The orphanage Isaac and Iris called home has been closed. We currently don't know where Iris is.
We have hired a private investigator to find her and help unite us together. They will help us work with an agency that can process her paperwork. (The agency we were working with will not be able to work in Ethiopia starting in July so we are likely moving to another agency once they locate her).
It's hard to talk about this without getting choked up or wanting to walk away from the conversation. It's a little too much reality for me.
To think she has lost her first and now second families. The amount of pain and loss she has gone through at her young age astounds me. When I think of her and put a movie reference to my feelings I think....The force is strong in that one.
And when I pray and ask God what we are to do, what we are to learn from this His answer is to remain steadfast, "This little girl needs an advocate and our minor inconveniences could mean everything to her. Don't give up. Keep following this until there are no more leads."
In reality, the orphanage move may make it easier for us to work with her. The "old" orphanage director has been holding things up. This could be the answer to prayers we have been asking for.
So while we may seem a little "off" or distracted lately, it's because our hearts ache for our baby girl...
Meanwhile, the boys are making forts and playing cars and havin' fun...
"Life is hard, but God's still good." ~Matthew West