February 19

I’ve thought about this post more times than I can count. It feels surreal to even type but…we are leaving for India MONDAY. As in, 5 days from now!!!! The past 18 months have led us to this moment and honestly, it’s really hard to process. We’re excited, thankful, and overjoyed. But also a little nervous/anxious about traveling across the world and meeting our daughter for the first time! Basically all the emotions are being felt over here J Please pray for our safe travel and for everything to go smoothly while we are there. Also please pray that God will prepare our daughter’s heart for the difficult transition from her orphanage to our arms. One of the best days of our life will most likely be one of scariest for her, which is hard for me to think about.

We are so beyond ready to see our sweet little girl’s face and can’t wait to introduce her to you. THIS IS HAPPENING!!!! Family of 5 here we come!


I didn’t want to write this post. In my mind, I had it all planned out. The next post I would write would have a court date with lots of exclamation marks, as I told you how excited we were to finally go to India to meet our daughter and bring her home. But here we are, with no court date…still lots of uncertainty on the horizon.

Let’s rewind to early December. As our last blog post explained, we received our court petition from our Indian attorney and sent everything back, signed and notarized, within a few days. We waited in anticipation to hear back from him. The days seemed to drag on. Finally on December 17 we received an email from our agency stating there were some problems with the petition and that we would need to redo everything. As you can imagine, we were heartbroken. Our dreams of possibly having her home by Christmas were crushed and there were still so many questions. No one knew for certain exactly how our petition needed to be completed. The next few weeks were filled with a lot of back and forth emails and calls with our agency, trying to make sure we did it right the second time. We finally got the green light from the attorney that it was correct and mailed it off again at the beginning of January. So I’m writing almost an identical blog post to our last, as we’re in almost identically the same spot. It’s not what we had hoped or planned for. If I’m being honest, I cry just about everyday.


Our church started a Bible reading plan this year and we’ve been reading about the Israelites exodus from Egypt. God performed miracles to free the Israelites from slavery and lead them to the promise land. But during their journey from Egypt, things get a little tough and they begin to doubt and even say they’d rather go back to Egypt! The Israelites remind me of myself. When things got tough and didn’t go as planned, I questioned God. I was filled with anxiety and stress, wondering if we would ever make it to India. He’s been gently and persistently calling us to trust Him. None of our setbacks are a surprise to Him. He has been so faithful throughout this entire journey and made Himself known to us in huge ways. Literal miracles have occurred over the past year. How quickly I forget!

So we trust. I’d be lying if I said it’s easy. I tell people that God gives us enough grace to get through the day. Then His mercies are renewed the next morning. I feel compelled to not waste this time of waiting. I’m not sure what that even looks like, but leaning into God and trusting him with our timeline seems like the right place to start.

(Please pray with us that we would get a call from our agency this week and that we would receive a court date.)

Best Update Yet!

It’s official…this is the most excited I’ve been to write a blog post! Drum roll please…we received our court petition this past Friday, December 1st. This means our case is ready to be brought to court! We scurried to get all the documents signed and prepared and Fedex’d them back to our agency yesterday. Those papers were the last documents we had to send before we travel! I repeat…we’ve sent off our LAST ADOPTION PAPERS before we get on an airplane!!! Once our attorney receives those papers, he/she will give us a court date. From what we’ve been told, our court date could be within the next 4-8 weeks. Just to refresh your memory, we are required to be present at that court date and we will stay in India around 3 weeks to finish the process. Our daughter will be with us for most of those 3 weeks. Words cannot describe how excited/anxious we are to finally meet this precious girl who has stolen our hearts.

We’re in full-on nesting mode over here, trying to get things in order before we leave. I’m not sure the butterflies in my stomach will go away until we’re finally with her in person. Please be praying that we continue to trust God’s timing and that finalizing trip details will go smoothly. We are going to India SO SOON! Ahh!