Friday, October 31, 2008

Sad news for us today

Well looks like our travel plans for having Ezra before Christmas aren't going to be happening. A WHOLE group of families did not pass court this week so their new court date is December 2 and their travel will be during our old travel dates of Dec. 13-20. SOOOO we got bumped to January. Because of all the holidays, etc. we'll have to wait until January 9th to travel. And that's if we actually pass court on our first try. The Ministry of Women's Affairs is having paperwork issues lately and things are getting forgotten or mixed up so the courts can't approve the adoptions. Lots of drama. I'm Mrs. Type A so I just wish I could go over there and get a system going and process these adoptions myself :) SOOO frustrating and heartbreaking. I really thought we'd have him before Christmas, PLUS with our new travel dates I'd be gone for my sister's wedding and I'm her maid of honor. We can still hope and pray for a miracle b/c I know that the Lord can make it happen but if it's not in his plan then what can you do.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Families have their babies!!!

Well all of the traveling families now how custody of their little ones! I'm so excited for them and also super jealous. Still no tentative travel dates for us yet but per the agency they still expect us to travel in December. I'm pulling for around the 13th. That would be AMAZING!
I also have never listed a monetary number for the donations that we received toward Kids Care orphanage and the Transition home. I just wanted to say that because of you guys generosity we raised $1460.00!!! What a blessing to us and the kids and their caretakers. I'm still working on how to get the antibiotics to Ethiopia but I know that God will find a way.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

First families to travel are leaving soon!!!

Well the family taking our little "happy" to Ezra are leaving Oct. 23rd!!! I'm sending onesies, vitamins, eczema cream, and a rattle. I can NOT wait to see new photos and hopefully some video of him. Still no word as to when our court date will be :( and no tentative travel dates but I'm still hoping for mid-December. I was doing really good with the whole patience thing but it's starting to be more difficult. I think if we had more photos or at least could see him growing while we can't be together it would be easier.
Also our shoe drive for "orphan souls" was a SUCCESS! We gathered 71 pair of shoes and 12 pair of socks. We also got a donation of $75 to give to Buckner International. Hopefully this will become an annual or semi-annual thing and we'll continue to grow and eventually get in the hundreds!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Prayers are needed...

Hey everyone... well the newest drama with the adoption is the increased fees that the agency has recently imposed. Though the need for the increase is vital to the future of the program and I can empathize with the agency, it still hurts for those of us who are so close to travel and already strapped for cash. I just pray that the Lord will provide for all of the families in unexpected ways. I went to the Planned Parenthood this morning for my few hours vigil and I just kept telling the Lord, "look, I want to help, I want to adopt again, and I really want for there to be an end to abortion... but you have to help us. Please put it in more people's hearts to want to adopt and PLEASE make the adoption process easier and less costly. Or provide the necessary funds through agents of your grace"... I was just pleading with him as I was pacing back and forth in front of the clinic. I know that the Lord loves all his children, especially orphans and wants the best for them... I just feel so strongly that I am to be an advocate for these children, but I don't know what to do. I just don't know how to go about it.... so please keep me in your prayers that I may come to know how exactly my role is to be played out so I can take all of this passion and hopefully make it contagious and really provide as is requested in Matthew. I know that "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"; however, I know many families who are stronger then most and are willing to be warriors for the Lord and will exhaust themselves doing the right thing.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

First day of court....

Well today was the first time that any of our AWAA families appeared at court to get full custody of their referred children. Luckily all of the babies passed and those families will be traveling October 25th!!! So I'm excited to expect lots more pictures of our darling Ezra. Sad news is that the courts changed a rule about older children's paper work and of course once again didn't actually tell the adoption agencies so they went to court with the wrong paperwork - arrrggghhh. So several families will have a rescheduled court date some time next month. So more time to wait :( Also one of the family's baby girl is in the hospital in Addis w/ pneumonia so please keep her in your prayers as well. Still no word on our court date, but I did speak with our coordinator and she said she was 80% sure we'd be back in the U.S by Jan. 16th (my sister's wedding).