Sunday, October 20, 2013

Closer Still

The past month has passed very quickly and has been filled with cherished time with our children, ministry events and retreat with Vanderbilt BCM, Vandy football games, Little League fall baseball, and Fall break trips. 

Through the passing of time, we have daily conversations in our home about Yosef and Genet (usually initiated by David and Katie).  In the midst of enjoying the present, we all look forward with anticipation to the day we will be able to bring them home with us. We are thankful and blessed beyond words for the many provisions and gifts God has provided to help bring them home! 

This week, we anticipate being closer to that day. On Tuesday, our first hearing (the preliminary hearing) will be held in Ethiopia. We will be represented by someone from our agency and the orphanage; we do not travel for this hearing.  We anticipate hearing relatively soon after that we have a court date and can begin to make preparations to travel to Ethiopia to meet our children and attend court. 

We appreciate prayers for Yosef and Genet as we move closer to bringing them home. We are so aware that adoption begins with unimaginable loss, not only for the children, but for others in their lives.  Though we are excited for the 22nd and the preliminary hearing, we know that day will be only one in a series of many that is touched by loss and grief.  We pray for their hearts, that God will be close to them and prepare them for the transition that is to come. 

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you. 
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
Deuteronomy 31:8
(captured at the Vanderbilt BCM Fall Retreat)

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