We are a Christ loving family of 6, getting very excited to be a family of 7, by bringing home our baby girl from Ethiopia! God has laid it upon our hearts and has a plan for us. We cannot wait! HE is absolutely amazing!
11/07-5/08, Started talking about adoption. Began research, attended seminars,- chose Ethiopia and agency. 5/11/08-Mother's Day surprise-"Let's send in our application tomorrow!" 5/12/08-Sent in application online, check via mail. 5/13/08-Contacted by IAN, we have been approved!!!!(Happy Birthday to my mom). 5/14/08-Hubby's physical.(Needed for work too! Happy Birthday Lori!) 5/15/08-Contacted by social worker, set up first homestudy visit. Paperwork has begun! 5/20/08-Hubby gets fingerprints done! 5/21/08-I get fingerprinted and take them to CBI to begin background check. 5/23/08-Social worker comes to visit! (Stays for 3 hours. It was so much more relaxed than I thought.) 6/2/08-Background is back. 6/5/08- My physical and bloodwork. 6/5/08-Second homestudy visit. We still are missing some paperwork that needs to be collected by June 18. 6/18/08-Third homestudy visit! Our SW will have it done next week 6/19/08-All kids medicals done for homestudy-sent to SW 6/20/08-Most paperwork collected for dossier-only waiting on a few things! Wow, can hardly believe it. 7/21/08-Dossier finished and turned in;homestudy complete! 7/22/08-I600A dropped off at immigration in Denver. 7/28/08-Dossier received in Washington D.C. at 8:58 a.m. to be authenticated=) 8/1/08-Dossier has now left Germany and should get to Ethiopia on Monday!!!!!! Blessed are we! Thank you Jesus! 8/15/08-Received our 171-H today!!!! Hallelujah! 12/13/08-Got the news that we are officially #1 on the baby girl waiting list! Getting closer=) 1/16/09-Referral Day! 4 mos. old baby girl. Praise God. 2/13/09-Court date announced-April 29, 2009 =) 3/21/09-Court date moved up-April 16, 2009!!!! 4/16/2009-Passed Court, bring on the embassy date! 4/22/2009-Received the call, embassy date is May 6th =) 5/1/2009-Leave for Ethiopia
5/3/2009-Gracie's Gotcha Day! Most incredible day!