I was going through the pictures on my computer the other day and found this one…
This text message stayed on my phone for about a month after we passed court last November. I finally thought to take a picture of it for the kids scrapbooks.
Our court date was the day after Thanksgiving. I took my cell phone to bed with me that night in case Grace called or sent me a text. I slept better than I thought I would but every time I woke I glanced at it – no news. Until about 6:30. Mark had left to hit the post-thanksgiving sales so I had to tell him the news via phone. Then I that and sat about who I could call at that hour of the day. Luckily Kristen is on the East Coast so I knew she would be up. And I knew Stacey was at the early bird sales so I could reach her as well. I had mercy on the others in our lives and waited a couple of hours to wake them with a phone call.
In a way I was shocked that we passed on our first try. It was a particularly difficult time in the courts and there were many not passing until 3rd or 4th tries. First tries were almost unheard of. On the other hand passing meant a greater chance of traveling with Dustin and Jen and I just couldn’t imagine God bringing us this close to that prayer and not having it come true.
My prayers go out to all the waiting families. There has been some upheaval in the Ethiopian court system again. This time having to do with abandoned children. In the long run it is God because the government is being very careful to make sure that adoptions are happening the way they are supposed to and people are not taking advantage of the system. But the waiting is hard on those parents who desperately long to have that child in their arms.