We found out late last week that the Embassy submission date we were hoping for on Valentine's Day isn't going to be possible. Ellie's passport has not yet been received. It took me a good day to get over that disappointment. We want so much for Ellie to be home with us and each week that passes by without her here is hard. It's hard knowing that you have a daughter that is not here. There's things we want to do, but I do not feel right doing them (as a family) without her. So, we will continue to wait.
We are praying that we can get submitted to the Embassy next week.
In the meantime, we've been busy preparing for Elliana's arrival (in between birthday parties, of course!).
Here are a few pictures of what we've been up to :)
Canvas pieces for the girls' room -- One for each :) Ellie's has her name in Amharic. I think they both turned out wonderful! We ordered them from Canvas Heart. She does an awesome job and will put anything you want on the prints. For Ellie, we put Jeremiah 29:11 and for Faith we put Psalm 139:14.
We are excited to hang them in their room. We also put their names above their cribs. These are removable decals that we had personalized. Very easy to put up, and I think they turned out great too, except Faith's is a little bigger because her name is longer... but they still look OK. Oh, and as you can see, we have crib #2 up and ready and waiting. Can you see Ellie's framed puzzle above her crib? (don't worry -- it's out of her reach for now and it's in a acrylic frame with plexiglass)
|Faithlynn -- Our Little Miracle|
|Elliana -- Our Blessing From Above|
We also were able to purchase a double-stroller, thanks to my awesome co-workers. Faith is all ready. Now all we need is "Sissy!"
Please continue to pray for Embassy submission next week. Then, it could maybe be 2 or 3 weeks until we hear back! Please pray for wisdom for the Embassy Officials reviewing our case as well.