Saturday, December 25, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ethiopia to Shut Down Unethical Adoption Agencies

Here is a great article on the dangers of unethical adoption that are present in international adoption.  It is unfortunate that drastic measures must be taken to stop the few "bad guys" & that it slows down the adoption process for those who are truly interested in finding homes for orphaned children.  But it is encouraging that things are being done and awareness is being raised about unethical agencies.  Just another reminder to encourage prospective adoptive parents to do their homework about an agency before choosing one!  And a little plug for Adoption Advocates International: it is widely respected in the adoption community for its ethical practices :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Adoption Update

Unfortunately, the update is not very exciting but it is something, at least.  I talked to AAI the other day & was told the document that has been holding us up should be in Ethiopia by this weekend.  If things go well, it will be in the judge's hands next week & we will officially pass court, making us N's legal parents (finally!).  We are hoping & praying for a Jan. 12 or Jan. 26 embassy date, which means Billy will pick N up from the orphanage and bring him home at that time.  Jan. 12 or 26 because each adoption agency is allowed embassy dates every 2 weeks & those are our agency's January dates. 

Emotionally, we are still doing well.  There have been moments of frustration over the missing document that has held up.  But, we know this whole things is in God's hands and that, in the grand scheme of life, it won't matter whether N came home in December or February.  Still, we are beyond ready to get him home.  We received a photo update of him yesterday and he looks so much older than the little baby we first saw in his July pictures. 

Thank you for all  your thoughts and prayers through this emotional process!  Please pray for N to come home in January and for him to be happy & healthy as he waits in the orphanage.

P.S. His new first name is Willliam :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mall Walking

Every Friday morning, we meet up with Honey (my Mom) to powerwalk - usually at the Greenway but, during the Winter, at the mall.  Shep loves our little routine because he is so excited to see Honey each week.  And I love it when we move indoors because the mall is all decorated for Christmas & sometimes we'll treat ourselves to Starbucks or Auntie Annie's - yum!   But the best part is having my Mom's undivided attention.  Thanks for this special time each week, Mom!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tot School

I am still on the fence about whether or not to homeschool our kids but, since Shep is not in preschool yet, we are doing "tot school" (home preschool) at home.  Tot school for us looks like crafts, coloring, painting, reading books, and getting on the floor to play one-on-one with him at least once a day.  I also take advantage of teachable moments throughout the day to name things, explain how they work, count them, etc.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

His Welcome Bag

We were allowed to send N a "Welcome Bag" to welcome him to our family.  There are strict guidelines about what is (and isn't ) allowed to go in the bag, as well as the stipulations that it must fit into a gallon size freezer bag and can't weigh more than 3 lbs.  So here are the contents of N's Welcome Bag, which is now in Ethiopia.  I spent a lot of time & anguish on it only to discover once we were there that he probably never sees any of it.  I was told the photo albums are saved for the child to look at while there & hopefully take home when they go, but the rest of the items become "community" property.  Oh well, it was nice to have something to funnel my nesting instincts into!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Calling All Orphanage Supplies!

When Billy travels to pick up William in (hopefully) January, he will have a lot of room in his bags for orphanage donations.  If you have any of this stuff on hand or would like to pick some up to send with us, just let me know.  We took a lot of donations on our first trip and the orphanage staff were so very grateful (as were the kids, I'm sure!).  Current needs are:
  • any and all arts and crafts (stickers, elmers glue, glue sticks, and pre-made craft kits specifically)
  • 7 and 8 year old sized pants for boys and girls
  • Shoes (children's size 12 - women's 7/men's 9)
  • KG clothing (pants especially)
  • construction paper
  • pens
  • toothpaste
  • nail clippers
  • disposable diapers
  • headbands
  • hair ties
  • fly tape
  • sanitary pads
Used clothes & shoes are fine as long as they are in decent shape...
Thanks for your help!

Thursday, December 2, 2010