Thursday, July 19, 2012

Embassy Submission

The day that seemed like it would never get here:  Embassy submission. 

My day today started much the same as yesterday, beginning to check my emails at 3:00 am (noon in Addis).  Again Brad and I both checked our emails repeatedly throughout the morning, still not knowing which email address had been given to the Embassy.

At 7:40 am our time, when we'd just about given up, we received an email from the US Embassy in Addis Ababa advising us our case had been received.

You all know how I've struggled during this wait between court and Embassy.  People warned me it was hard.  Well, I'm telling you, it's not hard.  It's HARD.  All caps.

These three kiddos have been sharing the journey toward Embassy:

They've gone to get their passports together, they've gone for their medical exams together.  One was submitted to Embassy yesterday, and Eli was submitted today.

Their moms and I have been sharing this part of the journey together as well, which has been a tremendous blessing.  We've shared frustrations, we've shared joy.  This week we shared a lot of tears. 

Our families will be forever linked by these past few months.  And one of our children needs our prayers, needs your prayers.

While I'm so happy and grateful that Eli's paperwork was fixed and he was submitted today, my heart is heavy for the child who was not.  She and her family have waited and waited, and it's time for her to come home.

Will you please include her in your prayers?


  1. I am so happy your journey is coming to a happy ending so you can have a new beginning. May God see fit to help all of those children find happy and loving homes especially those with families fighting for them.

  2. What a relief that you were submitted. Yes, i'll say some prayers!!

  3. Your family and theirs will be in my prayers!

    Also, Kathleen, I've given you a Sunshine Blogger Award on my blog!

  4. I sure will. Oh, I'm so happy for you! A small step which, in reality, is such a HUGE step, has finally been accomplished! Silly as it may sound, I'm getting very excited for you (I'm crazy, I know lol!). I know Eli's homecoming will be a private time for you, but I wouldn't be honest if I said I wasn't looking forward to seeing you all together at home SOON! :)