Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
The kids were adorable! Their oldest son told us about the A+ he received on his 6 page unit test, their daughter told us about the plans for her birthday party and their youngest boy wanted to watch Charlie Brown Christmas over and over.
On Thursday, I met Chris in Indianapolis and we started looking for baby things. There are a lot of things out there that people can buy. We are trying to think ahead and prepare for our home study. We didn't buy a lot, but we decided to start baby proofing our house. We are also starting to look at baby furniture.
Today I sent information to our home study provider. We have to fill out an application this weekend and we should hear back from them in a few days. Chris is off on Monday for President's Day so I decided to take it off and we hope to get a good start on the paperwork. We plan on getting several copies of our birth certificates, passport photos and several other items completed for our dossier (doss-ee-eh).
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Last night we printed the planner and had all the pages spread all over our living room floor. We tried to organize it so we can start getting things completed. For example, for the dossier we have to have everything notarized. When I say everything, it is no joke. We have to go to the doctor for an exam and we will need four copies of the report for both of us. The doctor has to sign everything (it can't b e a stamp) and it has to be done in front of a notary. We are going to bring our own notary (thanks Syd for volunteering to help us out). I never thought we would have to ask a friend to accompany us to the doctor's office. It is amazing how willing people have been to help us out. We really appreciate it and it does not go unnoticed.
For work, Audra (the girl that works with me) and I attended a career fair and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne today. It is an impressive school and we are spending the night because we are going to be interviewing some students tomorrow. I really enjoy this part of the job. It is always nice to get out of the office for a different change of pace.
Please start praying for our little angel in Africa. Even though we have no idea who our child is at this point, God does. Isn't that amazing? Everytime I think about it, I get the chills. Our child might be born tomorrow and God already knows that the baby will be in our family. Although this path is not commonly traveled, we are already finding a deep love for our child in our hearts. God is so good!
Monday, February 11, 2008
The color green stands for Ethiopia’s fertile land. The yellow stripe represents Ethiopia’s religious freedom. The color red stands for the many lives given up to protect the country. Because Ethiopia was Africa’s first independent nation, many other African states adopted these colors when they gained independence. These three colors became known as the pan-African colors.
The blue disk stands for Ethiopia’s peace and prosperity. The star’s points, at an equal distance from one another, attest to the equality of all if Ethiopia’s ethnic groups, faiths, and genders. The shining rays are the promise of a bright future.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
My sister-in-law, Angie, works with a lady that goes to a church where the associate paster and his wife adopted from Ethiopia. He recently called us to share their experience. I was at work, so I plan to give them a call later today. Their child is 16 months old and their "Gotcha Day" was in June 2007! I think it is really neat how God works - maybe our children will grow up having an Ethiopian friend an hour away! I am excited to hear about their experience.
This weekend Chris is going to hang out with the boys, Syd, Greg, and Mike, in Indianapolis. He is taking Guitar Hero and our Wii. I am sure that they will have a great time! I plan to work on my master's class. I haven't put the time into it for the past couple of weeks and I hate falling to far behind. On Sunday, we will go to church and in the evening we will be heading to Purdue to go to a SWE (Society of Women Engineers) banquet to give out a Delphi scholarship to one of my summer students.
I guess that I consider myself PAPER PREGNANT at this stage! According to my co-worker Suzanne, this entitles me to eat for two, be grouchy, be tired, buy new clothes, tell Chris I am to tired to do anything and cry over silly things! I love it!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Sometimes we do not know why God singled us out to take the path of adoption, but we are getting excited! We know that there is still a long journey ahead, but each day brings us one step closer to our child. Right now the ball seems to be in our court. We plan to get our documents notarized tomorrow evening so we can send in our paperwork on Friday.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Chris decided to slap me with the leftover fillo dough. Does this surprise anyone?
The finished product. Baklava that looks like it is straight from Greece.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
After we were done, I decided to lay a blanket in the middle of the floor and light all the candles that I could find. It was so nice to just lay there. It seems like we have the TV on for noise and it was nice to have some relaxing music on and candles. It was one of those times that I thought, it is so nice to be in this moment.
On a different note, this morning we sent in our application to our agency!!!! This is a leap of faith for us. Chirs woke up at 4:00 this morning dreaming about this application. We have been thinking about the right time to do this due to finances and we decided that we would trust God that He will provide. This is the first step of many in front of us. We are really on our way to Ethiopia!