ASTER is officially OUR LITTLE GIRL!!
Yesterday we spent the whole day on the beach, enjoying the moment we were in and trusting God for all that He was accomplishing far, far away in Africa. Since Ethiopia is seven hours ahead of us, by the time we went to the beach it was the end of the day in Addis.
During our picnic lunch we got the call!!! Susan from A.A.I. called to tell us all of Aster’s adoption paperwork was completely approved yesterday in court!!! She is ours! How sweet of God to have brought us to this place – not only spiritually but physically. That we were all together on a beach where we have made so many family memories was the perfect setting! We will never forget the day, the time and the place our lives changed forever. And there will be one more of those when we travel to get her – hopefully in late September or early October.
Aster came into our lives just over 2 months ago when we got a call on June 9th telling us that there was a baby girl who could be ours. This was a big shock since we had planned to adopt an older girl (4-8) or two. BUT GOD!!!
Here are photos of Aster we’ve been dying to share with you! God has done great things and we are filled with JOY!!!May 1, 2009 – The day Aster got to the orphanage. She was 6 months old and weighed only 8 lbs. She is so thin, so lethargic and very malnourished. We saw this frail child as evidence of a loving mother who couldn’t bare to see her baby die. I can only imagine her sorrow as she searched for help and sacrificially found for her baby the love and care she needed, that she as a mother could not provide.
June 25, 2009 – Hope TerKeurst holding Aster during a visit to the orphanage while she was on a 6-week missions trip to Ethiopia. It had only been 10 days since we accepted Aster’s referral. To read more about Hope’s visit click here.
July 11, 2009 -Isnt’ she beautiful? There is another amazing God-story about how we got this photo. I’ll share that one next week!
As you can see, our baby girl is doing so well – thriving in so many ways. Our favorite photo is the one at the top of this post where she is smiling so big. We’ve been told she is very sweet, calm, healthy and happy. Now what more could we ask for? (Although we did just find out she was treated for bronco pneumonia August 4th so please pray for her to be completely well and healed from that.)
Thank you friends for your prayers and your part in our little miracle. And THANK YOU my sweet Jesus for Your favor and grace. I am humbled by all that you have done, are doing and will do!