Well, we haven’t updated in a bit. As of now there is not much to report, although we are moving up the wait list slowly! We are now #68 on the list, and I am thinking it will be fall/winter before we receive a referral or even longer. We have had a busy winter and it has been hard to keep up with the blog. The girls are all doing well and continue to add to their jar for their baby brother. It is so sweet to see each of them put him first! They are always wanting to collect items for him, gather toys for him, and ask frequently when he will be home. Now, let’s just remind them of how badly they wanted him once he’s home and stealing their toys!
Aron is busy getting ready for Daytona and I have been busy with Valentine’s at the flower shop! Finally, we are getting back to normalcy. I can hardly believe that it will be March before we know it! The great thing about that is, we will receive another update and a new number! I will be sure to post once we receive that information!
Hope everyone enjoys the end of February! Happy Tuesday!
Happy New Year to everyone!! I can hardly believe it is 2013 already, time seems to be flying! We are hoping and praying that 2013 will be a great year!! We have moved up and our new number as of this morning is 71! We are hopeful that the momentum will continue so we can receive a referral this year! In the meantime, we enjoyed the holiday season with our friends and family. Our oldest baby girl turned 5, and we celebrated in Gatlinburg, TN. It is crazy to think she will be heading to kindergarten next year! All of our girls had a great holiday, and truly enjoyed celebrating the season and having us home.
We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season as well. Cheers to health, happiness and a referral in 2013!!
We are currently number 76, we received the email this afternoon! So far it looks as though we are moving up 6 to 9 spots a month….Not too bad!! I hope they continue tp match children at this pace and am hoping for 10 a month! I thought I would share our new number will you all! Have a great rest of the week. Please keep your fingers crossed that we continue to move up, and move one step closer to receiving our match.
Wow…we have been busy, sorry for the delay in our post. We are currently 84th on the wait list and they will be sending out new numbers Dec 1st or 2nd. It is pretty surreal to think about our journey. I can hardly imagine the day when we receive a referral. I read others stories and it is just amazing, not only for us, but for our girls as well. They know all about their baby brother and I believe this will be life changing, something they will always learn from, something to share and pass on to their own children someday.
Let’s see…we have been busy with work, the holiday and the girls. Aron’s parents came into town to celebrate the holiday with us, that was fun. They left Sunday and decided to take the two older girls to Florida with them for the week. A 12 hour car ride, that is something even Aron and I wouldn’t do!! They made it safe and sound and are enjoying their time swimming, cooking and playing. Londyn is home with us and is enjoying being the star of the show! I am sure she wonders where her sisters are, but she seems to be enjoying herself. Aron and I are actually enjoying a little piece and quite, but of course miss the girls. We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with friends and family.
We are now trying to get ourselves prepared for Christmas. I LOVE this time of year and can’t wait to decorate and get the tree up!
I hope you have a happy Tuesday! I will post again soon….promise!
We got word that our dossier is in Ethiopia and we are 91st on the waiting list. That means we “should” receive a match in 10-14 months. Once we receive a match it is another couple of months before we travel for the first time and get to meet our son. This is a long process, takes patience, but it is all worth it and an amazing journey!
We have been busy with the girls and work. Fall is a busy time for us all, so we have gotten a bit behind at blogging. oops Campbell and Harper have been going to school and love it!! They are growing so fast and are turning into quite the little ladies! Aron has been working long days in hopes to help Penske bring home their FIRST Championship!!! Fingers crossed for Penske Racing!
We are still in awe and so thankful to everyone who has reached out and helped along the way. Each day we are getting closer to our goal, that just blows us away and really warms our hearts. We can’t thank everyone enough, near and far, friends, family and strangers for all your generous donations. There are so many children in this world who will never know what it’s like to have someone to call mommy, someone to call daddy….someone to call their forever family. Thank you to all of you, for helping our family in providing this simple quest for a child in need.
We will write again soon…time to start the day!! Happy Wednesday to all!
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Sep 21, 2012 by 6:00 PM
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They should have it in hand Friday!!! That is so exciting! Happy Wednesday!
We have been busy with work and making sure everything was complete for our dossier. We have a date for our FBI finger prints, 10/4! Our dossier should be landing in Ethiopia any day now, we can’t wait for our fed ex tracking number so we will know 100% when it lands. Once we know, you will know!
We are getting closer to our goal and are around 10k away! We have a sale this weekend and a small live auction. I am thankful for so many people who have come forward and offered to help Aron and I. This weekend we will have Suki from Stella and Dot set up and selling, Julie Fay from Thirty-One Gifts and Jenn Harrington from Scentsy. All three of these amazing ladies reached out to me because they heard about our story. They are donating all of the proceeds and are also taking orders online via the links below. So, if you are out-of-town but would like to order an early Holiday Gift for someone…click the links and order away to support our cause.
Thirty One: www.mythirtyone.com/shop/catalog.aspx?eventId=E2148195&from=DIRECTLINK
Scentsy: Https://jenniferharrigton.scentsy.us (click Oakley fundraiser under parties)
Stella & Dot: www.stelladot.com/ts/u03j5
We have some great items that we will be auctioning off! Some of the items are:
Danica Patrick signed crew shirt, Denny Hamlin signed firesuit, Ryan Newman signed tire, catering package, bowling birthday package, bike tune ups, Hitachi Drill, Garnet Hill Clothing items (all new) and MUCH more!
Please join us (if local) this Saturday at the Wynfield Club House, Huntersville 10am-2pm in Wynfield (exit 23) Signs will be posted!! If you can’t make it, please go online to the reps site links above to place an order. They will close the party after the 24th. Any questions just ask me!
Thank you for your support!!
We finished!! I can’t believe our dossier is in the mail, and now we just sit back and wait to hear what comes next. There is a new rule in place with our agency that will slow the process by 2-3 months, the cut off was Sep 1st! As long as our dossier made it before September first, we did not have to go by the “new rule”. Needless to say, it will be there this morning as it was sent overnight! We still have some other things to do such as FBI finger printing etc, but for the most part the paper chase is OVER!! We will write more soon as we have lots of amazing things to share!
Gosh, it has been a long time since our last post. It seems as though time has just been flying by and we have been unable to keep up with blogging. There is so much going on but as summer winds down, we hope to have more time to fill you all in!
Quick update: we are finalizing our dossier today and hopefully sending if off tomorrow! Yeah! I can hardly believe we are about to send it off. We worked as hard as we could to gather all information needed to complete our dossier as quickly as possible. Once our dossier has landed we will be put on the wait list, they are telling us it will be 10-14 months before we receive a referral. Fingers crossed that all goes well.
Summer is coming to an end, what a great summer it has been. Campbell will be starting her final year of preschool next week, and Harper starts her fist year. They are both anxious to go to school and we are all anxious as well so the bickering can stop! Campbell really did well this summer with swimming, she is learning big arms without floaties and did pretty well. Harper had to warm up to the water but now seems to do well, but needs her floaties on! Little Londyn is sweet as pie, and is such a good baby! She is FINALLY walking, but not all the time! The two older girls really seem to understand the adoption and talk about their baby brother often. What an azaming experience this will be for our girls, we are very, very lucky!
We have a lot more going on and will blog all about it soon!! Have a great week everyone!! Time to prep for the DNC….busy weeks ahead!
We had what I believe is our last interview for our home study last night. Aron and I are leaving for a wedding Thursday, and will make a pit stop to get our criminal check and finger prints done on the way. Once we complete that and send in our final documents…we will be done with the home study. They said it would take about 2 weeks to get the report back and then we will send it on to U.S. Immigration for approval. I hear the approval takes 60-90 days… So far I have been able to keep us with the paperwork, it hasn’t been awful! The dossier is next, but we have been told much of it is the same paperwork as the home study. So we continue to push forward with great anticipation of what our future holds! Have a great Tuesday everyone!!