We would like to announce that we have received our referral!!! We are going to be the proud parents of a baby boy. He was born on December 17, 2007 in Ethiopia. He is so precious. We love him so much already.
This is a picture of us right after I looked at the pictures for the first time. Chris received an email at work and he thought it was not meant for us because our documents were still in Washington D.C. He called our case manager and he found out he was for us! He tried calling me 20 times in a span of 15 minutes. I picked up the phone at work and bursted into tears! I left work immediately and we set up the camera to record this moment of our lives. Talk about feeling all the emotions at once! We have been so blessed and are so lucky that we were chosen to be the parents of this baby.
We would love to share pictures of our baby boy here, but we signed a contract with our agency stating that we would not share them electronically in any way. We have actually had this news for some time, but we wanted to make sure that everything was in order before we shared the wonderful news with our family and friends. Since we never had to wait for a referral, we have had to wait on other items that usually people don't have to worry about. It took a week for the dossier to reach Ethiopia, one week to translate it, one week for the agency to move our baby from the orphanage to the CWA foster care center and one week to receive the second medical report.
We are currently waiting for a court date. Since the courts actually close in August and September, we have a slim chance of getting one in July. If we do (please pray for this) then we will travel toward the end of August. If we don't, we will travel in November. God has been so good to us and we know he has a plan! We have left this in God's hands. He has opened so many doors for us and we totally trust in Him.
We will keep you posted on news as we get it. We have also chosen not to share his name on here until after we pick him up. We decided to be super cautious because we don't want to risk anything. If you are interested in knowing the baby's name, please feel free to email or call us.
I will post about our weekend another night. We traveled to Michigan to visit with my brother and his family. We had a great time. I will leave you with this story... Our oldest nephew read a book about bunnies. There was one bunny that looked different than the others, but it was still a bunny. He then took that and described his cousin (our son). He said that he will have different color skin, but he will be a boy just like him. He will also have a nose, two hands, two feet, two arms, two eyes... It was so cute to see into the world of a 3.5 year old.