Hello Everyone. We pray that this finds all of you and your families doing well this Christmas and New Year's season. We are so thankful for all of our friends and family who pray for us each day in this journey that we are taking with Ethiopia. We have now completed our Dossier and Immigration. We are waiting to be fingerprinted in December and then finally off to the referral process. At this point we will be waiting on a referral for our family through our Adoption Agency and praying for God's direction and wisdom with the new little one (s) coming to our home soon.
We as a family are doing well. We have been tested recently through family concerns, tiredness and sometimes doubts on whether we have the capacity to do this as a family with limited family support locally. But we are then instantly reminded about God's family in our friends and neighbors that have been an amazing support. I have recently decided to retire from my job of 15 years at Accenture and stay home with my family and serve them as well as others around me locally. We are overwhelmed by God's blessing in our lives this year. God recently laid this on my heart and it has been an amazing testimony to our family.
Philippians 2:1-4 "If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others."
This verse above has been such a strength to the Shaw's this year.
We have also had to slow down with our little girl Neha who drives our schedule. She recently fractured her arm and it has at least knocked out one activity of swimming. However, as you can see below she still wanted to play in her basketball games and could not miss singing at church this year.
I am so sorry we have been slow to keep you updated on our posts as we have been a bit swamped getting all of our paperwork completed and much needed family time for the Shaw's.
We wish all of you a Merry Christmas to you and your families and blessings on this upcoming New Year. Thank you again for all of your prayers and support; we feel them each day.
Love, The Shaw's
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