For eight months now we have watched our daughter grow up in pictures. She has a head full of beautiful, soft curls, curls that often look crazy like mine. She has gorgeous big brown eyes, long eyelashes and she looks healthy and chunky! She is perhaps our chunkiest baby so far! We have seen her go from always lying down to finally receiving a picture of her standing in a crib. We have noticed new baby teeth that have come in. It is always exciting to be surprised with updated pictures of our daughter however it is also difficult. We never imagined this part of the process would take this long, we never expected we would have to watch her grow and reach milestones a half a world away. But we are finally seeing progress towards bringing our daughter home!
We are thrilled to learn that our preliminary hearing has been scheduled with the Ethiopian courts! YEA! At this hearing, the judge will review our case (adoptive parents are not to be present at this hearing). This is the first of several steps that must happen before we bring our baby girl home, but it is a step! Please pray that our preliminary hearing goes well and that the judge does not request any additional paperwork.
Following our preliminary hearing we will be waiting for our “positive letter/comment” from MOWA, the division of the Ethiopian government that oversees adoptions. This could take months, or this could take several, several months. Please please pray that we receive our MOWA letter quickly! Shortly after we receive this letter we will be given a court date with the Ethiopian courts and we will travel to meet our precious daughter!
Our entire family has been dreaming of the moment we will finally meet our little girl. This journey that we began four years ago has been more heart-wrenching and longer than we ever imagined, but we are so so grateful God has called our family to international adoption. We have clung to, cried out to, and trusted in Jesus like never before. It is always good to need more Jesus! We know our sovereign King is in the details and He will complete this journey. And some day soon, our precious daughter will be in our arms and with her forever family.
“For still the vision awaits its appointed time, it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”