Saturday, June 23, 2012

Muse's Medical

On Thursday we finally heard back from our agency regarding Muse's medical exam.  However, we were told his exam never took place...

...and it wouldn't for another six weeks....

...and then we would have to wait an additional eight weeks for another test to be run...

...and then, our case could be submitted to the US Embassy.

James told me the news over the phone.
We were devastated.
We were confused, frustrated, and.....a mess.

We made phone calls, sent emails, and did more research.

On Friday we heard back from our agency.

The doctor was wrong and the information relayed to our agency was incorrect.

Muse DID have his medical exam.

However, the doctor said we would have to wait for him to finish his current medication (six more weeks) before the TB test portion of his medical exam could take place....and THEN we could be submitted to the US Embassy.

SIX weeks is better than FOURTEEN...'s still feels so far away.
We're waiting for clarification and for our questions to be answered.
Hopefully, we will have answers early next week.

We're so ready to have him back in our arms...

please continue to pray for that miracle.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

No news...

We're still waiting to hear the results Muse's medical exam....maybe tomorrow? Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

videos & prayers.

Friends, we were just notified that M's medical exam will be taking place on Monday.
We need your prayers...

We're pleading for peace as the outcomes of his medical exam will greatly effect the timeline of getting him home.  May we not be anxious, but whole heartedly trust in God's perfect timing...

We're also praying boldly that he passes his medical exam.

Thank you for joining us on this journey of a life time!  Have a great weekend [and enjoy the videos of Muse below!]

[such sweet words]

April 2012
[best friends]
Thanks for the video, Jen!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Ethiopia: day SEVEN (and Q&A)

Day SEVEN in pictures! (and a little Q&A!)

Q. How did you decide on his name?
A. His given name is Muse [moo-say] which translates to Moses.  We gave him the middle name, Kai [kye]: It is of Welsh, Scandinavian and Greek origin, and the meaning of Kai is "keeper of the keys; earth". Also possibly (South African) and means "beautiful".  source

Q. When will you bring him home?
A. Our estimated time frame is six weeks to six months. 
[he's so worth the wait]

Q. What was your favorite part of your trip?
A. Simply loving on our little guy.  

Q. What did you think of Ethiopia?
A. It was beautiful...and heart in culture...and hospitality...there was great JOY and deep was life changing... it will always hold a special place in our will forever be a part of us and our family

Q. So what's next?
A. We have to wait for the courts to issue us an adoption decree. Once this is written our agency can apply for his birth certificate and passport.  He will also have a medical exam.  Once these things are completed our case will be submitted to the US Embassy in Ethiopia.  Once the embassy clears our case we will travel back to Ethiopia to pick up our boy!

Q. What can we specifically pray for?

A. Our sanity while we wait!!! (kidding!....kinda :) ) We would love prayers for Moses...for his tender heart during this wait.  May he remember us and our time together. We would also appreciate prayers for his health.  He has been diagnosed with various lung issues and has been receiving proper treatment.  He is doing GREAT, but he has to be cleared medically to come home.  We would love prayers that he would pass his medical exam with flying colors! 

thanks, friends for your love & support. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ethiopia: day SIX

Day six...

 driving to the House of Hope

look closely....
(and then can i get an "AMEN?" )
 daddy & Moses moments
 love those eyes...
 and that smile. miss him!

thumbs up.

lunch time

another sweet day spent with our precious son...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Ethiopia: Day FIVE

May, 28 2012
Our day in pictures!

We played the piano on the iPad
 and we colored.
 We played chase
and smiled...a lot. 
We cuddled before nap time
and then we played paddle ball...
 and tried to jump rope.
We gave lots of hugs
and kisses.
We played with the punch ballons
 and ate a GINORMOUS lunch.
 We played soccer 
sporting our sweet new shades
and then we played chase (again).
 We're so grateful for best friends...
 and suckers!
Until tomorrow...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ethiopia: Day FOUR

Sunday, May 27 2012

The House of Hope is closed to visitors/families on Sundays...although our hearts would have loved to be with M, it gave us the opportunity to explore and meet up with friends from the past. 
We hired a driver and went to the International Evangelical Church.  Sixty two nations are represented at this church and it was a blessing to attend (JUST what my soul needed).  
Words cannot express how GOOD and RIGHT it felt to be was incredible to worship with believers from across the world.  It was such a tangible picture of God's Kingdom here on earth...people from different nations, different tongues, praising our heavenly Father.  Oh, I long to go back....

We met one of my nursing professors from Calvin there...along with her family (and friends!).  It was a joy to reconnect.  They graciously had us over for lunch.  Our time together was beautiful.  We talked of the past, the present...and the future. We ate a delicious home-cooked meal.  We played "Dutch Bingo" and spoke of high school rivalries.  

After we devoured homemade chocolate chip cookies, we met up with a mission team from Liberty University at one of the government run boy's orphanages.  It's "home" to approximately 250 boys, ages 5-20.  The team from Liberty distributed shoes to the "newest" boys.  We simply spent time being present with these boys, who so desperately wanted to be loved.  They grabbed our hands and placed their arms around us.  They asked us to be one of the younger boys "mommy" and "daddy".  (how can you say "no" do you just walk away?).  Memories of this day will forever be engraved into my mind...

After hugs we said our "goodbyes" we went back to our guest home.  Hearts broken...yet, God is at work.  It was a privilege to see the relationships that have been built between my professor and the boys.  Pure redemption... and I felt honored to witness it. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ethiopia: Day THREE

Saturday, May 26 2012
a note from Dad

Today was such a great day...even though we were only able to spend a short amount of time with you.  It started with us walking into the House of Hope and you ran into mommy's arms. Then the two of you began to climb the stairs holding hands. After three steps you reached for my hand to hold as you continued to climb.  The three of us walked hand-in-hand up the couldn't have been more perfect.

We spent our time together playing with the beach balls, ballons, and stickers.
It has been amazing spending time with you and seeing your sweet personality come to life.

I can't wait to spend the day with you again on can't come soon enough.

I love you so much,