Dear Lil Guy,
Two years ago today we passed Ethiopian court and you “officially/legally” became our son. Although we didn’t need a piece of paper to tell us you were our son…God did that the day he put the desire on our hearts to adopt a son from Ethiopia. Daddy and Momma prayed for you, dreamed of you, yearned to hold you, loved you as our son – long before you we “officially” ours.
So two years ago was a day of much rejoicing! When we went to Ethiopia to hold you for the 1st time in January we also needed to go to court. Many of the families we traveled with including us did not pass court due to a missing letter,so we had to be rescheduled. We were rescheduled two weeks later and still no letter, we were very sad we missed you so much and your brother and sisters couldn’t wait to meet you!
Again we were rescheduled for a little over two weeks later… on your big sisters birthday we got the call we did not pass court again. We were so disappointed and confused…but we were clinging to the truth of God’s faithfulness AND that He loves you even more than we do. So we were now going to be the 1st family in our agency that would need a 4th court appointment. We went to church that night several of our friends and pastor helped to encourage us.
The next day we knew our case manager would call to tell us our new court date BUT when she called she said, “Congratulations, you passed court Lil Guy is officially a part of your family!” HUH? Momma took the call (well she was sobbing by now) asked, “what? how?” Our case manger said, “They didn’t know apparently there was some kind of misunderstanding the e-mail type of error.” We were all thrilled and praised God for His goodness. THIS is not the end of this story of God’s goodness and faithfulness.
When we finally returned to Ethiopia to bring you home we were talking with Almaz the amazing lady who runs Hannah’s Hope. She was telling us all kinds of wonderful things about you and then says, “I was talking to Little Guy telling him how sorry I was that his file was still missing the letter, and he would just look at me and smile…like telling me not to worry. I had to let go of control my timing and we have to trust the One who is in control…”
Daddy and Mommy were agreeing that it was hard not passing court so many times and how happy we were for the misunderstanding of the email. To this she says “NO- there was no misunderstanding your family did NOT pass court. The next day on my answering machine I got a message about one of my files, my heart was pounding, I called the court and they told me there was an error and your family actually did pass court.”
(THIS is the amazing part) She then goes on to say, “ they have NEVER called to tell me a changed a court decision –usually they just reschedule and pass the family the next time!”
Wow! Little Guy the Lord’s hand is always in the details and He loves you so…it is our joy and privilege to be your parents and to spend our years teaching you about Him and telling you how much He loves you.
We love you,
Daddy and Momma
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. Psalm 77:11-14