I am a woman who is trying to find my way through life by following the Lord, living intentionally and relying on God while not leaning on my own understanding nor being held back by fear. And here is the story of what is becoming of my effort to follow, live and not be held back ...
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Trusting the Lord for the cost of 2 tickets home...
Financial Update: as of 8/4/09 we are at 100% of the funds needed for 2 tickets home!
Our dossier (paperwork) is in Ethiopia! We have a DTE (Dossier to Ethiopia) date of 2/20/09! The kids and I just shared some Hershey's Bliss dark chocolate to celebrate. I am so thankful we had the funds we needed to send in the paperwork just as it was finished. God continues to amaze me!
We are overwhelmed by the response we have recieved from our friends and family as so many have given very generously towards our children's adoption. Each week a few more response cards come in and it is a great encouragement. Thank you so much for helping us get closer to meeting the rest of our family. Much love to you all!
Again, thanks to everyone who has hired us for odd jobs, babysitting, purchased a sprinkler system, helped at a sale, or given generously. And thanks to God for placing it in your hearts to help, give and love so amazingly!
*Where We Are in The Process * Date Entered = Item Completed
3/31/08 Apply to AWAA Ethiopia Program
4/8/08 Accepted to AWAA
5/8/08 Homestudy Application to Bethany
6/18/08 Formal Application to Bethany
6/19/08 Begin Gathering Homestudy Papers
10/1/08 Begin Gathering Dossier Papers
11/12/08 Homestudy Finished and sent to AWAA
12/3/08 Papers mailed to USCIS
1/10/09 Immigration Papers Recieved (USCIS)
2/5/09 Dossier Complete, Notarized, and Certified
2/9/09 Dossier sent to AWAA to be Authenticated and Translated
2/20/09 Dossier to Ethiopia DTE
2/20/09 Waiting 9-11+ (actually it was 3 and a half!) Months for Referral
7/6/09 Court Date
7/8/09 Passed Court!!!!
7/8/09- 8/7/09 Wait 4 weeks and two days to travel
8/7/09 Travel to Pick Up Our Children
8/16/09 Arrive Home!!!
Begin Working on Post Adoption Papers
Up and Coming Events
July 16, 2009 Apply to A Child Waits Grant Program
June 30, 2009 Applied to Katelyn's Fund
June 2009 Applied to God's Grace Adoption Grant
June 25/ July 4, 2009 Garage Sales
April 24, 2009 Received Show Hope Grant!!!
Feb 20, 2009 Apply to Shaohanna's Hope Adoption Grant
Dec 2008 Support letter sent to all our friends and family
Addis Ababa Time
The Ethiopian Flag
The emblem is intended to represent both the diversity and unity of the country. Blue represents peace, the star represents diversity and unity, and the sun's rays symbolize prosperity. The green recalls the land and hope for the future, yellow for peace and love, and red symbolic of strength.