I'm sitting here trying to figure out what to say and I honestly don't even know where to start. I frankly can't believe that I am even writing this post but I am and I am so thrilled about it!
After 3 years of waiting, trusting, and then not trusting some days, crying, praying, and learning so much of the Lord's sovereignty....we finally got the call we've been waiting for! I will never forget that day or that moment. Our agency called to tell us there is a precious 6 month old little boy who needs a family and do we want to be that family? Our hearts were racing and I honestly can't remember much of the conversation after that...it was all such a fog. But we said yes and we're finally bringing home a precious little babe from Ethiopia to be a part of our family forever. Our hearts are overjoyed and oh so thankful. It's hard to even describe the feeling. Overnight our worlds were turned upside down and changed forever by a precious face thousands of miles away.
Some of you may know that we did have expectations that we would be bringing a little girl home. After having 2 boys we thought we might be ready for a break from all the crazy energy and noise. :) But after MUCH prayer we decided to change our preferences and let God write our story and within a short time we were given the referral of our beautiful son. And by the way...he is SO. BEAUTIFUL. I can't post pictures online at all but if you see me I won't hesitate to share his picture. I LOVE passing it around! So please feel free to ask if you'd like to see him. :) So yes...we are going to be one crazy, busy, loud, energetic household of 3 little boys under 4!! I'm bracing myself for the future! That's a LOT of testosterone in one house! Yes...this scares me some days. I'm sure if anyone offers "girl time" to me in the future I will be a more than willing participant!!
There is so much more to tell but for now a few details and then I'll write more later.
Just a heads up....our precious little boy has a story, his own story, about his life up to this point. And because it's his story to share, we won't be sharing many details with people. We know we may get many questions from others about his past. Please understand that most of his history will be kept in the quiet of our hearts and our son will choose if/when/who he wants to share when he's older. We want to keep his story something we get to share with him and then he gets to share with others as he chooses. Many people who have gone before us in this adoption process have advised us that this is the best route to take and in the best interest of the child. So please understand where we're coming from with that. If you are curious as to why or want to know more about that decision, please feel free to ask us and I'll explain more.
As far as timeline details....we are currently in the process of waiting for our PAIR approval. This is the US Embassy approval that we need before we can be submitted to court in Ethiopia. We have sent off our documents (another long...but thankfully not AS long! list of paperwork we had to put together) to USCIS and hope to receive our approval in the next couple of months. We have also had to update most of the documents in our dossier as it's been so long since we originally completed them. So we are currently still waiting on our USCIS fingerprints and then following approval from that. After we receive those we can put all of our new dossier documents together and get them notarized, state sealed, federally authenticated and then shipped off to Ethiopia. Please pray with us that the timing of all of this works out as it could cause us some delays in the process.
We still have a lot more waiting to do and it's funny....it's both harder and easier now that we have a little face to stare at. It's easier because I have hope to cling to again....I have a face that I'm fighting for and can't wait to bring home. But it's also harder because I'm watching him grow up in pictures and I just want to fly to Ethiopia right now and hold him in my arms. Christmas has been a mix of emotions knowing that he's spending his first Christmas without a family to love on him and we wish so badly we could have him here with our family. But it's also been so joyous as we chose to wait until Christmas day to share our news with everyone and that has made for an incredibly special day. But my oh my....waiting to tell everyone until Christmas was like torture!!! We knew it would be worth it and we knew it was the only time we'd be with all our family in person so we had to wait. But, I've been dying to shout it from the rooftops and share his picture with every human being I run into. Seriously, I almost pulled it out at the post office to show the postlady just because I couldn't take keeping it to myself anymore and I'm so stinking proud of the little guy. :)
Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support thus far. We can't even put into words how grateful we are. We are blessed to have so many people praying for us and for our little guy. Thank you doesn't seem sufficient. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we continue to wait to bring him home and keep him in your prayers as he's growing up in an orphanage.
I trust you all had a blessed Christmas and have enjoyed spending time with loved ones around you!
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