Saturday, March 17, 2012

Court Date!

We were utterly shocked yesterday when our case worker called to say that they had already received a court date for us of April 20th! That is at least 2 weeks earlier than our most audacious hope had been...and we are praising God! Exactly one month from right now, we should have less than one hour left on our flight to Ethiopia to meet our son. We are slightly overwhelmed thinking about everything that we have to get done before then, but we are so grateful that things are moving quickly, because our hearts truly are in the horn of Africa at this point.

Mr. Y talks about his new brother constantly. He draws pictures of him, sings to him, and prays faithfully for him. We are just praying that the love continues after the reality of a sibling sets in!

"Mom, this is a picture that I made of my new little brother. I cannot wait until I can give this to him!"
(I'm sure that S will be thrilled!) ;-)

"Mom, here is a picture of me and my brother playing together. I couldn't find a light brown crayon, so I just made me green. Can you please get me one of those mailing things so I can send this to him?"

"I drew a picture of my little brother on my hand, Mom. Now, if I draw me on my other hand, I can make us kiss!"

The last week and a half have been a constant flurry of paperwork and phone calls and planning and relying on God's promises. Two days after our referral, my sweet sister sent us these gorgeous flowers, and in the midst of the craziness, they have made me smile every day!

They have been the perfect reminder of the incredible beauty that follows the work of preparing the soil, planting, tending and watering. We are praying that our little S will make it through this long hard "winter" of his life and blossom into the amazing, beautiful creation that God intends for him to be.  


  1. When I saw that- my mouth dropped open!!! WAHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soo EXCITED FOR YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  2. Very excited for your family. :)

  3. Can't wait to meet him!!!!! :) Love and blessings to you all as you prepare for the rest of your journey. I am looking so forward to hearing all about it and seeing those first photos of you as a family of 4!

  4. Congratulations! Our court date is also April 20th!

  5. David,I decided to check your blog after talking with you the week of Robin's turn when I visited. I so appreciated your welcoming me and could truly see what God has been doing in your life. The Spirit flowed through you and blessed my day. I had no doubt you were speaking HIS words when you told me the Spirit was telling you the adoption would be soon. I came home and told Loren and sensed you were right. What an encouragement to meet another believer that TRULY walks by the Spirit and not by men's law and tradition!
    I believe the "true" church of Jesus Christ is rather small, much smaller than we think and what a joy to meet another one of HIS servants on this wonderful journey!
    I will be praying for your family during this time and as the Lord brings you to mind.
    May you continue to seek, listen and obey your heavenly Father as He leads and directs.
    All glory to Him,
    Chris Rufener