Monday, March 23, 2015

Referral! Referral! Referral!

After 1319 days (43.5 months) of waiting, we got THE CALL today from our agency!!!! We have a daughter! 

She is 16 months old and SOOOOO cute. We can't share pictures of her until after we have passed court, but here is her little hand.


We are so excited and happy!

It will take several more months before we get to travel to meet her, and then several more weeks or months after that before we get to bring her home... so the wait is far from over. However, being able to see her little face makes the wait SO much more rewarding!

We have a daughter!!!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

...yep, still waiting....

There is no speck of doubt in my mind that THE CALL (aka, our referral call) will come at just the time it is supposed to be, for the exact little girl who is supposed to become our daughter.

However, knowing this does not necessarily make WAITING any easier. I keep reminding myself that many good things in life are worth waiting for - but I still may (or may not) be going very a little bit crazy waiting. Among other things, today I sorted 3 bins of mixed crayons/ colored pencils/ markers into 3 nicely organized bins, 1 each of markers, crayons, and colored pencils. You know, because that DEFINITELY needed to be done. Not only that, but I tested every single marker, and discarded the ones that were dried up.

Anyway, to put a bit of a humorous spin on the fact that we are still waiting, I drew this little cartoon. If you click on it, it should enlarge in your browser, so you can see it better.

For all my lovely family and friends, THANK YOU for putting up with the little bit of crazy I might be exhibiting lately. I hope promise that I will return back to fairly normal at some point in the near future!

On a side note, I am fully aware that waiting is exponentially harder for our daughter. My heart and arms ache to hold her, and I know that yearning to be held and loved must be so much more difficult for our daughter, because she probably doesn't understand what is going on right now.

In the meantime... we pray... and wait... and stare at the phone WILLING it to start ringing with that 703 area code... and wait some more.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

43 months since DTE!

It has been 43 months since we sent our dossier to Ethiopia!
Monday also marked 4 years from the day we first applied to our agency... but families don't get onto the wait list until they send in their dossier, which is a compilation of documents required by the Ethiopian government.

I was really hoping that we would have some news by now, but at the same time, I know that many of the best things in life are WORTH WAITING FOR.

Our DTE buddies (their paperwork got sent to Ethiopia the same day as ours did) got their referral call yesterday, so we are confident it will be our turn SOON.

Yesterday's Bible study included the following verse:
"Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." (Psalm 5:1-3)
We will continue to wait in expectation, until we hold our girl in our arms!

Walking on a beautiful beach last weekend helped put things into perspective!

Please continue to pray for our daughter, and for the other children and families at all stages of their adoption.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

42 months since DTE

Our dossier has been in Ethiopia for 42 months now. That is 3 years and 6 months. 

We don't have any exciting news right now... we continue to wait! Several families got little boy referrals in the last few weeks though, so that is encouraging!

Our agency has expanded the expected wait time from 36-42 months to 36-48 months. This means we have been 'riding the wait time expansion' wave from the very beginning. The wait is hard, but we trust in God that HIS timing will be perfect.

I just finished this painting. I have girly thoughts on my mind!

We are ready your our little girl!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

41 months since DTE!

Yup, it's been 41 months since we sent our dossier to Ethiopia.

If our wait was compared to an elephant's gestation period (which is 21 months), we would now have a 20-month-old baby elephant. 

That is one heck of a wait, folks... and we know it will be 100% worth it in the end!

The projected wait time our agency quotes is 36-42 months... so THE call could very much happen any day now... or in a couple of months (in case I lost you, I'm talking about our daughter, not a baby elephant now).

We are so excited to get the referral call... hopefully very soon! We are praying and waiting for you, sweet girl!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

40 months DTE!

Whew! It has been 40 months since our dossier was sent to Ethiopia!

That's a long time to wait to get your kiddo, folks. That's one heck of a long time!

Two families from our agency got their referral this week, which bumped us up 2 more spots on the wait list. We are getting SO CLOSE to it being our turn, and we rejoice with the families who got such great news!

We just got to submit the paperwork to update our fingerprints with USCIS. We also sent off a new Power of Attorney to the WA Secretary of State to be certified - Ethiopia's MOWCYA is asking families for this new POA, so we want to have that ready to go.

We continue to wait and pray for our little girl! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

38 months DTE!

Yesterday marked 38 months since we sent our dossier to Ethiopia!

Last week, Ben and I were pro-active and got our travel vaccinations. Ben got 6 shots and I got 8. The next day we both felt super achy, as if we had lifted 100lb weights all day long. We both felt tired, and a little nauseous, but aside form that, felt fine. By Sunday we were back to normal. (We had expected much worse!).
Before you get all excited that we might be traveling soon, the main reason we got the vaccines now was that our health insurance is pretty awesome, and most of the shots were fully covered.

To see which vaccinations are recommended for travel to Ethiopia, you can check HERE.

Aside from getting vaccinated, there isn't really much news. We continue to wait... we continue to pray... and hopefully we will have some more interesting news for you by the end of the year, but there is no guarantee.

Looking on the bright side, we are a whole lot closer to the end than we were 38 months ago!