3/14/2012 – No new updates from the US Embassy in Addis and we are starting to feel the anxiety set in. Now we are really pressing into God!!!
3/6/2012 – US Embassy requested additional information on our case. Police officer’s phone number who brought Noah to the orphanage.
2/28/2012 – Confirmation from US Embassy in Addis that they were reviewing our case.
2/21/2012 – Our agency turned in our court documents to the US Embassy in Addis for final processing of the adoption.
1/9/2012 – Final Ethiopian court approval that Noah is officially our child
1/2/2012 – Went before a judge in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to give our consent to adopt Noah. Our case was delayed a week due to missing paperwork.
12/28/2011 – Met Noah for the very first time in person. We are so in love with this little boy.
12/26/2011 - Departed for Ethiopia to meet our son Noah
12/2011 – Received notice from our agency that we have been scheduled for court in Ethiopia on January 2, 2012. We must be in Ethiopia a few days prior to court to finally meet Noah!
9/13/2011 – We got our referral for Noah!!! One of the happiest days…it’s like finding out your pregnant only you get to see pictures of that little munchkin! The real wait begins!!!
6/27/2011 – Our first child we were matched with was terminated. We are put back on the waiting list for another match!
4/2011 – We received our first referral for “Noah” – cutest little bugger!
3/2010 – 4/2011 – waiting to be matched with a child!!! Lots going on with changes to the process. Huge emotional rollercoaster!
3/2010 – Submit our dossier to Ethiopia!!! Sign, sealed, delivered!!! Waiting, waiting, waiting…according to our agency they were a year behind on matching children with families.
9/2009 – 3/2010 – prepared the dossier… this documents contains all sorts of goodies. Birth certificates, Marriage certificates, police clearance, SLED clearance, doctors notes, etc… Needless to say with both of of working full time and having another child this process took much longer than we anticipated!
8/2009 – We had our Home Study with an International Adoption Social Worker
8/5/2009 – Filled out our application to adopt a child from Ethiopia!!!
There were other events that took place during this time. Fingerprints expiring with our government, petitions having to be renewed…it has been a long journey and we aren’t even finished yet. We are hoping to hear some good news from the US Embassy in Addis soon!!!
Noah’s health is still poor!
Through it all God is good. He is teaching us daily to put our faith in Him. He gently reminds us that he loves Noah more than we ever could and he is in good hands. The home where Noah lives is amazing. He is surrounded by loving, caring, Godly people.
I personally have days of depression and outbursts of tears. Again, God reminds me I (my family) am not alone in this. There are other families anxiously waiting for their children. Please continue to keep us all in prayer. For favor with the US Embassy, the hearts of the expectant parents who eagerly wake every day looking for that “email” from Addis telling us to come be with our children. For our children, whom have been through so much in their short lives, for their health and for them to be united with their FOREVER families!!!