"But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow, be patient! For it will surely take place. It will not be late by a single day." Habakkuk 2:3

Monday, September 28, 2009

OUR DOSSIER IS OFF TO AGCI!




We are so excited to say that we now have our entire Dossier ready to go. Adam is droping it off tonight (along with a VERY large check) :)in Portland at our agency All God's Children (AGCI). They will add a copy of the noterized home study to it and maybe, just maybe, by this Friday, we will have a number on the wait list for a baby girl!

For those who don't know-as I didn't until we got into this process, here is what a Dossier is:
Dossier: When used in the context of adoption, this term refers to a set of appropriately authenticated and translated legal documents which are used in international adoption cases to process the adoption of a child in its own country by the adoptive parents, or for the adoptive parents to obtain the legal custody or guardianship of the child in the foreign court, so the child can be brought by the adoptive parents to the United States for adoption.

Zach will OFFICIALLY be ending his can drive at the end of this week-and we will then give a grand total for what he earned-if you still want to give him cans during this adoption process, please feel free-he loves it and we can put it toward our expenses! If you have cans for us still-call for me to pick them up, or drop them off on our porch-and thanks so much!

Attached is a picture of our Dossier ready to go-yes LOTS of paperwork!
Also, is a picture of Cassidy's dolls-she keeps them in her room together and says they are her and her new sister-very cute!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Don't forget the pop cans!


The end of september is nearing-only a couple weeks left-so remeber if you have any popcans or waterbottles for zach-just call us or e-mail and we will come get em! thank you all so much who had given us cans-he is loving doing this!Each thing we do helps us reach our goal to bring our baby home!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Special Gift AND HAPPY NEW YEAR


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Why you ask?! Well today is Ethiopian New Year-it is 2002 there today! We are 7 years ahead of their calendar and a couple months different too during the year. We got our first "baby gift" today it was from my mom Karen-and it is so cute-see picture. It was so neat to actually get something for the baby-it makes it so much more real! We reviewed our home study that our social worker wrote up-she was so quick in getting it back to us. We had to re-do a couple financial forms and are finishing these up as I went down to part-time at work, but this next week she should be getting them to ACGI to notarize and then we should be ready to be on the waiting list for a baby girl ages 0-12 months.
Our caseworker said that the wait list for baby girls is around 40 families, where as for baby boys is only around 15! Guess more people want daughters. After we are on the waiting list for our referral of our daughter there is about a 8-10 month waiting period to actually get a referral. This seems like forever and yet is is almost the same time-frame as a regular pregnancy. :) We are hoping to be able to travel by next summer BEFORE the Ethiopian Courts close for a couple months-sometime around aug.-Oct....during this time, nothing can be done and we will all just be sitting here waiting to go get her-pray we get our referral FAST!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Home Study Visits are OVER!!

We made it through our homestudies! They were not that bad-and our social worker said she should have it written up for us to review by the end of this next week, then 2 other people have to go over it and notarize it and it will be done.
Can't believe we are at this point. I attached a video that I love for your viewing pleasure. :) It is Steven Curtis Chapman's "When Love takes you In" He wrote it for his adopted daughters.
Adam and I have been awestruck by the fact that with almost certainty, someone, somewhere in Africa is pregnant right now with OUR daughter! We are awe struck by this fact and continue to pray for her and her family daily-he health, her safety and even her nutrition which is such a big concern over there. We can only imagine what this woman may be going through right now as she considers how to provide for her child and how to relinquish it to someone else to care for. This is heartbreaking-while we are excited and happy, she is scared and mourning. I can't believe that our daughter is almost for sure growing under her birth mom's heart-God is so good

Our Airport Homecoming for our 2nd Adoption~

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Our Journey up to our Referral

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Seble's Referral Video

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"Although it may not always be obvious to us, there seems to be one distinct moment when God begins a new story in each of our lives. He writes words on our hearts that long to be spoken and strain to be lived out. Then with His own great hand, He begins to write the script. Experience by experience through seemingly ordinary days, He supernaturally orders our lives. Only when we look back and reflect on what appeared to have been the ordinary events of life does it become clear what a miracle the Lord has performed." Jan Beazely

LUCY LANE-AGCI-ADOPTION VIDEO! This inspired us to follow our dream!

WHY WOULDN'T I....WHY WOULDN'T YOU?

What Adoption is About! What a Testimony! Lundy's Adoption

We Love this family and this video is inspiring!

HANNAH'S HOPE ETHIOPIA

FATHER, BREAK OUR HEARTS FOR WHAT BREAKS YOURS~

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