Thursday, February 28, 2008
We were so close. This was it. IT was about to happen. That was like Thursday or Friday, so we waited until the next Tuesday, January 29. We hadn't heard anything and I couldn't stand it anymore. I emailed her asking about it..no paper, but she would let us know as soon as she had it. Until the referral was complete, she could not give us any information. Not and age, not a hint, not a nothing. I was freaking out. Almost six months of waiting and it was about to happen.
That week wrapped up with no call. The next week came and went on and on. Thursday, February 7, I did my weekly week count on the blog. I was just aching. It was so close, but still so far away. Marshall was having a really busy time at work...meaning unusually busy. I checked my email that evening and had Duni emailed. It was titled "phone call". Was this it? Oh my! Where's Marshall? I called him and said, "I really need you to come home because we are about to get our referral."
Her email said that we could call her anytime. Trembling. Waiting for Marsh to get home. Freaking out. In a good way. Who was this little guy going to be? My stomach was doing back flips. Marshall got home. I think I was leaping around the apartment acting foolishly or something. We got the phone and called Duni. So we never got THE call, we got THE email and we made the call. We always do things a little differently.
She told us his birthday and his name. She said that she would be emailing us his medical paperwork (that last piece of paper :) and some other information along with some pictures. I was silent. I told her that when I played out this moment in my head, I had a million questions for her, but right then I didn't know what to say. She said that once we saw him, we would have plenty to say....he was a cutie.
So, we hung up and waited for the email. Marshall had to go back to work that night, so I emailed her again and asked her to send the pictures as soon as possible so we could see him together. Selfishly, I didn't want to wait until he got home the second time to see the pictures. I was ready, Freddy. The email popped into the inbox and we sat on the couch together with the lap top. It was so surreal. We were about to. see. our. son. SEE him! I opened the email and scrolled down. I do remember that when we saw him, we both gasped. He absolutely took our breath away. And I don't think we've gotten it back yet.....
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Right now the in-country representative, Girmachew, is working on our paperwork for court and will request a court appointment for us. He will request a court date for us in Ethiopia. We are not eligible for a court appointment until some time in March. (A child has to be in care for 90 days.)
After a favorable court ruling, we will travel three weeks later. So, prayerfully we will go to pick him up in April. We considered traveling twice to Ethiopia in order to get an IR3 visa. We decided that traveling once and obtaining an IR4 visa will be fine. What's a little more paperwork, right?
Now it's time to pull all of the loose ends together and get ready for our boy. It's so nice to have a face to go with our dreams. Wondering if it will ever really happen is really hard, and now I see that the wait after the referral is really, really hard. I trust the Lord that he is getting the best care and all of his needs are being met.
We're praying now that we get the earliest court date possible and that it's sucessful. We are beside ourselves with joy and anticipation. My heart has been stolen...again...this time by a boy named Silas.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
He's a Silas. We will keep his Ethiopian name as his middle name. I can't wait until I can share that too. And his sweet face. I think you will melt. I know we are still in a melted state....
Edited to Add...
My friend Christine emailed me about the meaning of Silas. Everything we had seen up to this point said that Silas meant "wood, from the forest" (not very exciting or sweet). But I believe we gave him a fitting name....
Silas: This name comes from the Aramaic word that means "asked for." Silas was a member of the early church who was, at one time, jailed with Paul for his beliefs.
We definitely asked for him and He gave us imeasurably more than we asked or imagined (see Eph 3:20).
[from Family Education]
The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3
Thursday, February 7, 2008
And He has done that today! We got our referral!!!
He is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Because of Ethiopian law and our agreement with our agency (he's not legally ours until we pass through court in Ethiopia), all we can tell you is he is a stinkin' cute little guy. Remember how I called him "cutest boy in the world"? Well, he is!
You don't know how much I want to share his picture with you! But in his interest, we cannot. Soon though. Please pray that we receive a court date soon so that we can share him with the world. We will not be sharing details about his life and circumstances though. My life is an open book, but we feel like our son's should remain private. Thanks for not putting us on the spot. :)
Thank you for your faithful prayers and encouragement on this journey. It's not over....I think this wait to go get him will be the worst. We continue to covet your prayers as we now have a son on a different continent that we can't wait to get to. Oh how he is already loved!
What happens now? We wait (notice the theme...) for our hard copy referral to come in the mail. We then send in the official acceptance letter to our agency. The in-country representative requests a court date for us and we base our travel plans around that date.
God is SO very good! I can't believe I finally get to post that we got our referral!!
Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. Proverbs 25:25
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
83 votes total
Thanks for participating! My sister, Katy, admitted to voting for her favorite name from 2 different computers. Anyone else want to fess up?
Monday, February 4, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
gimpy gout is better...way better.
marshall is home. :)
picking up my brother tomorrow morning.
i have no idea who to vote for....and i've looked at all parties, not just my usual.
wish we could watch the new episodes of Lost like everyone else. we love that show.
it's late and i should really be in bed.
love to you all! (i did say random, didn't i?)