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Thursday, December 16, 2010

And it's a YES!!!!!!!!!

Hi friends! Let me just start by saying this...  WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Hannah and Joseph are officially ours. Well actually, they are His. They always have been and always will be His but for a time, He is entrusting them to Dan and me. We are in shock, we are thrilled, we are truly, truly blessed.

Dan wasn't actually seen in court until about 3pm (Uganda time) today. The judge gave his verbal ruling but we're still waiting for the written ruling... that beautiful little piece of paper that will allow us to go to the US Embassy in Kampala, apply for Hannah and Joseph's visas and HEAD HOME! Someone from our attorney's office is heading over to the courthouse first thing tomorrow morning (which is just a few hours from now) to wait on this ruling. Once we have it in hand, Dan will go directly to the US Embassy and try to schedule an appointment.

If (and this is still a big IF) everything falls into place, Dan, Hannah and Joseph will be coming home... ON CHRISTMAS EVE on the 2:20pm flight!!! Already your prayers have carried us so far! Will y'all please pray for this one to happen? I know this is probably starting to sound like a bad made-for-TV-movie... "Bring Dan Home for Christmas" or something... but seriously!!! This is crazy!

In other exciting news, our dear, awesome, crazy friend Scott is planning to fly over to Uganda on Saturday -- at GREAT expense to himself (those last minute tickets to Africa are not cheap) -- to help Dan with H & J and especially to help him with the 24 hour flight home with 2 small children. Do we have great friends or what? Scott and his wife Joy just had a pipe burst and flood the upstairs of their home, yesterday. They have four little girls of their own. They have plans for the week of Christmas. And yet they've put it all aside just to go serve some crazy friends.

Anyways, that's all for tonight. And that's a lot. I think my brain is about to explode. My face hurts from smiling so much today. I'm so happy! I'm so blessed by what the Lord has done and also by the many people He's called to stand with us during this time. We are TREASURING every email, text, comment, phone call... y'all know how to make a family feel loved!!

"I prayed for this child and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him."
-- 1 Samuel 1:27


Sara Otisimo said...

well, you've got two actual family members down here in Bogota rejoicing over this! We have been following this made for TV movie for quite some time now, and we talk about it all the time. Our day is bright and happy with the news! We are praying for the IFs and what nots, for safety and for adjustment to the new life. SO it begins. and we know it isn't without adjustment, for you and the kids, we especially are praying for them, for their family fingers to flare open and embrace their new brother and sister.

Gosh we are happy for you guys. We cannot wait to meet them!

the monkeys' mama said...


I came online (we're driving to DC) just to
check in on you guys. Praise the Lord and AMEN! Such great works by Hid hands.

Tara said...

Oh wow! I am SO thankful for these blessings! I am celebrating with you from Singapore and I look forward to hopefully meeting Hannah and Joseph when I am home for the holidays!!!! Praise Jesus for these beautiful gifts!!!


The E's said...

REJOICING WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!! We got custody too!!!!!! God is so good and loves His children!

P.S. I saw a white man at court and wondered if it was your husband, but was trying to keep my baby from losing his mind before we saw the judge so never got to introduce myself! :)

Alison said...

YAY!!! Rejoicing with ya'll in this amazing news!! Praying your whole family is together for Christmas!!!

Nancy said...

This story--your story--God's story-- would make a GREAT made-for-tv movie! And everyone should watch it! How exciting it is to watch everything unfold!

Jennie said...

Praise the Lord!

Gabi Dickinson said...

Oh He is so faithful...
*wipes tears away*

peggy@americanvalve.com said...

Shelly, I don't know you and Dan but my husband and I adopted a beauthiful baby girl from Russia in April. I understand the wait and the anticipation and the fact that your life hangs in the balance as you wait on the judges decison. Our adoption was not without excitement but we learned to trust God and His will was done in our lives as it has been done in yours. We are praying for you and especially for Dan and Hanna and Joseph to make it home by Christmas Eve. I really belive that they will make it home in time.

Julie said...

Yay!!! Continuing to pray!

Kim said...

I am so happy for your family! praying that these little blessings get to come home in time for Christmas!