Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Although not confirmed, I should travel
MAY 2-9!!!!!!!!!!
Ironically we were in Guatemala bringing Kemry home 2 years ago on these same dates. We arrived in the US with her on May 4 which could be the day I meet my sweet guy for the first time.
Looking at our photo album a week or two after we sent it. He is sitting on the lap of my friend's husband. They adopted two beautiful daughters and live in Denmark.
STILL looking at our pictures 3 months later

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

We Passed Court

Kolton Behailu

WE PASSED COURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We don't know yet if our embassy date will be April 22 or May 6, but we will definitely travel one of those two weeks. We are SO GRATEFUL right now that God has blessed us with His precious child!!! THANK YOU GOD!!!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


On to another day....the decision is made but our facilitator didn't get the information to our agency today. The question is how will I get through another night/day of waiting.

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Monday, March 23, 2009


Our case was postponed due to power outages in Addis Ababa. Please continue to pray for our case. That our paperwork is all in order so we pass next time and there are no power outages or any more delays. We are so eager to get B home to us.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Praises and Prayers

We have had such an eventful weekend so far and it isn't over yet! Friday night Kemry became very sick and I had to take her to the ER. She had "junky lungs" and an ear infection. She got some very strong antibiotics and almost immediately made a huge turn around! That's our first praise!

Our second praise is soccer season has officially started and it's going well! We had 6 soccer practices in less than 24 hrs and all went very well! John is coaching Kollin and Karaline's teams and a friend of ours is coaching Karson's team. Also, Kollin was invited to participate on a more advanced soccer team in addition to the team John is coaching. We're very proud of him! We're excited about getting started!

Another praise was Karly made the cheer squad at the middle school!!! This was totally unexpected because it was a very difficult thing to make. There were 34 girls trying out and only 9 new spots. They hired UCA cheer judges to judge so there would be no favoritism and the try outs were really tough with high expectations. We were so proud of her during the week of tryouts when she stuck to her morals and maintained modesty in choosing the clothes she would wear for practice and just as proud when we saw on Saturday morning she had made the team!

Our biggest prayer request right now is for our court date which occurs tonight while we sleep (or while I lie awake unable to sleep ha ha). The Ethiopian courts are open from approximately 2amEST - 10amEST. We are asking for prayers that our paperwork satisfies the judge and all things fall into place. If we pass court, we will most likely travel the 3rd week of April.

Another request I want to ask is that everyone pray for us regarding travel. John must stay home with the kids. It was far too difficult for them while we were in Guatemala. Their schedules are too much to ask family to take care of if we are both away and they are all strict routine loving kids. It is too hard for them to be out of routine. My brother had been planning to travel with me, but I am concerned that he isn't going to be able to go. Please pray that if he doesn't go, I either manage on my own (seriously I am not good navigating my way around places) or someone else is willing to go with me on such short notice.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Lots going on

Not a lot going on here. We have caught every bug known to mankind this winter (Ok it could be MUCH worse I know). Not a lot of photo ops when everyone is sick nonstop. It's getting warmer and soccer season is starting (between 3 of our kids, they are on 4 teams and John is coaching two of those). There are sure to be many pictures soon! :)

Our biggest news right now is we need everyone's prayers. We are

9 days until our court date!!!!!

What this means is our case will be seen in an Ethiopian court on March 23. We do not have to be there because our facilitator is going on our behalf. If the judge finds all of our paperwork suitable and in order, he will approve us as the parents of our little "B" we love so much! Even one document not arriving in time could cause us to fail and need to be rescheduled for later (which could be 4 more weeks or 10-12 more weeks!). Please pray that everything our case needs to pass is in order and we pass the first time through court! For all the families familiar with the Guatemalan process, passing court is like getting out of PGN. Failing is like getting a KO. When we pass we will travel 3-6 weeks later to bring "B" home!!!! So of course we would really appreciate everyone's prayers at this time. We would much rather bring little "B" home in April rather than late summer/early fall.

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