Being Sheep

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep."John 10:14-15

Monday, May 31, 2010

June 22 Embassy Date??

It's looking very likely that our embassy date will be June 22 (we will be in Ethiopia for the embassy date). We need N's birth certificate and passport before an embassy date will be set. Some things you can pray for:

1) That all the paperwork will go through quickly and with no complications

2) That we will be ready ;)

3) That we'll be able to get plane tickets without 10 layovers (ok yes, I'm exaggerating a bit...)

4) That S will not have a bad reaction to peanuts on the trip (he has a non-allergic reaction to even just the smell of peanuts--and it's a very severe reaction)

5) That N will be healthy and will begin adjusting/attaching to us

6) That we will all survive the trip home with our sanity somewhat intact

7) That we will stay healthy while we're gone

8) That our 5 year old son D will not act out due to the changes to our family (he doesn't generally react well to change)

We so appreciate the prayers our friends and family have said on our behalf. It is truly such a blessing to have the support of so many. Thank you!

I will update the blog as I'm able to, but probably will not update while we're gone. I plan to journal on our trip though and post entries and pictures once we return! :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Freaking Out

Today I had a bit of a freak-out moment. I realized that it's very likely we'll be in Ethiopia in a month (though it could still be a bit longer). That didn't sound so bad until I realized it could very easily be 4 weeks or less. Yeah, 4 weeks. That sounds like really soon!! Yikes! I'm going to take a trip to Ethiopia! And stay there for a week or so! And bring home a baby I don't really know! Yikes yikes yikes!!!!

Thankfully I have a few friends and family members who were willing to tell me to stop freaking out. And my mom offered to come for a couple of days to help me get ready (trying to clean the house really well, be fully caught up on things like laundry, and have extra easy-to-prepare food in the pantry. I also need to write down a bunch of info for my mother-in-law who will be watching the kids, buy a few more things and... pack.

So to help me feel less freaked-out today, I thoroughly cleaned out the fridge, freezer, and chest freezer. I also cleaned and organized all the kitchen cabinets and drawers. Tonight I'm going to make a big grocery shopping trip and hopefully also finish cleaning the pantry. And I started setting aside which baby clothes and such I'll be taking with us.

I think I'm officially "nesting" now. ;)

This Saturday is my baby shower, and I'm super excited!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Emotions

I think this whole process of adopting has been one of the most emotional times of my life---both emotional "highs" and "lows".

There was the freaking out over mounds and mounds of paperwork at the beginning, the being so happy that the paperwork was finally finished and sent, being down that now we have to wait who-knows-how-long until a referral, getting a referral, being sad about our child's story and the reasons he needs to be adopted, freaking out because we now have to travel twice, oh wait--no, we don't, waiting for a court date, waiting to hear whether we passed court, passing court, still waiting, getting more pics, still waiting.

It's a lot of "hurry up and wait"! Last night it hit me again (it does that once in a while) as I looked at our little guy's picture. He's such a cutie, he seems to be very healthy and is being well-cared-for where he is right now. But it's so hard that he's there and we're here. And there's nothing we can do at this point to make it go faster.

But the good news is that it's coming! I'm sure the time will come before we know it, and in the meantime we're working to get a bunch of little house projects done, some extra baking, extra cleaning, etc. We can't wait to travel to pick him up and bring him home. :)

~J

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Back to Blogging

Ok, I'm going to try this blogging thing again. :) We are so excited about our referral for a beautiful little boy who is currently 7 months old. We have gone through the court process, so now it is just a matter of time before we can travel to bring him home!! We are hoping to travel sometime in June, but with international adoption nothing is a definite, so we'll have to wait and see.

I will be posting about some of the things we're doing to prepare for Little N's homecoming, as well as posting about our trip and how the adjustment process is going once we're home.

Thanks for reading!

~J