We received our first official wait list number! I thought it would be fun to keep everyone updated on our progress by taking pictures of our "number" in places we see our son being when he is home. So every month when we get our updated number, I plan on taking a picture and posting. I hope to compile all of the pics in a photo album someday, so when he is older we can show him how much we were in love with him...even before we knew who he was.
Okay, drum roll please.......
This picture is in front of our house. I so look forward to the day when we are able to bring him through this front door. When he is finally home.
DTE meant nothing to me 11 months ago. Back when I was content with my little family of four. Back before I knew what God had planned for our family. Back before my heart was beautifully broken.
Now it means one step closer to our son.
We are DTE(Dossier to Ethiopia) guys!!!! Thank you Jesus! Friday morning our dossier was signed for in Ethiopia. This means we are officially added to THE list. What happens next? We wait.... We will receive our wait list number on October 1st. As referrals come, we will move up the list. We are looking at a possible 14-18 month wait. I am so excited to finally join the list but I know quickly the excitement will fade and be replaced by the desire to be off the list, to receive OUR referral.
Currently Ethiopia is in its rainy season and we haven't seen much movement in the term of referrals, children being matched with their forever family. Please join us in praying for referrals and speedier movement in court and embassy appointments. These children need to come home. The rainy season is cold and wet. At the Transition Home, the staff usually hang the clothes to dry, as they do not have enough dryers. You can imagine that a cold and rainy environment is not conducive to this task. So the children are wet and cold and many sick. They need to be home. They need their mommy and daddy.
We continue to be overwhelmed by the support of our community. You guys ROCK!!!!