We have been prayerfully considering expanding our child request, as we are currently in the process of updating our home study (it expires in July). This is the best time to make changes and we realize that so many people would like to have a baby. We finally decided that we just want to be parents and help a child(ren) have a family & place to call home. So, we chose to change our request pretty drastically. In fact, just last Thursday we received approval from our social worker to request 1 – 2 children, 0 – 5 years!
So, as though this were not a big enough change in and of itself, we received a phone call from Jennifer (our family coordinator from AWAA) on Monday afternoon. She had a referral for us!!!!! Although we anticipated that these changes would slightly decrease our wait time, we would have never guessed they would have made this big of a difference! Just 2 weeks ago, we thought we still had 10 – 16 months!
At this point we cannot post too much (due to strict restrictions on confidentiality), but we would like all of you to know that we have received a referral (pictures and medical & social information) for a 5 year old little girl from Ethiopia!! She is absolutely beautiful : ) One of my favorite features of her is a small dimple on her right cheek – I have a dimple on my right cheek that I inherited from my Grandpa Cunningham. Because I am the only grandchild that inherited this trait, I have always been so proud of it. I think it is so amazing that God allows us to share that feature : )
So, we are currently waiting to hear back from the international adoption clinic in Chicago and then we will mail in our acceptance paperwork. We hope to receive a court date before the courts close for the rainy season in Ethiopia, but there is a chance we may have to wait until after the rainy season. We will certainly keep you posted : )
Thank you for your continued prayers!!