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.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Simply Amazing

Melia is officially a Gothro
We passed court!!

I'm so amazed. We prayed we would pass-- we did! We prayed we would find out soon- we did! We also prayed like crazy that her birth mother would feel peace
about her decision-- I'm trusting that she did.

I feel so blessed to have so many people in our lives that have supported us with prayers and encouragement. The body of Christ is a really cool thing!!

The next step...waiting for our embassy date so we can make travel arrangements. I have no idea when this will be. Our caseworker was preparing me for the wo
rst, she said it might be a while like 6-8 weeks.

This the photo book we made for the birth mother. I also made another one for Melia to have when she gets older. Most of the photos are the pictures we received with the referral.
That's the blanket that we sent for Melia to snuggle with, not the same blanket because I already sent that one to HH, I bought two, so I'm cuddling with this one until she comes home.
We also sent a photo album to HH for Melia with pictures of us, hopefully she'll recognize us when we meet her for the first time. Just writing those words gives me goosebumps. We're going to meet her soon!!


  1. That is such fantastic news. I'm so happy you passed court and Melia is now, officially, part of your family. I hope you get that embassy date very soon!

  2. Alleluia that the earthly court has finally caught up with the Heavenly Father & has "officially" made Melia a part of your family. We know she has been a part of your hearts & family for so long. We are praying that you will soon have her in your arms.

    The news today brought tears of joy & shouts of rejoicing in our home.

    Sending big hugs to the GOTHRO FAMILY: Michael & Lauren & Caleb & Nathan & Adeline & Melia. <3

  3. What an amazing day! I woke up a couple times last night, each time thinking about what must have been going on at the moment in ET. I pray that our case will go as well as yours, but am prepared in case it doesn't. It would be great to travel with you! I am so happy you heard so soon! Congratulations!!

  4. Congrats!!!!!! So HAPPY for you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Yay! We were praying! Wanted to text but had no cell service! Thought about you all weekend! Congrats! Thrilled for you! I hope you travel SOON! (and thanks for sending such support our way--our little getaway was a great distraction and we've returned home with a greater sense of patience and peace).

  6. Yay! So exciting!!!! I can only imagine the peace and relief you feel knowing she is really really yours forever! Hoping you travel soon and get that little bundle of joy in your arms! Celebrating with you!!

    Emily Vogeltanz

  7. Congratulations! I LOVE the name Melia! Your kids are gorgeous!