Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Our Big News!!!!!
We are thrilled to announce that after 8 months of waiting we have accepted the referral of a little girl who is 7 and a little boy 5!

They are adorable and I can't wait to post their pictures once we pass court.

I am sorry I had to leave you all hanging from my last post for so long. As you know we really wanted to adopt older children but our agency really did not want us to adopt out of birth order. After much prayer on both of our parts they allowed us to review the file of the waiting children we had been asking about for many weeks.

It is a total God thing and I have no doubt these are the children he has meant for us all along.

Some day I will post about all the miracles that have happened to bring us to this point, for now I am just going to enjoy the moment.

I overnighted our final payment and all of our signed referral documents this morning.

Now the wait is on for a court date. The Ethiopian courts close in early August so we are running out of time to get a date before closure. Our agency is hopeful we can get a date before the August deadline. Will you please say a prayer that this happens so our children do not have to wait until the fall to come home to us?

I truly cannot express how over the moon with joy I am right now. The wait truly is worth it once you see the faces of the children that were meant for your family.

Thanks so much for all your love and support during this very long and, at times, emotionally exhausting journey.

Bring on a court date! I'm ready to head off to Ethiopia and collect our children!

Won't that be a wonderful day?

p.s. Paige has been carrying their pictures around showing everyone her new brother and sister. All of the kids are excited, but her excitement is contagious and just to sweet.


  posted at 7:27 AM  

At 7:50 AM, Blogger Sunshine said...

That is awesome!! I can't wait to see pictures!! Congratulations!!

At 8:01 AM, Blogger missy said...

Oh my goodness, that is amazing! I am so excited for you all! Congrats on the news. :)

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Lori said...

Oh Julie I am so excited for you. I remember when we got our nieces picture from Russia...what a RUSH. Praying everything goes smoothly. AWesome.

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Jenna said...

oh my gosh I almost cried when I read that I am soooo happy for you and your family. I know how long you havae been waiting and praying. What lucky kids they are!

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Crissybug said...

What an exciting adventure! Isn't it so amazing how when things are right...they just seem to fall into place. God is great. Can't wait to see the pictures. Congrats to your family!

At 8:32 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Yeehaw!!!! I've been praying and checking your blog and checking the CHI website. I saw that their files were "being reviewed" and I wanted to write you so bad and asked if you were the lucky family, but if you weren't, I didn't want to open a sore wound. Congrats!!!!! I'll be praying for a speedy court date. (And I look forward to hearing the WHOLE story!!)

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Gretchen Magruder said...

Congratulations!! Well, welcome to the older child adoption club....I'm pretty sure I saw their beautiful faces on the website!! Look forward to seeing pictures of your whole clan together!!

At 8:58 AM, Blogger julie said...

Thanks so much Everyone. We are thrilled to be joining the older child adoption club, lol.

I am so excited I don't think my feet are touching the ground when I walk.

Jill, I'll share more later. I'm sorry I didn't email to let you know we were reviewing thier file, I should have. We are leaving for Vegas tomorrow and I have gotten NOTHING done for our trip so I really need to get off the computer. I am defintely going to have a hard time with that today.

Thanks again, you are all such a blessing to me.


At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Daisy said...

Yeah!!!! We are so excited for your family. We'll be praying for that court date and your trip, and looking forward to seeing pictures of your new sweeties!!
Daisy :-)

At 9:17 AM, Blogger His Hands His Feet Today said...


Thrilled for you :)

At 9:31 AM, Blogger The Gang's Momma said...

Wahooo! I've been a tad behind on blog reading and finally got caught up last night while it rained and the kids played on the Wii. You must have posted this just after that.

So happy for you. So excited. And how PROVIDENTIAL that you are going to be homeschooling again - it will be an awesome way to get everyone all bonded and attached. Especially if you get them home before the end of the summer :) Life at your own pace, you know what I mean?!

Way cool. Can't wait to see their little faces.

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Raquel, The Glamorous Life said...

YAY!!!!! how exciting for you and your family!!

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

I said a prayer for you guys and will continue to do so. Congrats on the referral! I am thrilled for you all!

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Missy said...

Congrats!! I am so glad they relaxed their policy for you!!! YEA!!!!!!

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see pics. :o)

At 12:24 PM, Blogger The Parsons Flock said...

yay! what exciting news! congratulations! perhaps we will be traveling around the same time!

At 1:42 PM, Blogger Christine said...

COngrats! Hwo exciting! Hwo long do you think it will be till court?

At 1:53 PM, Blogger julie said...

Hi Christine,

We are hopeful we will get a court date before they close in August. We were told it has been about a five week wait lately. Praying hard we make it.

Yeaaahhh Parson family. We would love to travel with you and get to meet your sweet teeny tiny girls!

All your kind words are keeping me in tears today. Thanks again to all of you. You are the best bloggy friends ever!


At 3:13 PM, Blogger Annie said...

Julie--What GREAT news! Congratulations :) Now it's easy to understand your LONG were waiting for your daughter and son. We'll be praying for a court date soon.

At 8:17 PM, Blogger Brenda said...

Wow! All that waiting and then BOOM! Better get ready girl!!! I can't wait to see their pictures!


At 6:54 AM, Blogger Sherry said...

YAY! I was praying for you guys that CHI would let the whole birth order thing slide. They were meant for your family. :)
Congrats to you all!

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Melanie said...


At 4:05 AM, Blogger Kimmie said...

Hi Julie!!

Congratulations...that is wonderful news. You must be so very excited...and TWO!!

Praying for your court date. God's timing is perfect!

mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

At 6:13 AM, Blogger Renee said...

congratulations!!!!!! I saw their photo on the chiweb and they are so adorable!! yay!!!

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

GOOSEBUMPS!!!! I am praying that you can go before the courts shut down. I am so excited to see pictures!! Congratulations, Mommy!


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