I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. – John 14:18
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the black and white. It’s easy to say YES to God while simultaneously saying NO when they put those checklist sheets in front of you…asking for your preferences in a child you would be willing to adopt.
Boy or girl?
Healthy or Special Needs?
What kind of special needs?
And, in black in white, it’s easy to check the boxes. Nobody has names yet. There are no faces staring back at you. Your heart doesn’t hurt yet, it doesn’t cry out for justice…yet. It’s neat. Simple. Black-and-white.
We, like every other family entering into an adoption without a child already picked out, filled out one of those papers. But, it got less and less simple as we prayed. Less black and white. We asked God to lead, and in return, we felt Him saying:
“Are they not ALL my children? Do they not ALL deserve families? Do I not command that orphans be taken cared of … did I specify only healthy 0-2?”
And, that (plus many more conversations with our God), is in a nut shell, how our parameters widened in a way we didn’t see coming when we started in 2005 considering adoption.
PRAISE THE LORD!! We are so grateful for His patience with us.
As many of you know, our dossier landed in Ethiopia Monday morning.
We were told to expect our “magic number” for the wait list on Friday.
However, things have changed.
We will not be getting a number on Friday. Or, any day, for that matter.
Because we just accepted a referral!
So, what does that mean?
It means, we said YES! We now have a file, a name, and photographs (we can’t post them online, but we can show you in person if you ask!)
It means… that in 2-3 months (ish – it’s a rough timeline), we will be traveling to Ethiopia and will appear before a judge and he will OFFICIALLY become ours in Ethiopia. Then, 3-5 months after THAT (ish), we will travel again to Ethiopia to BRING HIM HOME.
It also means… we have yet another fee due soon! This time, it’s to MEET him and then… BRING HIM HOME!
I know, many of you have so many questions… and I can’t wait to answer them all…but for now, I hope this suffices…
He is 5 1/2 (ish)…(I know, again with the -ish!). He has the sweetest smile and… if you didn’t pick up with all the “he’s”…HE’S a boy! Ha! Surprise, I know, right?