Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Adoption Update - Winding Road & Extras

Oops, it has been two months since my last entry! Forgive! Forgive!

Much has happened in the last two months. My husband Joel went to Cambodia for a couple of weeks in March to shoot for a documentary and the boys and I held down the fort. He has been busy every since, plugging away at the project which will hopefully be completed in its entirety by June. You can find out more about it at thepinkroomdocumentary.com. It has been a privilege to work on something so amazing together.

Yesterday we said goodbye to one of our dearest friends, Stephanie VanTassell. She flew away to Africa to start a coffee farm, contract syphilis and have a love affair with Robert Redford. Wait! That was Meryl Streep. Nevermind. She went to work in Ethiopia with an organization called Drawn From Water (drawnfromwater.org) and although it was all I could do not to tranquilize and kidnap her before her flight, I am beyond excited for the adventures that await her on my favorite continent. Goodbye my love!

Adoption! After much political controversy and many adoptions gone South, Ethiopia made the decision to cut back their international adoptions by 95%. They have gone from processing approximately 50 adoptions per day to a maximum of 5. This would put us at about 5 or 6 years in waiting for a child match. We were disappointed and definitely let down and began to look at other options for our little family. After many phone calls, meetings and a stack of research on my desk, we have found an incredible adoption agency in Sacramento that specializes in low risk foster adoption. We have begun the process with them and hope to finish all of our paperwork by the end of May so that we can begin “child search” which is basically the waiting period where every time the phone rings, we hope and pray it is our agency telling us they’ve found our daughter. We are beyond thrilled to be able to adopt from the foster care system. It is something we looked into before and seemed as if there were not suitable options for our family. But Family Connections Christian Adoptions deals with families just like us and we can’t wait to bring our little girl home!!! It is hard to say how long we will wait before being matched with a child, so we will just have to wait and see. All we know is that she will be 0-2 in age. In the mean time, I am trying very hard not to begin making a wish list of wardrobe components from Gap and Jcrew Kids.

This week is Holy Week at our house and we are talking about the life of Jesus Christ, what He stood for and eagerly anticipating Sunday. Ethan loves Easter and can’t wait to decorate eggs, open his Easter basket, etc. This is one of those holidays that can really get lost in the mix of mainstream “holiday” stuff so we try to incorporate a focus for each day of this special week along with some fun things.

That basically touches on the major points of life as of late, but there is more to come!

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