Thanks :)

Just a quick “thank you” for all the support we’ve been getting from friends & family, online & in person. Paul and I feel very blessed that so many of you are willing to help with the yard sale, donating stuff, and words of encouragement!! This is a very exciting, yet stressful, process and knowing we have so many people behind us makes this...

April 29, 2010

Good Home Study Visit/Interview!!

Paul and I went to our home study office today and met with the social worker. He’s been in adoptions for 23 years (phD in social work I think it was) doing interviews, counseling, and placements. And he also has 2 adopted sons! He said his job today was to “scare you so you run out the door.” He wanted to make sure we’re...

April 28, 2010

Why So Complicated?

So as time goes by and the adoption progresses, I’ve been getting more and more excited. It feels like a pregnancy, minus the physical uncomforts (yay!!). And since we’re going to try and get a girl, my mind turns pink…pink ruffles, dresses, shoes, dolls, books….etc. Oh, dolls….*sigh* I decided to get this girl a doll. A little black dolly she can carry around and...

April 27, 2010

Home Study Pt 2 & Ethiopian Names

We got a call from our home study agency that all our paperwork made it safely…the last 2 documents needed to be sent by other people, and those ones took the longest. So, next week we have our first appointment and phase 2 begins!! We have an office visit, just Paul & I. I’m a little nervous, but it’s more a nervous-exictement. I don’t...

April 22, 2010


I got an interesting e-mail yesterday. Our adoption agency asked how far along I was in our dossier…I told her we only need a couple more things (which I hope to get this week) and then the home study interviews. She said great, is there a way we could finish within 2 weeks…2 WEEKS!?! It normally takes 3 months! The reason she’s asking is...

April 21, 2010

DONE with Home Study Paperwork!!

Yay!!! Tomorrow morning I’m going to the post office to mail off our paperwork for the home study. I’m so excited to be done with that! The stack of paper ended up being 2 inches thick 😀 “On to the next!”

April 16, 2010

Dossier Guide

We decided to send for our dossier guide…the paperwork that goes to Ethiopia for the government’s approval. Wanna see how fun it is? Surprisingly enough, it’s less than we had for the home study. We are accepting volunteers to do this for us 🙂 letter indicating why we want to adopt (done) birth certificates for both parents (done) marriage certificate (done) “good conduct” clearance...

April 12, 2010

Vertigo….Not Just for Hitchcock.

A week ago, Paul was feeling really dizzy….long story short, the doctor said it’s vertigo.  Dizziness for no reason, basically, with no real time line to when it should get better. I’m really surprised how many people have this from time to time. About half the people I talk to have this or their spouse does. For something that’s so common, I’m wondering why...

April 11, 2010

New Adoption Tax Credit/Refund!!!

Yesterday, Paul and I read wonderful news.It’s spreading like wildfire through the adoption community. “Specifically, the provisions contained in the health care bill include: The current adoption tax credit has been extended until the end of 2011; The value of the adoption tax credit has been increased from $12,170 to $13,170. The increase is “retroactive,” meaning that any adoption occurring after January 1, 2010...

April 9, 2010

Added a New Page!

Please check out my new page, ” Fundraiser FHE Chart”….and even better, order one 😀 (yes, I know that was shameless, but I had to!)

April 4, 2010