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!

Friday, January 29, 2010

We received updated photos yesterday!

Reeves at 5 months....

Thank you Crouch family!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


All of our other Reeves pictures not yet posted....

Can't wait to meet him!

Reeves at 4 1/2 months...

Reeves at 4 months....

At 3 months...

Referral Photo at 11 weeks......

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

He's Groooowwwwiiiiinnnnggg.........

Yesterday we recieved an updated photo and length and weight of Reeves.

Reeves at 20 weeks:

12.9 lbs

25.5 in

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sleeping like a baby...

We got some new photos of our little man today, I'm pretty sure this is the sweetest thing ever!

Huge thanks to the Wilson-DeVries Family!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Fundraiser for Ethiopian Orphanages

We are so fortunate to have family who have shared in our journey and been overwhelmingly supportive every step of the way. As many of you may be aware, Ben's Mom (Kathy) is a phenomenal artist who specializes in watercolor paintings. She has decided to conduct a fundraiser to raise money for donations to the orphanage and transition home that continue to care for our little guy until we get there to pick him up. She will be raffling off one of her amazing original watercolor paintings. Tickets cost $5 each and can be purchased on her website. The winner will be able to choose one of three different paintings that are being offered.

International adoption standards prohibit us from donating money directly to the orphanages while we are in country; however, we are able to donate items of need. The funds raised by this generous event will be used to purchase clothing, developmental toys, formula, and over-the-counter medications for orphanages and the CHI transition home (House of Hope) in Addis Ababa. We will take these items when we travel and will deliver them personally while we are in country. The raffle drawing will be conducted on Friday, January 22, 2010 - so don't wait if you want to participate... now is the time!

If you would prefer to donate items rather than participating in the raffle, we will be happy to take any items on your behalf with us when we go.