Thursday, July 28, 2011


So… after meeting them …loving them and already considering the boys ours… we have officially accepted their referrals!!!

We are SO excited! Seriously it’s so much fun to be able to say that we have a referral for real. Although there was never really a chance that they would be someone else’s once we committed to the agency that we wanted them.

It’s one of the things I really like about our agency. They aren’t lenient by any stretch, but if a family commits verbally and begins paperwork for a child specifically they do not encourage other families to pursue them. We had originally asked about one boy, but he had a family already working hard to get their paperwork together for him specifically. I can totally respect that and appreciate it. And can see how God orchestrated the plan so that we would be able to accept one of the other boys. He’s so cool!

So now we wait. Our Dossier should be in Addis now.

My prayer is that the translators are QUICK! And that we are able to get the paperwork to court before it closes. I do not anticipate getting a court date before they open again in September, but sure would LOVE it if they did…lol I guess it’s a possibility that they will still assign dates while they are closed …for when they open again, but I am not holding my breath.
We got a wonderful surprise in the mail the other day. B sent us all individual letters. What a sweet sweet gift! He’s so stinkin cute! We are putting together a small package to send with a family that is travelling in August. Sure wish it were us!

Cool side note, one of the women that came on the mission trip with us was able to meet her 2 sweet boys while there. She was expecting a fall court date, but left YESTERDAY to go to court for one of the boys. The other has a more complicated case, but God is taking care of that too.
Our boys at home keep asking about our boys in Ethiopia, when they are coming home…what they might be like. Last night we were headed out for some ice cream with the littles and my oldest, Z. Z was being silly and N says “Z is the weirdest brother ever…… but I guess I might not be able to say that for long. B or A might be more weird.” SO cute!!

Oh I am missing them something fierce… and so many others in Ethiopia. In a separate post I will be sharing a bit about what our church’s ministry is doing and what is coming next…can you say…another trip?! ;)

More soon……


Our journey following Christ said...

This is exciting and relieving news! Even though you had them on hold it's still a little nerve racking until you officially accept their referral. Been there!

Still praying that God will speed up the process and that they'll be home to join their brothers and sister soon!


George said...

That is soooo exciting...congratulations. Fingers crossed for speed to bring them home!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

SOOOO EXCITED for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LisaShaw said...

Dearest Andrea,

So good to drop in and catch up on you and your family and to SEE GOD IS INDEED AT WORK! So happy and exciting for you and your ever growing beautiful family.

Looking forward to a BIG FAMILY PHOTO soon! :)

Love you.

Adeye said...

Yippeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooooooo exciting.

Rejoicing, my friend. Such wonderful news.

Andrea Hill said...