For the sake of little girls

If you have a little girl, stop by Five Minutes For Mom’s place. She is giving away a yummy tutu from Tutu Fantasy. If you leave a comment, you can be entered into a drawing to win one of these sweet creations.

And also speaking of girls (mine), by next week our paperwork should be submitted to the government in Ethiopia for approval. Once the government officially signs off on our dossier, our case is submitted to Ethiopian court. Once we have our court date, our girls will be ours by Ethiopian law, and it will only be a few weeks more till we can pick them up.

Problem is, there’s only time to submit a couple more groups of families before the court closes for two months. If we don’t go to court before the closure, instead of coming home in August, our girls won’t be home till November at earliest.

I keep reminding myself that there are so many children over there waiting, some more alone than our girls. There are so many parents who have waited so much longer than John and I have. And yet when I think of our girls having to wait those extra months because they missed a court deadline by that much, I feel a little desperate.

I know that God cares for these children even more than I do. He knows what is right for them, and for us. I know I should trust that He’s got it under control. But right now I’m just a mom whose kids are on the other side of the world, and I’m not feeling real peaceful about it.

Will you please pray that our paperwork will go to court before the closure? Or (sigh) that I’ll be able to wrap my mind around it and chill out if waiting is in our future?


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  1. Of course I will be praying, Mary. I can’t wait to hear you are on your wy to fetch them.

  2. Consider it done. From your mouth to God’s ears. 🙂

  3. yes mary!

  4. Mary,
    Your blog has blessed me in my journey as a Christian homeschooling Momma of many. I have never left a comment, but I just wanted you to know that I have been and will continue to be praying your girls home!

  5. I totally understand the whole “get it done before they shut down for a while” panic! And I also understand the struggle to give it all to God who has it all under control. I know that helpless feeling! I will pray, pray, pray that your sweet girls come home in August so they can be enveloped in the love of their wonderful new family that much sooner!

  6. Lord, I thank you that you are Lord of creation and Lord of this earth. You are able to do all things. I lift up Mary and her two precious girls in Ethiopia. Lord you know their story, you know Mary’s heart. How her heart longs to have them home. Lord I ask that you do a miracle in the Ethiopian courts. I pray that the court will not close without the papers being processed. I pray that you would sift them to the top of the pile. The two together that one would not be left behind. I pray that you would continue to give Mary peace as she waits. Comfort her in anxious moments. Continue to prepare the home and every life in it for the homecoming of these sweet girls. We thank you and give you praise. For you are good and nothing is impossible for you. In Jesus Name. Amen

  7. Absolutely!

  8. yes i’ll be praying. We were in this same position with Ethiopian adoption last summer and I remember the feelings very well. It’s in my heart so i’ll be praying.

  9. I’ll be praying for you – and us! 🙂

  10. Prayers and best wishes that your girls get through the courts. This is such a tough time of year for Ethiopian adoptions… I feel for all those who are in the mad dash to beat the courts.

  11. Of course I’ll pray for you, and for the girls’ swift homecoming.

  12. PRAYIng RIGHT NOW, Char

  13.’s hard to wait…But ultimately God has a plan for these girls. But I totally know how it feels to want to help God along a little bit because we want things faster!! ((Grin))

    I have confidence they’ll be here soon! And we are praying for them everyday here at our house!!

  14. Mary, I’ll be praying you get through the courts. I know the thought of waiting 2 more months must be excruciating!

  15. Not only will I be praying but I’ll be clicking over till I hear about how you’re rushing to pick up your girls.

    (Also unrelated I tagged you for a meme but you don’t have to do it if you’re really busy because it’s just for fun)

  16. praying now!

  17. Mary, I am praying that your girls and mine, and all the other families who already have their referral in hand, get through the courts before they close. I am starting to freak out about it more and more and so your post was a great reminder that I need to sit back. God’s hand has been all over this process for us and it will all happen when it is suppose to.

    Carol mom to Ruth and Lillian here at home and Masene and Safiya at Layla/wanna

  18. You’re so amazing and strong… I know you’ll make it through no matter when it all happens. God’s timing is perfect and He’s got a plan. Praying that it happens sooner than later though!!

  19. Prayers coming your way. When I read your blog it gives me a lot of courage. I am hoping to be a Mom to children from Ethiopia someday as well.

  20. Praying for you and your family.

  21. Praying for your sweet family too. Alecia

  22. Waiting stinks! Missing the court closure stinks more!!!

    Definitely praying!