Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Due to the timing of our court date being right before the annual court closure in Ethiopia, it feels like a "high stakes" gambling situation :) Should we not pass, we would not be given a new court date until October at the earliest. Only about 60% of adoption cases "pass" in Ethiopian court the first time they are heard. What are the reasons for not passing? Well it could be anything from a piece of paper missing (due to the many government agencies that handle our paperwork and the many hands it goes through), a judge being out sick, electrical outages (which are far too common), running out time to hear all of the cases scheduled for that day, the birthparent not showing up, and the list goes on. If we do not pass court on August 4th, it doesn't mean that we will never pass court. It just means we will not be able to travel to bring our princess home as soon as we would like. We will be back in the "waiting game."
Fortunately, although the whole scenario does draw quite a comparison to a high-stakes gambling situation, we know that is not actually the case. We know and believe that God is in control of everything surrounding our court case. Though it would be difficult to have to continue to wait if we don't pass, we would have the assurance that God's hand is in it. He loves our princess more than we do, and His plan for her life (and ours) will prevail. He knows and understands every detail of what is happening with our daughter and this adoption process, far better than we ever could. He has proven faithful in this process so far, and even in delays and glitches we already have experienced. We know He will prove faithful again. Please join us in praying for our court date, praying for our princess, and praying that God's will prevail in all things.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
First, I checked in with our local USCIS office to ensure they received our amended home study. They had, so they sent out our NEWLY UPDATED 171H approval - both to us, and to the National Visa Center. They also forwarded our original 171H approval to the NVC, just in case. CHECK!
Then today, I called the National Visa Center and asked if they had received our updated paperwork. Fortunately, after being placed on hold a number of times, I was able to get confirmation that they received it AND that it was all being sent electronically over to the Embassy in Ethiopia TODAY! Hooray! CHECK!
Finally, I emailed our agency to ask them to check again with the Embassy to verify that everything is in order so that it will not hold up our travel dates. They will check-in with the Embassy next week, in order to give the paperwork time to get there and be accounted for.
Let's hope and pray! :)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Oh, and on another note... we are still working on our USCIS "mess" to try gain confirmation that the Embassy in Ethiopia has a copy of our 171H approval. That is how our daughter will get her visa to travel home with us, so we won't be approved to travel over there until our agency has confirmation the Embassy is in receipt of that approval form. It's been kind of a nightmare to deal with for several different reasons, but hopefully that will work itself out within the next week.
And to our dear sweet little princess... we think about you every day and just can't wait to bring you home. Your big brother is so excited and continues to ask us when we will meet you. We know God's timing is perfect, but it's so difficult to be patient sometimes. We look at your beautiful face each day in your picture and pray that God would bring you to us very soon! We love you!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Here are a few pics from our exciting day...
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
We at Holt International want to inform our constituents about a movie entitled “Orphan” scheduled to be released in July by Warner Brothers. We are concerned about media depictions that demean or degrade children. We are especially alarmed about the movie’s negative portrayal of adoption and children in need of families.
As adults we have a responsibility to speak out and advocate on behalf of our children. Many people have already contacted Warner Brothers with their concerns, and at least two groups have developed petitions to respectfully protest the messaging of this movie. One group, Orphans Deserve Better, has developed a website to mobilize efforts against the film. Please review their petition’s information and include your voice among those who are making it clear you do not support the movie “Orphan.”
Warner Brothers has already responded to initial protests about the movie and made efforts to remove some the offensive language from the movie’s original trailer. In response to pressure from adoptive parents and other concerned individuals, Warner Brothers has removed the line: “It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own,” from recently released trailers. However, it remains unclear whether or not the line was removed from the movie.