On August 17th at about 4:30pm, we saw her face! What a moment that was for our family! All the wondering if she was even born, what do her eyes look like, does she have hair (that answer is no!), how old is she....those were all answered! She has the most captivating dark brown eyes we've ever seen! We wish we could post a picture of her, but since she is not legally ours yet, we can not post one. But as soon as we can, WE WILL! We are ready to show her to the world! Another awesome God thing about her is her name means peace in Amharic. We think this is so fitting because adoption is a burden placed on our hearts and this little girl will finally bring us peace….I love her even more for that!
If all goes as planned, she will be home by Christmas! Oh my word, this has gone SO incredibly fast! We sent in our application to the adoption agency February 24th....so we got all the LONG paperwork done and had a referral in just under 6 months. Amazing! We feel so blessed and know it's all perfect in God's timing. Are we financially ready? NO WAY! We didn't think we would have a referral until January or so, which left us about 5 more months of saving and planning. This is God's calling on our lives, so we know it will work out somehow. Adoption is insanely expensive, but the end result will be so worth it! ....and we are ready for that end result!
Please pray for us in these next few months of travel, being away from the boys, being away from work, and the fact that I do NOT like flying! We will keep you posted as to when the first trip over to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will be. The first trip will be for our court date when we say yes, she is ours! ....and then we will have to leave her there. Oh my goodness, I can't imagine the leaving her part. Anyway, then about 4-6 weeks after that, we will have our embassy date, where we go and she is ours and we will bring her HOME! ...hope she's ready for these 3 crazy boys!