I’ve been wanting to write an update for a while, but it’s so hard when it feels like there’s nothing positive to report. After our homestudy was approved in October, things were cruising along and we were starting to imagine timelines of having our kids home in our head. Then things started to slow. We’ve had a few tiny bits of info, but this last month has been an especially hard one. First we heard a rumor that Ethiopia was preparing to close it’s doors to International Adoption. This had us praying hard for a week while we waited for news. Thankfully, when news came it was that it was looking like there might be some changes, but that IA doors would stay open! Praise God! We were so thrilled. Unfortunately, that was when we got out next hard news. The department in Ethiopia that is next in line to sign off on our kids adoption, isn’t signing. The office is effectively closed. YWAM says they’ve dealt with one other closure like this before and that eventually they opened back up and started signing again. So, as of now, that’s what we wait for. This has run our hearts through the gamut. Every time we think about it or talk about it, we remember that God knows these kids intimately. He has not forgotten them. They won’t arrive at our home one day before He has planned. We continue to trust Him in the process. But, it has been so painful. Our hearts have broken over the stagnation. We can only imagine what God is preparing us for and how He’s using this time, but we continue to ask that things would begin to move forward again.
We wish we had better news to report, we’ll try to post anything we are able to. Please continue to pray with us! We need your love, support and encouragement. We’ve been so blessed already by friends and family who have been willing to walk down this long hard road with us. Thanks for asking questions and accepting difficult answers. Thanks for going after our hearts. Thanks for being there. It often doesn’t make sense, but it’s easy to get caught up in an American “we want it now” attitude. We think this is worth waiting for.