The court date is the next important and vital step in this process. "T" is in our hearts and minds and prayers EVERY day, actually most moments of the day for all 4 of us here. But, until then, I'm reminded by my agency ("A", you know I'm talkin' about you!! I kid! ;) that anything can happen between now and the court date. I am prepared for that, but will PRAY fervently that NOTHING stands in the way. Should I know or find out that her mother/father was there and healthy and can raise her, that would be a better choice for "T", but highly unlikely is that to happen and so therefore I pray only for the BEST possible situation for this precious little girl who God has amazing plans for and loves dearly.
Her name translated is quite apropos. (Unfortunately I can't post it....googling is way too easy these days.) But, you'd agree with me that the meaning from Amharic to English is ironic. Each time I see her picture, my heart yearns more for her. I see her face and those eyes looking back at me, it's as if she is waiting patiently for us to come to her. When you see her picture you'll know what I mean. She's not smiling, but she's not frowning...she's just looking. Another parent with our agency said that her picture (on our agency's private site) looks as though she is "wise". I thought that was a very insightful description. She really does. She does not look babyish, she does not look sad, just really sweet and strong. I said in my last post that that phase of this adoption was the hardest, whereas most parents consider this part the hardest. I still feel that way. Now I know who she is (and I am well aware that ANYTHING can happen and she could not come to us), but I am at peace with the waiting and know that she will get here when she's ready. If you know me, you'd know that if there was anything I could do to speed this process, I'd be doin' it.
So I wait for our Dossier to be approved, then a court date that our facilitator will go to court on our behalf. As soon as we "pass court", we will be notified shortly thereafter and celebrate yet another milestone. Very, VERY important step...passing court. Then she is "legally" our daughter and we can exhale. Evan has moved into Brandon's old room, so "T" can have Evan's old room, which is a little bigger for her to have some toys and play in. It's in shambles at the moment, but this is the fun part, creating a place for her that is FEMININE. Those old boas that we use for Karaoke, are now in her room hanging on her bedpost. David and the boys are going to shine up the old swing set in the back, so she can build memories with her brothers up on top of the "fort" area before sliding down.
Ohhh....so many things to ponder. God loves it when we shake things up! Here's to us...shakin' it up!