Thursday, February 7, 2008

God sets the lonely in families...Ps 68:6a

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

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Jill and Marshall - what glorious news to awake to this morning. A baby boy. My eyes welled up and I simply called out "amen" - it is WONDERFUL! You two must be jumping for joy and clinging to that picture of your son. Yes, your son!!!!! There will be lots of shared celebrating around the world today. CONGRATULATIONS! much love, sabrina

curtisfamily93 said...

YEAH, YIPEE SKIPPEE!, *jumping up and down still in my pj;s* Tears in my eyes! I look back at your previous blog 4Feb
"But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, be patient! For it will surely take place. It will not be late by a single day." Habakkuk 2:3
You will be so blessed. The Lord's window is OPEN and about to SHOWER you with many blessings for being so patient.
We love you guys and already love your little one.
BIG BIG smooches! Audra & the Curtis boys

Andrea said...

I AM FREAKING OUT FOR YOU!!!!! I can't imagine what it must feel like. I am soooooo excited for you and can't wait to get to see his "cutest" face one day soon. Enjoy this day and praise God for his gifts and his blessings!!!!

Andrea

the Steiger's said...

God is SO very good!!!
I am SO excited! YEAH!!!!!! I bet you have been celebrating all day. Hopefully you will move much faster then we did. Now if we can get a good news today as well!
love, Lenka

K.P. said...

Coens,
We are so happy for you guys and know that you have waited for so long and done it so well. We pray strength for you in the next phase of waiting and that everything will fall into place quickly. Soon you will be holding the "cutest boy in the world".
Love and hugs! Congrats!
KP and the Moles family

Bezner said...

GO JESUS!!!!! The Bezners are excited for you guys!!!

Susan said...

YEAH! We are jumping for joy for your family there in NC!

Love, Susan

Rob & Candy said...

Oh Jill! I am on pins and needles.. does the most beautiful boy in the world have a name yet?? Rejoicing with you!
I cannot wait to hear more about your son.
xxoo
candy

K.P. said...

Jill,
Just read your comments on my blog. We'll have to get together when you guys get stateside! I am inspired by "Drew&Carey" (check their link on my blog) to do a "Blog-Union" somewhere on the east coast for AWAA families from ET. Someday...You and Candy would be great co-leaders. :)

shawn and tisha said...

Jill,
I am so excited for you guys!!! You have waited a long time for your little guy, I'm so glad your referral came...Yea!! :) We will be praying for the next steps in the process and that you will be with your son very very soon! :)
With love,
Tisha and Shawn

Bri said...

Oh, Jill & Marshall. ROb and I are so excited for you and feel so blessed to play the part we do in this- simply friends who get to see your excitement in what God is bringing together.
Thank you for sharing this experience with all of us here.
Bri

Paul & Holly West said...

So happy for you!! Congrats!
Love,
Holly

Caleb and Becca's Ethiopia Adoption said...

Oh my Gosh...guys!!!! This is AWESOME news!!!!! I wonder if we saw him at the orphanage when were there...so exciting!!!! Come on Court Date!!!!!!!

Heather and Stephen said...

whoop whoop!!!

Abby said...

Congratulations!!! Rejoicing with you!
Abby

Rob & Candy said...

Jill, no need to post this... I read some where that you were looking into cloth diapers. Check out http://www.mother-ease.com/main.html
My sister-in-law and I love Mother-Ease! We both have little guys that need "night time pants". I have been very pleased with their "pants" for Igor.
xxoo
candy

Amber said...

amazing! i will be praying that this "wait" phase is short and sweet. we can't wait to see your cute little guy!!!

Stacy said...

Hi Jill and Marshall,
We are so happy for you! Can't wait to meet the newest Coen!Congratulations and we miss you guys!!
Love and prayers,
Matt, Stacy, Zack and Taylor

Carpenters said...

Jill and Marshall,

Congratulations Mommy and Daddy! I'm just catching up on all the news and this is the best kind. We are so happy for you! I can't wait to see pictures of your little guy. I hope we don't have to wait long. Rejoicing with you!

With Love,
Penelope