Wednesday, December 23, 2009

In The Waiting Room...

We are "in the waiting room"! We found out yesterday that we were officially put on a waiting list for our children as of December 21! This is a HUGE step in the process and we are so excited:).  Basically what this means is that our information is in the hands of the CWA Ethiopian staff and we are potential adoptive parents with a completed dossier. The original dossier should arrive there in the next few days and will be sent for translation so it's ready for court when we travel over to pick up the kids. There are probably a lot of people ahead of us who would have priority to children who become available, but we're trusting in God and His timing. CWA will not be releasing what number we are at on the list, as this can cause a lot of unnecessary anxiety. We were told that the wait for 2 young children is about 6-9 months, infant boys 4-5 months, and infant girls 9-12 months. I'm not sure if we'll get the referral for both of the kids at the same time or one at a time. We've been assigned a new CWA case worker who will walk us through the rest of our adoption journey and we're hoping to talk with him sometime before Christmas. Please continue to join us in praying for God's loving arms to surround our children this Christmas!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dossier COMPLETE!

Our dossier is officially complete and at CWA in North Carolina! Yay! We went to DC on Wednesday, December 9th. Everything went very smoothly and we were done with all our paperwork by 10:00. My favorite part was the Ethiopian Embassy which was officially my first time on Ethiopian soil. The people there were so nice and we had a blast touring the place. We then did some sight-seeing of the war memorials and the American history Smithsonian. It was a great day and we're so thankful for God's hand on the whole thing! CWA is waiting on some final funds from us and then our dossier will be on the way to Ethiopia and our children will be one step closer to home:). Thanks for all your prayers!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Headed to the Capitol!

We will be headed to Washington DC to spend the day at the department of state and then hopefully to the Ethiopian Embassy.  Please pray for us, that all goes smoothly and we are able to get all accomplished that we need to! This part of our journey has gone really flawlessly and we are so grateful to God for opening doors for us.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Homestudy Update

Homestudy Draft Finished! Our initial homestudy has been completed and sent to CWA for approval. Hopefully it will be approved or need minimal changes. Now, we need to finish up just a few more documents for our dossier and then we'll be headed to Harrisburg and DC for finalization of all our documents. We're hoping to have our dossier on it's way to Ethiopia around Christmas time:).

Saturday, October 24, 2009

And it Begins....

We have officially signed up to begin our adoption through Christian World Adoption http://www.cwa.org/  They seem to be a really great agency and we're really excited to be working through them. So, right now it's application after application. We did finally decide on a homestudy provider which is a relief.

It seems that every which way we turn, we see God confirming that this is His work and He is in control. It's been really encouraging to speak with people who already have adopted and to hear about their amazing stories. The children of Ethiopia are so beautiful. We have requested to adopt an infant (either gender). It's hard to wrap our heads around the fact that this child could very well already be alive in the land of Ethiopia. We have already felt such a burden to be praying for our child's family during this time.

Please be praying for us over these next few weeks as we dive headlong into all the paperwork to be done, especially beginning our homestudy.