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rugged road

I can’t seem to get this Judee Sill song out of my head tonight. Things appear to be coming together with the adoption, but it was and still is a rugged road, which so reminds me of Addis (see below). For those not connected on Facebook, court did not pass on Monday.  Only 1 of the 3 letters I needed were in the file, but suprisingly (to me), I was really OK. For the first time since I arrived, I did not openly weep in front of strangers. (*Note: If you are one of those strangers, I sincerely apologize for my un-hingedness, I usually reserve those moments for when I’m alone and almost never cry in front of people, much less people I just met). But all crying aside, God gave me an extra sense of peace as the judge spoke, and it’s a peace I certainly needed.


The Road Where I Lived
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Up to that point, I slept a sum total of about 4 hours each day I was in Ethiopia, and not at all the night before court. There was even a crew of us who founded the 4 a.m. coffee club each morning and while I was thankful for the company, the lack of sleep did nothing to help calm my nerves.  However, after court, a group of us (we were/are in the same boat with missing paperwork) went to the Sheraton and had a nice lunch and much needed glass of wine. This was also the first time on the trip that I think I was able to get through at least half of my meal. When we got back to the guest house around 3:30, I decided I needed a nap . . . and then woke up at 6:30 the next morning! I’m not gonna lie, I was a little stiff when I woke up because I think I didn’t move almost the entire time, BUT I felt so refreshed and at peace with the world, myself, and this adoption that I didn’t even care. God breathed an inexplicable air of peace over me.

Just this morning I got the great news that another of the letters (the MoWA letter) arrived in my file!  This is a miracle beyond miracles because my paperwork was submitted to court after the March 8 deadline and MoWA drastically decreased the number of letters they release on a daily basis to 5 for all cases submitted after that date. This essentially amounts to a 90% reduction in intercountry adoptions from Ethiopia. With over 4 million orphans, numerous adoption agencies operating in Ethiopia AND each child’s case needing a MoWA letter to be complete, you can imagine the odds of me getting this pivitol letter within 3 days of my court appearance. Like I said, it’s a miracle.

So today, Caleb is now officially 1 piece of paper shy of having a big brother.  Please continue to pray for us and this process. As each day passes I am growing more confident in my faith that God is continuing his promise to take care of me. I believe that He who began this work will be faithful to complete it.