The kids decorating the Christmas tree
It's the day after Thanksgiving and we find ourselves counting our many blessings. The Christmas tree is up and being decorated by the kids (with help) while we listen to our favorite Christmas music. Snowflakes are dangling in the window. The wreath hung on the door. Stockings ready to be placed. This is the time of year when life around is rushing and I wrestled with the concept of just being still. Parties are attended. Gifts are bought. Time with family and friends are planned. And I find the importance of learning to receive. I look for opportunities to see God's love. And I welcome His peaceful presence in it all.
No update this Friday with the holidays. We did, however, receive a phone call from our agency saying that our documents for our PAIR process are finished and will be here soon from Ethiopia. Eeeek! We are getting so close!!
It is unlikely that we will be traveling before Christmas. The PAIR process will take approximately 4-10 weeks. While the US state side is working to open our file and review documents the US embassy in Ethiopia will be working to investigate the case. When the girls are again determined to be orphans we will receive our PAIR letter. With this letter we can be submitted to court. This will take 4-8 more weeks. We are looking to travel for the first time between 8-18 weeks. The good news is that because the PAIR process is taking longer than anticipated before court, our time after may even be do-able in one trip. This is not set in stone, but rather our hope. One trip would be awesome! It would mean that we could take custody of the girls after court and have them with us through out the 10 days that we would be there. We will know more regarding time frames, the possibility of one trip and travel as time draws near.
Father, thank you for the joy of the holidays. We had an incredible day yesterday feasting on the food that you provided. We are so thankful for your many blessings. We look forward to learning about you each day for advent and we prepare a place in our home to celebrate the joy of your birth. Thank you for the continued health of our girls. They are thriving and growing better than we could have hoped. Thank you for loving them. For loving us. We are grateful, God, for the many people who lift up our family and the girls in prayer. Please pour your blessings over all who touch our lives each day. In your great love. Amen.