...wait until he meets the new addition to our family!
Friday, May 30, 2008
"As for napping, Mesfin sleeps well at night but during the day he only takes very short naps."
I am just amazed that I will get to see, hold and kiss my son so soon! This is fueling the fire in me for MORE PACKING!!!!!
Monday, May 26, 2008
I have been trying to check things off my MASSIVE to-do list. Yesterday afternoon and today I scrubbed every inch of my house and vacuumed everything in sight...no, but really, EVERYTHING. Yesterday I had my husband holding the vacuum in the air while I vacuumed the ceiling fans. Today I spent over 4 hours (I am not exaggerating) vacuuming our couch...my husband says I am nesting. :-) I think I am ok with that!
What is even more exciting is that we got the plane ticket for Nathaniel Mesfin in the mail! It is amazing to see his name on a plane ticket!!!
So here is our flight itinerary:
- Leaving SeaTac International Airport on Saturday, June 7th @ 7:20 AM
- Arrive at Dulles International Airport on Saturday, June 7th @ 3:16 PM
- Leaving Dulles International Airport on Saturday, June 7th @ 8:30 PM
- Arriving in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday, June 8th @ 7 PM
- Leaving Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday, June 13th @10:15 PM
- Arriving Dulles International Airport on Saturday, June 14th @ 7:55 AM
- Leaving Dulles International Airport on Saturday, June 14th @ 3:36 PM
- Arriving at SeaTac International Airport on Saturday, June 14th @ 6:12 PM
We are actually leaving our home on Wednesday afternoon, June 4th, and driving up to Washington to see my family before we leave for Ethiopia!
I promise to post pictures of the packing soon! I actually am having to constantly re-evaluate Nathaniel's luggage again for space (for donations to the Transition Home and gifts for the nannies/guides). We went from only taking 2 luggage pieces total, to taking 2 per person!
Happy week to y'all!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Thanks to the Harbaugh family who were recently in Ethiopia, we have just a short video of our son!
It begins with a tour of the Transition home, where our son is staying, and then ends with 2 clips of him.
I will warn you, in the last clip, he is wearing a jean dress...not sure how I feel about that. :-)
Monday, May 19, 2008
I will be adding the others to the layout of my blog. Happy 100th post!
We are leaving Saturday, June 7th and returning Friday, June 13th!
I promise to have pictures posted by tonight. Check back soon....OH and my pictures will be my 100th post!!!!!!!!!! :-)
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Please continue to pray about this. We are praying that we will know more before the weekend.
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
With the energy problems they are having, I am still hoping we will get confirmation today...and hopefully know our travel dates?!?!?!
Can this all be real?!? I feel like I am still dreaming!
I PROMISE to post pictures as soon as I can!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Please be patient with me, as I plan to post pictures of my little guy very soon.
In the meantime, I would like to tell you a little about my son:
He was born January 8th, 2008 -- yep that's right, he is 4 months old! The paperwork states that he was reliquished about 8 days after his birth. For the privacy of our son, the details will be confidential for him to share when he decides.
His given name is Mesfin (meaning "Duke"). We are not sure if it was given by his mother or by the orphanage.
We are naming him Nathaniel Mesfin West.
This afternoon was full of calling family, friends and church family sharing our miracle news. I uploaded pictures for 1 hour photo to make our little "brag" book. I considered sharing them with everyone in Walmart, but decided not to. :-)
We celebrated tonight at Hog Wild BBQ with a great group of friends and family.
Despite all the excitement, my heart has been hurting very much for another family who did not have a successful court date. Andrea & I have spoken a couple times on the phone, and she has been such an encouragement to me. Please pray for the Kidd family as their case is brought to court again next week.
Lots of Love and Starbucks coffee!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Girmachew has been told to appear again tomorrow at court. This is because letters of recommendations didn’t reach court from MOWA. We have followed up with MOWA and they have let us know that they weren’t able to print out letters due to power outage (power is currently rationed through out the city). They have informed us that the letters should be sent to the judge first thing tomorrow. I shall contact you as soon as we get a response tomorrow.
Africa Program Director
So...1 more day. Please pray that this will be the last delay.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Paul & I are taking this opportunity to get away just the 2 of us. Despite our disappointment from today, I am excited about having some R & R with my hubby.
I will be back in full force and, hopefully, my next post will be pictures of my little boy!
Have a happy week!
I am disappointed to have to be sending this news, but due to two federal holidays falling in the same week, your new court date will be May 12th. Officials at court were not able to process anyone’s case. We will do everything on our part to have you travel as quickly as possible after this court date.
Africa Program Director
We also received this update about why it took so long to get any information:
In an effort to conserve energy there have been power outages in Addis Ababa, where all power is turned off for certain periods of time. Due to this, communication with Duni while she is in Ethiopia has been very challenging. Emails and even phone calls have become very limited. Because of this, we are asking families to please be patient and understanding knowing that we are trying to do all that we can to relay important information.
I cannot even put into words how I am feeling right now....
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Paul made the official announcement from the pulpit this morning and we showed the church pictures. It was exciting and scary (there's that word again!), as we have now invited our church on the emotional roller coaster with us (again, see post on October 7th). We know the risks, but really wanted to have our church interceeding on Nathaniel's and our behalf.
Can I ask you a favor? Will you please remember to pray before you go to bed tonight? We are not sure exactly what time the court date it, but we do know that Ethiopia is 10 hours ahead of us in Oregon. This means that when it is 10PM our time, it will be 8AM in Ethiopia.
If all goes well (please, Lord!) we will be updating and posting pictures in the morning.
Love you all,
Saturday, May 3, 2008
All the effort they put into their prank is reduced to a pile of gross toilet tissue! Luckily, we got several unused rolls out of the deal! :-)
I am not sure if you can tell, but we need a ladder to get the TP off our poor tree.