If every day was like this one…

September 13th, 2011

…I would never get a stitch of work done!

I spent most of the morning fidgeting on pins and needles, checking and re-checking emails, until we received this note just now from our attorney~

“The Article 5 Letter is in my hands!!!! Praise the Lord!!!”

Folks, most of you have no conception of what a miracle this is.  Someday the whole story will have to be told.  I wish you could fully realize what this means about the power of God.

This. is. a. miracle!

Katie’s adoption can now proceed toward court.


Second Stage Documentation

1. Article 5 Letter issued from US Embassy in Katie’s country.  [DONE!]

2. Article 5 Letter filed with [Katie’s government] with second stage documents and dossier.  [They are expecting this and have assured our attorney they will expedite.]

3. Wait for two signatures to get [Katie’s government] approval.  [Same status as 2.] 

4. Court date is appointed.  [This is where we are focusing our next prayers, both for an early date and to be assigned a good judge.]

5. Court date is held.  [Bad judge=weeks or months more of delay; good judge=five minutes and done; “done” means “adoption is finalized!”]

6. Court order is issued, then one week for it to enter into force.

7. Seven more days to wait for the new birth certificate.

8. Schedule travel.


Celebrate with us today!  The LORD has shown us His power!!  Praise Him!!!

The Lord is King!
Lift up your voice, O earth;
And all ye heav’ns, rejoice:
From world to world the joy shall ring,
“The Lord omnipotent is King!” 



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28 Responses to “If every day was like this one…”

  1. Shauna says:

    Praying for an AWESOME judge!  Time to go get that little girl!!!

  2. alice says:

    He can move those mountains! PTL!

  3. Melissa says:

    Will be praying for a quick court date and an adoption friendly judge

  4. Jennifer Hall says:

    Our God is mighty to save. Rejoicing with you and praying for Katie’s Creator to continue throwing mountains into the sea.

  5. Christie says:

    WOOOOHOOOOOOOO AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I love September the 13th Susanna!!! 

  6. Kendra says:

    Praising the God of miracles today.  So happy for all of you! :)

  7. Kathy says:

    Praising the Lord with you.  Will continue to pray that the process from here goes quickly and smoothly.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Praising his “Holy Name” on your families behalf  

  9. Heather says:

    We will pray for a judge with a softened heart and a quick date.  Thank you for sharing and for letting us know what we can do to help!  Continually praying and sharing your story!

  10. sabrina says:

    Praying for a GOOD judge!!

  11. Emily says:

    I can’t wait! How soon do you think you can get her? 

  12. Aunt Carol says:

    PTL, but will continue praying.

  13. Joy McClain says:

    Praise God.  I hope sometime you CAN tell the whole story.
    Praying right now.
    Joy McClain

  14. Stacy Kirkus (daisylee) says:

    I’ve been following you for awhile, even though I don’t comment.  I have been so encouraged and challenged by your writing and what He is doing through you and your family. Praising Him with you, He is SO good!  Will continue praying for His mercy, and a great judge that will bring Katie home swiftly!

  15. Gail Kenyon says:

    Rejoicing in our Awesome God!!!!!!! I will continue praying for the specifics of Katie’s adoption!   She is getting so close to coming home!  I am so excited, I can hardly stand it!!!!!!!  I know that she is going to have a long road of recovery ahead of her, but she is going to be with her family that will love her, support her, and teach her about her Heavenly Father and His love for her! Praise the Lord for that!

  16. Joni says:

    I will certainly be praying for those specific things…I am just thrilled with all the mountains being moved to get your little Katie home into your loving arms!

    I am always moved by your updates and thanks for sharing what you can with us…

  17. Caroline says:

    Yay!!!!!!!! Very gratefull to hear that! Will keep on praying!!!!!

  18. Jenny says:

    What a great day.  I will be praying with my entire heart so that you can bring beautiful Katie home soon soon soon.  Hugs

  19. Ginger says:

    Praying for a good judge and good outcome. Praising God for whatever letter that is. :D

  20. Rose says:

    I am so happy and I will be praying that the judge knows that okaying this adoption will bring blessings to his country. 

  21. Jennifer M says:

    I stumbled across your blog during your first travel to see Katie.  I am praising God for all the wonderful things he is doing on behalf of Katie, your family and international, special need adoptions.   So very, very excited for you and your family… especially for sweet Katie! :)

  22. Angiedawn says:

    Thank you Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO very happy with you Susanna!

  23. Colleen says:

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!  We will continue to pray for expediency for all the remaining steps till Katie comes home!

  24. April (justonemorebaby) says:

    Praise the Lord!!!

  25. Katy says:

    My daughter (who is 6) asks me about Katie and the state of her adoption DAILY.  Today I had to hop onto your blog with her to check out the latest news, and she just prayed that God will help you get through “the 8 steps” as quickly as possible.  :-)

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