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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Sweet Moriah: Coming Home

Here we are in Guatemala. Moriah is doing well. We got her around 12:30 today. We have our US Embassy appointment tomorrow and then Gloria, (Moriah's foster mom) is going to bring her children over to the hotel to go swimming. Thank you to everyone for praying for us and getting us to this point of finally being able to bring Moriah home. We will be coming home on Tuesday, after we receive her papers that she will need to travel.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Lilypie 1st Birthday Ticker

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Moriah Is Coming Home!
Today we found out that our file was approved by the US Embassy and we will be traveling next Wednesday, November 29 to go pick up Moriah from Guatemala. We have an appointment on Friday with the US Embassy and then will have to wait until Monday to receiver her final paperwork... Then on Tuesday December 5 we will make our way back to Dallas! These past few weeks have been hard for us--- trying to be patient through all of the trials. We are so blessed by God to be able to take part in this beautiful girl's life.
Thank you all for your prayers! Please continue to pray as Moriah transitions from her foster mom's house in Guatemala to our home in Dallas. Can't wait to go get her and for all of you to meet her!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Waiting on Moriah
I thought I would update you all on Moriah. After "supposedly" being rejected by the US Embassy last Tuesday due to a form being dated in the wrong spot.... Our file was resubmitted today. If everything goes well we should hear on Wednesday as to the date we will travel to Guatemala to pick Moriah up! I have included a few pictures of Moriah's room for you all to see.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Well we thought that we would be leaving Sunday to go to Guatemala to pick up Moriah, but it seems there has been a delay. We were waiting for the US Embassy to assign us an appointment date, but instead they kicked our file out. It seems on a particular form in our file they wanted the date under our signatures instead of beside. Also, it appears someone checked one of the boxes on the form after we sent it making have some incorrect info...which is kind of scarry! Anyway we just sent the new form to Guatemala by FedEx and hoping our file can be submitted by Thursday. If this does happen we should know by Monday what day our appointment will be. We are just kind of sad since we thought we would have her in our arms by this time next week. We will keep praying and trusting God for his perfect timing!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Shower at DBU
On November 10, 2006 Dallas Baptist University hosted a wonderul shower for Moriah. Over the past few years Misty and I have been so blessed by our friendships at Dallas Baptist Univeristy. We want to say thank you to each person for praying for us and blessing our lives so much! We also want to send a special thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Cook!!! Misty spent the day yesterday putting together Moriah's room. Can't wait for her to be here.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Moriah's file is Approved!!!
Our agency just called me and confirmed that our file was approved by Victor Barrios, (attorney General in Guatemala) today!!! We are so happy, but I wish Misty were here, who is away on a business trip--- to share the excitement with! We praise God for working this miracle for us and letting little Moriah's case come out after 6 weeks in his office.
So what's next. Moriah has to get a new birth certificate with our last name on it and her passport from the US Embassy. This could take between 1-3 weeks. We are praying to be able to pick her up before thanksgiving!=-)
Thank you all so much for your prayers through this rough waiting period! We are so grateful to have such great family and friends! I know we can't wait to have Moriah home, and she is so ready to meet you all!!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

four months old!!!
Well, Moriah turned four months old today. I can't believe that it has already been 2 months since we have seen her. We miss her like crazy! These pictures were taken on Friday, November, 3. We received them today. We continue to pray that she will be home with us soon! Misty and I were excited to see that some of the pictures were taken in the chair that we got for her.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Showers/Preparation/ And Waiting
Today, we were so blessed by all of our friends we know from DTS. Dana, (our wonderful neighbor) hosted a fabulous shower for Moriah at Swiss Tower, (the housing we live in at Dallas Theological Seminary)! Thank you so much Dana for making us feel so special!!! We had great food, time with friends, and a fun game. Also, thank you to every one who attended and for your continual prayers. We are so blessed by all of our wonderful friends!
Currently, we are still waiting for Moriah to get out of the attorney General's office. We really hoped and prayed that it would be last week... Since, Kris has a 2 week break for Thanksgiving, it would be wonderful if we could bring Moriah home then, so he can make the pick-up trip. We know that this timing is still possible with God! But at times it is discouraging in this waiting process.
After we receive word that Moriah's file has been signed off by the attorney General, (Victor Barrios), we will be able to pick her up in about 1-2 weeks from that point.
Thanks again for everyone's prayers and continual support. We will update everyone when we receive the good news that Moriah is out... But until then we will keep praying!!!

Look at all of the great FOOD!
Dana-(Our Wonderful Hostess)!