One hour from now…

I meant to get up earlier and write more. Most days our children have been waking up at 6:30, already hot and sweaty. Last night, however, it was cool and raining. We all slept much better. We did not wake up until 8:00.

It’s now 9:00. In one hour, we have one of the most important moments of our lives. We have the ruling to find out if we will be Sarah’s legal guardians. We found out if she will be a part of our family forever. I am one hour from hopefully having a daughter, a beautiful baby girl whom I already love so dearly.

Today we are also hoping to hear news about our court date for Hope.

We have been praying without ceasing. Like the persistent widow, we keep asking God to change this judge’s heart and to open the door so that we have a court date next week. If we do not, we will not be able to come home together. Mark and the boys will have to leave in about two and a half weeks and I will have to stay in Uganda with our girls. While this would be doable, it would also be very hard, especially for our youngest son who is already struggling with the transition to having two new siblings.

Please join us in praying for God to do a miracle here. Please pray that we would have a hearing for Hope next week and that we would have a ruling within a couple days of the hearing. We are trusting that God is good and that he has a plan – that he will provide whatever we need. He has been so faithful throughout this journey. We know he knows how much we can handle and that he will sustain and encourage us.

As each day passes and we get to know Hope a little better, it makes my heart heavy to leave the orphanage without her knowing we love her. Without her knowing that we want to be her family forever. She is funny and shy, a tomboy with this smile that lights up the room. I want so much for her to know how much she is loved. That we believe she is special. That we want her. Please pray that she would not have to go another night not knowing she belongs to a family.

Sara Brinton

sara@defenseofthefatherless.com

SARA BRINTON is a writer and entrepreneur with a passion for reforming international adoption and orphan care. She leads marketing for Noonday Collection, a business that uses fashion to create opportunity in developing countries. Sara and her husband, Mark, live in Austin, Texas with their four children, including daughter Gabrielle who was adopted from Uganda.

3 Comments
  • Jessica Honegger

    April 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm Reply

    Praying with you for V!

  • Sarah

    April 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm Reply

    Praying that Veronica’s court date will be granted SOON and she will know she is loved beyond measure and has a family that wants her. I am also praying for a smooth transition for all of your children. You have such a positive outlook on everything. I love reading your updates and am so excited for you about your positive ruling for little Sarah 🙂

  • jennifer jukanovich

    April 9, 2011 at 7:47 am Reply

    My heart breaks over how the care of a child depends on the whim of another person with power. So I pray that the Lord will open his eyes. That he will be prompted in his Spirit to do your case. That the walls of injustice surrounding these children will collapse. The battle over your children will shape them in the future – they will be daughters of a King, who has fought for them, who loves them, and they will carry that strength in their hearts.

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