Thursday, July 30, 2009

NOT 7-31-09

Today we heard news that we will not make it through court tomorrow. MOWA is requesting another document. We pretty much thought that after 15 months of searching out documents that we had everything. No. Gladney will go to court tomorrow with the plan of getting a new court date. Not sure when new court date can be expected or how long this additional document may take to get. We anticipate a call from Jessica with an update tomorrow.

We are so stinkin’ frustrated and terribly terribly disappointed.
We thought we actually had a chance this time. We thought wrong…

Hearts broken again,
smj out

Monday, July 27, 2009


HOLY SMOKES - We're shocked and thankful for the news we received this morning...

(yes, that's this Friday)

Like I always say, slow and steady wins the race...

GO ROCKY GO!!! Everybody hum that theme song!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

NOT ON 7-24-09

Ever feel like Rocky? Like you continually get the crap beat out of you?!? Ugh! Ok- we're down, but not out!

To give it to you straight - -
Court date not happening.
Don't know when it will.
Hope to have more details next week.

As we've been reminded...Rocky won in the end...

love to all,

Sunday, July 19, 2009


So....we're just hangin' out...

You know, not much going on...


Doing what we do....


Pray for my patience and sanity this week, will ya?!?

love to all,
smj out

Sunday, July 12, 2009


I don’t often admit to being afraid. And as the days slowly go by, admittedly and vulnerably I find myself feeling some fear. Fear that things will not happen on the same time line I have imagined in my mind. Why? The timeline in my mind was blown to pieces months ago! But, man, we are so close. Perhaps that is why I am more afraid now. I let my mind wander…some of you may know how that works… If only the process wasn't so unpredictable! My dear Chad is so much more level-headed where this is concerned. “Susan, it’ll happen when it happens.” I try to hear that and feel that inside, but many times, my mind runs wildly away! I want it to happen on MY time! Not good!

"The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18). However I am not perfect, and thank goodness God knows it. Thank goodness he spread tons of words of encouragement against fear throughout the bible. He reminds me to “fear not.”

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, surely I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Ok then. I will read and re-read this post several times over the next few days. I will work to let go, and put my trust in the hands of the officials in Ethiopia, to trust their timeline, that they will use their hearts to accomplish amazing things for our family and so many other families, to trust in God.

Ok then!

smj out

PS - Prayers for safe travels for Chad while he is in Haiti this week!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Deep breaths - - - we are now waiting on
July 24.
That's our court date.
One foot in front of the other - faithfully waiting on life-changing beautiful news.
Oh boy...
Deep breaths!
love to all,
smj out

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Document 3 is in hand - for real!

We're waiting on a court date - for real!

Jessica says we shouldn't expect to hear anything for a couple weeks - for real! TORTURE!

Heart's pounding, tummy's doing flip flops...

smj out

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