Today didn't start out so great. I got home late last night from visiting Wes and was very keyed up. Caught up on my blogs, read some emails....didn't fall asleep until after midnight. Very unusual for me. Then this morning I was AWAKE (I mean wide awake) before 5am. Really thought it was going to be a long day....and then I went to put the dogs in their kennels and heard it. Drip. Drip. Drip. The bathroom vent was leaking! Called Wes. No answer. Called Dad....he's coming later. As of right now (2:30pm) it isn't dripping, but there is a new quarter sized hole in the ceiling where it soaked through. Fantastic!
Here is where it gets GREAT! I drove to Austin, no major hiccups! Got to talk to a sweet friend who I have been playing phone tag with. I found a parking place, and had just enough change in my car to pay for an hour and 15 minutes on the meter. Walked right in, no waiting! The lady who does the apostilles for Texas is so sweet. She wants to see pictures, ask questions, hear about what the next steps are. So we are talking and another couple come in. They hear our story, and are congratulatory. Then! Another group comes in. The lady is familiar. It's Shelley Burman! Carrington's mom! The Burman's have adopted twice now, multiple kids each time. I admire the Burman's faith and courage in continuing to follow God's directions....they are adopting again! A sweet little guy from the same country Danny is in! Please keep them in your prayers.
Next great thing: I got a text message from Stephanie Barnett....they have scheduled their flights home, with all 3 kids! The Barnett 7 will be together for the first time at 9:15 Wednesday night. I promise to take as many pictures as I can and share them next week!
Final absolutely fantastic thing! Remember Vilis and Juris? Rumor has it they will both be making their way to the "New Commitments" page on Reece's Rainbow very very soon! The best part of this story is that we understand that they are best friends in their orphanage....and their new home is big enough and full of enough love for BOTH of them!
So, needless to say, while today may not have started out so great it is truly a day God made for rejoicing!
I always seem to have a prayer request, so here it is: when we sent our USCIS application in we invited friends over and prayed over it. It made a world of difference, since our approval came in 1/2 the time we expected it to take! The next few days are super crazy, and we want to get it there so translation can begin...so we are asking for our dossier to be surrounded in prayers for the next two weeks. I am going to create a facebook event and send reminders and specific requests that way. Will you please join us?
Thank you so much for your support and prayers and dedicated reading so far! As far as I can tell we are officially at the half way point in our adoption of our son. It's been an amazing ride, and I know we have only been on the uphill climb....now the roller coaster really begins twisting and turning!