Shine Like Stars

Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of life (Phil. 2:15)
We're not trying to be rock stars but just shed some light on a sad and lonely world. Stay tuned for how God works through weak and tired, sometimes really cranky vessels.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Feels like the beginning stage of labor

24-ish hours until our Ethiopian court date. I say -ish because our date is on Friday 10/30, Ethiopia is 7 hours ahead of us and if we potentially have our case reviewed in the am, well, that'd be in about 24 hours!

It's like those last days of pregnancy when you think 'Could this be it? Will this child finally be out of my belly so I can kiss them?' I'm thinking 'Could this be it? Is this beautiful baby that I've been loving and longing for officially be mine? Can I finally make definitive plans to bring her home?' Just like those last days of pregnancy, you don't know if it's really 'it' or if it just feels like 'it'. You know it's going to happen, just not exactly when. The adoption process is like that but magnified a million times because instead of carrying your child around with you, you have never held your baby and you just have to trust that she's being taken care of. Oh and things could fall through and..... (I'm not going there in my head)

So, our court date.... there's a possibility that we won't pass court the first time. Many things need to happen in order for us to pass....
~The birth mother has to come to Addis Ababa. Melia was relinquished in a
government orphanage in the south, which, according to what I've heard is about 8
hours away from Addis. Our agency provides transportation for her to come but I
imagine it's going to be hard for her to get there. Oh and she has to have proper ID.

~The court also needs a letter stating that Melia is adoptable and another letter stating
that we are fit to adopt her.

Please pray that these things happen and everything goes smoothly and that we pass court the first time and don't have to reschedule our court date for any reason.

By the Lord's grace, I've had a super busy week and haven't had much time to think (stress, worry) about our court date. Although, I haven't been able to fall asleep at night before 2am and now that court potentially 24 hours away, is sleep is eluding me more than usual!

Please Pray We Pass!!


  1. Oh so exciting!!! We are praying for you that all comes together in 24 hours, so baby girl will legally become a Gothro!! Praise God for the busyness that has kept you focused on life. Praying you have a restful night's sleep, and wake up to a peaceful day, with the answers coming swiftly!

  2. Praying for every single little detail -- I will be up praying tonight -- when it is court time in Ethiopia!

  3. thinking about and praying for you today!

    Emily V.

  4. I can't even imagine how stressed and anxious you are right now. I'll be there someday, but we're not even close yet.

    I'm praying that things go smoothly and you pass the 1st time in court!

    Try to get some rest - although, I know it will be difficult in the next 24 hours!

  5. You guys are totally on my mind tonight. I am not sure I will be able to sleep on Sunday when we're in your shoes. We are praying in Wisconsin for Melia's birthmother, for the paperwork, for the judge. May you pass with flying colors and get this little lady home!!

    p.s. the blog looks great. :)