Saturday, April 12, 2014

32 months waiting since DTE

It has been 32 months since we sent our dossier to Ethiopia!

This month I have some good news: there has been movement in all areas of the process in our agency. Families that have received referrals already finally were issued the so-called 'PAIR' letter. Court dates were given. And the best news: several referrals were made this last week, moving us up the wait list by multiple spots. We feel very encouraged by all this movement.

A lot of our paperwork is expiring, so now we are working on renewing everything that needs to be renewed so that we are ready to go as soon as we have a referral.

Dear Lord, please be with our far-away daughter, whoever and wherever she is right now. Please keep her safe. Please surround her with people who love her and protect her. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

31 months waiting since DTE

I missed our 31-month-wait-aversary. Oops. On March 12 we have waited 31 months. That's one heck of a long wait... and we anticipate waiting for quite a bit longer. 

Today I am praising God because a few families in our agency just got referrals. They are about 6 months ahead of us on the wait list. This does not necessarily mean we will get a referral in 6 months, but it does give me hope that we will have a sweet little face to look forward to within this year.

All our documents are expiring, so in April I will have to start updating our paperwork. While not quite as involved as the initial dossier, it is a LOT of work to get all the documents.

We continue to pray for our daughter's family, and for our little girl, wherever she is right now. We don't know if she is born yet, but we are praying that her mind and her body are covered in God's protection and love. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

30 months since DTE!

It has been 30 months since we sent our dossier to Ethiopia!

I don't really have anything new or exciting to say... except that we are 30 months closer than we were when we started out this wait. :) The wait sucks, but I know that God knows what he is doing, and so we continue to wait patiently-ish.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

29 months since DTE

It has been 29 months since our dossier was sent to Ethiopia.

I don't really have any new news for you right now... so we continue to wait, trust, and hope that the wait will soon come to an end! It could take another year, or there could be a whole slew of referrals. 

On Monday I painted a little painting of my friend's daughter dancing with her scarf at the Ethiopian New Years festival (Enkutatesh) back in September. I needed to paint something hopeful, joyful... I'm getting pretty tired of waiting at this point!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

28 months since DTE!

It has been 28 months since our dossier was sent to Ethiopia!

There really isn't any news to share... we continue to wait! 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

27 months DTE!

It has been 27 months since we sent our dossier to Ethiopia. This means we are 27 months closer to holding our daughter in our arms.

I wish we already knew who our daughter is going to be. On the other hand, I know that the wait will be even harder when we have a little face to yearn for, after we get our referral.

God knows what he is doing!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

26 months since DTE!

Oops, we have been 26 months DTE for 10 days. I completely forgot to mark the day. I guess it's not a bad thing that time went by so quickly I didn't notice...

To give you an idea of what I've been up to this last month, here is a painting I created of an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. It's not quite done, but it's getting close.
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, 8x10 watercolor
We had to renew our fingerprints with the USCIS for the second time last week. It's kind of silly that they 'expire'... but hey, the government needs to earn money somehow...

Ah yes. And since this post is supposed to be part of the DTE count-down (or count-up, rather), here is the monthly picture of #26:

We're waiting for you, sweet girl! I can't wait to hold you in my arms!