So, during the months that followed, I just had a very hard time blogging. It was hard to write anything happy.
I'm sorry for this.
The last 2 weeks have been a rollercoaster ride. We were originally given a court date of November 29th. The day after Thanksgiving. What a day that would have been! We all had the Friday after Thanksgiving off and we planned to celebrate! Well, I woke up... to no news of court. It was around 8:00. I had a terrible feeling that something was wrong. Finally around 9:00 I got a message from our caseworker saying that it was revealed in court that little Z's mother passed away in 2009 and the director of the orphanage did not do the proper paperwork for guardianship. This was something that needed to be done before he could become ours. This meant, our foundation would have to go to the town of his orphanage and get the mayor to appoint a guardian. Court was delayed... for 2 weeks. The news was very hard and what we thought would be a celebration turned out to be lots of tears shed. I don't know if I was more sad about the delay or the fact that his mom died and nobody cared. I knew in my heart that Z is our son, but this felt like a complete blow. I planned to write an amazing blog post, but instead I kept to myself and prayed for peace in waiting. 2 weeks... the longest 2 weeks of my life!
Last Thursday, December 12th... I got a message from our agency saying that all the guardianship papers were done and that they were ready for court. There was one paper from the director that was sent at the last minute and the hope was that it made it in time for court on the 13th. At that email, I had some mixed emotions. I had a hard time getting my hopes up because of the disappointment two week ago. I don't think I slept more than an hour on Thursday night into Friday morning. I prayed practically all night. I prayed for God to see this adoption through and to prepare me if it was delayed again. (How Dave can remain so calm in situations like this is beyond me!)
Finally, early Friday morning I got the message... "The judge granted the adoption. As soon as they get the court decree they will give you a travel date" He's OURS! He's a Weal! A Weal to the bus has been added! Praise be to God. It looks like we will travel late January to pick him up and bring him home forever!
What this means. Is that we can finally reveal which country he is from... and his real name!
I would like to introduce you to our newest family member from BULGARIA:
Zahari Lynn- Almost 8 years old.
We are so ready for him to come home! This is the amazing gift he will be coming home to. My dad and I have been busy making it while we were waiting :-). Every little boy needs a bed like this... don't you agree?
And we have found the PERFECT shirt for him to wear when he leaves the orphanage for the last time!
Also, while I waited... I have been busy preparing for him by learning braille so I can start teaching him as soon as he's ready. I made these for all of us when we passed court. The works in braille say "One Less Orphan."
If anyone is interested in having a braille shirt made for them... let me know! I have been busy making more and am using the proceeds to help cover the final trip fees... which we are predicting to still be about $4,500. I can put any phrase or saying that you'd like on the shirt. They make excellent conversation pieces. The prices are $10 for kids (XS to L), $12 for adults (S-XL) and $14 for adults (XXL) Plus actual shipping cost. I can try and get them in any color that you want and that the store has :-). They are made with paint dots and can be washed inside out and hung to dry. Please email me to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. If I know by Wednesday, I will ship out on Friday in hopes to make them in time for Christmas. If that doesn't matter, then I can make them anytime and ship ASAP!
Thanks for your support and prayers to help bring Zahari home!
"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him." 1 Samuel 1:27