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Friends, after almost giving up hope on hearing from the adoption agency (you may recall that we've been waiting to adopt a Paraguayan orphan since Nov 09), they called last week and told us that of 90 families on the waiting list, they've narrowed it down to 29.  They said that we would most likely be parents to another child by the end of 2011.

Then, they called us back today......and our hearts almost stopped. 

We are to report in Asuncion at the adoption agency on Wed. at 9:00 to meet our little girl!!!  We don't know any other details at this time, but will certainly keep you posted.  

We are excited beyond belief.  God has answered our prayers.  We will post (hopefully with pics) after we meet our sweet princess.


  1. WHAT!! That's wonderful! Congratulations to your growing family ... look forward to seeing pics and hearing a name and all that fun stuff. Safe travels to you, and goodbye to those endless tramites!

  2. That is SOOOOO exciting! It brought tears to my eyes to think of the excitement you must have. I can't wait to see and hear more of the details! What an incredible blessing and gift from the Lord. That little girl doesn't know yet how blessed she will be very soon! Keep us posted!

  3. I'm so happy for you! Even though I don't know you personaly (yet) I cried with happiness to hear your great news! God bless you and your growing family! (We'll be in AsunciĆ³n too on Wednesday, so I'll be thinking of you and praying that all goes well!)

  4. Oh Julie!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise the Lord! I'm so thrilled, it's the best news of the day! Rejoicing with you through my tears of thanks to our Father!

  5. OH! Praise God!!!

  6. Praise God! Awesome! Wow! Increible! Que emocionante! No se en que idioma hablar! Quisiera estar alli! I am so proud of you...proud of God! Wish I could be there! Will be praying for you! Julie - I praise the Lord for giving me a friend like you in college that even now I marvel at the ways that our hearts beat the same...and that becomes more evident as each day goes by! Love you all and will be praying for you! I'll be checking constantly to hear the news! Julie and Norberto - God's love, faithfulness, mercy and consistency expressed through you will change her life FOREVER! It is an incredible journey and SOOOOO worth it! Love, Julie Zaragoza

  7. How wonderful!! I am so excited for you guys. Praying that God works all the details out.

  8. Congratulations! Praise the Lord! We are so happy for you. Can't wait to see pictures. My sister just got their referral for twins It is a very exciting time! Love, the Coughlins

  9. Marion shouts: Yipppeooooooooooo ! This is Great fantastic and exciting news !


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