Last week was a big week for us regarding the adoption. We received our I-797C (basically same paper as I-171) in the mail on Tuesday. The US government has determined that we are fit to take care of two orphans. Praise the Lord! We have already filed the paperwork needed to specifically bring home Abdi and Merga.
We also received several financial blessings. Gifts from dear friends, people we do not even know, and a grant agency. This is the second of 11 agencies that we have heard from. They are granting us $1,500 toward our adoption! Our total is now down to $11,900! This still sounds like a lot, but it is amazing considering we started out needing $30,000! God has truly provided, and we trust that He will continue to provide as we obey Him. We have been sooo very humbled and blessed by the gifts of others. There are no words to express our thanks.
Lastly, this week we announced that we will be having another baby. It was a huge SHOCK to Kenneth and I when we discovered this little suprise. However, we know that is definitely a God thing and He has something special in store for our family. I am so thankful that He knows what is for our best. Truth be told, I am a little nervous about being a mother of four children under the age of 3 in October if all goes well.
We have two urgent matters of prayer. One, that we would get a court date. Our case was submitted two weeks ago. We are praying that things continue to go smoothly and quickly so that I can travel to Ethiopia to pick up the boys. Two, that Abdi would make his way to Addis. Abdi was supposed to go two weeks ago, but still has not made it. We are not sure why. We really need his medical exam done, especially before our court date.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support!