Monday, July 26, 2010

A Texas Sized Hug in Ethiopia!

I'm from Texas and it always cracks me up when I meet someone from afar who's never been here and they just assume they can pop over to any town in our state like it's such a quick trip. But in reality I can leave my home in Texas, drive for 8 hours, and still be in Texas!

But, that's pretty much the way I treated Ethiopia.

We're going to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the capital city of Ethiopia twice some time in the next 8 months (God willing!).

When news first broke that we'd now have to travel twice to complete the adoption of our daughter when Ethiopia used to only require adoptive families to travel once, after the initial disappointment over the added expense and effort, I began to see positives. Like, we'd get to spend more time in our daughter's birth country. And maybe we'd get to see Mathews!

Mathews is a boy we sponsor through Compassion International, financially providing for him to have food, clean water, medical care, education, and teaching about Jesus. We also write to let him know we are thinking about him and praying for him, caring for him from the other side of the world.

He lives in Ethiopia, so I reasoned since we're going twice, each time for a week, surely we can see him while we're there!

But, like Texas, Ethiopia's a big place and we discovered Mathews lived near Awassa, a city pretty far from Addis Ababa, and thinking roads would be bad in Ethiopia we were deflated and thought that meeting Mathews probably couldn't happen. And the idea was moved to the back-burner.

Until last week, when I noticed some of the first families to have to make two trips to Ethiopia had gone on their first trip (there was a period of time where families who were well into the process were grandfathered in and only had to do the one trip). So, I clicked over to one family's blog to try to learn more about what that 1st trip (where you testify in court and meet your child but cannot bring them home) looked like. And as I saw things like "free day" in their agenda I dared to hope and pray again that we'd get to see Mathews.

The day after I began the prayer, I was reading this blogger's description of her time in Ethiopia a couple months ago adopting her precious twin boys through the same agency we're using, and lo and behold she wrote about a side trip they did to Awassa from Addis Ababa! It was a 6 hour trip over a good road with amazing sceanery along the way. And I got so excited realizing it was possible to make the trip!

Then 2 days later I was reading this blogger who is doing an internship in Ethiopia for the summer and reading to kids at the Gladney Foster Care Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and she wrote about a trip she took to Awassa!

And just tonight I read about another adoptive family who made the trip from Addis Ababa to Awassa and highly recommended it!

God blows me away with His attention to the details!

Here I am thinking it's not possible to make the trip and in the week after I pray about it, I "happen upon" the stories of 3 different families/people from the United States who made that drive!

Mathews is the same age as my oldest son. He'll turn 8 this fall on my exact birthday. His picture hangs on our refrigerator. And to be able to see him in person? To be able to hug his neck and show him with our presence how much we care? Hand deliver him a backpack of goodies? Well, that would just be awesome!

Now, there are still hurdles to clear before this dream can be reality. Compassion says they need 8 weeks notice before your travel date and we may not have 8 weeks from the time we find out our travel date until we need to travel and our dates can change if there is a glitch in the Ethiopian court system. And there are tons of other details about this travel and adoption where we are already asking God to do huge things.

But, my God is big, really big, and I'm daring to pray!

This post is part of the Moms' 30-Minute Blog Challenge.


  1. Wonderful story! I hope and pray it works out ~ After all, God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine!


  2. Oh wow, that would be so exciting! We adopted our son from Guatemala 3 years ago and though they didn't require two trips, many people highly recommended it and we were able to make it happen. It was absolutely amazing being in Guatemala both times. We loved it! So very excited for you!!

  3. So amazing. God's hand is so evident in your plans. Praying it will happen for you!

  4. That would be so cool; praying God makes it possible.

  5. God is good and I love his attention to detail -AWESOME for both you and Matthew.
    I have to admit that I am glad we only had to make one trip to bring our son home, it is a long flight. However, Ethiopia is beautiful and the food is yummy!
    Amy @ Missional Mama

  6. Good luck! My girl is all the way in Rwanda so I don't think I'll get to go see her, but I hope you do get to see Mathews while you are out there :)

  7. "God does blow me away with his attention to details..." Many times, He is not in the thunder, but in the whisper...

    Both of my girls are adopted, my oldest from China, my youngest through a domestic family member adoption. Their birthdays are both on the 8th day of the month. In China, we were family # 8 in our travel group, and in Chinese culture, the #8 is considered a lucky number similar to the #7 in our culture. We are lucky indeed...

  8. Stopping by from Tuesday's Unwrapped

  9. over here from Tuesdays... what a life you lead, friend. God is good.

  10. Its funny how things unfold exactly as they should... Can't wait to hear what happens!

    I'm stopping by through Steady Mom's 30 Minute Challenge. I hope you'll do the same! You can find me @


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