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On the Move

Just wanted to share the good news that the judge signed the paper we needed yesterday and we will be heading to Asuncion today to obtain Esther Anahi's birth certificate and passport.  It was very interesting how the whole situation played out.  I decided I had to speak with her personally, so I dressed up Anahi in her cutest outfit and I drove one hour to her office.  My heart was pounding so hard as I walked right upstairs to her office.  I felt like Queen Esther before the King without prior consent.  I asked the judge's secretary if I could show her Anahi.  This judge cared for our daughter for a few nights after she was brought in by the police for transfer to Asuncion.  She also was the one who named her.

When I went to the office, our lawyer told me that she might not even see us.  However, Anahi just kinda walked into her office.  When she saw how beautiful Anahi was she began to cry.  We talked for a few minutes and Anahi gave her a big hug and kiss.  It helps to have an affectionate child!!  I breathed deep and explained that I needed the judge to help us make a correction on the adoption resolution so we could proceed with Anahi's documents.  She said she'd work on it that very minute!  Whoa, that was a God thing, so amazing.

We're SO grateful for your prayers and while we're still not out of the woods, we are no longer "stuck" in the paper chase.  Our hope is that we can come home with Anahi's passport and maybe even her visa.

In one month, Lord willing, we'll be on U.S. soil eating Wendy's frosties, Mexican wet burritos and cherry cheese cake.  Well, maybe not all at once!  Keep the prayers coming' friends.  We need them.


  1. Oh, the power of cuteness!!! This is great news, and you are a clever mommy. Kinda reminds me of the story of Ruth and Naomi! :) Congratulations for getting this next step rolling.

  2. PRAISE YOU, LORD!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! I'll keep praying!
    P.S. We need a pic of her in her dress! :)

  3. Julie, I read this yesterday and didn't have time to leave a comment. I wish I had. Much love and prayers for the Kurrle family today.

  4. My heart breaks for the Kurrles family. We are praying for them.

  5. Julie and Timmy who are now in heaven got a better deal than a trip to the USA. However that leaves the husband and little daughter to grieve their promotion so unexpected and so quickly. May you know, dear husband and father, that many here in Paraguay and by now around the world are praying for you. May God's loving arms surround you during these days that have left you in shock. May you recover from your physical wounds and your emotional ones too in time. God loves you....He only allows things like this to happen. He didn't necessarily cause them to happen this way. Yet He is in control. Continue to be still and know that He is God. from a fellow missionary.

  6. Norberto- crying and praying, praying and crying! Julie and Timmy - if there are two people who would fully enjoy heaven it is you guys! Can't wait to be there with you! Our dear Norberto, our deart Norberto...precious Anahi, oh, precious Anahi! May Jesus be more real now than ever...we so need Him!

  7. Norberto, I'm sorry in the loss of Julie & Timmy and am praying for your family and Julie's. I was so devastated when I found out on Facebook. My condolences go out to you in this time of sorrow.

  8. My heart is just breaking for you, Norberto, in your loss, yet I can't help but imagine what heaven is like for Julie and Timmy, and the feast up there will make "good'ol U.S. food" just stink in comparison.

    You are in our prayers and in the prayers of so many friends all around the globe. May you find comfort and peace during this horrible time of tragedy and loss.

  9. Norberto, you and little Anahi will be in our prayers for a long time to come. Bless you during this time of unbelievable loss and pain. May God comfort you and bring peace to your heart.

  10. Can hardly believe that Julie is now with the Lord and Timmy also. I remember the days, back at Orchard View Church of God, of being in youth group. Also at Warner and St.Louis camps with her, her grandma, mom and brothers. Norb, I cannot imagine what you must be going through, you, your beautiful daughter and your family. I, and countless others, are finding it hard to come to grips this night. I will continue to pray, endlessly, for you all as I have since you have been doing the Lord's work. Love you all In Christ, Scott Reeves - Alberta, Canada (formally Grand Rapids, MI).

  11. for those of you, who dont know this yet, we read in the news yesterday, that on their way to Asuncion they had a tragic car accident and Julie and her son apparently died, Norbert and Anahi are in the hospital. Please pray for the family and friends and all those involved. It is so unbelievable! and hard to understand! I read the news in the local newspaper, and then stumbled across her blog, I didnt know them personally! We live in Asuncion.


  13. Thank you for living lives as disciples of Jesus. You are an inspiration!

    Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
    John 11:25-26

  14. Norberto, I'm sorry in your loss of Julie & Timmy.

  15. Norberto, I'm sorry in your loss of Julie & Timmy. I met her while in Brazil in 2000 and at the reunion at Pastor Judy Hughes house. She was a godly woman. Such a tragedy.


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