Thursday, January 28, 2010

Meet Meskerem and Kidest

This will be a short post since I am home at lunch and need to get back to work. But I wanted all of you to know that I am a Mama! I got a phone call that I passed court this morning. Now I can share photos of my beautiful girls. Their names are Kidest (age 4ish) and Meskerem (age 6ish). "Kidest" means "blessed" in Amharic and "Meskerem" means "spring or September." I don't think I am going to change their names, but I may add American middle names.
I am planning on traveling for an Embassy date on April 6. It is so nice to actually make firm plans now.
I will have more to say later once I have processed all this, but here they are. Thanks to everyone who has been praying. Please don't stop, the real work starts now.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Less than 24 hours

As I type, it is about 4:30AM in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ten hours later than Montana). The courts will open in a few hours and at some point the case of my girls will be heard. Their mother will have to tell a judge that she is willing to have some person she has never met take her children to a far away country and raise them. Lots of paper will be looked over, including the dossier that I sent down there in November (see earlier post). If the judge likes the way it all looks and the mom shows up and all the local paperwork is there, I will pass and legally be the parent of two little girls. The number of things that could go wrong is incredible. However, I am at peace no matter what happens over night. I am not in control of this process, God is (those of you who know me, feel free to laugh, I am a control freak, but I am learning to let go). His timing is perfect and even if I have to go through this process several times before those girls are mine, I will be okay and so will they. Today was busy and tomorrow will be as well since I am on call. I will post about the court's decision as soon as I can, but please be patient as my patients will have to come first tomorrow.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Blessings

I found out today that an anonymous donor made a large donation to my adoption fund at Harvest Church. I am absolutely humbled that someone sees my adoption as that important. My family and some friends, yes, but someone who doesn't even want me to know them is amazing to me. If you are reading this, whoever you are, I pray that God blesses you as much as you have blessed me. I have been having all sorts of last minute jitters sorts of thoughts as the court date gets nearer. I have been praying that God would continue to remind me that this is exactly what I am supposed to be doing. He did it in a big way with this donation.
In less than two weeks I could legally be a mom. That thought fills me with joy, fear, anxiety, and yes, a little panic. I know God is going to provide everything I need. He has already, but all of these thoughts are still there. Then I remember that God calls me to "Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46 goes on to say "I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." That is what I want; I want God to be exalted in my adoption. I just get to sit still and watch Him work out the details. And then, the stories that I will tell my children about how God made us a family will be wonderful.
Tune in on January 29th to see how the next step turns out.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Court date

I got a court date. It is January 28th. That means I should be traveling to go get the girls sometime in March. I am hoping mid-late March so I have some time to warn my OB patients and partners. This is really becoming a reality. Presuming I pass, I will be able to post pictures of the girls later that day so stay tuned.
This was great news for my mom who just had her knee replaced yesterday and is just starting to rehab. It gives her a good goal to be rehabbed in time to travel with me.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Documents submitted

I have been asked to write an update on the adoption progress. When I have a chance, I will put up photos from the wonderful shower that my friend Michelle put on last Sunday. In the meantime here is a little update. All of my documents and the required local documents have been submitted to the court in Addis. CWA has gotten court dates through January 20th so mine will be sometime at the end of January or early February. I don't have to be there for that (I signed a Power of Attorney for CWA for exactly this purpose). When I pass court the girls are legally mine and I can share their photos here. If I pass court on the first try (not a foregone conclusion), then I would travel to get the girls for the Embassy date at the end of March or early April. I have asked CWA to give me at least 4 weeks' warning before I have to travel so my Embassy date might get pushed back a little bit. But I see that as a small price to pay so that I can give my partners and patients (especially the pregnant ones) some warning that I am going to be gone for 12 weeks. I am blessed that my employer not only gives the mandated 12 weeks of FMLA leave, but they continue my base salary during that entire time as well. Please keep praying that everything would go well and that God will provide all the funds I need when it is time to travel. Happy New Year and God Bless!!!!!