Archive - 2012

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Goodbye Ethiopia
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Dear Liam
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Day 2 at orphanage
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Meeting Liam
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Airport Adventures
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Time to go!
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From Haiti to Ethiopia
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Haiti Bound
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Ringing in 2012
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The Process

Goodbye Ethiopia

Hard day. Good day. We have to leave him while we wait for the U.S. embassy to approve our case. We are leaving knowing he is ours. Hard day. Good day.

Dear Liam

Liam, sweet Liam, how do I even begin to describe how perfectly you fit into my heart? I had no idea how our first encounter would go. Would I think you were cute and gradually start to attach? Would you cry and resist my embrace? So many questions were answered when I took you into my arms. I knew you. I know you. You are my son. You were meant for me. Created by God with purpose. You fit perfectly in my arms. So perfectly that it now feels empty when you aren’t filling that space. I felt this way with your brother and sister as well. When they were born I was fiercely attached to them, just as I am with you. I am overwhelmed with joy when I look at you and then overwhelmed with sorrow at the thought of leaving you for the next 8 weeks. I cannot wait to bring you home forever! Oh my sweet baby. If only you knew the way I love you. I can’t even fully understand it myself. I’m just thankful that God brought us together in this incredibly special way.

Love, Mommy

Day 2 at orphanage

Today we got to see baby Liam for another hour or so before his nap. We brought a small photo book for him that the other kids and the special mothers were excited to see. They called Elliott and Charlotte “good” which was their way to tell us they were cute children. Once Liam went down for his nap, we played with many of the other children. I love to play soccer with them and hear them sing songs of joy. We also visited more of Addis and experienced Timoca coffee, which was a nice treat.  -Calvin

Liam was not so keen on the bottle today. Stuffy nose!

Snuggling with Daddy

Meeting Liam

Such a good day! We are in love! I’ll write a longer post when I have access to something other than my iPhone!

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Airport Adventures

Nashville Airport

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Detroit

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Amsterdam

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And now on to Ethiopia!!!

Time to go!

Well the time has come. Our bags are packed, donations are ready and the tickets are purchased. We are on the way to see Liam and go to court. Please help us pray for smooth travel and that we will pass court while we are there! Our kiddos will be with family this week so they need prayer too! Watch for updates!!

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From Haiti to Ethiopia

We got a court date while I was in Haiti, headed home right now so we can go meet our son this week!!!!

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Haiti Bound

I’m heading to Haiti this Sunday. I can’t wait to see all my little friends at the orphanage. It’s been a few months since I’ve traveled to them so I’m pretty anxious to get on that plane! I’ll be back in about a week and hoping to maybe have some good news in the form of a court date when I return. We shall see!

Ringing in 2012

After I wrote the blog title above I started to wonder why we use the phrase “ring in the New Year.” I have always said it. But never wondered why until today. Enter google. Apparently it came from England and the ringing of church bells. But more specifically from a Tennyson poem (1850) Called “Ring out, Wild Bells.”

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

This year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Hmmm… Yes. I like it. Very good stuff Tennyson. I’m relieved to know that my favorite New Year’s phrase comes from a good source.

This year, as we let old 2011 go, we went with the simple celebration. Appetizer food, board games and a fire in the fireplace. This year I added a fun little touch by making up an envelope to open each hour. Inside the envelopes were little strips of paper with instructions for fun activities such as making party hats or taking awkward family photos.My sister and brother-in-law were good sports.

Awkward Example #1
Awkward #2
Cute. But still awkward.

-“Hey Calvin, guess what, I like you. Giggle.”

I think this Twilight attempt wins the awkward contest hands down. Although Erin does look quite pretty.
Last but not least, we sisters end with awkward middle school poses.

 So yeah. After we put the kiddos to bed we made cookies and played Catan until 2012 came rolling in. And I had so much fun.

Happy New Year Ya’ll.

Oh and by the way. Our baby comes home this year!

The Process

I’m going to try to explain the process from this point on. There are some unknowns, but we are praying for the quickest timeline possible!

December 16th: We received our referral for Liam (“A”) We were able to meet with our pediatrician to review his medicals and accept the referral the same day. Our caseworker notified AGCI in-country staff on that very day that they could go ahead and merge our dossier (paperwork) with Liam’s paperwork. The first step in becoming a family.

December 19th: All referral paperwork has been submitted and approved by our agency. We paid all referral fees as well. Whew.

That’s about all the dates I have. I do know that the in-country staff is now doing their thing, trying to get us a court date. We were told that court dates could be assigned anywhere from 6-10 weeks after referral. Hoping to hear something in the next couple of weeks on that front.

When we get a court date Calvin and I will book a flight to Ethiopia where we will stay for about 10 days. We will get to spend a few hours a day with Liam and also get to spend time in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. I can’t wait to see my baby, but I’m also excited about heading back to Africa in the near future. While we are there we will go to court, hopefully pass court, and at that point Liam will legally be our son in the eyes of the Ethiopian government.

Then comes the hard part. We have to leave. Without Liam. Although we will be his parents according to Ethiopia we have to wait for the U.S. Embassy to clear us. This could take about 8 weeks, but things are stirring in Ethiopia on the Embassy side and some cases are being sent to Nairobi, Kenya for additional review. This is scary and it adds MORE time onto the wait.

I fully realize God already knows what’s going on with our adoption. He has cared for and protected our son until now and I know He will continue to do so. But I am boldly praying for the Lord to fight on our behalf. I am asking that we 1. receive a court date quickly 2. Pass court quickly and 3. avoid the Nairobi step in the process.

I realize that I may ask these things boldly and the answer/outcome may be different but that’s just part of Faith and Obedience. I can only pray for my son, I can only pray that mountains will be moved. I cannot move them myself. So I will be obedient in prayer, asking God for the desires of my heart. Our path may be different than what I desire but I know without a doubt that adoption is a spiritual battle. There are so many things working against us as we work to get our son home. And every one of those things in our path will be cleared. “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

So… once we receive word that we have been cleared by the Embassy we will book our plane tickets (this will be very short notice, probably only a couple of days) and we will go get our son and bring him home!

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