Monday, September 17, 2012

TWO YEARS Closer!!!

The anticipated day has finally arrived...

Today, September 17, 2012 marks exactly 2 YEARS or...

24 MONTHS on the AGCI girl waitlist for our daughter in Ethiopia!

It seems crazy to think that it has been 2 years since we posted these sweet pictures on September 17, 2010...

the day we finally got on the girl waitlist at #93!!! (The kids look so little in this picture!)

We were completely OVERJOYED to be "officially waiting" for our Caroline Faith!  We were told to expect to wait 12-18 months for a referral, and we knew we would wait as long as it takes!  

Last year we hit our 1 YEAR waitlist anniversary on a Saturday at the soccer field...

we were so excited to be ONE YEAR closer to our baby girl!  We had moved 70 spots on the waiting list, and were sitting at #23 hoping and praying for a referral call very soon!  We were excited to finally be in that estimated 12-18 month time frame for a referral call.

And here we are today at our 2 year waitlist anniversary at (unofficially) #5 on the waitlist.  We have moved 18 spots on the waitlist in the past year.  70 spots of movement the first year, 18 spots of movement the second year...that shows a little of how much the adoption process in Ethiopia has slowed down over the past few years.

The good news is that Ethiopia is still open for adoption, and orphans are still being matched with their forever families!  God is not finished with our journey yet.  He has not abandoned us.  He has not abandoned our daughter in Ethiopia.  He has a perfect plan with a perfect timeline.  We trust Him.

I don't know how many more months we will wait to see her face, but I know she will be worth every second of it!  We are not the same family we were 2 years ago.  God has used this wait to mold us, shape us, grow us and refine us.  He is using this wait for our good and His glory.  And really, that's what the journey is all about...glorifying HIM.

I told the story about the rainbow we saw in the sky a few weeks ago, and Callie Grace telling me it was a sign of God's promise to bring Caroline Faith home.  Well, this what she brought me in my bathroom yesterday morning as I was getting ready for church...

Needless to say, I cried as I saw this precious reminder from our sweet 8 year old.  The faith of a child is such a beautiful thing.

We know that God will complete the journey that He called us to almost 3 years ago.  We are praying for big miracles for our baby girl right now.  Can't wait to see the rest of the journey unfold!!!

To our precious baby girl, 

Today we are rejoicing that we are officially 2 years closer to seeing your face!  We love you so much and can't wait to see your beautiful face for the first time!  God is writing a special story for your life, and we are so blessed that He chose us to be your family!

Hold on, baby girl.  We love you and we're coming soon.


"They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior.  Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face, O God of Jacob."  Psalm 24: 5-6

11 comments:

leemeandthegirls said...

Your positive attitude never ceases to bring joy to my heart. :)

cal+claire said...

What a beautiful present from your little girl. That just shows that you are in an incredible household that has spent time as a family seeking after the Lord. Amen!

meredith and justin said...

Love your heart for your daughter. I can't wait to see what God does and who He brings to your sweet family.

Megan said...

One thing I love about your anniversary markers is they are also (approximately) the anniversary of when the Lord brought your family into our life and allowed us to become friends. I'm so thankful to be able to share this whole, crazy journey together. Praying Caroline Faith home!

Megan said...

and to commemorate your anniversary I started adoption renewal paperwork ;) love y'all and praying Caroline Faith, and Marlee Joy home!

Courtney said...

Callie Grace is so sweet! Love her heart! Praying that it won't be too long until you see Caroline Faith's sweet face. Love your attitude, friend. God is honored by your journey.

Robin said...

It has been a long 2 years of waiting. You are in the home stretch now. The kids do look so little in the picture. You really have a beautiful family!

Katie said...

And the Lord continues to use your family to demonstrate his faithfulness! Praying with you, friend!

Jenny Marrs said...

This post brought tears to my eyes, Alison! Your faith and heart are so inspiring. I cannot wait to see God's beautiful plan for your precious family continue to unfold!!!

Meaghan said...

The Lord has definitely used your family for the past two years, and so many people are waiting to celebrate with you VERY SOON! :)

Heather Wood said...

I love keeping up with your adorable family on your blog. I'm excited to watch you all grow through this journey. Keep us updated.