Friday, August 15, 2008

New Babies and praying for an unknown woman in Ethiopia.

Ok so while we are in the holding pattern there isn't really alot to blog about. Or is there?? Yesterday I had the great joy of having lunch with my friend Heather and her 1 month old daughter Victoria. This was my first time meeting the lil one and she is an absolute doll which leaves me sad that we don't live closer togeather so that I would have more opportunity to see this little muffin grow up. And speaking of living far away my Sister in law gave birth to her second child yesterday I have a new nephew who of course I have only seen now in pictures..Camden you are adorable and I can't wait to meet you in person. Your uncle Sean and I are blessed to have you as our nephew along with your big brother Christian. Yes there are more children I don't get to see as often as I like. I also have a niece and nephew that live in New York.

I have been thinking alot of random thoughts today and then I stopped to think about that unknown woman in Ethiopia. What woman is that you ask?? Its the mother of my son. There is a very good chance she is pregnant right now. My child as we speak is probable growing far away from me in a land vastly different from the one in which he will be raised. I pray for her that she has enough to eat, a save place to live ,and comfort when she needs it most in making the decision to make an adoption plan for our child. I hope and pray that someday I will get to meet her and express to her how thankful we are for the decision she has made and the little life that she is entrusting to our care. I will forever be grateful to this unknown woman in Ethiopia and hopefully someday she will be known to me.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Still #21



We received our official update email yesterday and as expected we are still # 21 on this list. And we are fine with this. It is what we expected and its a good place to be for now I'm sure in a couple months I'll be very antsy to move up that list. For now here is a picture of the baby furniture (should be arriving saturday) we didn't get the hutch that is shown on the dresser/changing table.
And here Is the baby bedding that we have picked out. We are slowly starting to buy pieces of the set.
I plan to paint the nursery in September while Sean is away for a week for work. It will be painted the green that is in the bedding. I can't wait until I can post pictures of the completed nursery.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The journey so far


Ok for my first post I'm going to keep this short. In December of 2007 we signed contracts with our adoption agency All Gods Children International(portland oregon) and also with our homestudy agency Holy Cross Child Placement agency(Maryland). In January 2008 we started the long process of putting togeather our dossier and doing our homestudy. After 6 long stressful months we finally got our first offical # on our agencies wait list for a Baby boy on July 14th..We are # 21 and couldn't be happier. We expect an update within a few weeks to let us know if our # on the list has changed but we don't expect much movement in the next two months as the courts in Ethiopia are closed. However we are keeping busy buying baby furniture and picking out the fun things like car seats and bedding. We won't register until we have a referral but somethings will be buy in advance. We also had our fingerprints done on saturday for our FDL(favorable determination letter) which is needed for us to accept a referral so hopefully that will be coming within a month or so. We have also been told that our Dossier is back from authentication in washington DC and should be on its way to Ethiopia.