There were a lot of tears shed yesterday. Tears of gratitude from the many people who reached out to us in support during this very difficult time. Tears of frustration that our Embassy submission seems to be slipping further into the future.
After sharing my anxiety and frustration about our case yesterday, I read on facebook that the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is participating in the African Union Summit July 12-18 and so they are not making any appointments during those dates. Brad emailed the Embassy in Addis to ask whether their offices will be open on July 18th for our case to be filed, but we haven't yet heard back. If not, then our case will likely be pushed back another week.
Today marks one month since we first met Eli Lingo, twenty-nine days since the Ethiopian Federal Court proclaimed us a family of three. And it's been almost that long since we've seen him; since he's seen us. And I fear the warmth we built during our time with him is cooling, that we're losing that tenuous connection. Will he even remember us by the time we make it back there? Or will we be starting again as strangers?
Then later yesterday I read this on a blog I found just a few days ago. The blog post was titled "Encouragement and Prayers."
“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. “ Hebrews 11:1
Lord, please give me the strength to live these words. To have faith.
A friend who shares our predicament with her adoption, who is similarly stuck right now, said she's trying to stay focused on each day being one day closer to seeing our kids again. (I'm paraphrasing; she said it much more eloquently.) And she's right. Even if we do not see the progress, it's there. Whether our Embassy submittal date is now July 18th or July 25th (God, help us), each day is a day closer to that date.
So last night we thanked God for bringing us to where we are now and had a big ol' glass of this. (Ok, maybe it was two glasses.)
Hope and Grace. Now I just need to have some faith.
Thank you, friends, for being with us on this journey. And thank you for your prayers. We will all soon celebrate Eli's homecoming.