5 months {really} waiting

So, I totally forgot it was the 11th this time.  I was in the kitchen, chopping up veggies for the meal I’d planned for dinner, when I realized it was our 5 month date.  Turns out, I was already cooking an Ethiopian meal just because we’d been craving it!  Love how that happened.

We have certainly had our doubts and questions lately with why it’s taken so long.  Other families are starting to be submitted for PAIR, and some are moving very quickly (hallelujah!!) while others are getting stalled like us.  It doesn’t make sense.  But, we have felt so much more peace this month, even without much news.  We are so thankful for our friends who are praying for us.  Our discipleship group spent a while in prayer for us, and felt like God was telling them to pray for peace and patience – and we feel that. We’re so grateful.

Our BRI is on the 28th – it will happen while we sleep Thursday night/Friday morning.  We’d love your prayers for her birth relative’s travels for the interview, and that we’d quickly receive good news that we’re getting our PAIR letter and moving on to the next step!

We know God is faithful and he will bring our girl home at just the right time.  We rest in that!

{finally} an UPDATE! BRI!

The embassy received our file and have screened it!! They have given us a BRI (Birth Relative Interview – in Ethiopia; we don’t travel for this) for February 28.  We were bummed it is so far out (we requested the 11th and the birth relative was ready to travel that date), but Embassy is booked solid through the end of the month.  However, we’ve been stalled for so long we’re trying to just rejoice that things are moving again!  Our agency did request that they consider us if there is a cancellation, as we’ve been waiting in the process for so long at this point.  It’s not very likely that will happen, but it would be quite a pleasant surprise!

So, here’s the timeline of what we still need to happen:

  • the US embassy in ET to receive and begin processing our file
  • they will most likely schedule a BRI (Birth Relative Interview) *they also requested MORE documents.
  • they will approve our case and issue our PAIR letter
  • ET will receive our PAIR approval and and can issue our MOWCYA approval letter
  • {we will get the PAIR letter and get it state certified & mailed to Ethiopia, along with a few other updated dossier documents we have sitting here waiting}
  • WE WILL BE GIVEN A COURT DATE
  • Jeff & I will travel to Ethiopia to meet our daughter & pass court!!! We can officially share her name & PHOTOS then!
  • We will leave her there and come home to wait for her visa to be processed. I can’t even think about this.
  • All four of us will head back to ET/we will officially clear Embassy & get her visa, we’ll spend a little while there, and bring her HOME!!

We’ve heard rumors that ET court is closing until Feb 24th, which would be a big bummer as they’d be pretty backed up when they re-open (and hopefully we’ll be requesting a court date not too long after that!).  We’ll see.

Our emotions have been all over the place – we are fighting, but it’s getting harder and harder not to let ourselves get down.  Last weekend I went to a great women’s retreat where I heard Jen Hatmaker (love. her.), and it spoke right to me (and in the middle of her session, she showed a video of them picking up their two Ethiopian adopted children – from our same agency – so the video was at the SAME transition home our T is in right now! Oh, tears).  I have never felt my faith being tested this much.  I’ve decided that the enemy SERIOUSLY must not want this girl in our family, which just gives me more motivation to fight those feelings.  I’m more convinced than ever she’s supposed to be ours and that God must have a ridiculously amazing story for her life.

We got a ton of new pictures & videos from a sweet friend today (who’s visiting her daughter, one of T’s best friends) – if you’re local just ask if you want to see them, you know we love to share! 😉

I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in your hands
I’m holding onto Your promises
You are faithful

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Charlotte got its “shut down the city for an inch or two” snow day last week!  Rare and fun.  I love the south.  We had a great day with Jeff at home, and Aunt Ash, Grandma, & PopPops off work too – we all got to play in the snow, do some sledding, and enjoy a relaxed day.  Why school was out for 2 days, we’ll never know… but hey, it was fun while it lasted.  I love snow days with the boys – they were SO excited.  And it was so nice to be able to send them outside in the backyard together some while I sat next to my space heater & drank coffee too. 🙂

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