Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What a difference a year can make...




Seriously, not only have we officially adopted a little Zambian beauty into our lives this year, but wow, watch the video, and you won't believe how different she looks in just under a year. The first picture is taken on April 9, 2009 and the last picture is taken this last month...

The court process today was very uneventful. The judge was a in little office room, rarely looked at us, listened to the lawyer and the social worker, signed a few papers, smiled at us, and we were done!!! We were pleasantly surprised that everyone was there, that the process actually worked out and we have made official this long awaiting process for Rhoda to become Jennifer Rhoda Allen! We will now work on getting her a passport and birth certificate and we are good to go! Thanks for all your prayers. We had a great evening party to celebrate her adoption. We probably had over 50 people... It was quite the impromptu party with 2 for 1 pizza! It made it really special to have Davern and Masoko with us, with a bunch of their orphanage children. Rhoda spent a couple of years at the orphanage and we were so blessed to have their godly parenting and care. Megan who introduced us to Rhoda and helped us with so much initial paperwork was also there so we were able to honor them with a picture frame and a thank you card. Again, thank you to all who prayed...




(The video pictures are a not quite as clear as I would have hoped but this is Africa after all. It only took three turns to upload a 7 meg file:)

14 comments:

Jenifer said...

Wow...you got me crying. That was beautiful.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Woo-hooo! We are celebrating with you!

And how did her hair grow so fast?!

Can't wait to meet her,

Julie and family

Nonny Baby said...

I love it! I can't wait to meet her and I LOVE that she's got sassy-pants extensions in. That's just too darling. What a blessing!

Summer

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the beautiful addition to your family, little Jennifer! We're happy for all of you!

Keith and Marilyn Kaynor

megan nicole gibbs said...

yeah!!! such exciting news. love the slideshow...so cute! miss you all. say hi to everyone for us :)
love you, megan and aaron

The Harrison's said...

WoooooooHooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Oh I'm so excited for everyone!!!!!! The video was beautiful. Sending lots of love!
Erica, Tyler and Moses

Q said...

Such a blessing to see another child finally home. (Been there myself!) Thank you for sharing.

Pete Williamson said...

where did all that hair come from?

can't wait to see you guys.

Kaelisabeth said...

Sometimes, I wonder how much I really love my internet filter...my spectrum of videos is hugely limited...your video will be seen by me someday...:)
Congrats on your fam! nice to see you all!!!
Kaeli Downing

carol gibbs said...

Fantastic! What wonderful news. Can't wait to give you all a big HUG! Wow! Rhoda...you hair grows FAST..it looks beautiful! Congratulations Rhoda, Mom, Dad, and all of those sisters!
xo
Carol and G'ma Betty

Dan Hall said...

Praise God for your faith & His faithfulness! Dan

The Youth Pastor's Fam said...

That is so wonderful!!!! Congratulations- seriously am crying over here in Arizona while sharing this video with my daughter. Your beautiful family is blessed!

Liliana said...

Congratulations to you all ! and may God be with you all the time lighting up your path. Blessings!

elise kristen said...

She is stunning! I cannot wait to meet her someday. What a blessing!