Monday, May 23, 2011

good friends and piano recitals...

This past weekend we visited some dear friends in Ashland, Ohio. Our friends, Nate and Jenn Shultz have been with us through thick and thin...

We've been friends for many years... about 16 to be exact. They're the kind of friends that you're able to pick up right where you left off... you know the kind. We've been soo blessed to have them in our lives. Throughout this adoption journey, they've been soo supportive and we are very blessed by their encouragement.

We spent the day laughing, talking and of course, eating some delicious food! We went to a nearby park so that the kids could play a little tennis, as well as go crazy on some playground equipment.

These kind of gatherings are good for the soul... it fills us up. Reenergizes us. Not to mention, we were able to show pictures of our kiddos that are waiting for us in Ethiopia, and talk about the next step in bringing them home. What IS the next step? I'll get to that in a minute.

We also had the kids' piano recitals this weekend, which kept us very busy!

So, the next step is that we wait for our little guy's paperwork to be compiled. They said it could be a few months. sigh. We are praying that they are wrong. We're asking for all of you to pray with us. Many of you know that in Ethiopia, they shut down the courts in August, thru September due to the rainy season, and the lack of transportation capability. We would REALLY like to be there for our court date before this happens... if they are not able to give us a court date before August, we will have to wait until October/November. Please be praying with us for this miracle! Of course, we definitely want to do this in God's timing... but we'd also like our will and timing to be in line with God's. We're not asking too much, are we?

Thanks for standing in the gap and praying with us! We CANNOT wait to show you their sweet faces so that you can be in awe of God's faithfulness as much as we are;)

As we wait, we're soo thankful for the friends like the Shultzes that the Lord has placed in our lives... for such a time as this.

Clinging to God's promises tonight... resting in His peace.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Referral received!

 Let me warn you now, this is long winded... but what's new? ha.

Many of you are probably wondering why I haven't updated in a while... life around here has been a bit crazy, fo sho!

So let me start off by giving our amazingly awesome news... we got our referral!!!

What is a referral, you might ask. I am happy to answer.  It is when one is matched with their child/children. They are given both his/her medical history as well as any info on his/her past. Along with that info there are pictures of these amazing kids!

Of course, they aren't legally ours until we go to court, but in our hearts they are! We are pleased to announce that we have been matched with an adorable litte boy who is going to be 4 sometime this summer... AND a sweet little girl who will be 2 in July! WAHHOOO!!! I mean, lots of cartwheels going on in the Seevers house right now...

...but, I'm getting ahead of myself. I need to back up a bit. Actually all the way back to April 12th. It was like any other Tuesday morning. Crazy, running the kids to art/ choir, running to do errands in between co op classes.

It was during this craziness that my cell phone rang. I looked and low and behold it was the infamous 703 area code! Could it be? My heart did a little flip as I picked up the phone. I had gotten a couple of calls from a telemarketer with this same area code, so I wasn't sure if it was yet again another sales call.

As I said hello, the voice that answered back was our sweet FC, Emily. I was thinking, "this has GOT to be a practical joke... who does this?" I was pleasantly surprised though when Emily said, "this is your UNofficial referral call"... Okay. What does that mean? Basically, they had a referral for us for 2!! kids, but their paperwork wasn't quite compiled yet... she just wanted to see if we were indeed open to these 2 precious kiddos.

Of course we said YES!! This was all without seeing their sweet faces. I was told it would be a couple of weeks before it would be official, and at that point, we'd have pictures.

So 2... 3... and 4 weeks went by. I was not allowed to share this news with anyone, except for family. To say that I was going crazy would be an extreme understatement. I don't keep secrets well... and THIS was a big secret. sigh. We just kept praying and trusting that it would be in God's timing. Not an easy thing to trust at all times, but we did our best.

Fast forward to this past Wednesday, May 11th. We were on our way to Louisville for the CAFO (Christian Alliance For Orphans) Summit. We had all of our kids with us, the van was packed to the hilt, we were ready for a 5 hour drive ahead... armed with DVD's, snacks, matchbox cars, books galore, dolls, more snacks, juice cups, ipods, did I mention snacks?

We were just leaving our town, and as I was texting a friend that "hopefully" I'd be calling from CAFO with good news about our referral, when my phone rang! It was a 703 area code... seriously? This better NOT be a joke. I mean come on! This is torture... however, once again it was sweet Emily. My heart was RACING, my hands were clammy, I whispered to Jeff that it WAS Emily.

This WAS our referral call! She was sending pics of the kids and their medical history etc. Unbelievable. God is awesome. It was such a thrill to be able to finally see their faces... the little ones that we've been praying for, for a year now!

Unfortunately, I can't post pics of their sweet faces until after we pass court... which could be a few months away, as we're waiting on some important paperwork for court. So, instead I will leave you with some pics of our kids and their cousins as they played while we attended the CAFO conference.

from R, my sis with her babysitters

Our Claire with my nephew, Churchill

best buddies: Zoe and Claire

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You may be wondering where my pics from CAFO are.... well, let's just say I was a bit side tracked.

Lincoln, Maddie and my nephew, Teddy

Jeff, myself, our 4 kids with my sis and her family

Thanks, Candice for watching our kids! Thanks, Jesus for our referral for 2 amazing kids! Thanks to all of you for your continued prayer!

Please continue praying as we eagerly await our court date, which will come once all of our little guy's paperwork comes through.

Our first care package will be sent out tomorrow to some friends going to ET in 2 weeks for their court date. Not only will they get a chance to love on our kids, but they will also take pics for us! We have another family taking another care package to them at the beginning of June! We are soo thankful for those that are willing to squeeze in these gallon ziploc bags of goodies into their luggage for our kids! You guys rock!

Eeeekkkkkk! squeals of excitement!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

a trip to the zoo...

We've met some amazing people on this adoption journey. Seriously. Like "friends for life" kind of people. We have the same heart for orphans...the same love for our Savior...many of the same goals and passions.

 One of these families that we love soo much is the Gomez family. They are awesome.

I swear Jackie and I were twins separated at birth... we have soo much in common, it's scary.

Josue and Jackie adopted their amazing little boy, Moshe, almost 2 years ago from Ethiopia.

He is a riot. Claire and he are pretty much inseparable.

This past Saturday we met them at the Cleveland Zoo for the day, where we were able to see some amazing animals, enjoy our kids and chat all day long.

After a day of  fun we headed to the local Ethiopian Restaurant for some incredible food!

We feel so blessed by the people that The Lord keeps bringing into our lives... including this awesome family!

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us".
We are eager for the next time that we get together to be one of celebration for our kiddos that we'll be adopting from Ethiopia! Here's to many more joyous gatherings of believers... celebrating the life of the children in our lives!