We are still praying for July court date! These past couple of weeks have been a struggle. Knowing that our stuff has been sent, but not knowing where it’s at or what’s going on with it. I know we haven’t met her, but we miss Elsa so much. We are looking so forward to squeezing that sweet little girl and hearing the giggle behind that smile!
In the meantime we’ve been updating stuff and preparing for traveling when the day does come. New fingerprints for immigration, visas for our travel, staying on top of work and stuff around the house (like getting ready to paint Elsa’s room). We’re really praying we get one of those calls that’s like “hey, you need to be in Ethiopia in 11 days.” We will gladly drop everything, go into excited panic mode, and book last minute tickets half way around the world. Which makes me wonder…do I need bigger suitcases for taking donations? Hmm. One of the case workers actually said “if the date is too soon we can ask to push it back.” Are you kidding?! I replied, “um, there’s no such thing as too soon. I will be on a plane tomorrow if you tell me to.” Keep those prayers coming! We are seeing God do unusual and amazing things with families prepping for court right now and we long so badly to be on the receiving end of one of those phone calls!!
We’ve also been prepping for the travel by fundraising for the crazy expensive airline tickets we’re going to need. Lots of garage sales happening around these parts. Kind of a ridiculous amount actually. It’s been very helpful, and so fun to meet other adoptive families in the area or share our adoption story. My two favorite run ins were from the past weekend. Two young neighborhood boys stopped by on their bikes and told Nate “We heard you’re adopting and need some help.” – then they bought their mom something they thought she’d like, and some toys for themselves, and went on their way. Stinkin adorable. There was also a family who spoke very little english but understood what the word adoption meant. Nate and the couple went back and forth as best they could, showing pictures and excitement. I’m so thankful that we live in this community. We decided no more sales in 107+ degree weather though. That’s just a bad idea.
Oh! And an update on the AHOPE GLOVE DRIVE!! You guys have once again blown us away with your support. Lots of you chipped in and with your help we were able to send them 4000 gloves! 4000!! I know some of your sent gloves directly to them, so the impact is even greater. They were very thankful, and so are we. Those gloves are so needed at AHOPE and we’re so grateful that Elsa will continue to have the care she needs. So thank you!!!