Our Journey, so far...

June 8, 2008 - Submitted Application to Children's Hope International (CHI)
June 27, 2008 - Application Approved
August 14, 2008 - Submitted Home Study Documentation
September 12, 2008 - 1st Home Study Appointment
September 17, 2008 - 2nd Home Study Appointment
October 9, 2008 - Submitted Immigration Application
November 13, 2008 - Submitted Dossier to CHI
November 19, 2008 - CHI Forwarded Dossier to US
December 8, 2008 - Officially a "Waiting Family"
September 25, 2009 - Dossier sent to Ethiopia
November 16, 2009 - Referral of Little Man Haney!!!
December 16, 2009 - Court Date Scheduled (1/4/10)
January 4, 2010 - Adoption Approved by Ethiopian Federal Courts - Officially a Family of Three!

February 12, 2010 - Leaving on a Jet Plane!!!
February 15, 2010 - Forever in our arms!
February 21, 2010 - A family of three, home at last!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Another Milestone...

A little background information: Almost a year age we submitted our dossier (aka six months worth of paper work detailing our lives) to our agency. Since then it has been stored in thier main office in St. Louis. The process is to forward this information to thier facility in Ethiopia (House of Hope) when you get closer to a referral. This is truely just a filing space issue - we are still in the same place on the waiting list whether it was here or at the House of Hope. However, we recieved notice today that our dossier was officiall sent to Ethiopia last Friday (September 25, 2009)... Yea!!! We are so excited - it may seem like a small thing, but it's another step forward and we are very happy to be getting even a little closer to meeting Little Haney!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

33 and counting!!!

We're movin' on up! This week there were five referrals - all the families waited between 11 and 11 1/2 months. Last December, when we initially got on the official waiting list, we started out at about 100, now we are 33 on the waiting list. Well, more or less... it's not an exact science since there is only one list and not all the families have the same criteria (boy/girl, single/siblings, healthy/special needs).