July 17, 2008


Our dossier is in Ethiopia and we are officially waiting for a referral of a girl under 18 months. We have been gathering paperwork, having visits with the social worker and going a bit crazy for the last 7 months, but it's finally here. We've done our part and now we just wait! I've attached the prayer list again and have highlighted the answered prayers.
  • CIS San Antonio will process our application in the next 5 weeks
  • God will provide us with the money we will need to pay for the remainder of our adoption expenses (WE ARE GETTING CLOSER!)
  • For our baby girl. For her health. That she feels the love of God and that He is her Father always and she always finds love, peace and faith in Him. And wherever she is right now, that He is creating her to be our daughter and she is loved and held and fed and cared for
  • For our baby's birth parents. For the toughest decision they may ever make. Or for their health. I truly feel the pain that this family may be going through and please pray that this is their only and last option
  • For our agency. That they continue to understand the anxiousness that adoptive parents feel and process our paperwork accordingly and ethically
  • PLEASE pray that our dossier will be out of our hands and in Ethiopia before we move on August 15, 2008!
  • For a referral of a girl under 18 months, court date and travel before December 31, 2008
  • For us to become the parents that God has called us to be to this baby girl. To give us the knowledge and wisdom we will need to be her parents
  • For Miles, that he bonds and loves his baby sister
  • That we will continue to stay focused and not to want this adoption more than we want our God
Please share in our joy this day! We should have our little one in about 6 months!
Her name will be Marley!


Irenic Seeker Mama said...

CONGRATS!!!! Now have some ice cream and pickles and all sorts of celebration :)


atHisrighthand said...

I love it! How fun is that!!!!!!!!! I should figure out how to copy that for the life book! Congratulations on being paper preganant! :)

julie said...

I love your ultrasound!!! That is fantastic.

Congratulations on being paper pregnant.

We are waiting for one more piece of paperwork and then we will be joining you in the paper pregnancy. We are asking for a little girl 4 or under or a little girl and little boy four or under.

God Bless,

Erica said...

Congratulations!!! How exciting! I love her name. :)

Justine said...

Congratulations! Make sure to celebrate the day. Love the name Marlet too.

Ressie said...

Congrats on the paper pregnancy! All my love. You are always in my prayers.

Tania said...

Congratulations. That is such exciting news. I will pray that all goes smoothly from here and you will have precious Marley home in 2008!

I LOVE the name! So cute.


Gretchen Magruder said...

woo hoo!! LOVE the sonogram pic!! We're still holding out hope that CHI could get our dossier back today and send it out with yours tomorrow....either way we'll be close behind you!!

LISA said...

Lov'n the ultrasound! Very cute!
Doesn't it feel great???

Paul and Deedra said...

Great ultrasound! I love the name, too! Congratulaions!!!!!!!

Katy said...

Hi! I belong to the yahoo group and saw your announcement and then went to your blog. I saw that you are moving to Willard, Mo. we live in Springfield and will be getting our boy from Addis, Ethiopia in September. There are many of us in Springfield and surrounding areas. There are wonderful support play groups for families. Happy day!

Brandon Cunningham said...

I can't imagine a little girl having a better set of parents. We will be praying for you guys.

Brandon & Renee' Cunningham

Children's Hope International said...


Jennifer N.

Annie said...

Congrats on moving to the "officially waiting" stage! Each step is worth a celebration!

Leah Reeves said...


I read your post on the yahoo group. Hurray for you and for calling out those who are always negative about every post.


Debbie said...

Congratulations on being paper pregnant!! I love the ultra sound and I have one of Guatemala on my blog!! When I was pregnant the sonogram pictures were so important to me and so is the one from Guatemala!!
May I borrow it?


Mama2BabyA said...

If GOD would provide you with the money to complete your adoption, why on earth would HE not provide the birth family with the resources to keep THEIR child?

Just curious?

Caroline said...


Read your posts on the EthiopiaAdopt group, and just wanted to say that I'm rejoicing with you as you reach this exciting stage. You're a long way ahead of me!
Congratulations - am thrilled for you.