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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ethiopia or bust.....

We got the call on Friday (while buying groceries at Walmart). Our embassy date is confirmed for April 19th!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Big Days

I have posted so much adoption news lately. I don't want to fail to capture some other big days around here. Within just 8 weeks we had our oldest turn 13 (wow) and our youngest turn 3. I often think what a great balance it is having a teenager and toddler at the same time. I am enjoying special times watching Carson grow into a beautiful young lady. Our relationship is evolving and changing. I am learning (not so well sometimes) how to parent a teenager. But, it is hard to take things to seriously when you have a 3 year old jabbering away and doing such sweet "baby" things. Harper is always making me laugh.

I will never forget the moment I had at Walmart in 2007 when I looked at my shopping cart and I had Carson's first bra (she will be so glad I wrote that) and nursing pads as part of my purchases for the day?!? We moms certainly wear many different hats......

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The moment

It seems very interesting to me that we would get the "referral call" and the "he is legally yours" call while at church, but that is the way God orchestrated our moments. I had my phone in my lap in anticipation of a call from AGCI telling us we passed court. At precisely 10:30 a.m. I felt the vibrations of my phone and I RAN out of the room. I could tell in our case manager's voice that the news was good, and it was ooohhhhh so sweet!!! At this moment I officially became the mother of 5!

I also realized yesterday that the pain and anxiousness of being pregnant is similar in a lot of ways to working through an adoption. For me, I think this adoption process has been more difficult. But you know what, just as I forgot all of that when I gave birth to my children, it was the same for me yesterday when I received this phone call. All the months of stress and concern faded away. He is our son and I couldn't be more grateful!!!

(I'm just a little bit sad I couldn't capture Jody when I called him at his office and shared our news.....sorry babe, I guess A.J. will know who loves him more?!?!)

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Monday, March 15, 2010

It is "almost" official

We just heard from our Case Manager and AJ is "almost" officially ours. The Ethiopian judge is missing one piece of paper from MOWA. He/she is supposed to have it tomorrow for the final approval. We are cautiously celebrating!!! Tomorrow is also the day that the American doctor in Addis will be examining and evaluating him. Tomorrow is a big day!!

I told someone yesterday that I don't know how you walk this journey (or any other for that matter) if you are not a believer. Through all the uncertainty, the waiting, and the unknown, I have rested in the fact that He is my Rock. It is beyond comforting for me to know that He loves AJ more than I do and our lives are in His hands. He is teaching me things I never would have known that have strengthened my faith and brought me closer to Him. I am forever grateful......

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Monday, March 8, 2010

No news today......I am emotionally exhausted!

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