Tuesday, September 21, 2010

October 28

We have a court date, again -- but for real this time!! On October 28, 2010 we will attend a court hearing in Ethiopia to officially adopt our little boy! (For the record, I usually have a rule about ending 2 sentences in a row with exclamation points... but this qualifies as a special exception! Oops, that's 3 now.) We are surprised, thrilled, and overwhelmed with everything that will be happening in the next 4 weeks and beyond.

Due to a slight policy change in the Ethiopian court system, the original court date we received of November 26 was bumped up a whole month. Hooray! We will probably travel about a week before our court date so that we have time to visit the remote town where our son was born. It is a full day's journey each way, but what a small price to pay in order to experience a piece of our child's history! We'll be emailing our friends and family a full itinerary so you can pray for us specifically each day. If you want to receive that email, please contact us at theballasts (at) gmail (dot) com.

It feels very surreal to have an actual day when we will become the parents of this precious child... I am reminded of the verses our pastor will be preaching on this week from Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see." We can't say we have been perfectly faithful through this whole journey, but God has been. He is the one who fulfills our hopes and turns faith into sight, and we give him all the glory!


  1. Surreal has got to be an understatement. I am so ridiculously excited for you guys. I am a bit sad we didn't get a date yet, I would really like to travel with you and meet your little man. BUT that does little to quell my excitement for your family!! :D

  2. Woohoo!!! I am soooo excited for you... God is good!

  3. Oh what GREAT news!! !

    Two strange parallels - ours was Oct 27 last year - what a great week to have a court date.

    AND... we had Hebrews 11 at church THIS week! What a great passage :) (we had the whole chapter because we're getting all of Hebrews in 6 weeks - whiplash alert!)

  4. Yeah!!!! I am glad you are taking the time to discover some of his story through the visit to the area that he is from. I hope it will help you feel more a part of his life and you will be able to tell him about his country later.
    I felt more a part of T's life after being in his country.
    Blessings on your travels.

  5. That is WONDERFUL! So excited for you guys!!!!!!!!! (how do you feel about that punctuation?)

  6. Haley that is so exciting! Maybe he'll be home for Christmas?!