Our first prayer that we taught Mamo: "Thank you Jesus. Amen."
Then about a week ago we added: "Thank you Jesus. Thank you for daddy, for Mommy, for Robby, for Caitlin, and for Mamo. Amen"
Tonight he prayed: "Thank you Jesus. Thank you for daddy, for Mommy, for Robby, for Caitlin, and for Mamo. Amen" (a few seconds later he added...) and mommy, "for makena too." (that is our car) "and houses. Amen."
Do we thank God for our car and our home or do we take that for granted? Where Mamo comes from very few own cars. Some that are fortunate have a cart and a horse. Most walk everywhere to get anywhere. Imagine walking hours to get water and then hours to bring it home. He is from a very small village near the Sudan border, 12 hours from the capital of Ethiopia. Before going to the orphanage in Addis Ababa he lived with his father, who was an older man, who was disabled, didn't own a home and they relied on others to care for them. Think mud huts and dirt floors. He still sleeps with the covers over his head, which is what they did to keep the bugs off of their faces..think mosquitoes and malaria.Mamo is still in amazement that we have a car and that he has a house.
My prayer tonight: Yes, Jesus. Our cup runneth over. Thank you for ALL of our family, for your blessings and for our CAR and for our HOUSE. Thank you for the perspective of that amazing 3 year old boy. Bless his father tonight and bring him comfort and peace. God, bless the 163 Million orphans tonight that weren't picked today and that don't have a family. God, bless the men and women that are trying to provide homes for these children and bring their children home soon and safely! And please open the hearts lord of those who are stuggling to answer YOUR call to adopt. I'm on my knees lord, that somehow they would all be picked tomorrow. AMEN.
Feel free to use anything that you find useful on this blog. We are all in this together, all trying to advocate for the orphan and raise awareness of the need to ADOPT. I am not trying to attach my name to anything, just trying to bring attention to the fatherless.
We are a family that has truly been blessed! Phil and I were married 9 years ago and we NOW have 3 amazing children! Robby is 15 and Caitlin is age 13, and Mamo age 5. God sent Robby and Caitlin into our lives shortly after we were married and each moment has been a joyous one! In December 2010, we adopted our youngest from Ethiopia, Africa. We are a family who has been created by adoption and have been blessed beyond measure! I have the most amazing husband in the world...Philip you are my ROCK and my BEST friend! :)
July 20 Met Daniel Mamo in Ethiopia on Mission Trip with Ordianry Hero
July 21 Phil says YES and schedules Homestudy AppointmentJuly 24-Robby and I Return Home from Ethiopia
Jul 29 FIRST Homestudy Visit
July 29 Sue with CCI agrees that we may pursue Mamo!
Sept 8 Dossier completed and submitted
Sept 9 I-600a completed and sumbitted
Sept 20 - Daniel receives care package from us and learns he we are coming to him to be his FOREVER family!!
Sept 28 Ethiopian Courts RE-OPEN!!
Sept 28 Payne/Mamo case submitted to the ET courts Oct 12 Received FIRST Court Date of Nov 10th! Travel booked! Woo hoo!
Oct 19th Fingerprinting Appointment for I600-A Nov 4 Begin Journey to Ethiopia Nov 10 Court Date in Ethiopia - WE PASSED!!!!
Nov 12 Come home! Praying to go back SOON to bring him home FOREVER!! Nov 22 Mamo's Birth Certificate issued!
Nov 29th Mamo's Medical Clearance and Passport Issued Dec 8 Receive email that we have been cleared for travel for Embassy appt Dec 16 Dec 13 Begin Journey back to Ethiopia Dec 16 US Embassy Appointment Dec 19 Return HOME as a family of 5 Forever!!!