As I mentioned in my last blog post there have only been a handful of days that my heart has stood still. One being the day my husband said I do, the day Parker was born and the day Beckham was born. This last Sunday, March 27th was another day my heart has stood still. I opened my email before church not really looking for anything in particular and then I saw..... an email from Sue Hedberg with the subject titles Potential Referral. OMG!!!! I think my heart skipped about 20 beats. My whole body froze and I ran to my room in a frenzy!! I opened the email with Phillip and all she said was....
you applied for a girl 0-3, would you be interested in a girl that is 2 1/2 - 3?
Honestly that is a little older then I anticipated but I felt the nudge to say yes! So she sent us pictures. I wasn't sure how long it would take to get the pictures since she was in Ethiopia at the time. All during first service I kept refreshing my inbox then. Suddenly during 2nd service I felt my phone buzz... I looked at Phillip and he gave me the OK to open it.
Immediately my eyes filled with tears!! I had a feeling and that feeling was an unexplainable love. She is not our official referral. We are waiting on her story to come together, medical reports and so on. All I know is she is between 2 1/2 and 3. She is stunning. She is from a remote village and is 1/2 orphan meaning she has 1 birth parent. Before she becomes our official referral we have to get her medical records and we sign a form saying that we accept her. But let me just tell you.... My heart has already accepted her. Phillip's heart has already accepted her. We are standing on our rock and in faith that her blood work comes back clean and she is healthy and ours. We love her and feel like she belongs with us. I am asking you all to pray with me that she has clean blood and that she is healthy. We are also praying for quick court submission. That all of her paper work is ready and that she is completely paper ready if not now then very soon. Also that our MOWA letter will be at court the first time we go. There are still many many letters missing at court and families are not passing the first time because of these letters. It has taken some families 3-4 court appointments to get cleared and be given guardianship of there children because of these letters. But there are some that are there the first time. We are praying that one of those is ours!!!
I cannot share her sweet little face until we pass court, which will be a few months but I can give you a glimpse. Believe me, she is BEAUTIFUL!
Will you please join us in this season of praying over our new daughter and over our process. My heart is aching for her to be here.