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Still Here

For those of you who have not been counting down every single day, hour, and minute, these past few weeks may have gone fast. For us... they have been CRAWLING.

We're finally less than a week away from leaving and the anxiety and excitement is really starting to set in. Many people have repeatedly asked/said, "You must be so excited!" and the obvious answer is, "Yes!"; however, it's been a strange, "Is this really happening?!" kind of excitement. 

If you've followed our blog for long, you've heard me moan about the fact that we're 2.5 years into a process that we anticipated taking 1 year, and the delays and set-backs have had a way of wearing us down. 

At the beginning of the process, I used to think about the day we'd enter the orphanage and they'd hand us our baby (didn't think we'd get twins) and cry just thinking about it. Then I had to stop thinking about it because it just kept getting further and further away. 

Then we got the referral for our twins and I began to anticipate that day again. And again, I'd cry just thinking about the day when we'd finally see them and hold them. Then we had some strange delays in being issued a court date that made us wonder if we'd even be able to adopt these boys. 

And now we're about a week away from this all becoming a reality and I feel a little like doubting Thomas in the Bible who declared that unless he saw the marks in Jesus' hands and placed his fingers into the marks of the nails and into Jesus' side, he would never believe. And I feel like until we stand before the judge in Ethiopia and hear her say, "They are yours." I just can't believe that it's really going to happen. 

So, yes, we are SUPER excited, and still a little cautious, and still praying like crazy that God will make this a reality and that he will give us these boys to be our sons. 


Hillary said...

So so excited that travel is coming soon for you guys! Will pray hard over the next few weeks for your family and will be anxiously awaiting updates.

And in case your nursery isn't totally complete yet, look what I just found on Etsy!


Just ordered one for Colbie :)

Annie Leppin said...

Seeing that full suitcase makes me so happy. I have been following your ups and downs on your blog and it is okay to still be afraid to believe this is really happening-- it is just so amazing! Praying for your trip - life is about to change very quickly. Lots of love to you

Chad, Kim and Kassidy De Jager said...

Praying for you as you prepare, travel, and ultimately get that much-anticipated court date. Praying for peace throughout the journey as well as a smooth and quick process, amazing time with your boys, and a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ through it all. Love you!

Corrie and Phil said...

The wait is over! WOW! we are praying for you as you head into the most exciting stage of the journey. Can't wait for all of the updates and picutres. Wishing you traveling mercies and abundant blessings!!!

Rochelle said...

So sorry the time has been crawling for you guys - but so thankful that it's nearly here!!! In less than 48 hours, you will be on a plane to meet those precious twin boys that we all pray will REALLY be yours very soon!!!

I totally understand the doubting thing - it's a defense mechanism, we just can't believe it until it's true after too many negative things happen. But we pray that we'll be rejoicing with you very soon - and we cannot wait to see pictures from your trip and hear what God does in that Ethiopian courtroom in just a few short days. We pray that God will help the remaining time to go swiftly, and that you'll both remain completely focused on Him and His supremacy in all things. He is still in control, guiding you to what good & precious gifts He has in store for you as you follow & trust Him!

Romans 8:18 "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us."

Praying for your safety, for swift processing at the court, for a great time away for you & Don to connect, for a rewarding time as you minister to many at the orphanage, for God to work in your lives, and for an amazing time as you finally meet, hold, snuggle, kiss, pray over, shed tears over, and love on those boys like crazy. The minutes will go too slowly as you fly there, and too swiftly as you are there - but God is in control of every minute and He's carrying you through each and every hard and glorious moment. Keep leaning on Him and everything will be okay!

Love you friend - praying for a wonderful trip!!!!