Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Hey friends!!! Words cannot express how thankful we are for you
praying and loving on us while we are in Ethiopia. We must say things
are not moving as quickly as we had hoped. What we are learning is to
trust God even when things are not as we would choose them. You would
think we would have learned this by now but nonetheless we are
re-learning it.. I think this is always the case for me :)

Waiting can be so hard. Monday was a hard day for both of us. We
realized we both had a little bitterness in our hearts. We truly
believed that our case would be final by now and we could take
placement with her here in Addis. We believed that God would move
mountains and this would happen. It is Wednesday here and we have not taken placement yet. BUT that does not mean that God did not move
mountains or that He isn't doing so right now.

We have spent the day in prayer and it is been a wonderful day.
Contentment and Gratitude are the two words that I have been
meditating on today. Yes, I pray that our case is final soon, that
she can stay at the guesthouse with us, and that we will get a quick
embassy date. Yes, I pray that by this weekend God will give us
direction on what to do about staying.

But today, my prayer is that I would be content. Thanking God for all
His gifts.

I am reading Calm My Anxious Heart and this prayer was in the chapter I read today.

Lord Jesus, I offer you:
All That I Am
All That I Have
All That I Do
All That I Suffer
Now and Forever

I added to that list: All That I Do Not Yet Have

Because this is His story. It has been all along. I offer this
story, her life, our lives, to Him once again.

We will make some decisions this weekend about staying or returning
home. Either way it is good and part of His plan. Thank you for
loving us. As you pray for us...pray for the other families waiting
for referrals, court, embassy appointments, etc.

We love you guys!



The Lambos said...

Hi! I came across your blog today through another blog and was so struck by how your thoughts could have been my own today (although you put it way more eloquently than I ever could!). We are in a different leg of waiting in our adoption journey but we anticipated that our girls would have been home long ago. Thank you for sharing your thoughts---God has used them today to remind me of a lot of things. I will be praying for you guys as you surrender to His glorious plan.

The Girtz Family said...

Hi sweet Anna - waiting with you and so encouraged by your words today. Keep us posted!


laura said...

We are in the same boat as you are...but I came home. If you can, visit our little on in house #2!

I am so happy for you...

And YES, God IS moving mountains, even when we cannot see them.

Surrender is so hard, but so beautiful at the same time.

May God move swiftly to get our little ones home.

Email me if you need anything!


mary said...

Anna, thank you for that, thank you for reminding me of what is true. Praying for you guys and so thankful for you!

The Mckenzie Crew said...

waiting for a court date - needed to read that! Thank you for encouraging us as you wait!

prayers for you!