive this document we will be given a court date and will travel to Ethiopia to meet our daughter and bring her HOME.

The Ethiopian courts will be closing on August 5 for two months for the Ethiopian rainy season. We are praying we receive our court date before courts close, otherwise “H” will be in the orphanage until the Fall. We have wanted our precious “H” home since the moment we first laid eyes on her sweet face thirteen long months ago. Every month just gets harder and harder. Our hearts are aching and our arms are longing to hold her. There are just 15 working days left this month. We need this important document to be processed and signed if we are to travel before courts close.

We are so ready to kiss these sweet lips
We are all SO ready to kiss these sweet lips

In faith, we have begun preparing and packing to travel to Ethiopia. We are planning and are excited to be taking all our children with us (prayers appreciated!). The length of our time in Ethiopia is unknown, so preparing is tricky and a little difficult. I have already packed loads of snacks, medicines, and toys. We have a huge suitcase packed full with donations to take to the orphanage (which I know weighs well over 50 lbs!). All of “H’s” outfits are folded and packed neatly along with our baby carrier.

We are asking for you to stand with us and pray for the Lord to bring “H” home THIS month. Yes, these are big prayers, but we serve a BIG God. We are reminding ourselves daily “With God ALL things are possible.” We know God’s heart is for adoption and we continue to seek Him and ask Him to move mountains on our behalf. Prepare yourself, because there will be joyous screams when we finally receive the call saying we can travel to Ethiopia! Thank you for standing with us!

Oh, those sweet chubby hands
Oh, those sweet chubby hands
We can't wait to hear these little feet running through our house
We can’t wait to hear these little feet running through our house

Showered with Blessings

This season of waiting is so difficult, so painful, but we are beyond grateful to have such incredible friends and family standing with us during this time. For over four years now these friends have locked arms with us, prayed for us, cried with us and lovingly encouraged us. This past weekend, some of my dear friends from church hosted a baby (toddler) shower for me and my heart is still overflowing with gratitude and joy. I was so excited to receive some much needed gifts for baby girl – diapers, wipes, pajamas, super cute clothes, sippy cups and bottles, toys, baby wash products, and adorable hair accessories. Kiley had a blast opening up the gifts with me and imagining her little sister wearing the cute outfits. She is ready to love on her baby sister for sure!

Brett and I were also extremely grateful for the large number of items our friends brought as donations for our daughter’s orphanage. This orphanage has taken great care of our daughter for nearly a year and a half as well as so many other children. Our daughter’s orphanage is in extreme need of numerous items. Brett and I are excited to be able to take a huge suitcase packed full of wipes, diapers, vitamins, medicine, diaper rash cream, rice cereal, nutramigen formula, toys and more! Thank you friends for your thoughtfulness and for having such beautiful hearts for others. Your donations are helping these dear nannies take care of so many precious children.

Donations!
Donations!

By far, the most special part of the baby shower was the amazing time of prayer my friends and I had together. We locked hands and locked hearts and prayed some mountain-moving, faith-filled prayers. Together we shed tears and cried out to our Heavenly Father, thanking Him for His goodness and His sovereignty and trusting Him to perform miracles to bring our daughter home quickly. It was a precious and powerful time that I will never forget.

Thank you to my dear friends that hosted this shower and to everyone that was able to attend (I’m so bummed I didn’t think about taking a big group picture). Our family was completely honored and blessed. I do not think I could endure this long journey without your support and love.

Thank you sweet friends!
Thank you sweet friends!
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Thankful my friends are talented
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They went above & beyond to encourage me
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Some of my dear friends
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A basket full of goodies
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Kiley especially loved this outfit
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What cute & fun PJ’s
Can never have enough baby books
Can never have enough baby books!
Beads for her hair!
Beads for her hair!
Sweet Ethan wanted to put together her new toy
Sweet Ethan wanted to put together her new toy
He was so proud!
He was so proud
Gifts for baby girl
Gifts for baby girl

Not the Update We Want to Hear

Last week we received an upsetting update regarding our adoption process. We learned that there is a current slowdown in our stage of the process for various reasons. Unfortunately we have been told this will cause a delay in our traveling for our court date and to meet our daughter. At this time, the length of this delay is uncertain.

“Delay.” The worst word to hear during the adoption process. We know international adoption timelines are completely unpredictable, however our family has hit a delay at nearly every single step of this process. Now that we are so close to bringing our daughter home, hearing we have hit another delay was devastating. To be completely transparent here, this news was a breaking point for me last week. I was exhausted and weary and my heart just could not handle this news. I just want my daughter in my arms. We are so ready to have her home, where she belongs.

The reason this delay is particularly upsetting at this time is that Ethiopia’s rainy season is approaching. For almost three months, usually beginning the end of July, it rains every single day. Every year, the courts and MOWA completely close during the rainy season. Therefore, if we do not get a court date before the rainy season begins, our daughter will not be coming home until the Fall. With this new slowdown, I know this is a very real possibility but it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to imagine.

Last week after hearing the latest news, I basically pitched a giant fit. My mama heart was not prepared to process another delay when there was so much excitement of being so close to meeting our daughter. For days I went through an erray of emotions from frustration, intense sadness, serious anger, and sulking. After several days of this, I regained my composure and reminded myself of what I know to be TRUE:

Our God is big, so very big. And He is sovereign. Completely. Brett and I have full confidence in HIS ability to make crooked paths straight. So our family is believing big, that God will miraculously bring our daughter home before the rainy season. We are going to fight for our daughter. We are going to boldly fight with mountain-moving faith on our knees before the Lord. Our daughter is worth it, she is worth every tear and every prayer.

Kiley, Ethan and Landon so desperately want their precious little sister home, and they have been patiently waiting and praying for that day since they laid eyes on her beautiful face in a picture 10 long months ago. They too have big faith that God if fully able to do what seems impossible.

**Will you please believe with us? Will you please intercede on behalf of our daughter? **

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37