Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's a......GIRL!

Yeah, remember how I said I was going to start keeping up with the ol' blog again??
A lot has happened in the last 6 weeks!

We have accepted a referral of a little girl from Ethiopia and the exciting news to go with that is we leave in 2 days for our first trip and court date!

I will back up for the sake of journaling. We learned about this sweet girl the end of September and officially accepted her referral October 1st. We will share more about her in days to come and also after we meet her. There will be parts of her story that we keep within our family as just as in any adoption, adoption stems from loss & and we don't ever want to regret sharing parts of her life that she isn't even aware of yet or that are private.. We actually know very little about her past or her birth parents. We are so thankful that the Lord has brought her to us and that she is in the wonderful transition home that partners with our agency. We have enjoyed getting pictures of her and learning little tid bits of her personality. Of course, we absolutely can not wait to see her in person, learn more about her and assure her that she has a family waiting for her. 

 The next six weeks have been such a whirlwind and God has been so good to affirm this decision so many times! We first had to wait for a court date and we received our court date on October 29th. We were to be in Ethiopia November 12th and would go to court November 14th. Talk about some craziness around here but all vey exciting. Jacob will go with us on this trip and we can't wait for him to meet his sister and have a trip of a lifetime. He is so excited! We know this will be so neat for their bond and will be something neither one of them forgets.

So what now?
We go to court November 14th and pray the judge gives a positive ruling for our adoption. If so, she will officially be a Houston! BUT and it is a big BUT if you are not familiar with Ethiopia adoption. We don't get to bring her home until we get an US embassy appointment, hopefully SOON! But we know the Lord has His hand on her and cares for her even more than we do. He obviously has a great plan for her life and we can't wait to be a part of it!

I could go on and on about how good the Lord has been to us the last few weeks and how He has worked in our lives and in the life of our little girl but there is still packing to do. Not sure how our internet will be in Ethiopia but I hope to post and update and share good news mid next week!


Brenda said...

I am excited for you and your family. This sweet little girl is about to become part of a wonderful family and I look forward to your future posts on your blog about her.
I'll keep you in my prayers for a safe journey and that all will go smoothly......God bless, Brenda

Holley Marino said...

This is so exciting! I don't know how you all are able to sleep! It's like Christmas morning on steroids! WHAT A GIFT!!!!! Will be praying for a safe and happy trip! God bless you!