Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy First Birthday Julianne!!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son,
and give Him the glory, great things He hath done!

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son;
but purer, and higher, and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.


Since Ethiopia is nine hours ahead of us, it is Julianne's birthday (June 16th)!!!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to fill you guys in on our adoption journey over the last three weeks. As most of you know, we had our first court date on May 21st. Our caseworker called us at 11:00 a.m. on the 21st to let us know that there was a delay in our case. Julianne's uncle, who had custody of her when she was placed in the orphanage, had to travel back to his hometown (SEVEN hours away) to correct the problem. Little did we know, this would be one of many trips her uncle would make between his hometown and Addis Ababa over the next few weeks. His faithfulness and love for Fanos (Julianne) is so inspiring and beautiful. We can't wait to tell her about him one day. He has literally spent days traveling back and forth getting documents corrected and attending local and federal court. We are so thankful for everything he has done for our family. We are hoping to meet him while we are in Ethiopia.

We received almost daily updates of our case's progress. Each day we were encouraged it would only be a few more days...until Monday, June 8th. Our agency called us the previous Friday to tell us that the electricity was out in Addis and they didn't know what happened at court that day. On Monday, they called to tell us that because of the circumstances, our case was closed for the time being. We still had a slim hope that we might get good new on Friday and still be able to travel in July, but because of many factors, we didn't really expect that to happen. Two days later, on Wednesday morning, our caseworker called and said that we passed court and were cleared to travel to pick up our daughter in a week and a half!!! It was nothing short of a miracle!!! With God, all things are possible!!!

We are leaving THIS Saturday to meet our youngest daughter, Julianne Fanos!!! We are so thankful to the generous families that traveled before us and took pictures and videos of our baby and we would love to pay it forward. If you have a referral and would like us to take pictures while we are there, email me your child's name and picture to neilandamyarnold@yahoo.com.

We are ecstatic to introduce you to our baby, Julianne:

21 comments:

Nadra said...

Happy Birthday Julianne.

So happy for your family Amy. Can't wait to follow along on your journey. The pictures and the video are great. She is simply gorgeous.

Heather said...

OH I saw your post on FB this morning before my 6 am walk. What a testimony to God & His ways! Super thrilled for you guys & safe travels. What a beautiful child. So happy & full of life! What a blessing.

God's Speed to your little one!
Heather M.

Jessica said...

She is BEAUTIFUL! Congrats and have a safe trip!

Jena said...

Amy, she is beautiful!! Have a great trip this weekend. We will be praying for you.

Dianna said...

Thank you for sharing pictures of your beautiful daughter! As I said on FB, I am THRILLED for you!

The Jennings said...

Happy Birthday Julianne! Have a safe and wonderful trip. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Gretchan

Doo said...

You are so blessed! Everyone was gushing over Fanos and she was just taking it all in. She's absolutely breath taking! I wish you the best trip, can you put me in one of your suitcases by any chance!? I miss it!!!

ourfamilyfun said...

Happy Birthday!! Ok so you are gone?? My days are mixed up! I am so excited for you and CAN'T WAIT to see a picture of you holding her. God is SO good!!!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday sweet little girl!!!

We are thrilled for all of you. Can't wait to follow along this journey with you.

The Garners said...

Oh Amy--her beautiful eyes!!!! I'm SOOO happy for you guys and cannot wait to meet her. She will soon know what a PERFECT place God has chosen for her in your precious home! Happy Travels--I'll be thinking about y'all!!!!!! Congratulations!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday dear Julianne,

I'm so glad that you will soon be in Arkansas with your family.

msl said...

Julianne absolutely gorgeous!!! Congratulations!!!!! Safe & joyful travels to your new daughter!!

The Yanceys said...

Happy Birthday sweet baby girl! I watched your video and just cried and cried. Julianne is so lucky to have you as a mommy. One day she will fully understand the blessings that God has given her. I am so excited for you guys. She and Livi will be great friends. We will be praying for you while you travel. Please let us know of any needs!

Tracy said...

What sweet video! Julianne is a beautiful name for a beautiful baby girl. :)

Happy birthday, Julianne!

Lisa said...

Crying tears of joy for you, Amy! I can't wait to meet Julianne in person!!

Jason and Erin said...

Oh, she is so beautiful! You and she are so blessed to have each other! How exciting!!!

Heather said...

Safe travels!

Kim said...

She is precious!!!

Tiffany said...

Happy birthday, Julianne!

She is an absolutely beautiful addition to your already beautiful family. I started crying at your description of her uncle's dedication to getting her placed with you all, and cried even harder with the wonderful video you posted. Congratulations!!!

Willis said...

She has the most beautiful brown eyes and sweet pouty lips. How wonderful it will be to see all three of your daughters together. They are all so beautiful!

Heather

emily said...

Happy Birthday! She is so beautiful.