Wow... Wednesday was one of those days. The days you dream about as an adoptive parent.
When God convicted us last winter about adoption we knew there was no way we could raise ALL the funds on our own. But we were for sure that God wanted us to start the process anyways. Then begins the roller coaster of amazing people stepping up to help us bring this child into a forever home. When we first saw Mathias's face we knew that nothing would stop us from bringing him home... I mean I would have probably stood on a street corner asking people for money if needed. =)
My sign would have been really cute, I promise!
Thankfully God had other plans. Our community, new friends and family surrounded us with generosity and as of Wednesday the 19th we have met our fundraising goal of $30,000 which is the estimated cost of the total adoption. This includes all legal fees, document fees, and travel. I dropped to my knees in the middle of our apartment when Justin called and told me about the donation that pushed us past our goal and just cried. Although if you have a toddler you know that dropping to the floor equals being tackled... so I was also crying because Micah leveled me.
Earlier on Wednesday morning we had received the call we had been waiting for. Our adoption case was SUBMITTED to COURT! This is huge news considering the Ethiopian government is doing some adjusting and was going to be on hold for a couple months, not accepting any new cases until October. This momma did not want any delay on bringing home my Mathias.
I will keep you updated as to when we will be headed to AFRICA to meet Mathias (hug, love, kiss, carry, snuggle, tickle) and adopt him, then sadly and with broken hearts we will return home without him and await our embassy date when we can return to pick him up and bring him home forever!
Thank you for your prayers! There are a lot of amazing things happening in our family during this season and we are so humbled to share our life with each and every one of you.
Love - Justin, Candace, Micah, & Mathias
If you haven't ordered your Adoption Shirt yet, the official end date to order is JULY 1st!!!
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