Sunday, August 1, 2010
A gift from God (Our precious daughter holding her first doll from us)
On July 19th, we received a referral for the sweetest almost 5 year old little girl! We are not allowed to post pictures until we pass court... You will just have to take our word that she is just precious! Please pray for her and her time that she will spend in the Transition Home (that our agency runs) until we can bring her home. We are praying that this week our agency will be able to secure us a court date for early Oct. The Ethiopian Courts close Aug. 6th until Sept. 28th. If they are not able to, we will have to wait until Oct. to get a court date. If we can get one scheduled this week, it will allow us to see our daughter earlier, cheaper flights, and make it a lot easier for planning purposes.
The Ethiopian Courts close for the rainy season. As some of you remember we got caught in court closure last time with Daniel. We received our referral 2 years and 1 day after Daniel's referral!
We have been very blessed to be able to send our daughter care packages with traveling families. We have sent her clothes, a little doll, little animals, paper, crayons, a ball, a jump rope, etc. Other traveling families have also been very generous to us and have taken pictures of her for us! The pictures are such a special gift! We can't wait until it is our turn to take care packages and photos for other families!
The next steps are:
1. Get a court date (hopefully for early Oct - which would be a wonderful birthday present)
2. Travel for court (Tom, Lori, Sara, and Michael) and meet our daughter
3. Travel back home,
4. Wait for the US Embassy to give us clearance to bring her home
5. Travel back to Ethiopia to bring our daughter home
6. Get a wonderful Family picture taken with all of us in the same place!
There are still a lot of steps to bringing her home... PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYER
Please pray our daughter home for the Holidays!!!
Thanks for all of the hugs, prayers, and support!