2 Corinthians 10:5

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Congratulations - it's a girl!

Okay, so typically when you are preparing to have a baby there are certain protocols. Find cute ways to let your husband know he will be a dad, find creative ways to tell your parents, plan baby showers, prepare a nursery, pack for the hospital, etc. Adopting an older child is, well, different. The parents are anxious and excited about a new addition to their family. They know their lives will change forever. But, sharing their excitement with others is not always easy to do.

The announcements for us have been intimidating. We really had no idea how our families and friends would respond to adoption. So, cute and creative announcements were out. This announcement would come with a flurry of questions, and we needed to be prepared for that.

No showers, I mean, how do you welcome a new family member that is not an infant anyway? I think babies come with some pretty predictable needs; strollers, diapers, clothes, car seat, wipes, and on and on. What do you put on your "adoption registry" at Target? Well, I know they will need clothes, but I am not sure of sizes and there all these rumors that they grow so fast, so don't go crazy on supplying a full closet of clothes.

I think we will hold off on decorating her room. Luckily she gets to share her room with an amazing sister. It will be a good bonding experience for the girls to decorate their room together.

So, I truly believe the best thing that we can share with you is the fact that our new daughter knows she has a family! An orphan, saddened after watching all her friends leave with their forever families,wondering if she will ever get a family. How long will she have to wait in this orphanage? Why aren't there any girls her age at the orphanage? God, do you hear her? Do you see her? Do you love her? The resounding answer is "Yes!" She is His masterpiece and he has plans for her life. Below is the email we received from our agency with the sweet news. In order to protect her, we can't share her name until we pass court, so she is "N" for now.

" Zerithun told "N" today that she has a family. She said "N" was crying when she heard the news and that they were Meron's family. (Meron and "N" were friends at the orphanage) She expressed her happiest feelings, but was crying so they weren't able to have a long conversation. "N" was too emotional to really speak. Zerithun will meet with her next week and show her the picture you sent."

Oh how I wish I could have been there when they told her. I wish we could have been there to celebrate with her. I wish I could have held her in my arms as she sobbed tears of joy. Oh sweet girl, your forever family is coming for you. Your God loves you more than you know.

We are excited to get to know this young lady better.  She is 14 years old, same age as Tyler and Dawit.  She loves soccer and gymnastics.  She is very smart and loves school.  Her favorite subjects include; math, biology and English. Someday she would like to be a pilot