COURT DATE!!!

In all the excitement, I totally forgot to post it here… but if you haven’t seen or heard, WE GOT A COURT DATE!!!!!!!!

Our agency called on Friday and let us know – we will be in court to make T legally our daughter on APRIL 10th!!  Friday was a blur of comparing flight options and figuring out our plans – but we got some great flights booked (thank you Jesus) and we leave on Monday the 7th!  One week!! We will be meeting our little girl for the first time on Tuesday, April 8th.  WOW.  We will also get to spend Jeff’s and T’s birthdays together in Ethiopia!  The boys are going with us and we’re all so excited.  

So we’re in a packing frenzy and trying to get everything sorted out – would love your prayers!  Here’s what you can pray for specifically as some have asked:

  • that the Lord would prepare us emotionally – Jeff and me, and T.  Just so many emotions and we’re excited, anxious, nervous… overwhelmed… also, T hasn’t been doing great lately, so just pray that our time together would give her the precious glimmer of hope that she needs! Pray for her health as well.
  • for safe flights and that the boys would do well on the long trip (I really think they will, but it can’t hurt to have extra prayers!)
  • for all of us to stay healthy the next few weeks and especially while we’re in country
  • for a sweet time of bonding while we’re there, and for the opportunities we’ll have to love on other kids/babies as well.
  • for her heart when we leave, that she’ll trust we are coming back – and that we’ll be able to return soon to pick her up and bring her home for good!

Thanks so much, dear friends!  Cannot believe that after nearly 7 months, the time has finally come! WE’RE GOING TO ETHIOPIA!

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No court date yet, but we expect to hear it any day!!!

I feel like I’ve read some REALLY good adoption blog posts lately.  Wanted to share a couple for anyone who’s interested…

THIS POST.  Written by my sweet friend Marissa – if you want to get a picture of what older child adoption will probably look like for us, read this.  Also, it’s just a really sweet reminder that even though we’re totally unqualified and unprepared (no matter how many books we read!) to parent this girl, we just need to LOVE her, do our best, and trust that only God can heal her and he is faithful.  Sister, you did an incredible job writing this!!

Why orphan care must be more than international adoption.  What we are learning, where our hearts are, and where we keep asking God to guide us in what he wants us to do about it. Good stuff, but not easy.  Here’s her follow-up post as well.

This short film had me in tears… it’s about a child in foster care, but so many of the themes are similar.  I know T (and we) will struggle with a lot of these issues.  It’s 12.5 mins long but very well done.

We went on a little family getaway weekend together a few weeks ago to a friend’s cabin – mountain cabin, fire, smores, hikes, happy family. It was really nice to get away and enjoy these little guys (and some date nights next to the fire after they went to bed)!  Can’t believe we’ll be a family of five before too long – as hard as it is to wait, we’re trying to make the most of our sweet time as a family of four.

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Fraternal twins, identical sleepers.

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If you’d like to get involved…

Hey friends!  We have been told to prepare for a court date that will likely be sometime in April (ahhh!!), so we’re starting to make packing lists and preparations!  When we go, we have the privilege of helping out by taking donations for the transition home (where T is living) and orphanages.  They count on donations from traveling families to help care for these children while they’re there, so we’d love to bless them in a big way!

If you’re interested in helping, here is a list of needed donations.  We’d love to collect as many as possible and take them with us on this coming trip and/or the next!  Thanks SO much for loving on these precious children and their caretakers from afar 🙂

Current Priority Transition Home Needs

  • Vitamin D drops
  • Coloring books
  • Crocs for children and nannies
  • Shoes and Clothing (gently used are ok) for children ages 3-14
  • Foam/Rubber (lightweight) soccer/playing balls for toddlers
  • Diaper cream, specifically with zinc oxide (Desitin or Boudreaux’s)

Orphanage and Transitional Home General Donation Needs

  • Clothing and shoes for children ages 8-14
  • Warm clothing-sweatshirts, long-sleeved shirts, etc.
  • Bath towels for children
  • Antibacterial hand gel (40oz containers available at Wal-Mart for $5 and personal containers)
  • Small sized diapers
  • Baby bottles and nipples
  • Vitamin D drops
  • Unscented baby wipes ***please note, unscented/sensitive skin wipes are the only type used***
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Scrubs for nurses and nannies
  • Crocs for nurses and nannies
  • General first aid items
  • Powder-free gloves for nannies and TH doctor
  • DVD and VHS children’s videos-especially Christian videos and/or ones with singing/dancing
  • Crocs for nannies
  • Toiletry bags (small) for children’s personal hygiene items (one per child needed)
  • Puzzles for young children
  • Toy cars and trucks appropriate for toddler aged children
  • Iron drops
  • Diaper rash ointment (A+D preferred)
  • Paper towels
  • Children’s clothing (new or slightly used); Boys and Girls; sizes 0-8 years. Clothing needs include day clothes (especially pants), pajamas, underwear, and shoes.
  • Diapers for up to 30 pounds
  • Toys to stimulate babies such as colorful objects, rattles, etc. that are appropriate for babies up to 2 years
  • Unscented baby wipes ***please note, unscented/sensitive skin wipes are the only type used***
  • Powder formula with DHA/RHA
  •  A + D Original Ointment, Diaper Rash and All-Purpose Skincare Formula
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Candles
  • Children’s Notebooks
  • Enfamil or Similac Lactose free formula*

*the following Generic Brands with identical nutritional value to Enfamil & Similac are also acceptable: Parents Choice formula from Wal-Mart, Target’s generic Formula, Kirkland formula from Costco

-Soy based or other special formulas are also acceptable as long as they are one of the brands listed above.

Medications/Medical Donation Needs**

  • Multivitamins
  • Tri-vi-sol (o to 6 months)
  • Poly-vi-sol (6 months to 2 years)
  • Chewable multi-vitamin (2 years to 9 years)
  • Adult multivitamin (9 years plus)
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen) – Infants, Childrens, & Suppository
  • Syringes for giving medicines (5mL)
  • Plastic and Latex disposable gloves
  • Baby nose saline spray
  • Neosporin
  • Mouth and nose masks
  • Benadryl liquid/elixir
  • Permetherin for scabies
  • Lice kits
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss

**Please check the expiration date on all donation items as expired items will be discarded upon receipt and cannot be used.

6 months {really} waiting.

It’s hard to believe, but on the 11th we marked six moths-half a year-of waiting to meet our daughter since our referral. Before PAIR, many families were home with their kids by this point! BUT-this month we rejoice because we got our PAIR letter and are moving forward! We’re getting closer to traveling! We celebrated with an Ethiopian feast.

We can’t wait to hear our court date!

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PAIR LETTER!!!

It’s real!  It does exist! And WE HAVE IT!

On Tuesday, March 4th… our 8th wedding anniversary… we got the best gift – a call from our USCIS officer saying our PAIR letter had been issued!!! The BRI was on Feb. 28th, they cleared us the same day and mailed out our letter the next day, Saturday March 1st.  SO fast, I cannot believe it.

We have been on cloud nine!  We scrambled to certify our dossier documents (drove three hours to Raleigh yesterday, played at Marbles children’s museum while we waited on them to get certified, overnighted them to our agency, had lunch with a friend, & drove home!) so we can get our COURT DATE!

God is faithful – and we finally have our letter.  We’re getting so close to seeing sweet T’s face!

<<celebration dance>>

Thank you for all your prayers during this HARD wait since October.  We have truly felt them.

…come onnnnn, court date!