Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pay it forward

Yesterday was wonderful! Our agency phoned us to say another family took photos of our little girl. How cool is that? I was hoping that somehow a family may be traveling to our orphanage and "eventually" some photos would come our way. Adoptive families in process always think of other families, and hopefully we will also be able to pay forward this wonderful deed. They are just beautiful, and have helped put a very small band-aid on our wait. I have each image memorized, each look, gesture,every tiny detail has been totally analyzed. She is the sweetiest little girl in the whole world and we can not wait to bring her home.

Monday, January 26, 2009

My E-Bay Win

President Obama is very popular in Kenya. It got me thinking that maybe he is also well liked in Ethiopia. So I bid $10 on this collectible card and won! It is in mint condition and looks really neat. How cool would this be to bring as a bonus gift to someone that helps us in Ethiopia? Easy to pack, not heavy, that's what I am searching for. We will also bring a few fine silk scarfs from NYC. I am starting to hear positive reports on our pending formula donations. Keep your fingers crossed for a large amount. We will probably pack small candy's for the kids in between the cracks of the cans. I am thinking Tootsie-Rolls or sweetie-tarts, items that we can get alot of and will not melt. Our cuz also gave us about 25 Match-Box cars. Even if we open them and mix them in our carry-ons ect. It would of been nice to bring the fancy chocolates from our local store, but I feel they will not travel well.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Small Chance??

My heart is racing just a little bit. There is a very small chance that a family may of taken photos of our little girl. I know they are just arriving home and probably need to get settled in, but how I hope that they may have photos of her! This is very exciting, and hopefully a day will come when I can return this small joy to another waiting family.

Weight Loss -11

So far I am down about 11lbs, it depends on how you look at the scale! I like trying to be healthier, and the "empty" feeling is much better for me. I had a fuller meal last night and enjoyed it, however after did not feel comfortable after at all. So still working forward. Breakfast is normally oatmeal or egg with cheese,then I enjoy either a grill chicken salad every lunch, or topped with tuna. Dinner is usually late for me. I have been getting into the Weight Watchers frozen meals. The Italian meals are my favorite. Between meals is only green tea. I have a brisk walk two mornings a week and swim two evenings a week. I will squeeze in more walks when husband is home. It does become a challenge with the kids. I get angry if my exercise time is taken away from me.

My recent temptations: Hostess Cupcakes, two boxes came into the home, I did not eat them. Recess Peanut butter Easter Eggs, I saw a nice fresh box at check out, thought about them, but kept on walking. Soda, have not had a soda in about a month! Think of it all the time.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The First Africian-American President of the United States of Americia

The 44th President of the United States Barack Obama
What a wonderful day in history for us and for our children to witness. "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be happy"

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Love for our daughter..

Oh, she is always on my mind. We received a medical report on her last week. No new info, just in the top corner was a very small photo of her. What a treat that was. I look at it everyday. It seems to be the best quality photo of her so far. I see little girls around her age and imagine will this be her size? I just want her home. The Power of Attorney that is working for us in Ethiopia. I think of him all the time. Its wonderful work he is doing. I love him also, even though we have not yet met. He is our only connection to our daughter, reporting on her, making appointments on our behalf, overlooking her care. I truly can not wait to meet him in person. How to you thank someone like this? He gets the tasks done with little or no communication from us or the agency. Most recently Ehtiopia was 5 weeks without Internet. Can you imagine this happening in the US? He still got us that court date! With unreliable Internet, I emailed my agency with requests to forward to him in Ethiopia. I was going to wait until closer travel, however what if Internet was down again. I asked if he could purchase her a nice outfit for court if we sent some money? Maybe hire someone to take photos or purchase a small disposable camera? I asked if he would take them each out for a special meal after the adoption. I communicated concern that we would need help in the airport upon arrival. If our donations come Thur for us, we will have about 200 lbs of checked goods that will have to be transported to the orphanage. Our 3rd update to our home study was sent into USCIS yesterday, it should arrive Monday, it basically just approves us for up to 3yr old child, if our daughter turns 2 before we travel, there could be issues. I also requested new fingerprints be ordered, Court date is March 16, our fingerprints expire mid April. That's too close for my comfort. I know that many are starting to read and follow our story. It would be nice to hear from you, who are you? maybe a short introduction, are you adopting, thinking about it?? Love to hear from more of you.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Merry Christmas Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in Africa. It still follows the ancient Julian calendar, so Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on January 7. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Christ's birth is called Ganna. It is a day when families attend church. (see Dec 20th post for more details)

It would of been so nice to have our daughter home by now. The wait is dragging so much. I just keep in mind, that by spring she will be home and probably will not miss this darn ice/snow storm that is currently in process. What a shock to her system if she came home in the middle of winter. So spring/summer will be much more kind to her! Our Social Worker is updating our documents to approve us for a child up to 3years old. We do not want troubles in Ehtiopia when its time to apply for her VISA, our current documents approve us for a 2year old. Our daughter is currently 21mths old. So every day she is getting older the wait becomes harder and documents need to be updated. March 16th is her adoption day, I would love to send a small amount of money for our Power of Attorney to take her and a few kids out to a special lunch, get her a dress and maybe some photos. I will inquire as March 16th becomes closer.