The picture quality is terrible....it was taken on my cell phone.....but I think you can still see the excitement on my face. I'm done! My part is over and all I can do now is wait. and wait. and wait. :)
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Anyway, I am meeting with Radu, my adoption agency director, tomorrow at noon to take a final look over everything and then he will send everything on to DC to get yet another round of authentications from the State Department. From there it will head to the Ethiopian Embassy in D.C. for one final round of Stamps. Then, back to Radu, who will then 3 day air it to Ethiopia. At that point I will be officially waiting for my referral. I'm still crossing my fingers that I will be able to travel by December, and of course am praying that any changes with Ethiopia adoptions won't effect me too severely.
So, after tomorrow, my work will be done! And I just wait.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Here is a picture of my precious precious precious piece of paper (who knew I would ever get THIS excited about a simple piece of paper?)
I know it is hard to read, so allow me:
US Department of Homeland Security
Notice of Favorable Determination Concerning Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition:
It has been determined that you are able to furnish proper care to an orphan or orphans as defined by section blah blah blah blah blah
your application has been approved for one child
blah blah blah
I'm going to celebrate with my new e-mail friend Rebecca and her family at Burqitu soon....they should be receiving their approval today as well (we fingerprinted the same day).
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
My nephew, Eli, had a surprise for me when I got there. It seems that my little bear (that is what I call him) decided he wanted to help raise the travel funds to bring Sprout home. After talking with his mom, he (they) decided that he would make bracelets and cell phone charms and sell them and donate 100% of the funds toward bringing Sprout home.
He even has a website to sell them. If anyone one is interested, please check it out. http://freewebs.com/helpbringsprouthome/
I can't tell you how proud I am of this little guy. He is so thoughtful, so smart, so talented, and oh so darn cute. I'm proud of him for all the work he has done on making these bracelets and no matter how much he raises, his kind and loving gesture means more to me than all the money in the world.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Eli: Mom, can I take a nap (he doesn't usually take naps) and then go to bed early tonight
Tina: Sure. Why do you want to take a nap and go to bed early
Eli: Because, that will take up time and make Auntie come quicker.
ahhhhhhhhh! How cute. THEN, this morning, he told Tina that he thinks they should all clean the house so it will be ready when I get there. He even assigned everyone their own specific areas to work on. While they were out running errands, he kept asking if they could go home and start cleaning. Tina told him she wished he wanted to clean EVERY day...in which he replied "no way, that's REALLY hard work". Uh, yeah!
So, I'm off. We're going to just hang out for a couple of days and go to the lake and have a picnic, and laugh and play and laugh and play some more. Then it's back home for me late Monday night. Quick trip, but it will be so worth it to see them again.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
My sister also bought Sprout a little black baby doll, but when she took it home, apparently both her boys took such a liking to it that she said she wasn't going to be able to pry it out of their hands. They both carry her (the baby doll) around with them, and feed her, and put her to sleep. How cute is that?