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!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Anyone who is a FB friend of mine has probably been wondering when I would finally update our blog.  Well we just got home from a family trip to see our niece graduate high school in Kansas so I thought this would be as good of a time as any.  Six long weeks after our court date in Ethiopia, one prank phone call later and we finally passed court.  We are officially have a daughter Aliya Wefe Snyder.  I was on my way to Missional Mamas this last Wednesday morning when my phone starting vibrating.  Everytime it rings I have to remind myself that it is probably not AWAA and then think of who it probably is.  This time I was telling myself it was my husband.  It wasn't.  Now that does not mean that it was actually going to be good news because they have been calling us quite often with indifferent news and had just emailed me the previous day that they were still actively working on our case, but that's about it.  I was so nervous for her to tell me that we passed and we she did I asked her sort of joking but sort of seriously, "are you sure this time?"  She said that she was sure this time and I told her that if she called back that I was not going to answer :)  Anyway, you would have thought I would be jumping up and down for joy since we have been waiting for so long.  Unfortunately because of the mix-up from the previous week I was not excited at all.  I was still in shock and still very cautious with my feelings just in case something really did go wrong and we would be getting another dreaded phone call.  I didn't even say anything to the MM group until someone asked me about it specifically and when we prayed I thanked God for it.  The girls were sort of in shock when I said it but could understand my intrepidation with our last experience.  I didn't blast it on FB or to our traveling group or the yahoo group.  I was very subtle and sly with it.  On FB I just changed my profile pic to one of Aliya and within a matter of seconds (actually 2 seconds) another AWAA waiting momma spotted it and gave a big WOOOO!!!!!!!!!  Well the cat was sort of out of the bag at that point.  On our traveling group page there was so much good news.  Several families got submitted to embassy that day and another family got cleared to travel.  There were also two familes in Ethiopia picking up their children's visas to bring them home that day.  God was moving some mountains for our group.  I posted a congratulations to everyone and then at the end snuck in there, "btw add Snyder's to the waiting for embassy list".  It took a little while for people to catch it.  I just couldn't handle the rejection of posting it all over the place in big bold letters and then having to remove it, AGAIN!  I am finally over the shock of it and have more excitement.  We are on to almost the last stage of waiting.  We now have to have all of our paperwork submitted to embassy and then wait for clearance.  The US embassy just changed some policies for paperwork so I went ahead and had it all filled out, signed, notarized and mailed to a family that is going to Ethiopia on Tuesday to take it to the in-country staff.  I was glad that AWAA approved it because I had already sent it in the mail :)  Once we are submitted we wait for them to either open an investigation or to clear us for travel.  Then that is the last stage of waiting before we go get our girl and bring her home.  We are filled with excitement and anticipation as we wait!

Ok now I am going to switch gears just a little bit.  During our Missional Mamas meeting one of the girls had posted a link about pillowcase dresses from an organization that sends them to orphanages.  After some brainstorming we decided this would be a great project for us.  We are planning on having a booth down at farmer's market and we were looking for something new to sell there.  MM is going to have a buy one/give one project where you buy an adorable pillowcase dress and then MM will give one to an orphan.  Within the next 3 months there will be 3 different people travelling to Africa who can take these dresses with them and distribute them.  It's amazing how God works that out!  Now what that means is we need some donations of pillowcases and ribbon FAST!  If you would like to donate new or good used pillowcases of any size and/or ribbon of any width please email me and I will get you the information.  If you would like to make some pillowcase dresses and send them to us please email me as well.  We are so excited about this program and are eager to make lots of dresses and tops to sell and to take to Ethiopia with us.  If you would like to purchase a dress we are still in the beginning stages of this project but just as soon as I can I will post a link to purchase one.  Please leave a comment if you are interested.  Thank you again for all of your love and support.