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
Yep, today is the New Year in Ethiopia! It is called Enkutatash in Amharic, which is the official language of Ethiopia. Another interesting thing about this New Year is that since Ethiopia still retains the Julian calendar it is just now the year 2005!
I can't help but wonder where our baby girl is on this special day in her country. Praying for her constantly!
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!