We are the Snyder family and ... we are different

This is the story of our journey to our daughter in Ethiopia. God is preparing our family for her and preparing her heart to come home to her family. We chose the difficult road of trusting and obeying God. It is worth every step!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Birthday

Today our Aliya Wefe Snyder turns 5 years old.  I was really hoping that we would either be home with her or at least be in country with her on her birthday but God has a different plan that I know is far better than mine.  There are several families from our traveling group that are either on their way or are in Ethiopia right now and I had honestly debated about whether or not to leave with them and let Dustin come when we actually got cleared.  In fact, Dustin knows me so well that when he saw me packing up dontations and things a week ago he asked if I had plans to leave soon.  We've been married too long, he knows my every move lol ;)  Well God told me that it wasn't the right time yet so we will wait until that time comes.  Fortunately, we did get submitted to embassy on Wednesday May 25th.  PRAISE THE LORD!  So that means we are finally in the last stage of waiting.  We are just waiting to get cleared by the embassy and awaiting our embassy appointment.  Once we get our clearance we will be on a plane and on our way to get our little girl in our arms forever!  The appointments in June are quickly filling up and from what others have said June 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 9th are already full.  We will just have to see how quickly they can get us processed and approved.

It's interesting that eventhough she has never been in our home it feels like she is missing.  At the same time finally getting to this last stage of waiting seems so surreal.  I can't believe that very soon we will actually have her here.  There are so many different emotions and thoughts floating through my head during this last stage.  I wouldn't trade it for anything though :)  Continue to pray for us as we prepare for her homecoming.  When we come home we will need some time to recuperate from our trip and adjusting to a new person in the house.  Depending on how the transition goes you may or may not see us for a while.  We ask that you not hold Aliya, comfort her or give her food for a while so that she will understand that mommy and daddy will fulfill her needs.  When children are used to so many caretakers they don't latch onto one in particular.  We want her to latch onto us.  It will be temporary but we just ask that you respect our wishes and help us to make the attachment with her as smooth as possible.  Thank you so much for your help through this journey and for your prayers.  Without the support of our friends and family we wouldn't be able to do this.

We won't be missing another birthday with her ;)