Selam from one sweet baby girl
The girls continue to look great!! They are smiley and active in their photos. Both continue to grow and are healthy! They make good eye contact. Are reaching new milestones. And just look happy! Praise God!!
Unfortunately, we are still waiting on documentation from the girls' region. We found out this last week that the documents needed have to be hand delivered to our lawyers office from the girls' small area of birth. This is quite the task. Not only is it taking longer to get the documents in this area but it sounds like they may wait for a group of documents to be complete and them courier them together.
Speaking of driving driving in Ethiopia, just to give you a quick example, here is an attached video (you may have to copy and paste the link in the search engine). The video is sped up but it is exactly how we remember it. We only saw a couple of stop lights and stop signs in the entire city. Keep in mind, this is in the capital city of Ethiopia, so I can't imagine the driving on a nine hour trek (the girls' were born nine hours away) outside of the city.
The wait. In the middle of any wait, especially right now, I find myself feeling the need to want to hurry the process. To take control and seek stability. But the wheel doesn't belong in my hands. And it's not my own understanding I should be after. It won't provide the steady ground I am in need of finding. In faith, God tells us that His timing is perfect. He knows the plans he has for us. Plans to prosper us. To give us life and a future. He is our rock. Our safe place. It's through Him that we must take rest. There is an internal struggle of faithfully knowing trust and fleshly feeling the weight of stress. And then I remember a couple of people from the bible that waited. Oh and how God blessed these dear people. You may remember them by name. God worked everything together for good and we have to believe He will do the same for us, no matter our circumstances. He holds the master plans.
Joseph waited 13 years.
Abraham waited 25 years.
Moses waited 40 years.
Jesus waited 30 years.
And many more. They waited on the Lord. And so we wait. Expecting miracles.
As we sit tight there are many of you who have been priceless in our journey. I want to take a moment and thank so many of you who have listened. You know who you are. The ones who have pulled us close. The ones who have encouraged us on our runs. Who have distracted us with parties and movie nights. The ones who have taken us for coffee and lunches. Who just hear us out even when you didn't have the words to respond. The ones who know there isn't an easy fix but wrap their arms around us. Those of you who have prayed. Who have stormed the gates of heaven. Who have sent messages just because you were thinking of us. The many who have shown love. Each act of kindness has been immeasurable. Thank you for allowing the heart of our father shine through onto our family. We are forever grateful for you.
And then there is another group of adoptive mama friends that also need many thanks. Many are here. And others I only know from afar. I'm not quite sure what I would do without you. Truly, I tell you that God strategically placed each one in our path. You know the struggles. The raw feelings. You see the complications. The vulnerability. You listen and can relate. You see the joy. The beauty. The anticipation. You watch the details of the miracles unfold. You hear our hearts. Lift each other up. Hold others close. We pray for one another always. It's been inspiring to watch your faith. To see your patience grow as you cry out to our Father. He hears each prayer. He extends grace. He calls to us to triumph in the midst of adversity. He is teaching us lessons. Giving us encouragement. He knows when no one else does. And as one adoptive mama so eloquently said this week, "God will redeem the time that we lost with our kids." Yes, yes, He will.
Father, thank you for family. For friends. For so may amazing people who you have placed in our path. We are forever grateful for each one. Thank you for providing so many opportunities of love, laughter and joy to smooth out the journey with the bumps of our adoption. We have had so many great memories made in this new year. Though our adoption can sometimes be stressful, you have nudged us to hold on to Your truth. Reminded us to live in the now. To enjoy each moment as a family of six. You have provided. This last week on an early morning run, as we talk adoption, you released two shooting stars out of the navy dark canvas above. I chose to believe that You are offering hope in only ways that You can. It is up to us to believe. Your love is indescribable. Thank you for caring for the girls. For being faithful. For covering us in protection. Thank you for never leaving us. Not even for a moment. You are here. Amen.
Thank you for the beautiful message from one adoptive mama to another :)
(a sweet friend sent me this message yesterday from her backyard)
Update: We got a call today, on Saturday, confirming all remaining documents should be delivered on Monday! Praise God! If this is the case, we should clear embassy this week!!!!