Welcome. This is part of our story about how God is building our family through adoption and teaching us about HIS family. Going through this process is giving us more understanding about how He has adopted us. We are HIS children, still growing and maturing and developing in our relationship with Him.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Court Day

Pancakes for breakfast... a great way to start a day that has changed our lives forever. We left Ephraim and Sisay this morning with the ladies at our guest house while Dan and I and 2 other couples were taken to court to meet with the judge.
These were the first tears of the day... and they were Ephraim's. It was a hard moment for us but also a good one. He was so sad we were leaving and he was not going with us. (We have taken 2 or 3 little walks / trips out to dinner or to look around and the boys have gone with us each time.) Our helpers explained to him in Amahric that we would be back, yet tears silently came.
Don't know the verb to use for how we maneuvered through traffic. There are no rules as far as we can figure.
We entered a building that was said to be court. Waited. Then we were all called into the judge together and asked several questions as a group. Then she said... all your paper work is in. They are yours.

Ephraim and Sisay are officially our children now according to Ethiopia! Dan and I now have 5 children!

We came back to BIG hugs from Ephraim greeting us as we got out of the van.

we've had trouble getting internet....if I can't get a photo on today we'll see if we can get on tomorrow.
Madeline, Toby and Mae... We love you so much!!! xoxo


  1. CONGRATULATIONS to the Snyder Crew of Seven!!!! I am so happy for you. Writing now through tears of joy. What beautiful scenes you have described. Thanks for sharing glimpses of these precious moments.


  2. Snyders-

    You have all been in our thoughts and prayers during your time in Ethiopia. So thankful for your good news. Praying for more sweet moments while you are there and a quick return to bring your precious boys home!

    The Houchins


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