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
It was such a BLESSING to sit in church on Easter Sunday with all four of our children as we praised our risen Savior! Caroline Faith loved her first Easter home!!! Lots of family, friends, sunshine, playing outside...and chocolate! Some of her favorite things, for sure! :)
Today, April 7, 2014, marks exactly 7 MONTHS HOME with our wild, spunky, active, sweet, adorable, joy-filled Ethiopian princess!!!
Caroline Faith has been so funny lately, and she is definitely keeping us on our toes! The only time I take a "break" is when she is sleeping! :) This morning, she threw her toothbrush in the toilet right as I was flushing it! Oh my...I have plunged and plunged, but we may still end up having to call a plumber! Ha! Something like this goes on at our house pretty much every day! :)
As you can see from the pics above, her older brother and sisters have introduced her to "Easter egg hunting"! They have set up many hunts for her in our backyard! One of her favorite places to play is in our shower! And yes, that is my sports bra around her neck! :)
And she loves loves loves to eat sweets! (Although I try to really limit her sugar intake.) The bottom pic is of her LOVING her piece of Caty's ice cream cake this weekend! Yummy!!!
I have started taking her to the gym nursery a few times a week, so that I can work out consistently again. It has been great for both of us!!! She loves the social interaction and getting out of the house, as does her Mommy! :) She is so my child!!! And I am keeping her room in the church nursery on Wednesday nights, and she is doing great with that so far too.
This weekend we were at Carson's baseball tournament, and she wandered off ahead of me. A sweet lady stopped her and asked her something. I saw her turn around and point at me and smile. I went up to the lady and asked her what she had asked Caroline Faith? She told me that she asked where her Mommy was? This made me feel so good that she turned around and pointed to me! So thankful she knows her Mommy!!! That just warmed my heart!
I am so thankful for our 6 month season of cocooning this fall and winter. We tried our hardest to simplify and slow down, and it was a sweet (and sometimes hard) season for us. But God is so faithful, and He used it as a time of bonding and a time for love to grow. And I am so very thankful that it's now spring and life is starting to take on a "new normal" for us! God is so GOOD!!!!
Now, if the weather would just stay WARM that would be perfect! Little Miss is happiest when she is OUTSIDE!!! :)
HAPPY 7 MONTHS HOME, Konjo! We love you, baby girl, and we're so glad you're HOME!!!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Our sweet little Catybug turned 7 years old today!!!
We celebrated by having TEN little 7 year old girls, including Caty (and plus our own other 3 kiddos!), come over last night for Caty's very first spend the night party! It was wild and crazy, and lots of memories were made! The night consisted of playing in the sprinklers, pizza, decorating sun visors, jumping on the trampoline, opening presents, ice cream cake, fingernail painting, glow sticks outside, make overs, hide and seek, glitter tattoos, making smores, movie time, a little bit of sleeping and LOTS of giggling and squealing!
7 year old girls are FUN!!! :)
And she is super excited about getting her EARS PIERCED!!!!
We are breaking our original "ear piercing rule" of being 9, and letting her do something CRAZY and get hers pierced at 7! Haha! Yep, we're pretty crazy like that! :) So, after her last cheer competition of the season, she'll be getting some earrings!!! So excited! Pics to come!
HAPPY 7th BIRTHDAY, CATY!!! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!
Our little cutie is 20 months old today!!! She is so active and busy-busy! We are full speed ahead every day, and it's so much fun! Caroline Faith is doing so great, and she is growing so fast! Hoping to have more time to update the blog next week! This past week was a little crazy!!! :)
"How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?"
Yesterday, Jody and I had the opportunity to sit in our keeping room and share our adoption story with a friend. We pretty much shared the story from beginning to end. It had been exactly 4 years to the day since I came to Jody and asked him to pray about what I believed God was calling us to do...adopt a baby girl from Ethiopia.
I have to be honest that it surprised me how emotional I got as I shared parts of our story. It's been over 6 months since Caroline Faith came home, and I didn't think it would be as hard emotionally to walk back through our journey. I am thankful that it was though. I pray that the Lord will always keep my heart soft and vulnerable to how He grew us and sustained us during the long wait.
I haven't forgotten the pain and the raw emotion of the wait, and I hope that I don't. But the joy that has come from finally having Caroline Faith home definitely helps that hard season of waiting fade into the background. Isn't that just how God works? He brings such life and joy from some of our darkest times and then His redemption just covers the pain. His faithfulness overwhelms us to the point where our hearts feel full to the point of bursting.
Even at this very moment, the tears fill my eyes as I think back on God's faithfulness over the past 4 years. There were some times where I truly felt like I was in a pit of despair and could not carry on even one more day waiting. But even then, He was there. He never failed to meet me exactly where I was, and He always gave me the grace and strength I needed to make it another day.
I guess that's one of the biggest things I learned. He is enough. His Word is life-giving. Depending on Him day by day, even moment by moment, is truly the best way to live. He is always always always faithful. And now on the other side of our miracle, I can look back with a heart of thankfulness for what He allowed us to go through. We needed it. And He knew we needed it.
His timing (THANKFULLY!!!) is not always our timing, but it is always perfect. There are so many ways that God used the long wait for our good. And I am sure we will begin to see even more as time goes by. If you search the Scriptures, you will see all the many times that God used waiting to bring His people closer to Him and to grow their faith.
I love that our children learned at such an early age about what it looks like to wait on the Lord. I truly believe that they grew in their faith during this journey just as we did. I hope that they will look back one day and remember what they learned.
Life has gotten full and busy staying home with 4 little ones, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. The Lord is giving me much peace and contentment during this season, and I know this is what He has called me to do. Spring is here, and we are beginning to come out of our attachment cocoon and live out this life that He has for our family. Since having Caroline home, we have learned better how to simplify and it's been a welcome (and much needed) change for us.
Our lives are all for Him, and I pray that we will live each and every day for His glory. It keeps all the craziness and the worries of this world in perspective when we remember our purpose on this earth...to glorify Him.
We have tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. And we are forever changed.
I am a full-time mom to four precious children, and have been married for 13 years to my wonderful, associate 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!