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I am a Christ-follower; wife to Chris; and mother to two beautiful daughters, Lilliana and Emmalyn.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Just a quick note...

to say we are Gladney approved! Yea!

Just one pesky CIS approval away from being on the waitlist!

Friday, March 19, 2010


Just a quick note to say that I am on pins and needles waiting to hear that we are Gladney approved. All our documents are in as far as I know, and I was hoping we would hear before the week ended that we were approved, but it looks like that will not be the case. I know in the scheme of things, this doesn't mean much, but I will take all the good news I can get, no matter how small it may be!

We've finished all our dossier paperwork, we are just waiting for our CIS approval to come through. We did get a request for more information from them this week, so I sent that back, and am hoping that means we will hear something soon.

I have to share a cute story with you all. Early this morning, Lilli crawled in to bed with us, after a few minutes she said, "I want my brother or sister." We told her we would have to wait a little while longer. She responded with, "I want my brother or sister, right NOW!"

It was so cute! We are really starting to talk to her about this and try to explain to her what a brother/sister is, and how that means she will have to share her stuff and her Mommy and Daddy.

Well I guess that's all I have today, back to the unpatiently waiting I go!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Well, as I'm sure most of you know by now, we got news today that we will now have to travel to Ethiopia twice. The first time to be there on our court date and the second time 3-6 weeks later to pick up our kid(s) to bring them home.

I have very mixed emotions about this. I am excited about getting to meet our child(ren) earlier than expected, and about getting to see Ethiopia twice. I am really not worried about the money. I know God will provide the extra $5000 or so that it will take for a second trip.

However, what I am really struggling with is having to leave Lilli at home twice in about two months. I know she will be fine and she has great grandparents and other family members that will dote on her and spoil her rotten, but I am going to miss her. I am also struggling with how difficult it will be to leave our child(ren) for 3-6 weeks. I am sure that saying that goodbye will be one of the hardest things I will ever do. How do you explain to your child you've only known for 5 days that you're leaving them?

So anyway, I know everything will be fine and work out, but for now I am still processing....