Monday, October 12, 2009

As We Wait...

We started this journey when we mailed our application to Adoption Avenues on May 6th, 2009. Our journey started long before that though. We prayed for over a year…I should say that God led and we prayed, and prayed, and said “Really God?” and prayed some more. God is so good and so patient with us. We are humbled that He is allowing us to parent to more beautiful children. We are honored that He will loan us two more amazing blessings.

On October 6th, 2009 our Dossier (paperwork) was registered with the country of Ethiopia, an amazing country…filled with beauty and a warm spirit of joy based not on the material.

I wish you could see the dirt roads. Often we prayed as we were propelled through crowds in our steel missile on wheels. Swarms of goats, human bodies, donkeys, and carts filled the streets. Many exclamations of, “Oh! Uh! Yiii!” filled the car. The noises came from us as we almost made goat burgers many times. The horn was used, not as a cautionary contrivance, but as a blaring sign saying, “I’m coming!!! Ready or not!”

I still think of one little girl walking down the road with a baby tied to her back. It was in the middle of nowhere. I, at the time, thought she must be walking somewhere…to family or some such. Now I wonder, with what I have learned, if that child was doing the opposite of what I thought…walking nowhere. It still brings tears to my eyes knowing the number of street children in so many countries…knowing that these little ones may have been totally and utterly alone. My only comfort is that God is with them and He can do so much more than I ever could.

God is so good to us. I long for our children to be in our arms…but I also long to bring more children home. We’ve asked ourselves, “Can we make room for just one more?”. It’s a hard question. We could absolutely make room, but God has always led us to all our children and we trust Him to show us the path we are to take. I sit here with tears in my eyes though, I think of the older children watching us turn down the road to the orphanage that holds the little ones. I’ve heard that they wait and watch which road the car turns down. I often picture their eyes.

Please pray that God continues to lead us and give us peace in the pain of leaving children behind. Just the thought takes my breath away. I know our twins await and that brings me AMAZING joy. I celebrate and scream in jubilation at the blessings that wait in the far off land we call Ethiopia. It’s just tempered with a sadness of all the children that still wait.

In all these thoughts rolling around in my head, I celebrate the knowledge that we are now waiting for our children to come home…officially. We have waited five months thus far (since we sent in the application) and I now have my mother’s arms “officially” waiting. Though “unofficially” they’ve been waiting a long long time.

God has brought us a long way in this adoption. He’s touched hearts and supplied funds in ways we didn’t think possible!
We are now waiting!

Immediate Adoption Process Prayer Requests
*That the funds pour in like water in a surge of blessing and that God blesses us with the funds to accept the referral and travel when the time comes.
*That God’s hand is on the remaining paperwork and that they proceed with not a glitch, quickly and correctly. These are the papers we will need to accept the referral of our sweet little blessings, the papers to pass court, and the papers to bring them home.
*That our twins may be gathered into our family with a quickness blessed by God.

All Adoption Prayer Requests:
Please Pray…..
*For these little ones God has chosen to place in our family…for their physical and emotional health in a difficult place.
*For their biological family…that God has His hand on them and brings them peace in whatever they must face and the choices they will be making. Also, please pray that they come to know Christ and the peace only He can give.
*That God has His hand on this adoption, guiding us, bringing peace, and financially providing.
*Last, though it may seem a bit premature, please specifically pray that once we are referred our little ones, that they come home quickly and pass court the first time (many are starting to have multiple court dates and a LONG wait until travel). The Ethiopian government is being very cautious and caring with their wonderful children though and for that we are so thankful.
* That we have peace and not stress, trusting God in every step.

We also pray that hearts are convicted daily to open their families and lives to orphans around the world.


Also, please join us in prayers for four beautiful Christian families and five sweet children who are facing obstacles above and beyond what a adoption process usually looks like. Governments will literally have to move for these older and special needs children to come home. Families are waiting for them and we are SO excited to see God work in these lives and these governments to bring these adoptive blessings home!

Olivia Mame (Ethiopia)-I would like to ask your prayers for a little sweet young girl in Ethiopia named Olivia Mame. There are some very immense road blocks, serious ones, that have to be conquered in order to finish the adoption of this precious young lady.

Jubilee (China)- A Christian family is struggling through major hurdles with their international adoption from China. Please pray for this family and for the government to move to bring her home.

Daniel (Liberia)-A little one with hydrocephaly awaits his family. Please pray that Daniel does not deteriorate farther and that people in authority to move this case feel the passion to see this through quickly.

Ronaldo and Julia (Guatemala)-For years this family has been trying to get their beautiful future children out of Guatemala. Every time it seems close there is another glitch. Please pray with us. Please pray that EVERY problem is resolved and every piece of paper has the perfection only God can give.


  1. Congrats on getting your dossier submitted and to Ethiopia. I'm happy to have company during the wait to referral.

  2. What a relief to have your dossier done. I can;t wait to hear about your little ones after referral.


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