Monday, December 31, 2012

WHERE IS OUR DOSSIER?

TRACKING OUR PAPERS- THEY ARE GETTING CLOSER!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

DTE

FINALLY! WE HAVE OUR DTE (Adoption language for dossier to Ethiopia). All of our papers are on their way to Africa this very moment! We are officially waiting on our referral for our baby! No more waiting for government documents, no more waiting for signatures, no more waiting for anything else! Just waiting waiting for the moment where we get to see our baby's photo and get all of the information about him/her.

During our waiting period, we still have lots to do! We still have to get our immunizations, prepare the baby's room and the house for the baby, and I am sure a long list of other things that will come up. If the wait is longer, we may actually have to have our FBI fingerprints, our form from Immigration, and our home study updated. I am praying that won't have to happen, but we have to make sure these documents stay current.

We are currently tracking our papers via FedEx. They are currently not out of the US, but I will be sure to let you know when they reach Ethiopian soil.

The current wait time is around 18 months, but they said nothing is certain. It could happen sooner. I am hoping since we didn't specify on gender it will help decrease the wait a little.

Please continue to pray for us as we are now officially in the REAL waiting period. Our adoption agency will be sending weekly emails of encouragement and updates. We will of course be keeping all our friends and family up to date. I am also very excited to write some blogs about topics I have been wanting to share about adoption.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas, Baby

Most of our post are to inform our friends and family about how the process is going, but this post is for Baby W.

Merry Christmas, baby!

This Christmas has been one of the best so far. Even though you weren't here with us, you were talked about, you received gifts, and you were prayed for by Aunt Janeece.  Baby, mommy and daddy don't know if you will be with us next Christmas, but we are really hoping this was our last Christmas without you. You already hold such a special part in the Woodson and the Jones family Christmas celebrations, and we can't wait for you to be here. We are all so excited about you coming home. Mommy and daddy sometimes wonder if you are even born yet. If you are, we are praying you were held, loved, and comforted this Christmas since mommy and daddy couldn't be there with you. If you aren't born yet, we are praying for your birth mommy and that she is being held, loved, and comforted this Christmas. We currently don't understand the circumstance of how you are coming to us, but we know that is all in God's bigger plan not only for your life but for our lives. We are praying for you and all the people who are currently taking care of you and who are currently in your life.  We know that these people love you too. You are so loved. We're going to end this letter, because well, you can't read but mommy and daddy wanted to document that Christmas 2012 you were already a big part of our celebrations. We love you.

Daddy always says he doesn't really have a way with words, but your daddy is very artistic (I hope you learn a lot of stuff from him) and I think this picture he took on Christmas Eve really says all he needs to say. Those are daddy's shoes in the picture with yours.

Merry Christmas.
Love,
Mom and Dad

Monday, December 17, 2012

USCIS APPROVAL!



Finally! After a long month of waiting for this document, it has finally made its way into our hands. This document was the last piece of information that we needed for our dossier (our big pack of papers that goes to Ethiopia). This piece of paper states that we have been approved to be fit parents in the United States, and it gives us permission to bring an immigrant orphan into the US.

Our dossier is currently at our adoption agency in Virginia. They are currently processing all our papers, and they are verifying that everything is correct. They want to make sure that everything is how the Ethiopian government requires it, so we don't have any major bumps along the road.

I AM SUPER EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT AS LONG AS THINGS GO AS PLANNED, OUR DTE (Dossier to Ethiopia) IS FRIDAY! YES! WE WILL BE TRACKING OUR PAPERS TO ETHIOPIA VIA FEDEX!

This is a huge answer to prayer because we were worried about the holidays slowing things down. We want to again thank everyone for their continual support. We love you.

We have had a few friends ask specifically what they could pray for as far as the adoption goes.
1. Please pray that our baby is safe, healthy and receiving good care while he/she is waiting to come home.
2. Please pray for us financially. Though we know we can support our baby once he/she is home, this process is extremely expensive, and we still have some very large checks to write.
3. Please pray for us to have peace and strength as we are waiting for our baby.