Sunday, January 20, 2013

In Our Arms Again:)

We had a sweet reunion with Abel! He is doing so well and just laughed and laughed as we held him. He's so alert and interested in everything, from his hands to the ceiling:). He babbles, coos, and baby talks it! Embassy tomorrow and then we head out Wed night. We're greatly delighting in our son and rejoicing in our God. Moments like these in life are special and we're savoring every minute of it!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Abel's Coming HOME!!!

And we leave TODAY!!! 3 1/2 hours to be exact...and why am I blogging:)? Tonight we will be on a plane flying us back to our children's homeland, Ethiopia. It's been a total cannon ball affect around here and I have yet to come up for air. We cleared embassy Monday and have been in high gear since...nesting, planning, and packing. My youngest sister, Joanna, is coming along with us! We spend the day in London on Friday and then arrive in Ethiopia Saturday night. We probably won't see Abel until Sunday morning since he goes to bed at 7:00.  I will really have to restrain myself from interrupting my baby's sleep!

We are ECSTATIC and cannot wait to finally bring Abel home. Malachi and Hadassah are super excited too, especially Malachi as he traveled to meet Abel with us on our first trip. We do hope to update our blog while we're in Ethiopia so check back.

Thank you all for your prayers and support. Our God continues to write our story and we're so thankful this page has finally turned:).

Hope to share more soon...

We're coming Abel!!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

C'mon Embassy!

Yep, we've reached the final stage of our adoption...embassy (duh-duh-duh-duh). We were submitted Thursday, Dec 27th and have been getting little sleep since then;). Anyone who's been at this stage, knows that your mind is constantly caluculating the time difference in Ethiopia and checking your email accordingly to see if there's ANY news about your case. We have received several emails the past week; the first was that our case was received, then they said they began our I604 investigation, and just recently we got an email requesting the contact information of an individual pertinent to Abel's case.

Some of you may be wondering why we're going through all of this if we already went over and legally adopted Abel. Everything we did on our first trip was the Ethiopian side of things; you're working with their government and judges to have the adoption approved. What we're dealing with now is the US side of things. We now have to go through an even more in depth screening and investigation to make sure everything is A Ok with our case according to US standards. Most cases go through without a hitch, but there's always the chance the US embassy could say the case is "not clearly approvable." If that happens, they will forward our case to Nairobi, Kenya for a higher level of clearance. If that happens, it typically only adds 1-2 weeks. But, we are hoping and praying that does not happen and we are cleared soon.

Prayer is such a crucial part of the entire adoption process, but there's an urgency that we sense right now as we're getting so close to bringing Abel home. Would you please pray with us this next week?

-Please pray that the embassy can get ahold of the individual involved in Abel's case and that they get clear confirming information from him or her.
-Pray for one final medical test to come back quickly so it does not hold us up. We cannot schedule a travel date until this test comes back.
-Pray for us; we are so ready to have Abel home!!! Now that the holidays have come and gone it just feels like it's TIME. Each day feels longer and harder without him home and our hearts and arms ache to hold him.
-Pray for Malachi and Hadassah; their worlds are about to change in a big way. They're super excited for baby Abel, but it'll be a major change none the less.We're ready for the new challenges of bonding and adjusting to a family of 5 instead of obsessively checking email at 3am and hounding our poor adoption agency for answers.

We're getting close, friends. Thank you for walking this road with us...pray us through the home stretch!!!

The embassy will be closed Monday, January 7th as this is Ethiopia's Christmas. So, we won't have any new news until at the earliest, next Tuesday. Can't wait to finally post that Abel's coming home:).