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With those sweet words from the Ethiopian judge, we are now legally the proud and joyful parents of
Kassa Jude Whitacre
Mulunesh Sophia Whitacre.
Thank you for all your prayers! More details to come…
These past few days with our two new children have been simply delightful. We have been well-served by wonderful staff from our adoption agency here in Ethiopia and we have made great friends with the other families who are also adopting children. Jack and Tori have had a blast riding in a van with no seat belts, eating popcorn, and drinking mango juice at an Ethiopian restaurant, and most of all playing with their new brother and sister. Steve posted the following update on our adoption blog. Thank you for your continued prayers that we will pass court tomorrow! Nicole
We had another wonderful day with the kids today. We’re discovering, by trial and error, what our kids like. We’ve discovered that they like fruit snacks, but who doesn’t? Piggy-back rides are a hit. They love balloons, but not if you tie off the end. Soccer was popular, and coloring never disappoints. They love hugs and kisses no matter what. And they’re getting lots of them.
Leaving these two this afternoon was the first real difficulty of the trip. Our sweet new son, who is at times thoughtful and at times playful, became clingy and emotional like we haven’t seen him yet. We’ve known from the beginning of this process that there is a moment coming when we’ll have to say goodbye to these kids and leave them for a month or two while we wait for our their visas to make it through the embassy. Torture. We’ve been dreading that moment, and today was an appetizer. That moment will come for us tomorrow afternoon and I don’t know how we will make it. Please pray for us.
The other significant moment that comes tomorrow is our visit to Ethiopian court. The judge has the authority to determine whether these kids become ours or not. We were heartened to receive a favorable letter from the Ministry of Women’s, Children’s, and Youth Affairs, but that doesn’t guarantee the outcome we want tomorrow. Only about 50% of families make it the first time. So, we would appreciate your prayers, not just for us but also for the other three families who will be joining us in the courtroom. Please pray that we would find favor from the judge so that tomorrow these two children would become in the courtroom what they already are in our hearts: the newest addition to the Whitacre family.
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Well, it’s 2am in Addis and I can’t sleep. Jet lag plus excitement is a powerful combination. Today was indescribable, meeting these two little ones for the first time, but Steve has captured it well on our adoption blog so I’m going to let him fill you in. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support. Our court date is Wednesday so please pray for favor with the judge. If, God-willing, we pass court, we will finally be able to show you pictures of our new son and daughter!
Today was as exhilerating as it was exhausting. After a morning spent settling in and a lunch that just couldn’t go by fast enough, we rode across town to the America World Transition Home to meet our new children. We waited only briefly and then rejoiced as we watched them walk to us, stooped to embrace them, and felt their little arms around our necks.
We got to spend a few hours together: playing soccer, coloring, blowing bubbles, and building Legos. Our hearts are bursting with joy and gratitude to God - Happy Thanksgiving indeed. Watching our two new children play with Jack and Tori, we marveled at the way they are already beginning to fit right in to our family. There’s not a lot we can communicate with them just yet, although we loved hearing “Dad” and “Mommy” from their lips. And we’re peppering them with “I love you’s,” in English and in the best Amharic we can muster, which isn’t very good. But we think they’re getting the point.
Yesterday was delightful but oh, so brief. Today we’ll get to spend a significant part of the day with them. Can’t wait to get started. I can’t let this post close with issuing another THANK YOU for your many prayers that brought us to this point. Thank for sharing in our joy and helping to make it possible!
My husband, on our adoption blog last night:
Two flights, three continents and 14 hours of flying time later, we arrived in Addis. We landed about 9:15pm local time (8 hours ahead of DC). We got visas and collected our bags. The drive to the guest house began to orient us to the sights and sounds of Addis.
We’re eager for tomorrow to come! After lunch we head over to the transition home to meet our kids. Can’t wait. It’s the same feeling we had just before Jack and Tori were born. So much excitement and anticipation and wonder. Thanks to all of you for your prayers to help us get to this today!
It’s now about 11:00 am Sunday morning Addis time, and this is our view from our bedroom window. In just a few hours we get to meet our kids. So excited.
“We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near.” Psalm 75:1
“Never let us neglect thanksgiving…As the smiling flowers gratefully reflect in their lovely colours the various constituents of the solar ray, so should gratitude spring up in our hearts after the smiles of God’s providence….We should praise God again and again. Stinted gratitude is ingratitude. For infinite goodness there should be measureless thanks. Faith promises redoubled praise for greatly needed and signal deliverances. For that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. God is at hand to answer and do wonders—adore we then the present Deity. We sing not of a hidden God, who sleeps and leaves the church to her fate, but of one who ever in our darkest days is most near, a very present help in trouble. “Near is his name.” Glory be unto the Lord, whose perpetual deeds of grace and majesty are the sure tokens of his being with us always, even unto the ends of the world.” Charles Spurgeon, Treasury of David
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It’s Thanksgiving and my heart is full of gratitude. On Friday we leave for Ethiopia to meet two little people that I hope will be forever after ours. What an amazing privilege God has given us to pursue the opportunity to adopt these precious children. And I can’t wait to see the beautiful country of their birth.
We’re going to try to blog about our trip as much as we can next week, here at girltalk and at our adoption blog. The posts will probably be short, but we hope that just as you have “been there” for the birth of our biological children, you can come along for our adoption.
This is Jack and Tori’s first time on a plane and it will be a long flight, so please pray for peaceful travel. Please pray for God’s blessing as we meet these children for the first time. (The other day in the car, Jack blurted out: “I just can’t wait to meet them!” Me too, my son, me too.) And please pray that God would provide the recommendation letter we need from the Ethiopian Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) and give us favor with the Ethiopian judge who serves many children and families.
Thank you so much for your prayers. One faithful reader, Meredith from Australia, emailed me the other day to tell me she was praying (thank you so much Meredith!). It is more comforting than I can tell you that your prayers follow us across the ocean to meet these two precious children. More than that, I am confident and thankful that our heavenly Father’s goodness will follow us all the days and miles of our journey.
I’ll see you in Ethiopia!
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