Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Our Official Request

Well, I finally was able to connect with Duni, our Family coordinator today, and spoke with her about our request. She said, what we should do is request an infant girl or a sibling group. This way, our request for a girl is a definate and if a sibling group with a girl in it becomes available, then we will get to bring home two. I have to confess that I had a to do a little "dying" to myself and my desires after that conversation. I just had it in my mind that we would bring home two kiddos from Ethiopia some time next year and at least one of them would be a girl. I have to say that there was a definate weight lifted as we gained this direction, and I certainly know that it is God's doing. But, there was still a "death". Maybe that doesn't make sense to some, but that is the best way I can think of to describe it. Tony was very easy going about it all. He was just happy to have it settled one way or the other (not that we know we will only bring home one, we could still bring home two). He didn't have any "dying" to do-- just me :).

Our home study coordinator emailed and said she is working hard to get our report done this week. She will mail a copy of the report to Immigration services so they have our approval-- for two children ages 4 or younger-- then, hopefully they won't waste their time in sending out their approval. At that point, we can put ALL our pieces together and mail off our completed dossier to America World, who will have the entire packet authenticated by THE Sec. of State... then, off to Ethiopia!! Come on April-- be our month!!!

Grace and Peace,
Shari

4 comments:

kristin said...

THANK YOU! I love that you love my photography!! :)

I have big hopes for April too!!!

ethiHOPEia said...

Shari,
I know what you are talking about...I am glad you have a peace now about what to request. Sometimes I wonder if I'll have to "die" to self somewhere down the road. I do hope the Lord gives you two though:) God can do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ask or think!
Blessings,
Hilary

the Steiger's said...

You are so close to being done. Congratulations. And I will pray you will get a girl :)
Lenka

Andrea said...

Shari,
I can relate to your feelings so much and to the hubby reaction. God is so faithful and just......remember He will do what is PERFECT for your family and your situation. I remember being so certain we could hold out for twins. That was so not going to happen as we learned later, and now looking at our little girl's face I know He knew exactly what He wanted for our family.

Andrea