A friend of mine is in Ethiopia right now picking up her daughter. She emailed me to tell us she had visited with A* for a bit. She writes:
I just have to say A* stole my heart. I can't wait for you to bring him home.....
A* seems reserved but very sweet. He seems very bright. He loved all his toys. The first thing he got out was the teddy bear and gave it a hug. He also liked the train and it sounded like he called it a car, but maybe the word for train sounds like car, I don't know. He really liked the light thing and once I showed him the little button that turned on he pushed it over and over again.
I got video of him looking at your precious book, but I was loud outside so I don't know if you will be able to hear him on the video or not, but he was so cute with the book. I would point to you and say mommy and he would point to you and say mommy. He would look and point and repeat what I showed him. It was precious.
What a wonderful gift to be able to read those words this morning! Yesterday was a particularly difficult day on the adoption front. While things aren't moving any more smoothly this morning I felt this update was a gift from the Lord. I had been very concerned about A*'s health. While she doesn't give details about how he's doing at least I know A* is at the Transition Home and not ill in a clinic. I'm sure if he were unwell she would have told me.
Please continue to pray for our paperwork as we have encountered some snags. I never thought we'd still be waiting at 5 months, especially since things were moving at warp speed initially, but alas we are.
I was able to hear from our Social Services Coordinator that she has submitted our home study to corporate today for approval. If all looks good they will approve it and send it back to her to be submitted to the court tomorrow. She also mentioned that she would add a request for the judge to push our paperwork through quickly since A* is waiting on us. I pray He will be favorable toward expediting our case since she explained it large depends on his mood at the time.
That's all for now. We shall see what else the day brings ;-)