We spent the 4th of July weekend with a wonderful family, the Walters, that we met on our trip to Ethiopia. They were there adopting their son, Micah. We have kept in touch since we have gotten home and were so glad they could make the trip from Lexington for the weekend. The kids had a great time being together, swimming, watching fireworks, and playing in the yard. A.J. was so happy to see Micah, who he called by his Ethiopian name all weekend. They are a beautiful family with 2 adorable boys who are very close in age. We are already planning another get together in October. Fireworks at my in-laws. Happy 4th of July from Harper!!
My girl is 11!! I can't believe she is 11!! We had a great time at Venture River with some sweet friends. We spent the day sliding, swimming, and floating!!! This 37 year old mom was worn out keeping up with these girls but we had a wonderful time.
These guys have so much fun when they are all together. It has been such a wonderful blessing watching them all grow up....now ages 13 to 3. The past week we enjoyed their bi-annual play, a great trip to Six Flags, and fireworks on the 4th of July.
Our time in Ethiopia ended on Thursday evening as we prepared to leave the hotel and head to the airport around 7:30 p.m. We spent most of the afternoon packing all of our things and saying good bye to many very special people. There were only 4 families able to leave this day, others were forced to take later flights home due to the continuing volcanic ash situation.
I loved this picture of A.J. and Jody looking out our hotel room window. Each afternoon we had watched young boys playing soccer, cattle and donkeys roaming, and people walking through a huge field across the street. On this particular afternoon it was raining as they gazed out that window for the last time.
The second picture (from the bottom) shows Jody and A.J. taking our huge load of luggage into the airport. A.J. was, and continues to be, a hard worker that loves to carry through on tough jobs. The airport was extremely crowded. The lines to check in were long. There was a brief moment in time that I thought we might miss our flight. I wanted to come home so badly by this point, I think I would have rented a boat and rowed us across that Atlantic Ocean.
A.J. and Sydney did WONDERFUL on the flight home (thanks to a little Benedryl)!! They slept from Addis to Amsterdam and most of the way to Detroit. Unfortunately, no drugs were strong enough for Jody and I!?! Thankfully we had some good snacks and movies to watch to pass the time. I can't even begin to tell you how pumped I was to be on that final leg from Detroit to Nashville. Jody and I were both on the verge of tears when the plane hit the landing. I remember looking right into his eyes and knowing exactly what he was feeling and thinking.....you just know after 15 years......
Next, our airport homecoming!! Praise the Lord, we were all together again!!!
May 19, 2009-"Let's go for it"
June 1, 2009-Started Homestudy paperwork
June 9, 2009-Sent in AGC official application
June 24, 2009-1st Homestudy meeting
July 8, 2009-2nd (and final) Homestudy meeting
August 27, 2009-started dossier
August 31, 2009-went to Louisville to turn in I 600A and be fingerprinted
Sept. 30, 2009-Sent dossier to AGCI
Oct. 5, 2009-Assigned as #15 on the "list"
Nov. 5, 2009-Moved to #11
Dec. 3, 2009-Moved to #9
Dec. 9, 2009-Received immigration approval
Jan. 2010-Some confusion on the list??
Jan. 22, 2010-We got the call
Jan. 28th, 2010-Officially sent in referral contracts
Feb. 8th, 2010-Court date set for Feb. 22nd
Feb. 22, 2010-didn't pass (MOWA not ready) Rescheduled for 3/8
March 8, 2010-didn't pass....again.....same reason as before.....rescheduled for 3/15
March 15, 2010-Ethiopian judge is waiting for one piece of paper that was left out of our file. Should be on his desk tomorrow and then he/she will give their final approval.
March 16th, 2010-HE IS OURS!!! We passed court!!
March 23rd, 2010-Tentative embassy date of April 19th
March 25th-Embassy date confirmed.....We leave April 16th!!!
April 16th-postponed by one day due to volcano ash