Wednesday, June 18, 2008

We are SOOO excited!!!

We received wonderful news today!

Our adoption court date is NEXT THURSDAY!! June 26th!

We are beyond excited with this news. We had no idea it could be this soon! Our paperwork has been in Africa being translated for the past couple of weeks. We estimated that they should be about done with that part and that it would be another month or so before we had a court date. But... it's NEXT WEEK!!!!

So, here's what's the deal (as I understand it...) As part of our adoption paperwork, we have given the attorney and orphanage director our powers of attorney to act on our behalf in the African court. They will appear in court on our behalf next week, and if everything is in order (the judge doesn't need any further clarification or we don't need to submit any further paperwork) M will be OUR SON!!! And I can post his picture! And we can make travel arrangements! And we can GO BRING HIM HOME!!!

One of the most exciting things is... in the days ahead they will be telling him about us. (He doesn't know yet!) We have sent him a picture book full of photos of our family, extended family, house, etc. I can't WAIT for them to tell him about us! But, I'm nervous as well. SO many things are going through my mind.

I have been watching this video over and over. It is so incredibly touching, and the song is one I listened to repeatedly this past Christmas. These older boys in the video are precious! And at the end, their sweet mom... Oh, you've just got to watch. The boys are around the same age as M. About 2 minutes and 10 seconds into the video, it shows them telling him he's been chosen by a family. The look on his face is priceless... I have watched it repeatedly, imagining what was going through his mind as he found out he has a family. That will be happening to our sweet boy very, very soon.

Oh, would you be praying with us? Would you pray that our court date goes smoothly next week? Many times the first court date doesn't go through. (But more often than not, it does, and I need to focus on that!) Would you pray that God would be preparing M's heart for the news that he has a family? Thank you, THANK YOU for your prayers through all of this. They mean more than you know.

And, I've got so much to do! I am so, so ready for him to come home, but I'm not totally "ready." Oh, he has a room and a nice new bed, but we have only bought two shirts for him. I've bought a few books in his language. No other clothes, toys, etc. I feel so unprepared! I told a friend today when I was still processing the news of the court date, "I haven't even bought him any underwear yet!" (It's a mom thing, I guess...)

How do you start a life from scratch at 9 years old? Oh, this is quite a journey.

Thank you so much for reading this, for walking this road with us, and for praying him home.

God is so good.


Susanne said...

What exciting news Cyndi! Wow it seems like just yesterday that you were telling us what you had decided to adopt. I pray God goes before you and everything goes smoothly.

Much Ado said...

Oh this is SOOOO exciting! your excitement is almost tangible, way over here in Spain! :) Praying that it will all go smoothly. Can't wait to see those pictures!

Mindy said...

How exciting!
I certainly will be praying for you and for that sweet boy they will be telling about your family this week.

D said...

We share the same court date...the same orphanage...the same adoption it looks like we may not be taking a package to your son for you...since it looks like we may travel at the same time!

Yippee! Thank you Lord for being so generous!

Jill said...

Oh, Cyndi, I am in tears (happy ones) and so very thrilled for everyone in your family especially your sweet M. Watching that video brought me through a range of emotions - so powerful. Kenny and I will be praying for all to come perfectly.

Rejoicing with you!

C Read said...

Oh Cyndi, This is the most exciting news and I am so proud for you and your family!! I will be praying that things go smoothly and that you find favor with all the proper officials. Love, Cheryl

Linda said...

Oh Cyndi, It's hard to see the pictures through the tears. What precious, precious boys. So many emotions.
I will be praying all the harder for you - for him. God is writing the story of his life moment by moment - and it will all go according to His marvelous plan. I pray peace and grace for all of you as you walk through this process. He is holding You with His strong right hand. How He loves each of you.

Jessie's parents said...

WOO-HOO!!!! M's court date was the unanimous "high" around our dinner table last night!! :)

Deidre said...

Amazing news, Cyndi! I will be praying. I have written your name on my bathroom mirror with Thursday's date. I pray all goes well!

Alycia said...

Wow Cyndi!!! This is EXCITING news!!! I am praying for you and your family and your son!!! Many many blessings and God's protection and perfect plan in the days ahead!!!

Daisy said...

Wow, wow, wow! Praying for you and your family!!

Happy Momma said...

What exciting unexpected news! We are praying that the next week goes by quickly.

M, your family will be there to hug you soon!

Sandy said...

Cyndi, please allow me to host a shower for "M." We can do it when you get home, a come and go type affair. We can do it so that all of your friends can come and meet and greet. If that is too much, then we can host it just for the office. We would just love to be a small part of the miracle that is happening in our midst. Blessings on your family, you, and "M."


Becoming Me said...

Such wonderful news!

Sandy said...

I finally got the video to work. I'm a bit lacking in some skills, needless to say. LOL!!!

All the more reason for a "M" Shower!


Margaret said...

awesome awesome - I will have Curt check your blog to keep me posted as I recover from my back surgery! GOD BLESS & thanks for the prayers!

Stacy said...

I haven't visited your blog for a while and can't believe how close you are to meeting your new son. What a beautiful video. I was in tears. I can only imagine how 'M' felt when he received the adoption news!! I am so excited for all of you and will continue to keep 'M' and your entire family in my daily prayers during the upcoming weeks. May God bless and keep all of you. Warmly, Stacy :-)