Wednesday, March 23, 2011

We've Held Her Hand.

I've meant to update sooner but it's been a bit of a whirlwind here. We met our precious girl. Words can't express what that moment was like. She is a petite little bitty, so sweet, compliant, shy, and loving. Initially she was nervous around us, honestly that was a really good sign in our minds. By the second visit she'd warmed up a bit and by the third visit she wasn't rigid when we held her. She melted into her daddy's arms, looks at him with such incredible eyes, I've prayed for months that she'd love her daddy. We're off to a good start. :) Here's a few wee pictures. :)




We went to court on Monday - what a process. The room was full of birth families, I picked out who went with us immediately. That was tough. My heart was pounding, I was full of emotion and then it was our turn. The judge is beautiful, quiet, and direct. She asked us a series of yes or no questions and then said we were approved, however the mowa letter wasn't there so we'd have to wait for that. Essentially we can't go to embassy without that paper so we wait. Depending on what happens over the course of the next few days is whether or not we continue to wait hoping we get the letter quickly and can still make it through embassy and come home together. Its not looking good but we trust in a great big God.

Thank you all for covering us in prayer. We're doing well, trusting in our sovereign King, and excited to get our little girl home!

Also a great big shout out to my Gramma!
Happy Birthday From Addis Ababa!!!
We love you!

13 comments:

Jill said...

Praying your MOWA letter comes in quickly. Loving though that you got to spend time with her

Audrey @ The Brown Brigade said...

Praying for you!

emily said...

Praying with you guys...........skype me sister.

The Roberts Family said...

Beautiful update!!! Praying for you guys as you continue walking this journey!!

Mandie M. said...

I understand the "wait". Our court date was in February and our letter wasn't writte, so we got a new date for March 18th, and it still wasn't there! We are hoping to hear that we passed this week or next. Oooh this waiting hurts!!

Melissa said...

Praising the Lord that you finally got to hold your princess. Praying for everything else to fall into place. Love you friend and I am all ready in love with precious Zahra!

John and Shannon said...

I'm so glad that you got to have a wonderful visit with your daughter. Hopefully with the new people in MOWA, that letter will be in the judge's hand in no time. I love the picture where your painting your daughter's fingernails. What a moment!! Beautiful :-) Congrats!

Kim said...

Praying for your family!

Susanz Place said...

no matter the wait it is always God's beautiful story and what a joy to see all that His story is doing in your lives.

Ashley said...

Pouring over you guys in prayer! Praying that your letter arrives soon!! Continue to Enjoy those precious moments with your little one!!!

Andy and Kiara said...

Praying! Love that you are finally there with her. Amazing. :)

Elissa Hill said...

We'll be praying for that paper to come quick!!
And Thanks for sharing such a sweet experience! It excites me all the more for the day we'll be with our sons!

Alison said...

WOW! SO excited for ya'll, Erica!! Praying that MOWA letter comes soon, and ya'll can bring her home!!!