Sunday, June 14, 2009
Posted by Lynn at 11:13 PM
Will - the bell hop
Posted by Lynn at 9:51 PM
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The first thing Abbey said this morning "This time next week she will be with us forever."
We leave in the wee hours of the morning on Monday to fly to Ethiopia. We arrive in Ethiopia at 11:30am and we will be picked up and driven to the guest house. We will get to see her right away and from that time forward she will be our daughter in every sense.
There really are no words to describe how we are feeling right now.
We love you baby girl!
Posted by Lynn at 6:52 AM
Last night, my sister arrived in Doha around 7pm after a long flight. She did great! She said she slept on the flight and she was wide awake and ready to go! My kids were so excited to see her. We seriously thought that we would not ever have any visitors here in Doha.
We took her to eat at one of our favorite places, Turkey Central Restaurant, for some great Arabic food.
We drove her around to see the town.
Then we came home and she "checked in" to the Collins hotel. The kids had set up a check in desk and labeled the doors with numbers. Abbey checked her in and Will handled the baggage. She was given a tour of the hotel. Abbey made her a welcome basket with things she might need and some homemade brownies.
They were so cute and it was one of those times....their sweet spirits were shining through.
Posted by Lynn at 6:33 AM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Posted by Lynn at 9:03 PM
Abbey's class- there were 3 Abbey's in her class.
Posted by Lynn at 8:26 PM
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tomorrow his class is going on a field trip to the ice skating rink and tomorrow is Cole's 13th birthday. I can't believe Cole is a teenager and I am the parent of a teenager. We were so happy today to hear that he was accepted into the National Junior Honor Society! Way to go, buddy!
Tuesday is Abbey's step up ceremony. She is leaving elementary school and moving on up to middle school. It is a really special celebration and ASD makes a huge big deal of it for the kids! The 5th graders get all dressed up and it's like a mini-graduation! Yay, Abbey!!!!
Tuesday afternoon (the kids get out at 12:30) we are celebrating Cole's birthday at Chili's restaurant and then coming home for a swim party!!
Wednesday, the whole 5th grade is spending the day at the Intercon Hotel swimming at the pool and beach.
Wednesday, the 7th grade is having an all day Survivor game at school. I am helping out with this. Should be fun!
Thursday...the LAST DAY of SCHOOL! I will be helping out in Will's class this morning with a little goodbye party! The kids get out at 12:30 and SUMMER BEGINS in Doha!
Friday...my sister arrives from the US and she and I will get ready for our trip to Ethiopia to pick up our little peanut! We got a new picture of her today! We also found out her birthday...it's September 3, so she is already 9 months old!
Yay for summer!
Posted by Lynn at 9:33 PM
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
We were copied on an email from the Embassy in Addis to our in country director that they have our visa approval. Yay hoo! Hallelujah!!
But, just to keep us all in suspense a little longer, it says our fingerprints expire on June 17, which is the very day we are supposed to have our Embassy interview and I suppose the day we get Ella's exit visa!
Can't wait to see how this will all play out! Just waiting for the office to open in Port Angeles, Washington so I can call and see how this affects us!
Adoption is not for the faint at heart! And a big thank you to all you pray-ers out there! Especially my sweet college roommate Courtney, who is going through her own adoption adventure!
Posted by Lynn at 5:37 PM
Now we are ready......Ella has a pink kitty purse!
Look at this adorable cake made by my friend, Susan.
It was an amazing site! There were so many of my friends there from all the different circles of my life. I have my young friends with children the age of Ella that are welcoming me with open arms into their MOPS group. I had my bible study leaders and groupies....that have prayed with me so faithfully for our family. There are certain people who before the adoption I didn't know well, but have been soooo supportive and interested in our journey...and they were there. I even had two grandmas there....they are here visiting there daughters and were so sweet to come. For a lot of my friends it had been a long time since they had been to a baby shower. We had a ball...playing games, eating yummy food, and visiting! The decorations were darling!
My sweet friends that hosted the shower have been such a blessing to me. They really are so special to me and it makes me all teary eyed just to think about them.
My kiddos were so excited to see all of Ella's gifts. Will almost single handedly unloaded the car and then he and Abbey sorted everything and displayed it in the living room for Daddy to see when he got home.
I overheard Will tell Abbey it was "overwhelming" and Abbey commented "Mom, your friends just went too far!" when she saw the pink sparkly converse high top shoes. Ms Kim even packed up a bag of goodies especially for my big kids and they loved it that she thought of them.
It was an extravagant display of love and affection for a little girl that right now is sitting in an orphanage and has no idea what is waiting for her! Just makes me think of how much our Father loves us and desires to bless us!
Posted by Lynn at 11:28 AM
We still haven't gotten a confirmation from the AMERICAN embassy that they have our visa approval. I have called them and emailed them. Our agency has called them and emailed them. Short of me going there and just crying in front of them, I do not know what else we can do.
The funny thing is....I just know the visa approval is there. I did go ahead and make travel arrangements to go to ET. They will hold the reservation for 5 days. Hopefully by then we will know something.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't frustrated. But, I have to keep everything in perspective. She is legally our daughter and we will get to go get her sooner than later. I just read this on the Embassy website "All Ethiopian adoptions are full and final and irrevocable under Ethiopian law." Yep, she is ours!
Lord, I trust you! You know the perfect timing for her to be united with her new family. Help me to be patient and not fret and worry. Help me to be all there for the sweeties that are here with me right now. I know you love Ella Grace way more than we do and are entirely able to take care of her.
Funny story...this morning I was walking on our freshly mopped tile and I totally slipped down and did a slow motion awkward splits and landed flat on my face....literally laid out with my nose a centimeter from the floor. (ask my friend Terri, she witnessed it and I am sure it was the funniest thing she has seen all year)
I was thinking that is exactly where God wanted me. Totally dependent on him and recognizing that he is God and he alone is in control and that he loves me ( he did keep me from breaking anything :)
Posted by Lynn at 11:10 AM
Our oldest son has been taking piano lessons for a couple of years now and he performed at his piano recital on Saturday night. I just wanted to say in writing how proud we are of him. He is one of those kids who actually really enjoys playing the piano. I love to hear him play. I can tell he uses it as an outlet and we will often hear him playing late at night or early in the morning before school. Thankfully our piano has a volume control.
I have never played an instrument and don't even know how to read music, so I am in awe of him. I always joke with him that all the girls love a guy that can play the piano.
Hopefully, I will be able to post a video of him playing (mostly so his aunts and uncles can hear!)
Posted by Lynn at 11:02 AM