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.