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Friday, June 22, 2012

Esther Favor in the Court!

Esther was pretty stoked about Mommy's purse matching her outfit for court this morning.

And Mommy, anticipating a longer-ish day, decided flats were going to win out over heels, so a new color scheme was necessary.

We didn't quite anticipate 8 hours in a court house.....that got a little boring for Esther, but she knows how to rock a nap!  She took a big one in her stroller and then decided she wanted another one on my lap.

We took a lot of potty breaks while waiting thanks to my pea-sized bladder which gave Esther lots of times to practice "water is not scary!" 

But after it was all said and done....we were all grinning from ear to ear because God did some crazy miracles in the court!  Esther has such FAVOR on her life and it manifested today in ways that took our breath away.  We had heard many, many stories about this judge.  Many seemed to leave his court room crying.  And we prayed for him.  Like not "and God bless the judge amen" type prayers but pretty specific things.  And he started off refusing to listen to our case on account of our family size.  And we ended with him prophesying blessing, long life, and provision for our family.  

He grilled me (he only calls on the women to testify) for a very long time and it was like a Holy Spirit flow of stuff coming from my mouth.  I couldn't stop grinning through the whole thing, I was so aware of God at work.  At one point he stopped and looked at me for a long time and asked, "Who prepped you on how to answer these questions?" and I had no reply except "God!" Then this muslim man starts declaring that God has given us 80 years of full life already in our 37 but he was going to give us many, many more and that He was working through us and our family.  He said we were an example.  We were all laughing and grinning (I think he dragged out the trial simply because he was enjoying himself!)  and he said he never does this but he was going to give us the oral ruling this Wednesday instead of waiting longer like he usually does.  The social worker, the lawyer, the judge's helpers, all of us left the courtroom just about dancing.  It was a complete turn around, just like from the book of Esther.  

There are a lot of book of Esther similarities that have happened along the way with this adoption.  One more example was the divine delay of our FBI fingerprints.  It's a part of the homestudy that should get done as the same time as all the other back ground checks but "for some reason" ours got lost....for months! We couldn't mail our homestudy in until they were cleared.  But not mailing our homestudy in was a blessing in disguise.  (they miraculously "found" our prints just a few days before we flew out here to meet Esther the first time)  We were told to just bring it over in person.  We had told them we had experience parenting a child with seizures and one that was non-verbal, but we never revealed our number of children.  We didn't hide anything, it just never came up.  Kind of like Queen Esther didn't really reveal all until just the right time. 

 I now know that had we had our fingerprints done "on time" and our home study been mailed in we would have been outright rejected as suitable to adopt Esther.  But God, creative GENIUS that He is, had everyone meet us in person and judge us based on the content of our character and not the numerical nuttiness that is ours!  WOO HOO!!!  I think hearts are changing and people are seeing that a large family equals large amounts of experience.  And getting rid of that scarcity mentality that says there is never enough. (time, money, resources, etc)  God is into abundance!  To quote Mother Teresa, to say there are too many children is like saying there are too many flowers.  What we need is more people willing to parent more children.  

One question the judge had was how was it that I wasn't tired and worn out from so many children.  After all, the man just has to "donate the seed" and then moves on with his life.  I explained that with Brad, nothing could be further from the truth.  He was the most hands-on Dad I knew and came home from work every night looking for ways to bless and serve his wife and children.  As if to testify to the fact that she has a rock star Daddy.....Esther saved her biggest smile of the day for him!  

Psalm 68:3-6
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds---his name is the Lord--and rejoice before him.  A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families.


Shauna said...

Praise the LORD!!!! What a beautiful beautiful FAITHFUL God we serve. GOd tells us not to worry about our words when before judges….. he sure showed that through you today!

Crazystitcher said...

Found your story through Love's blog. We have our own little African miracle. Teary-eyed today as I read your happy news! Congrats. May God continue to bless Esther and your family!

love said...

sweet Jesus!! seriously. what can we do but praise?!?!

i was imagining it all today [before reading this] and totally felt this favor that we've expected because of whose plan this really is, but geez it is fun to read. having been in court so much there, i can see it all happening and the judge almost enjoying himself! i love it.

praying all the way HOME! love you.

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Janice Walker said...

Nothing to say but smile. He is so good.

Anonymous said...

I am crying. God is so good. SO good that someone from a different country and a differnt faith who sees people at their worst for a living had to say "Yah...that's God." I am so happy for you all but I have to say I can't even imagine it having turned out any other way. And you couldn't either and that's why it couldn't have. I can't wait to meet Esther. It is another example of how intelligence is not the measure of soul...Your family are rockstars of faith, certainly, but look what Esther called forth though her, what was created through her life all dopey and non-verbal and traumatized. Her soul could speak to God. It said 'yes' to His miracle, before her tounge was loose. Praise Jesus!

Bridgette said...

Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him!

Karen said...

I love you all. What a JOY to read and follow the story of Esther! xoxo

Janet said...

Praising God! What a miracle I have seen unfold!Cannot what until Wed. Praying! Blessings to you in the name of Jesus! Janet

Lara said...

Oh my word! Jenny, this is so amazing! Totally a God thing.

MamaSparrow said...

Awesome! I didn't expect anything less :)

Love you all.


Cyndy said...

Hi Jenny...we had the same judge and we were the last family of the day...he almost didn't hear our case but God prevailed and I too felt the Holy Spirit giving me words as I answered. I came away actually liking him and respecting him so much for how much he cares about Ug@nda's children. We sat in that very same room and then in the very same courtroom/office...I think God has sat there A LOT too...sat and watched over His precious ones, suffering them to come unto Him. Praise God for what He has done in Esther's life.

Anna said...

You don't know me, but I'm in love with Watson at Esther's orphanage, and have been basically trying to adopt him since I went on a trip with Love in February of 2011. Anyway, been praying for you and love this update. God is good, indeed.

thecurryseven said...

God is into abundance. This is absolutely the best thing I've read all day.

Praising God with you!

AnaLisa said...

Hi! I met Esther in Feb. 2012 and am so blessed by this story and her beautiful smiles and pictures of you guys together. God bless! -AnaLisa

Shonni said...

Been praying for this little swettie for years. Praise the LORD for this.