Thursday, June 28, 2012

BREATHING

Just to keep you all up to date, we are currently in the process of waiting for our social worker to contact us. We have submitted all our paperwork to them, and they should be reviewing it. As any mommy who is concerned about her baby would do, I contacted them and made sure they had received the papers. The office assured me that they had, and that they will be contacting us soon. The social workers are the ones who perform our home study. The home study is a key part to the adoption process. We can't submit our dossier (all our papers to Ethiopia) until we have been approved by our home study. We have been told the home study process can take up to a month. They interview us in their office twice (I think) and then they have to visit our home twice as well.

While we are waiting on the social workers, we have been very busy collecting all sorts of documents- Life insurance forms, birth certificates (Jeffrey's is still on its way! It is challenging to get an overseas birth certificate), marriage license, photos, letters, and lots more! We are actually doing quite well! We just need a few more documents and we will be to the point where we just wait to send it all after the home study. I know that I am going to really have to practice patience in this whole process. It is hard having to wait on others to do their work, and you can't do anything about it! BREATHE BREATHE BREATHE Even though I am not going to physically deliver a baby, I am beginning to think a Lamaze class wouldn't be a bad idea! I'M JUST JOKING, but seriously deep focused breathing might be good.

So this is where we are now. Waiting but still breathing.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

FATHER'S DAY!

Father's Day was a very exciting day in our journey! We celebrated Father's Day with Rachel's family on Friday night because Lynn had to work 16 hours on Sunday.  We celebrated Father's Day with Jeff's parents on Father's Day. Both families are really excited! We wanted to let them know soon, because one we need their encouragement and support and two they are smarter than us, so we need them to help us find all our documentation =)

We are blessed to have our families behind us. As you can see from the pictures, we put the sonogram of Africa in their Father's Day cards.
Jeffrey's mom and dad
Rachel's mom and dad

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

WE HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED!

On Friday, June 8, 2012, we were officially accepted into the Ethiopia program. We couldn't be more excited! We have a very long process ahead of us, and ask that you pray for us through this time. We are currently setting up our home study with a social worker. We have tons of paper work that we have to collect to complete our dossier which is all of the papers that will go to the Ethiopian courts. The purpose of this blog is to keep you informed on where we are in this process. We want this to be something our friends and family get to experience with us. We honestly have no idea when our baby will be in our arms. There are lots of things that we are required to do, but there are also many variables out of our hands. Thank you for your love and support. We don't want anyone to feel pressured to donate, but we have setup a paypal account where all of the money that is donated will go towards our adoption. We are also going to have a few fundraisers throughout the adoption process to help cover expenses. We truly appreciate all of your love and support.