Friday, November 6, 2009

Signature of the Divine

There are two kinds of good news. The kind that makes you jump for joy and squeal and the kind that makes you fall to your knees and weep. Yesterday we got the latter. I’m still crying.

For 27 months we’ve been trying to convince two governments that a boy named Danilo is our son. We got a phone call yesterday that the Guatemalan government recognizes and approves what God ordained since the beginning of time.

This is nothing short of a miracle. There have been so many times over the past 2+ years that made it look like this adoption would never happen. From problems with paperwork, to hearings needed, to watching the Hague Convention door close only to find out we were standing on the wrong side.

Even our recent good news of finding out we were finally in family court was followed by an announcement that the Guatemalan courts would be starting Christmas holidays on Monday . . . half of them. We had just gotten in yet there was a 50/50 chance that our court would be taking a break from Nov. 9 to Dec. 4 OR we might be fortunate enough to get one breaking from Dec. 14 to Jan. 14. We knew that if our court was taking the earlier break, there was no chance for our son to be home by Christmas and if we got the later break, the chance was still very slim.

We had a very Pepto weekend waiting and hoping and praying. Monday we got good news that our court would be taking the later break. But we knew that our file had to be perfect. If there were any problems with our paperwork, if just one document needed correcting, then a Christmas homecoming just wouldn’t be possible. From what we’ve seen the past several months, it usually takes 2 to 3 months to get through family court. But we were hoping and praying for a miracle anyway.

And to add more pressure to this mama with an ulcer, when I was visiting D. a couple weeks ago, we went shopping. I took him down the toy aisle to get ideas and asked what he wanted for Christmas. He looked longingly at the bikes and studied a remote control car. And then he looked at me with those big eyes and said, “Christmas at home in Georgia . . . Yes?” My eyes welled up with tears. I wished my answer could have been “absolutely” but as we approached November, Christmas didn’t look possible. I answered with, “We are doing everything we can to get you home, buddy.”

So Brad gets on a plane yesterday to visit Danilo. We’ve been trading off since June, spending a week per month with him so he wouldn’t think we had forgotten about him. Yesterday I decided to pray and fast--for our adoption, for my husband flying through a tropical storm, and for the adoptions of many precious children and their families who are also trying to get their gifts of life home. We were hoping to get a meeting with our family court judge--if he could see our son (D. has a face that’s hard to say no to) then perhaps he would show grace when reviewing our file.

Our attorney called yesterday afternoon. I thought it was to tell us that he wasn’t able to get Brad a meeting. Instead he said, “I have good news. Your file has been approved.” I think I asked, “For what?” (Cut me some slack. I haven’t slept all week and hadn’t eaten all day.)

He continued, “I talked with the secretary and the judge, they reviewed your file and we discussed it at length. . . . They approved your adoption. You’re done! He is legally yours!”

I just sat there stunned. It was too wonderful to even believe. Everything about our case has been so hard, yet this one step, the step that decided whether or not our son would finally get to spend Christmas with a family after 9 years . . . was miraculously done in 3 days instead of 3 months. The tears began to flow.

I told Olivia, Ava and Brady that their brother was finally coming home. There was much rejoicing--we all did our happy dance. Brad got to tell Danilo that he is forever our son. He said it was such a sweet and emotional moment. He was grateful that he was able to be there to tell him in person and see his precious smile.

So what this means is that we have another 4 to 6 weeks of final paperwork and certifications to get his new birth certificate, US Visa, and passport. It’s not a sure thing until he walks off that plane, but it is very possible he’ll be home by Christmas.

Thanks to all of you for your prayers and encouragement throughout this journey. Please keep them coming till he is finally home. Thanks to an angel attorney named Marco, to many in Guatemala who have worked so hard on our case, and to a family court judge who just granted us one of the best Christmas gifts ever.

(I just had to add a new song to the playlist in celebration of this news. After 27 months of waiting for many signatures, we finally got the only one that really matters, God’s miraculous “Signature of the Divine.” We have certainly seen His mighty hand throughout our adoption. Our victory song is by Need to Breathe and we’ve been singing it around here to the top of our lungs.)

Overwhelmed with Joy,


Jennifer said...

Kathy that is the most absolute amazing news ever! Your post made me cry for joy for you!! WOW! Amazing! God is great that is for sure!
Jennifer MacKinnon

never-tease-a-weasel said...

I am so thrilled for you...I am beyond words, my precious friend. God is so good...I'm sure we'll eventually look back and understand his perfect timing. I can't wait for the Christmas pictures from the Williams this year!

Shea Gilbert said...

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you hear me from Cali? I wish I could be at the airport. I remember sitting in the Fingerprint waiting area with you guys.....looking at you thinking, "they must be here for the same reason we are" and to have the connection of Perimeter.....So glad to still be in contact to hear the developing story God has for your lives. Oh my. What amazing news!!!!!!

heidih said...

Yay!!!!! Crying tears of joy for you all!! such a beautful miracle from God and so glad Brad could be there to tell D the news. God bless your family!

William said...

Girl, I still have chills when I think about the miracle our great God did for all of you. When He works mightily, He wants to make sure there is no doubt. And there is NO DOUBT He did this great and wondrous thing. I can't wait to meet our new neighbor. I am already worrying that I will completely overwhelm him by loving him and squeezing him up first thing. Love, Sharon

Myers party of six said...

I'll never forget the joy on Ava's face when she told me yesterday. We are weeping with joy, pryaing him home and praising a GREAT and MIGHTY God who loves your son so much that he chose a most PRECIOUS famiy for him!

Can't wait to meet him!

ANDREA said...

Kathie & Brad...
Words cannot even begin to express my feelings of joy here!! I am so over the moon and cannot stop crying (especially after this post)!!! I have prayed daily for this boy and for your family and now he's finally coming home!! I am praying the next few steps come just as easy as they did for Kylie's case and that Danilo will be home in just a few short weeks...I say 3 :) We love you and are so very happy for you all. Hugs and kisses to you and your family!!! Love, Andrea (and Dave and Kylie too)

ANDREA said...

Mr Danilo,
I cannot tell you how happy we are that you are finally coming home to your mami, papi, Oliva, Ava and your pal Brady! We have prayed for you for so long and we are so happy God has answered everyones prayers. Kylie (America) also prays for you every single day. Last night when we prayed...we prayed with tears in our eyes. Tears of Joy!!! We love you so much!

Love, Andrea

Mom Of Many said...

I am thrilled beyond words - overcome with tears of joy!! Yippee Jesus! Yippee Jesus! Yippee Jesus!! Go over to your window and youcan probablyhear the screaming we are doing over here in Colorado!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Lisa Williams said...

Danilo, our grandson, we are so HAPPY that you will finally be coming home. We can't wait to give you lots of hugs and kisses. What an extra special and wonderful Christmas we will have because you will be home! We thank Jesus that He has sent us you Danilo, our wonderful grandson. With all of our love - your PawPaw and Nana.

freschmann said...

In all things, God continually disciplines His children toward holiness. Learning to wait on Him is such a hard lesson, but can be sweet along the way. I know you guys have been living this out a long time. I am so grateful to God for His goodness in your lives. We look forward to Danilo's homecoming!

Kevin Schultz

Joey said...

Danilo, you are a very blessed little boy to have a family who loves you so much. You are a precious child and God has big plans for your life.

Very soon you will be home with your family and you will enjoy all that God has in store.

The McFaddens

Barbara said...

Brad and Kathie,
We are so thrilled for you all!! Let Danillo know that we can not wait for him to come and play at the Dirrim compound.
Love, Pat and Barb

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

Praise the LORD!

Christy Moore said...

woo hoo answered prayers! so exciting. We can't wait to have him as part of the family...OH HAPPY DAY.

Christy, Barry and Will

jody mcnatt said...

oh words right now. just completely overjoyed for the precious williams family...all SIX of you!

dlowry said...

Praise God! God is Awesome! All the Time!