So, in one of my posts right after referral I said I was going to be patient... that God would deliver Sara Joy to us in His time. I still believe that... all but the patient part. I have never been a patient person. You would think that going through four adoption attempts (hopefully the second of which will end up successful) would have taught me some sort of patience. I guess I am a very slow learner.
I wish I could share the pictures with you, but unfortunately, I can not. I was on a photo site over the weekend though that our agency set up for people who are traveling to Ethiopia. When they travel, if they have the opportunity, they take pictures of other children at the orphanage (along with the names alongside their bed) and they upload them to the site when they get home. This way, people who have not yet traveled, but who have been referred their children, have an opportunity (if they are really lucky) to get a picture of the child they are waiting to bring home. I looked thru about a million pictures and I found THREE of our Sara Joy. She is SOOO cute!
For any of you who are working with the same agency that we are, trust me when I say I am going to snap pictures of EVERY child that I can and will load them to the site as soon as I get home. You have no idea how excited I was to find pictures of our Sara Joy in the pictures. Some were from as long as about 10 months ago! I know the value of these pictures and would LOVE nothing more than to provide that joy of seeing their child's face, to a family that is still waiting to bring their little one home.
On Monday we formally accept the referral of our Sara Joy. We accepted her verbally last week, but then needed to wait for a referral packet. We got that on Friday and will send it back to the agency on Monday. I guess at that point they will work to get us a court date. I'm DYING to get a court date! I'm DYING to go and see my Sara Joy!
Until we are "officially" Sara's parents, I will leave you with a brief description of her... other than what I have already said that she is BEAUTIFUL and CUTE!
She is tiny. All records indicate that she will be small. She has lighter skin that I would have expected... almost the color of Cameron and Anna after about a month of summer has passed. Her eyes are HUGE and brown and almond shaped. She has a perfect little nose, tiny rosebud lips, a little chin and WILD hair! I mean WILD. It's not super curly like I kinda expected, but it is VERY wild. I can not wait to take that beautiful little girl and put some pretty ribbons in that wild hair of hers and just love on her!
I wish I could share her cute little face with all of you.
Pray with me that we get a speedy court date. Sara has been in an orphanage long enough. She is ready for a family and her family is ready for her. I knew, without a doubt, that God would give us our daughter from Ethiopia! I knew, knew, knew it. I am so glad I waited. I was not fond of the journey we had to take to get to her, or the time that had to pass for us to be united with her... but I'm so glad God gave us her. I'm so glad we followed where God led.
God is SO good!