Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's Confirmed

Our Embassy Date has been confirmed for January 27, 2010. Exactly 6 weeks from today. The Embassy appointment is on a Wednesday, but we will arrive in Ethiopia on the Monday before. This is the day that we will go to the care center to pick up Mason. I can't believe we will be holding him in 40 days. It seems so close, yet so far away. I know it is going to sneak up on me though, with all of the things I have to prepare for between now and then.

I am really excited because we have already booked our room, and we are staying with two, maybe three other families who are traveling at the same time. They are adopting from the same agency as we are, so we have become friends over the past few months. It will be so nice to have the support and company of the other families. I cannot wait!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

We Passed!!

We received a call at about 11:30 that we passed court. Sentayehu is officially ours. We will call him Mason. We are completely elated. We also found out that we could be traveling as early as Jan 13th to go get him, however Jan 27th is more likely. We have a lot of work to do between now and then.

Mason, your mommy, daddy, and little sister Paige love you and are coming to get you baby.

Now, on to celebrating!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fingers Still Crossed

We have had a roller coaster of emotions kind of day. At about 10:45 I got a call from our adoption coordinator telling me that our case was not heard because the Ministry of Women's Affairs did not send their part of the paperwork. From what I understand, three things have to happen to pass. 1. The judge has to hear the case 2. MOWA has to send an approval letter for us to adopt, and 3. His family has to show up to relinquish their rights. As you can probably imagine, I was very disappointed. I thought I had prepared myself for this setback, but I obviously hadn't, because it hit me like a ton of bricks. Then at about 12:30, I received another call from Allison, telling me that our court date has been rescheduled for tonight, and that his family already showed up to sign their part of the paperwork!!! Now, I am excited all over again. We are so blessed to have been assigned such a quick court date, but it is bittersweet, because two other families were rescheduled for the 31st. I know their heart is breaking right now. With that being said, we are continuing to pray for good news tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Keeping our Fingers Crossed

It is Tuesday night here,but early Wednesday morning in Ethiopia. In a few hours, a judge will be presented with a file with our little guy's name on it. If all the paperwork is in order and the correct people show up, then we will legally be granted custody. We should know the results by the end of the day tomorrow. While we are praying for a positive outcome, we are also praying for his biological family, because not only must they make a very difficult 200 mile trip to appear in court but they must legally agree to relinquish their rights, I cant imagine what a difficult decision that must be. As we hope to be celebrating tomorrow, we know that this has to be a very difficult time for them.
We will keep all of you updated, but if we pass we are looking to travel late January or early February. If we do not pass, our court date will be rescheduled and it will further delay us getting to bring our little boy home.

Also praying for the several other families who have a court date tonight. Good luck!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Robbie and I are proud graduates of Texas A&M, and before Paige was born, our family always knew that our Thanksgivings were spent at the Texas A&M vs. University of Texas game. However, since we have had Paige, I have not been to a game, and Robbie has only been to one. This year, since she is the big five, we decided that it was time to take her to her first game. Although the outcome did not turn out as we had hoped, she sure had a good time , and that is what is most important. Here are some pics around campus before the game...
Here she is on Bevo. Notice his horns are "sawed off".

Here she is under the Aggie rings, symbolizing the marriage of two Aggies; like her Mommy and Daddy.

With a Yell Leader. Gig 'em Ags!

And with two senior tuba players in the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band.

And here she is practicing her Yells with the Yell Leaders. We sure are proud of our little Aggie!