Thursday, May 5, 2011

Zane's First Care Package

and I are eagerly awaiting a court date for Zane.  Every day we check the Yahoo Group (our agency's unofficial network of parents) to see who's gotten calls, and we pray each day that God will allow more families to be approved by the embassy to return home with their children.  Right now there are about 20 families who have passed court and are waiting to bring their children home.  Please pray with us for the Embassy in Ethiopia to process these families quickly and efficiently.

The nice thing about America World is that this Yahoo Group we are a part of is one of the greatest networks of adoptive parents in the world.  We pray together, get updates, and keep track of weekly needs.  Families will offer to take pictures and deliver care packages to children who are waiting on their parents' court appointments.  We are fortunate to have several families who have volunteered to do this for us as we wait!  What a blessing!

Yesterday, we were able to see what our little boy looks like when he first wakes up from a nap because our friend, Candace, was able to take pictures.  These are precious to us while we are away from him!

Today I completed our first care package that we will send with another family who is leaving on May 22nd.  It includes only "ESSENTIAL" items...two FIGHTIN' TEXAS AGGIE shirts, "Daddy's Handyman" pjs, Lightening McQueen (from Cars), a photo album of Mama, Daddy, grandparents, and aunts and uncles, and a recordable Hallmark book.

The book, On the Night You Were Born, is beautiful.  Its about how all of creation celebrates on the night that a child is born.  It's based on Psalm 139:14, "I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made!"  It might be one of the best children's books I've read!  The best part is we recorded ourself reading it, so Zane can get to know our voices!  Until we can see him in person, this will have to do.