We'll start with the good news. I got this update earlier in the week from another adoptive parent through our agency (who just happens to live just 45 minutes from me) that is in Ethiopia picking up her son:
-Dardi, I am in love!! He is the sweetest boy with a killer smile. Sister told him that we are friends and he will see me again. He followed me around the rest of the time. He completely stole my heart and I am so glad that you are my friend and neighbor!!
So sweet to hear. I think I just hang on every word of every update that traveling parents are so generous with. It's almost like pre-bonding or something.
So, with every word, I become more attached to our little guy. Today's phone call confirmed that in a big way. We received word today that our little boy broke his arm. Seriously, that news hit me like nobody's business. I felt like somebody punched me in the gut & put a lump in my throat the size of a grapefruit all at the same time. I know the staff over there will take very good care of him, but they are not his mommy. I am now, and I am grieving that I cannot scoop him up in my arms & love on him the way mommies do when life is hard.
Please pray that all of our paperwork is in order quickly so that I can get over there sooner vs. later...we are so hoping to be able to attend the embassy date the first week in May.
I am blessed to be married to the love of my life, Joe, who also happens to be my best friend. Together, we co-founded Hope 4 The Wounded Educational Seminars in which Joe provides training on working with wounded children. I am the mother of nine...five conceived in my belly, four conceived in my heart. We have journeyed to our "heart children" by way of foster care, Ethiopia, US domestic, & China. I am seeking His will every day in this walk of faith that is my life. I hope 4 the wounded of this world...especially the children, but also you & me. It's an imperfect world, I'm an imperfect person, but I'm on this journey that God has blessed me with, so if you'd like to join me, I'd be honored to call you "friend".
Memorial Weekend, 2011 ~ Emailed BAAS our desire to pursue "Little K's" adoption
6/7/11 ~ LOI arrives in China
6/8/11 ~ Receive PA!!!
6/17/11 ~ Begin Home Study
7/27/11 ~ Home Study Finished (but approval person at BAAS is OOT for 2 weeks...boo)
8/17/11 ~ Home Study Approved!!
8/18/11 ~ I800a Sent
10/14/11 ~ I800a Approved
10/20/11 ~ I800a Approval Received
11/4/11 ~ DTC 11/14/11 ~ LID 12/21/11 ~ LOA!!!! 12/22/11 ~ I800 Sent