We received good news in our agency's conference call today that MOWCYA is now writing 10 recommendation letters a day. This is doubled from what is had been since March. This letter is required for families to pass court in Ethiopia, so a slow down in letter writing means a slow down in court cases, which means children are in orphanages longer and wait times for referrals go up. This is the first good news we've heard since March and continue to pray that MOWCYA will work their way back up to writing 20+ letters a day.
Do pray that God would bless adoptions through Ethiopia and cause them to be processed in a timely manner. We are still looking at some increased wait times for a referral and do not expect one this year. Waiting is hard, but I keep reminding myself that God adopted us by causing His son to be born and live as a man for 30 years, finally suffering and dying and being resurrected. It was a lot of pain, patience, and love and had been orchestrated since the beginning of time for OUR GOOD! I'm thankful to have Tate as a daily reminder of how good the good ending to adoption is. The wait and process is long and painful, but the end is most definitely worth it.
Here are a couple of pictures from a trip out to Washington D.C. for my friend's wedding. Tate did great, although he was a little mommy-starved and broke out crying when the wedding party recessed and I was leaving - again :-)