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, December 28, 2009

Happy Four Months Little Man!!!

Yesterday our little guy turned four months old. We also got a wonderful little gift from this family, they just returned from picking up thier daughter in Ethiopia and they sent us updated photos of our little guy. It is so great to get to see more photos of him and have updates as we wait for our turn to travel. We wish we could be there with him, but hopefully we will be soon.

Only SEVEN more days until our scheduled court date... if all goes well we will legally be his parents on Monday, January 4, 2010 and we will be able to post pictures of him then.

We love you little man!!!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

So many wonderful things have come our way this year. We are anxiously awaiting the new addition to our family, hopefully he will be home with us soon. We also found out today that we will be an aunt & uncle again soon - Ben's sister is now expecting her fourth child YAY!!!

We had a wonderful Christmas. We were able to spend a very relaxing day with our family and enjoy the holiday.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Going to Court... (in a good way)

Yesterday, exactly one month to the day (four weeks and two days... but who's counting), we recieved notice of our court date. Our adoption is scheduled to go before the Ethiopian Federal courts on January 4th. We are so excited! There are still several factors (power outages, paperwork issues, etc) that could delay the our court date, but if all goes well we will officiall, legally, be parents on January 4th. When we pass court we will schedule an appointment to travel and meet with the US Embassy in Ethiopia to get a visa to bring our little guy home.

If things go well, we could travel as soon as early February... HOLY COW!!!

We love you little man... and can't wait to meet you in person!!!