Wednesday, November 30, 2011

what's next?

We're anxiously waiting to hear that our paperwork is in Ethiopia!!!

After it arrives it will be translated and submitted to the courts for review.  In approximately 2-3 months we will be assigned a court date.  We'll travel to Ethiopia for court and to meet, cuddle, and love on Moses.  The trip will be way too short for our liking {3-4 days}, but it will ultimately bring us one step closer to bringing home our sweet boy.

After that....more waiting.  It will most likely be a couple of months later that we'll have an embassy date and get to return to the land we already love, to the boy who is already a part of us, and bring him HOME!

We're anticipating Moses won't be home for 6 months {yet, we're hopeful it will be sooner}

While we wait....

we're praying for wisdom
we're praying for patience
we're praying for health for M
we're praying for a miracle {for a court date while Jim is on a break from school the first 3 weeks in Jan.}
we're praying for the paperwork
we're praying we may pass court while in ET
we're praying for the nannies caring for Moses and Bek {and all the other ethiopian babes!}
we're praying that God may prepare Moses' heart for the crazy road ahead
we're praying that He may prepare us for the hardest part yet, in our journey.

will you join us on our knees?

{right before we mailed off our paperwork on 11/21 saying
 "YES!" to Moses!}

With much love,
em & jim

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

gratitude.

On the eve of this Thanksgiving I am overwhelmed with gratitude.  I'm working tomorrow and Friday, so I'm surprising James with a thanksgiving dinner tonight.  The pie and turkey are in the oven and I find myself sitting here reflecting on life.  What a year it has been!  The last year has been incredibly difficult (you can read more about that here and here)  in addition to the normal stress and emotional roller coaster the journey of adoption brings.  Yet, today we're not only standing....we're jumping, dancing and rejoicing!  The last year has stretched us and grown us into the people we are today--and has led us to Moses.  God has been so incredibly faithful.  We can't stop looking at pictures of our little guy.  He already has brought us so much joy.

However, Friday's joy didn't come without a twist of emotions and heartbreak.  To see our son's face is an answer to prayers.  Yet, I'm reminded that all adoption stories begin with tragedy, and for that I cried.  I cried for the brokenness of his past and all he has already endured.  I cried because my #1 fan in life (my mom) wasn't here to join in the earthly celebration.  She longed to see our referral day, yet God called her home just three months before.

It hurts, yet my heart is bursting with thanksgiving. I'm rejoicing in the story God is writing with our lives.  Through the pain and heartache, we continue to trust and believe and hope for God is good...so, so good. As we wait for our papers to reach Ethiopia, wait for our court date, wait for our embassy date, and ultimately as we wait to bring Moses home, we pray God may continue to refine us.  We pray he may grant us wisdom and prepare us for the road ahead.

I still can't believe it.
I can't believe we get the privilege to do this.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends.
We are so blessed.

with love,
Emily

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

referral day

Oh, friends--what a blessing to see pictures of our little guy!  It makes the wait so worth it.  Joy certainly comes in the morning and after a year with much heartache and sorrow, little Moses brings so much joy.

Here is how our story unfolds, our story as a family....

On Monday, November 14, 2011 our dear friends, received their referral.  We knew we were next in line for a boy (everyone in front of us was waiting for a girl or siblings!)  We held our breath all week.  On Friday, November 18, I went to a meeting at work and as I drove home I prayed--out loud.  I thanked God that He already knew who our child was.  He knew the gender, the age, and his/her life story.  As I quickly approached a red light near our house I prayed, "Lord...if we don't receive our referral today..."  (it was going to conclude with me pleading for PATIENCE).  However, I never got the words out.  At that exact moment my phone rang.  It was our adoption consultant with THE CALL that we have long awaited.  As I stopped at a red light, she told me she had our referral.  I started shaking.  She put me on hold and attempted to get Jim on the line (it was the longest minute ever).  Unfortunately, he was leading a meeting and didn't answer.  I couldn't wait--so without further ado, she told me the details.

I scribbled down notes and ran inside the house to grab our camera and call Jim.  He answered, I screamed....and then I told him the news.  The email with his pictures would be sitting in our inbox momentarily....we agreed to open the email together.

I jumped in the car and drove to his school.  I raced inside and met him in his classroom--his arms wide open.  We embraced in a hug and ran to the computer for a glimpse of our SON!

It was incredible to see his face---his huge brown eyes--and his super long eyelashes. It was truly love at first sight!

So, sweet boy, we love you with all that we are. We're humbled at the opportunity to be your parents.  We're praying for you, sweet child.  May the arms of Jesus hold you tight, as with each passing day, we're one step closer to holding you in ours.  Sweet dreams, tonight, Moses Kai....we love you.

{opening the email!}

a slightly blurry picture after we saw his face!
{we were shaking too much to hold the camera still!}

Sunday, November 20, 2011

the call!

WE HAVE A SON!


His name is:
Moses
{we'll post details on his name at a later date}

He's 21 months old.
He has the biggest brown eyes and longest eyelashes 
we've ever seen.  
They're a-maz-ing. 


We're completely smitten.


We received the call on Friday morning (more on that later).
We have pictures (but, we're not able to post them online or email them until we pass court in Ethiopia)
However, we'll be back in Michigan in a month and we would love to show you his picture then.
{or if you're local--don't hesitate to ask!}


 Rejoicing in God's faithfulness!
Stay tuned for details :)



Monday, November 14, 2011

one more!

Another referral given (this time to our dear friends!!!)
which makes us number....

We're ecstatic to see God's plans unfold before our very eyes.
Praying we may see our little one's face SOON!


inching forward

WE'RE NUMBER 14!!!!


We're jumping for joy in anticipation!!!!

...and praying for sanity as we anxiously wait for our phone to ring!

we'll keep you posted!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

on the move...

We ended last week with another referral from our agency---making us number....


(and we decided it was finally time to carve our pumpkins!)

we're one step closer!