I have been thinking for a few weeks now how to write an update post about our adoption. Let's start with the good news. There have been 19 cases that have been finalized of our group of 30 families waiting with our agency! These families all had court dates, but did not pass due to an investigation. We all needed an approval letter from an agency called MOWYCA before our adoptions would be finalized. We are so thrilled and excited for these families, several of them we traveled with and spent a week with in Ethiopia. Seeing their children's faces, and knowing they are one big step closer to bringing their kids home is awesome.
So, now for the interesting news. It's not bad news, but it is unexpected and interesting. For the last 9 1/2 months we thought Hope had no connection to any family. We had no information about her family at all, and believed we really never would. Well, that has changed. Steps are being taken now to make sure adoption is truly the best and only option for her. If it is, there will be an additional hearing and paperwork that is necessary for her file.
About two months ago I went through a pretty rough time, feeling dread and fear, and just this thought that I could not bear to lose her. And now here we are, at a sort of crossroads. The Lord met me then, and I can honestly say that right now I have more peace about this than I ever have before. I have been praying for miracles, and taking comfort in His plan and purpose. He is truly close, and His presence is powerful and readily available.
I don't know what the outcome will be, we will hopefully know more soon, but I know and trust the One who does know that outcome. I am believing and holding onto His word and goodness. And praying, praying, praying. For wisdom, clarity, and that Hope's best interest would be the most important factor for those making decisions.
"He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord."
"O, Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption."