Thursday, April 23, 2009

God be praised... we passed court!!!

We got the best phone call ever this morning... we passed and are now the proud parents of our beautiful twin girls! Introducing Candace Selam Spears and Sarah Fikir Spears!

Please continue to pray for all of the families who are still waiting to pass court.

Monday, April 20, 2009

This week's adoption update

Well, basically there isn't much. Our coordinator's update today wasn't exactly brimming with positive news. The agency's lawyers in Ethiopia have asked the court to order MOWA to make recommendations on the open cases, but no one knows if this will have any effect or not. All we can do is trust in God.


My kids say the blog is boring without pictures. Therefore, I'm posting a couple of pictures of recent birthdays. Emily turned 18 in March. Anna had her 15th birthday last week. Here are pictures of both of them with their cakes. Not sure how Kenneth stayed out of the photos, but there is indeed an older son in this family. :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

More frustrating news

We got this message today from our agency: "We heard today that due to 2 of MOWA staff being out for training they haven't been able to work in any of the open cases." This after hearing that they were feeling positive about our case passing by the end of last week, which obviously it didn't. We're not sure where this positive feeling was coming from based on this latest news. I am frustrated, disappointed and a little bit angry.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter

Blessings to all on this day of resurrection! May the love and peace of Christ our Lord be with you and your families on this holy day and throughout the year.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Not the best Good Friday ever

When we got our referral on December 3, I never dreamed that Easter would be here and we wouldn't have the twins home with us. I have their little dresses hanging upstairs in the closet. I feel so sad and discouraged.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Prom night

Here is our elder daughter Emily all dressed up for prom. Isn't she beautiful? We're so proud of her.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Letting go

As far as this adoption procedure goes, frustration leads to lots of second guessing... what should we have done differently to make everything go perfectly? I realized yesterday that the answer is "nothing". If we had done just one thing differently, we probably wouldn't be waiting for these precious twins to come home, and that idea is just unbearable. God chose them for us and God will choose when they come home. I feel some peace in trying to let go of the need to be in control of the timing, and just accepting that it will happen.