28 December- TWO YEARS DTE

In a couple days (December 28), we will officially be DTE (paperwork in Ethiopia) for two years. These past two years have been the hardest and most wonderful times of our lives. Though we have been waiting more than two years, in adoption world your true wait doesn't begin until your papers are in country.

ADOPTION UPDATE:

Yes, adoptions are going through! Yes, children are coming home! Thankfully over the past couple of months, referrals have picked up (not enough in my eyes), but they have been moving more than in the past few months.

People are still being matched with healthy babies, but it has definitely slowed down tremendously from when we first started the process. We are slowly moving up the list to be matched with our baby. We are on several list. We are on the infant boy list, the infant girl list, the toddler boy list, and the toddler girl list. Currently, our lowest number is for the toddler boy list, but things could definitely change. The list is always changing as more people are changing their request and as people are being matched with their children. We are number thirty-eight for a toddler boy. Though thirty-eight doesn't seem too far away, we still have quite the wait ahead of us. We have only moved around twenty-five spots in the past two years on one of the infant lists.

PRAYER REQUEST:

  • Please continue to pray that the government of Ethiopia and the United States would be efficient and quick in their processing procedures and paperwork. I pray that they understand the importance of their jobs and see that people's lives are involved greatly.
  • Please pray that children will continue to be united with their forever families (in Ethiopia and all over the world)
  • Please pray for strength and wisdom as we continue to walk through this journey that we know we are supposed to be on.

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