Monday, April 30, 2012

sweet words.

We received this update today from a dear friend who is in Ethiopia meeting her son:

Moses is AMAZING. He is such a gorgeous, sweet, smiling, precious little boy. He warmed up to us very quickly and easily and was very eager to play with Y. They played catch with a little foam baseball we brought for a LONG time. He has a great arm!  He is SUCH a sweetheart Emily. I can not wait for you to meet him, it is going to be beautiful.


so eager for the beautiful moment where our two worlds collide. 


hopeful for news of a court date in the week{s} to come.


AND, incase you didn't read it the first time: 


He has a great arm! 


His daddy is already so proud :) 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Submitted!

We just received confirmation that our case has been submitted to court!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We hope to hear in the next two weeks when our court date will be {typically it's 6-8 weeks after court submission}.

Praying that it may be sooner.
Rejoicing in progress.
Longing to meet our son.

We're coming sweet child, we're coming...

oh, so thankful.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

a HUGE step!

friends,
i'm ecstatic and completely giddy tonight (actually, i've been in this state since I checked my email at 12:15 today!)

the necessary documents are signed and TOMORROW our case will be submitted to court!!!

this is a HUGE step....oh, we're so grateful for sweet, sweet progress!

we will continue to wait and hope and pray that the judge has mercy on us, our case, and our sweet boy and grant us a court date SOON.

we should hear in the next couple of weeks when our court date is and when we can travel to meet our bald beauty (yes, the curls are gone!)

perhaps it will be late May or June?

oh.my.stars....

he's amazing.

{insert HUGE grin here}.

off to find some chocolate to celebrate this sweet bliss :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

progress.

****This post was written last night...keep reading for today's update!****

At such a time as this....I'm at a loss for what to pray for.

THIS article is convicting.

Yet, I want to plead to every living thing to pray....to pray that the last couple of documents to complete our case will be in the right hands come tomorrow morning.  I want to pray for a miracle and a court date and a quick union with our son and an even faster reunion and homecoming.

But then I am reminded that God is purposeful in our suffering.

He is making us more dependent on Him.

His timing is perfect.

and...He is forever faithful.


Yet, the devil is at work and sneaks in and fills my heart with doubt, frustration, and worry.  I get consumed with dates and "what ifs" and the good, bad and ugly side of this all.  After I finished writing our last post (the one about how good we're doing...)  I endured the five hardest days I've had in a long time.  Feeling weary and exhausted it was hard to function and find joy.

I knew such feelings would be short-lived...

but....

it's hard to think tomorrow is Wednesday.  The week is almost half over and it doesn't feel like we're any closer to traveling to Ethiopia than we were weeks (or even months) ago.

So, I'm asking for prayers.  For God's will to be done...and for us to be at peace with it.  For JOY in mist of the pain.  For God to work in the life of Moses.  For his health.  {and for those last two documents!:) }

May we not ask "why"...but, continue to remind ourselves who God is {wise words from Sunday's sermon}.

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*We received word today (Wednesday) that one of the documents was signed, sealed, delivered :)!!!  Only one more document is needed and our case can be submitted to court.  Rejoicing tonight!!!



Thursday, April 12, 2012

{more} thoughts on waiting...


I've attempted to write an update a handful of times...and I've thought about writing an update almost everyday since my last.  But, some days it seems too overwhelming to do.  The thought of writing the reality in which we are enduring makes it that much more real.  So, instead...I keep putting it off and occupying my thoughts and mind with more pleasant things.

We haven't been submitted to court...and with it being Holy Week in Ethiopia, things are on-hold.  We once again wait in eager anticipation for the dawn of a new week with hopes that it will be the one.

But, friends....I can honestly say {by the grace of God}, we're doing ok....and the majority of the days we're doing so.much.better than ok.  This is a chapter in our lives that is dedicated to "waiting".   In midst of the waiting I don't want to forget to LIVE and live fully.  Some moments and even days...it's hard-so, so hard.  But, I know and fully believe God is at work.  There is a reason far bigger and far greater than I can comprehend why the wait is long and at times so painful.  I pray that one day when this chapter of waiting is over and another chapter in our lives begin...we'll be different. I pray this time of waiting is molding us into the people God is calling us to be and the parents Moses so desperately needs.

In the past few weeks friends have gone to Ethiopia and loved on our sweet boy.  The recent pictures and videos are incredible.  Y'all he is a RIOT.  A charmer, for sure.  So when I'm down, all I need to to is play the videos of our sweet son blowing us kisses and waving.  Or...playing soccer and dancing a jig.  Or...playing with his beloved little buddy.  HE makes the wait so worth it.

with love,
em