we were over a year into the adoption process but what seemed like an eternity away from our baby.
2010 has proven to be quite the year for our adoption journey. if we were disappointed with the slow pace of 2009, we've been sometimes overwhelmed with the heart-extremes of 2010. on june 26, judah entered this world, a child born out of unimaginable circumstances but loved by the mother who spared his life. on july 30, we learned he would be ours.
i know this photo by heart. i stared at it and several others like it for what seemed like hours when we got our referral paperwork. his tiny five-pound frame, his bloated belly, his big brown eyes...it's all etched in some sweet place in my heart. he was ours.
but within a week, our agency had contacted us to let us know that he was sick. it didn't seem serious at first, but within a couple of days, judah was fighting to take even his next breath. on august 12, our family did what we had done every other day, and we prayed for judah's life...but even more than that, we prayed for god's glory.
judah died the next day. august 13 will forever and always be a day of extreme emotion for me. on one front, i lost my child that day, and unimaginable pain accompanies that loss. several very loving and well-meaning people have said, "well at least you didn't have him home yet" or "at least you hadn't held him yet." i totally get where they're coming from, but what you have to understand is that the lord had been growing an intense love for that baby in our hearts for 21 months at that point. holding him or not holding him...he was as much a part of our family as i am.
the other side of that story, though, is that judah, by his death, was fulfilling the name we gave him in his life. at the moment i learned that my baby had left this world, he was bowing at the feet of our savior doing what my soul longs for. to praise.
but there was another tapestry being quietly and intricately woven at the same time as this one. on october 12, i remember seeing a different baby's face for the first time on my computer screen, and in a way, being afraid to fall in love with it. even now, three months after judah's death, the tears fall freely. but something happened when josh and i looked to see this baby's birthday. yes, june 26 was judah's birthday, but as the lord would so sweetly have it, it was also the day that micah was born.
as the weeks have gone by, i've surrendered my guarded mind to my bursting heart, and i've fallen madly in love with the baby we've named "who is like our god?". the lord has proven himself sovereign, faithful, loving, and merciful during these past two years, so a name that reflects the lessons of this journey seemed perfectly fitting.
so why all of this now? this morning we received news of our court date in ethiopia. in 56 days, we'll finally hold the baby we've prayed for for so long. in 56 days, we'll be melting with love for the baby our arms have ached for for two years now. yes, in 56 days, we'll meet our son, micah.
a couple of people we've talked with throughout the day have asked specifically what they can do for us as we prepare to travel. and at this point, we really would ask you to be in prayer for logistics. separating parents from children, dealing with multiple countries, languages, and airlines, and attempting to weave our way through seemingly endless red tape is enough to make a person crazy (crazier, perhaps). our journey to this point has been anything but smooth, and while we're not expecting a perfect move from point a to point b, we are praying for peace, and we're asking the lord to quickly reunite our family (all six of us) for our joy and for his glory.
we'd really love to have a little one home with his stocking next christmas. :-)
in love he predestined us for adoption as sons through jesus christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the beloved.