Thursday, November 20, 2008

We got the call!

We have some wonderful news to share !! Yesterday morning at 7:40am we received a call from our family coordinator telling us that a baby boy is waiting for us in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!! We received a picture and his name - he is too cute! For legal reasons, we can't share his picture or name until the Ethiopian courts approve our adoption. Please pray for this happen soon, because we cannot travel to pick him up until it does. We should be traveling in 8-12 weeks, depending on when we pass court.

In the meantime, we will be receiving updates from the orphanage and hopefully more pictures to stare at! Please be praying for God to protect our little guy, keeping him safe, healthy and loved.

Thank you so much for all of your support, prayer and friendship through this whole process. We have definitely felt loved!


So I just reread this post and realized that it totally does not communicate the absolute JOY that we are feeling right now. I don't words or exclamation marks can quite express our emotions at the moment or communicate the various WONDERFUL responses we have received from our dear, dear family and friends as we have shared our news. Many tears, hugs, and shouts. Thank you for celebrating with us! God is good!

33 comments:

timmyjimi said...

Congratulations, what a blessing!

Lettner Family said...

Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! Woohoo!!! So exciting! Praying for you all!

O'Donnell said...

We are so pleased for you! We've been praying and checking your blog along the way. Hope to see HIM on your blog soon!
Love,
The O'Donnells (the Brendan kind)

Diane Garaway said...

Nini took my word...I was getting set to send you an email when you blog was posted...WOOHOO !!!!!!!!
God is greatly to be praised!

The Dauphins said...

We are so SO excited for you guys! I've also got tons of boy clothes that I can pass your way. Can't wait to meet him!

raya said...

Oh, praise the Lord! This was a fun post to read today : ) We will pray for a swift approval & I too, have piles of boy clothes if you are in need!

Erin said...

Congratulations on your little one on the way!! What wonderful news. And, this is national adoption month. What a coincidence!
We are praying for your son!

Susie McNair said...

Oh Chris and Anna, we are so excited for you and definitely sharing tears of joy for you right now! We will certainly be praying for the rest of the process, and for God's hand of protection and provision on your litte man until he is placed safely in your arms! Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow!

Love, Susie and family

nourishing said...

Yeah! I am so, so excited for you. What a delightful Thanksgiving blessing!

tawny said...

a little boy?!?!?! yea!!! congratulations :) so happy you for all. -Tawny

Brittany Martin said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Krista said...

Wow! Congratulations Chris and Anna! God is very good, isn't He? We will keep you all in our prayers. Hope to "see" your little boy on here soon!

tn said...

That is absolutely fantastic! You have been in my prayers and will continue to be. Just one question- how are you going to name a boy "Flannery"? :-)
thanks for keeping me in the loop-lots of love- Tracy Nelson

Steve and Anna said...

TeamReno,
YEAH!!! We are celebrating with you!!! What a good gift from the Lord! We hope we can take lots of pictures of your little one very soon!

love,
TeamStager

Lis said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see pictures of him on here with his mother and father. I am so happy.

Kate said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Charisse said...

I can't tell you how overjoyed we are for you! We rejoice with the two of you and can't wait to meet the newest Hambleton...I mean Reno. :) God is awesome!!! Love you. -Uncle Howie and Aunt Charisse

CatPed said...

Praise God!! How will you ever even be able to sleep tonight!?
Does he have a name already? Or do you get to give him one? I can't wait to meet him. I know his cousins are going to love him too.

Andy White said...

That's really great you guys! Your little boy will be well loved by you both. Really stoked for you!!

Caroline said...

I've been following your blog for a while and wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on your fantastic news! That's wonderful! You must be over the moon with joy and thanks.

Spencers said...

congrats from the Spencers! We are just thrilled for y'all! What a great God we serve to bring y'all such great joy and soon a beautiful little boy!

Rob & Candy said...

Congratulations!
Candy (yg)

Ivanna said...

I am so happy for you both. Looking forward to meeting your little son. :)

teambrownlee said...

Emma says "I hope you have a good time getting your baby and that you're happy and I hope you are safe ad he is safe. I love you so much and I love your baby already so much and I hope I can help teach him things like how amazing God is cuz he did miracles."
Emma just had to chime in! Cooper says "me help him fight dagons" And all the Team says in unison "Woooooooooooohhhhhhooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! The Reno's are having a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

briandem said...

Brother, I can't believe I haven't spoken to you yet since this exciting news. CONGRATS!!!! We are oh-so-excited about being uncles again :-) Love you guys!

Love,
The Shmoe and B

jen said...

chris and anna, how excited we are for you! what a HUGE day this is for you - we praise God's lovingkindness!! and we will continue to pray for you three! can't wait to see pics.

Thankfulmom said...

I'm so glad to see your happy news! Congratulations! I pray that your court date comes quickly and is completed without a hitch.

Lisa

Katy said...

I'm so happy for you guys. I know we dont know each other but I still screamed "YAY" when I saw this post :)

faithsalutes said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

The Rottschafer Family said...

Let us join with the voices of many in praising the Lord and offering our congratulations. We are so excited for you both and your new son.
Wylan can't wait to meet his new "cousin". We miss you guys immensely and hope to see you soon. We wanted to call, but until we talk, congrats. We love you.

The Rotts

E said...

Congratulations! May the rest of your process be smooth & peaceful!!!

Erica Treat

Lucy said...

Oh Congratulations! I hope you don't have to wait too long to go and get your precious little man :)

Zack and Rebecca Caldwell said...

I completely understand! There are no words to explain the joy!! Congrats guys!!