And the paperwork continues……

And the paperwork continues……

Whew! The paperwork fun continues! I called our agency yesterday, (whom I love by the way) to make sure they had all the necessary paperwork and nothing was outstanding. As our case worker opened our file she noticed we did not complete the recent update! Huh? We were confused because we did complete a recent update for our updated home study, new medicals, new fingerprints, new employment letters etc etc etc….. How could we possibly need new medicals again (notarized), new good conduct letters from the local police (notarized), new financials (notarized), etc etc….. AHHHHH- So of course with us being so close now, we don’t want something like missing paperwork to slow things down. Needless to say, we have been running around, making calls, and doing whatever we can to get this done quickly!  We have since learned that the home study is a separate update from our agency update, so the papers/forms have to be originals for both. Things slowed so much for so long that this wasn’t a necessary step, now that things are moving…..it is back in place and all families have to complete it.

Although this is taking a lot longer than we ever anticipated, we know it will all be worth it in the end. All the tireless nights gathering the mounds and mounds of paperwork. All the trips to Charlotte to get fingerprints and background checks. All the people you have to inconvenience along the way for letters of reference, donations and support. All the hours you spend on the phone to gather more information for your HUGE mounds! All the emails, calls and texts into our fabulous agency (West Sands Adoptions) with a thousand and one questions!:-) We now know it WILL all be worth it, as it is finally becoming full circle! We hope and pray everyday that we receive the best gift this Holiday Season!

More to come….

xo

Could we possibly be getting close?

Could we possibly be getting close?

Where has time gone? As you all know, life gets crazy, life gets out of control, life just becomes “life”. We have not had much to blog about because our adoption journey came to a screeching halt. Things were moving right along and all seemed to be wonderful, and then BAM the slow down.  We always heard with adoption things could  just slow at anytime, but for us it wasn’t going that way at all. We kept moving down the wait list and really believed it was going to be a fairly quick process. Fast forward to today 12-2-2014 and here is where we are at.

We are almost two and a half years into the process. After a year (plus) of no movement, no referrals, so much uncertainty as to what was going to happen with Ethiopian Government, would the program shut down forever, when would referrals start again, what now, what about our journey, what about all the orphans, when will we hear something….anything, I am PLEASED to say…..referrals have started again and we have made movement!!!!!! We are EXTREMELY close to the very special moment, when they call us with our referral, our son. We have been told the hardest part is when you are the closest..we would say that is somewhat true. Everyday you wonder if this is the day when our phone will ring, an email will appear, and our life will forever be changed …. for the very best!

With the time that has passed, our girls have gained a deep love and passion for their soon to-be brother. They have great plans as to who is sleeping with him first, who will feed him and who is going to take care of him.  He is in for a treat with these 3 little moms that are waiting to greet him!  They would all like to go to Ethiopia with us to meet all of the children and families in need. However, we can’t take all of our children with us when we travel, but we do think it would be an amazing experience and something they would cherish forever.

Please keep our family and all other families involved in your thoughts and prayers. It is a long process, but will all be worth it in the end. As we hope the end is near, with adoption there are no certainties.

“Adopting one child won’t change the world: but for that one child, the world will forever be changed.” – Unknown

So glad to be writing again, excited to keep you all informed and share this special journey with you all. Will post again soon!

xo

 

 

 

Moving up….

Moving up….

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!

xo

Happy New Year, Cheers to 2013!!

Happy New Year, Cheers to 2013!!

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!!

xo

Just a Quick Update

Just a Quick Update

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.

xo

Moving Up

Moving Up

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!

xo

91st on the waiting list!

91st on the waiting list!

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!

xo

 

Our Progress & Thirty-One, Stella & Dot and Scentsy Party!!!

Our Progress & Thirty-One, Stella & Dot and Scentsy Party!!!

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!!

 xo

 

August 29th Is A Good Day!

August 29th Is A Good Day!

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!

xo