6/10/11- #39-girl waitlist! 5/31/11- first round of travel shots for Ethiopia 5/12/11- #39 -girl waitlist! 4/12/11- #44 -girl waitlist! 3/15/11- #49 -girl waitlist! 2/7/11- #60 -girl waitlist! 1/6/11- #62-girl waitlist! 12/10/10- #68 -girl waitlist! 11/24/10-received USCIS Favorable Determination Letter (FDL)!! 11/16/10-USCIS fingerprint appointments 11/6/10-received new USCIS fingerprint appointments 11/5/10- #74 -girl waitlist! 10/18/10-mailed rescheduling request to USCIS 10/14/10-received USCIS fingerprint appointments, but had to reschedule 10/6/10- #83 -girl waitlist! 9/29/10-received I-797C, Notice of Action from USCIS 9/21/10-mailed I-600A form to USCIS 9/17/10-dossier approved!!! On the girl waitlist at #93!!! 9/15/10-mailed completed dossier to AGCI!! 9/14/10-picked up final draft of home study 9/13/10-home study approved by AGCI!! 9/9/10-received rough draft of home study 8/13/10-FBI fingerprint results returned! 8/4/10-4th and final in-home meeting for home study 7/7/10-all adoption education completed and approved! 6/30/10-3rd meeting with home study agency 6/23/10-physicals done for home study 6/15/10-2nd meeting with home study agency 6/14/10-fingerprints taken, and mailed to FBI 6/9/10-informational meeting with home study agency 5/27/10-dossier conference call with AGCI 5/21/10-receive dossier packet 5/13/10-orientation call with AGCI 5/7/10-we tell everyone our big news! 5/6/10-application approved!!! 5/3/10-mail our application to our adoption agency, AGCI 4/19/10- we say "YES" to God's call to adopt a baby girl from Ethiopia! 3/17/10-tell Jody, watch Lucy Lane's video, we start praying 3/10/10- email Kristi, Lucy Lane's mom, about Ethiopian adoption 11/09-God stirs my heart to adopting from Ethiopia, I start praying
Two years ago today, September 7, 2013, our awesome and always faithful God completed our adoption journey! After a 3 1/2 year wait, our baby girl was finally HOME from Ethiopia! Caroline Faith Letehiwot met her brother and sisters for the first time, and they were instantly in love with her! I can't even put into words the joy and contentment of my heart that day! Our four children were finally all together!!! It's still bring tears to my eyes to remember that moment of Jody holding her as we walked down to the airport waiting room filled with our family and friends! What a milemarker moment of God's faithfulness and fulfillment that we'll forever cherish and remember!
Thankful heart today as we celebrate Caroline Faith's 2 Year HOME Anniversary!!!
"I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God!"
Exactly 2 years ago today, on May 23, 2013, while sitting in Panini Pete's restaurant in Fairhope, AL, we got the our long awaited REFERRAL CALL for our precious Caroline Faith Letehiwot in Ethiopia!!!
After 3 1/2 years of waiting we finally saw our daughter's face for the very first time! She was 9 1/2 months old and had the biggest smile and brightest eyes! We knew instantly that she was God's perfect plan for our family!!! I will never forget that amazing day and all the tears and joy as we were so overwhelmed by God's goodness and timing!
Happy 2 Year Referralversary to our daughter, Caroline Faith Letehiwot!!!! We love you SO MUCH, baby girl!!!
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
So last week, this precious little one earned her very first gymnastics medal!!! She was so cute standing on that podium with her blue medal. "It's not a pink one", as she tells everyone! I think she really wanted a pink medal! haha! :)
Caroline Faith is growing fast and talking more and more everyday! She is a JOY to our family! Thanking Jesus for this precious reminder of His faithfulness that I get to hold, love on, and take care of each and every day! May I never take that for granted!!!
He is faithful! Always faithful!!!
A sweet friend texted me this verse (one of my favorites, and the verse we have claimed over Carson's life) as we are in the middle of a (semi-stressful) moving process...
"Being confident in this that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
I am so behind on blogging, and I need to catch up on our holiday pictures! Wow, how does 2 months go by between every blog post?!?! :)
I think I'll start with our Ethiopian Christmas Celebration last week! This was our 2nd Ethiopian Christmas to have Caroline Faith Letehiwot with us, and we invited our friends, the Smiths, to come over and celebrate with us!
Getting the table ready for our Ethiopian feast!
The girls and I made another layered cake this year! So cute!
But the cutest is our Ethiopian princess!!!
She was so excited to celebrate!
She says, "Melkam Gena!" (which is Merry Christmas in Amharic)
Eating with her best Ethiopian friend, MoMo!
The Ethiopian feast!!! We had Ethiopian potato salad, chicken, Ethiopian spaghetti, wraps (in the place of injera), and Ethiopian honey bread. The kids were really good about trying almost everything!
Moses loved his Ethiopian spaghetti!
Caroline ate a little bit more this year than she did last year! :)
A sweet kiss for a sweet friend!
Cute kids after dinner!
Only one piece of cake left! We did the layers like the Ethiopian flag!
The next morning was January 7th, which is Christmas Day in Ethiopia. We started a tradition last year of hanging chocolates on a little Christmas tree and giving the kids one gift each.
Caroline reaching out for her chocolate!
Another Christmas celebrated with our precious Ethiopian daughter, and we couldn't be more thankful! I hope she (and all the kids) grow up with fun memories from celebrating this special holiday!
Wow! It's been almost 2 months since I've had time to update the blog! Life is full these days taking care of a family of SIX! But I absolutely love it, and wouldn't trade it for anything! I am taking a quick break from the laundry and to-do list to catch up on some FALL FUN!!!
Caroline Faith is growing and thriving and we really feel that her attachment is very secure right now. That is HUGE progress from where we were this time last year! She has been home for 13 months, and is doing so so well! She is a very busy, hilarious, active, cute and full of LIFE (just like her Ethiopian name!) little 2 year girl!!!
We are beyond blessed and thankful for all that the Lord has done to heal her sweet little heart over these past 13 months of her being home with us! Here's some pics of our fun we've had over the past couple of months!
A fun Labor Day weekend beach trip with friends!
Celebrating Gotcha Day! We gave her a cute little zebra toy we bought her in Ethiopia!
CG making the "Gotcha Home Day" cookie cake just a few days later! Sweetest big sister! Don't know what I'd do without her!!!
Happy Gotcha HOME Day, baby girl!!!
Ole Miss Football game!!! CF loves going to the games this season! And she's the cutest little Rebels cheerleader! :)
And this cheerleader is just PRECIOUS!!! Love her!
Carson was so excited when Game Day came to the Grove!!! Of course he was there with his sign!
Mommy & Daddy loving being back in the Grove together! This is where we got engaged 15 years ago! :)
The biggest smiles!!! :)
We won!!! Victory dance!
Our little guy is old enough to play tackle football this year! He is loving it, but Mama still can't believe he's old enough for this!!!
Caroline and Daddy selfie!
On the football field with the Packers!
The cousins waiting on the Walk of Champions at the Ole Miss/Auburn game!
Our first cold weather of the season! We got out the coats and boots! But no worries, it's back in the mid-seventies today! Deep South life! Ha! :)
Seriously, could he be any cuter!?! Love this boy!!!
A coffee date with Mommy! Like a true Ethiopian, she loves her coffee!!!
And Happy Halloween 2014 from our Fancy Peacock, Ole Miss Rebels football player, Disco Queen and Tiny Strawberry!
I am just so THANKFUL for this fun crew! They keep me busy, but in the BEST way! Hopefully, I'll be back to blog soon on all God is teaching me during this season of staying home with 4 kids. I am learning to savor the moments. forget the messes, and depend on Him for everything...including extra energy on the busy days! :)
Thankful for abundant life in Jesus Christ!!!
"I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it to the FULL!"
On this very day last year, God gave our family a huge MIRACLE!!! Our prayer we prayed for over 3 years was answered...our daughter was HOME!!! Life as a family of six was just beginning, and our hearts were (and still are!) overflowing with JOY! Thank You, Jesus!!!
"I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles!"
One year ago today on September 4, 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, we walked up the winding staircase of the baby house at Hannah's Hope and scooped our daughter back up in our arms! Gotcha, Caroline Faith Letehiwot!!!
Only by God's grace and strength had we made it through those long 6 weeks in between our trips to Ethiopia. Finally our daughter was in our arms, and this time for good!!!
My heart was so peaceful and content with my daughter snuggled up next to me, and I finally felt like I could breathe again. My heart was settled and at rest. The long adoption journey was coming to an end...or rather it was all just beginning! :)
God writes the BEST stories!!! We will celebrate her 1 year Gotcha Day Anniversary tonight with a family dinner and a gift that we bought her from our first trip to Ethiopia. My heart is still so peaceful and content. One year with her in our arms and there are days still when tears fill my eyes as I kiss her and hold her. God's goodness and faithfulness continue to overwhelm me. Just so thankful for this past year.
Happy 1 Year Gotcha Day, Konjo!!! We love you, baby girl!!!
"They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness!"
I am a full-time mom to four precious children, and have been married for 15 years to my wonderful, campus pastor, husband-Jody.
I love my family, baking, working out, reading, Ole Miss sports, Mexican food, our church, walking, and having friends over.
Most of all, I love my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our family's motto is "Love God, Love Others", and we are trying to live that out! We are so thankful that the Lord has brought our baby girl home from Ethiopia!