Friday, September 26, 2008

HIP HIP HORRAY for the Kulps!!

I just wanted to post that my fellow adoptive mom, Kim Kulp got a referral for a 4 month old baby boy! YEA! Hopefully we'll get to travel together since she's got a 3 year old and knows what to do unlike, me, the novice who will be trying my best not to go into "freak out" mode!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

WE GOT OUR BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry I didn't post this yesterday since that's when I got "THE CALL" from Duni, our adoption coordinator. She called at around 4:30 or so which is really quite late for a referral call so I honestly thought she was calling with some sad news and not calling to tell me that I was a mom! So of course I was ELATED (screaming/jumping up and down/shaking) when she said, "it's good news, you have a baby!" WOW! So, they think he's nearly 3 months old, and he's a HUNK! He's got "melt me" eyes and these "dreamy" lips! I wish I could just reach through his picture and hold him and kiss him! Michael was also thrilled of course but he's not handleing the NEW wait that we have ahead of us very well. He's SOOO anxious to get over to Ethiopia and pick him up! I think we just sat and stared at his picture for an hour, then went and made lots of copies to mail to everyone (we can't post any on the blog until we pass court) then we went to dinner and afterwards stared at his pic for another hour or so. Then even though I'm off today, we woke up early and stared at his beautiful face some more! So I Fed-Exed our referral acceptance letter this afternoon so now we just wait for a successful court date and then we're OFF TO AFRICA! We tried showing Herman and Clovis (our dogs) his picture but they didn't seem to want anything to do with him, I think they're just jealous b/c he's so dreamy :)
The other families that are sooooo close are very much in our prayers. I also am so thankful for all the lovely people that have been praying for us and have been following our adoption journey these many months. Our prayers have been answered!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sad News....

Well guys it looks like we may not be getting our referral in September afterall. :( I'm soooo devastated and just sad. I'm still cautiously optimistic (which according to this book I'm reading is part of my Catholic upbringing) and I still trust in the goodness and miraculousness of the Lord that he can work miracles and make this happen for us.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A sign from above, thank you Jesus!

Okay, so Michael and I were driving to go and check out the progress on our new church which is in the early building stages and I was just sitting and thinking about the Tennant referral and wondering what I would do if we didn't get a call next week, and we passed the local baptist church which usually has a sign out in front with a quote or psalm. WELL the sign today said,

"You will be heard this week." Ezra, 3

EZRA is the name we've chosen for our baby boy!!! If that alone isn't wild enough, the first line of Ezra, 3 is

"And when the SEVENTH month was come,......." Well according to Duni we are in our 7th month!

Lastly, the entire passage is about the building of the foundation for the temple, and we were on our way to see the foundation that's being laid for OUR church! I just really feel encouraged and refueled with this little "revelation" and I just hope that it may do the same for some of you waiting families.

We don't have a digital camera b/c Michael left ours at Wrigley Field in Chicago, BUT I will get a little disposable one and post a pic on our blog of our "sign".

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

More of the same...

Well I hope you guys like our updated blog, I'm just so proud of myself for learning how to apply a background other then the ones they offer you. Still NO NEWS on our end :( I'm soooooo tired of waiting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know that I have no other option but to wait but it doesn't make it any easier. At least I'm off work tomorrow, that always makes me happy :)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Feeling down...

So Friday came and went w/o THE CALL. Several people thought that it was going to be THE day but no good news. I'm pretty bummed b/c the adoption agency said that they think the August referral families will travel in late Nov. or December but there will only be one travel group for December, soooooo... that meanst that we may not travel until JANUARY! What a nightmare! I never in a million years thought we'd have to wait this long to be with our son. So I'm just feeling really depressed and wanting to eat EVERYTHING in sight. I need some carbohydrate comfort :) Maybe next week will be our week, who knows. My mood matches this hurricane weather we're having. BUT one good thing is that I'm going to see TINA TURNER with my mom on October 26th! yea!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

No news...

Well we've officially begun the start of our EIGHTH month waiting for a match after having our paperwork in Ethiopia. Michael had a "feeling" that Monday would be the day, alas obviously his feeling wasn't correct :( I still haven't had that "feeling" yet and I don't think it will be this week even though I'm begging and pleading with God to let it be so. I also found out today that we're not #2 like we thought we're likely in the top 5 but I'm not sure where we sit b/c there are supposedly some mystery families ahead of us. BUT our adoption coordinator did tell me that it would be THIS month so I'm focusing on that and just living every day (just with a bit more anxiety with every phone call). I know that one day the phone will ring and it WILL be the agency calling to tell my about my baby boy! Isn't that so exciting! I can't wait!