Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Finally...a hiccup

Some people are surprised when I say I "finally" have a hiccup. So far this process has gone so smoothly that it almost worried me. Don't get me wrong, I am very happy that my adoption has been drama-free so far. However, I always get worried when things seem to be going too easily. Well, after today I don't have to worry about that. I got an email this afternoon informing me that I might have to change my travel plans. Evidently the Embassy is making some changes and they want to make sure that there are 8 weeks between when paperwork is submitted and when families have their Embassy appointment. I will be right about there, but still not sure if my travel plans will be changed. If I get to travel for my April 6 Embassy date, my friend Susan and her family (faithenoughfor9) may not travel with me. They passed court on the 18th so wouldn't have 8 weeks in by April 6. I know God is still sovereign in this and that His timing is perfect, but I was really hoping to travel with another family. So please pray that the Embassy's plans will be clarified and that we will all be able to travel together and that our children will be okay if they have to wait a few more weeks before we travel.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

40 days

In 40 days I will have my girls in my arms.

That statement is almost too much for me to fathom. Lent started today and when it is Easter here in Montana it will be Monday, April 5 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and I will get to meet and hold my girls for the first time. Lent is usually thought of as a time of deprivation in honor of the time Jesus spent being tested in the wilderness before He started His ministry here on Earth. I think it is more a time of preparation. I am definitely seeing it that way this year. I won't be giving anything up like television or chocolate or caffeine (though I am cutting back on all of those things). This year I will be preparing to give up the life I know for a life that will be much more difficult, but infinitely more rewarding than the life I have been living. People keep asking if I am excited. I never know quite how to respond. I am excited, but I have a lot of trepidation as there are so many unknowns in this process. I am so thankful that God is bigger than all of this and He will provide the wisdom and strength I need, when I need it. So if I don't seem as excited as you think I should be, forgive me, I just have a lot of things to think about.

Below is the video that prefaced the church service that started this whole process. I thought it might help others understand why I am doing this.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

They got my photobook

So the girls know who I am now. They have a book in their hands that I made for them that shows me and my dog and my family. In the first few pictures they looked a little worried. This was the last picture and by far my favorite. Finally we all sort of know each other. I will be there to meet them in just a few short weeks. This picture just makes it all more real.
Thanks for all the prayers and support. I really appreciate it.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Interesting calculation

So my mom told me that from the day I heard about my girls until the day I get to meet them is right at about 9 months. I actually just did an OB Wheel (what we use to figure out due dates and how far along a pregnancy is) calculation and if you use my embassy date of April 6 you get a last period (what we use for figuring out due dates) of June 30, 2008. That is right about when the girls' bio-mom brought them to the orphanage in Soddo. So I may never have a natural pregnancy (I'm fine with that by the way), but I have had a true "pregnancy of the heart." Don't know if this is interesting to anyone else but me, but though I would share.
I am blessed that this adoption process has gone as fast as it has. God really has made sure I knew it was Him doing it. There is no other way this would work. Please pray that I continue to follow His lead and not let myself get ahead of Him.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

More photos.

The girls have been moved to the care center in Addis Ababa. They are looking pretty healthy and happy. They have bands on their wrists that have their first name and my last name written on them. Those bands were placed on their wrists after court on the 28th. They will stay on until I pick them up in April.

I just can't get over their smiles and how good they look. I know there will still be health issues, but right now they look great.

At some point in the next few weeks they will get a photo book that I put together for them. I should get a picture of them looking at it and I will post that too. It is so much fun to be able to share all of these photos now after so many months of not being able to share them.

Above is Kidest (or Kidist, not sure how it will be spelled until I see the birth certificate) and this is Meskerem. The broad smiles are unusual since Ethiopians don't usually smile for photos. The difference between these girls and the first photo I received is incredible. Actually, I will add that photo below as well. That way you can see just how far they have come.

Two of the saddest little girls I have ever seen. Can you believe they are the same kids?