Each year on Mother's Day I am so full of hope, and I think, "Maybe next year he will be home!" I'm going to go ahead and dare to dream that next Mother's Day we will be a family of 5.
This year, however, is a little different. Although, tomorrow will be a sweet celebration with our girls, this Mother's Day is the most difficult one in our adoption journey. Within the last few weeks, Ethiopia has suspended all international adoption work- without warning, without a given reason, and without a time-frame. There are many rumors and pieces of information we've heard surrounding this suspension, but all that we really know right now is that things are suspended and children are not being approved to leave the country.
What this means for the future of our adoption from Ethiopia is unknown at this time. Unknown. Is there a word that more easily evokes unnecessary anxieties and worries? I doubt it. There are millions of questions weighing on our hearts. When will the suspension end? WILL it end? What steps will be added to the adoption process when/if it continues? How much longer will we have to wait? What will we do if the suspension turns into a full closure? (I can't even bring myself to say that last question aloud.)
With every question, weighing on us, there are also truths that resonate in our hearts and minds: This suspension did not take God by surprise. He put it on our hearts to adopt from Ethiopia. He has paved our way through all of the ups and downs of this 1,513 day adoption process so far. (Including, but not limited to, allowing us to be approved for multiple adoption grants in the last month, which will completely take care of every single penny we need to complete this adoption.) His timing is perfect. His ways are higher than our ways. God has a plan and a purpose.
With everything in us, we want God's plan and purpose to be a little boy from Ethiopia in our arms with the last name of Mackey. And we would like that soon, please. Ultimately, though, we pray in Jesus name, "Thy will be done" and prayerfully ask for strength, guidance, and trust in Him all along the way.
How can you help?
-Pray that Ethiopian officials would make the best decisions for orphans in their country.
-Pray that the 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia would be placed into families (family reunification, domestic, or international).
-Pray that God would soften the hearts of Ethiopian officials opposed to international adoption, if it is the child's only chance to be loved and cared for by a family.
-Pray that we would receive a referral/match for our son this summer. (This is our "Sun Stand Still Prayer" [Joshua 10], as it seems humanly impossible right now.)