Thursday, December 1, 2011

More money yet totally worth it!!

We got an email from our agency today that gave us an incredible opportunity. We have the option to pay only $400.00 to receive a video of our child's story. What will happen is an investigator will go to Ethiopia and video the facts of our child's life history. They will interview any birth relatives that our child may have. If our child was abandoned they will interview any witnesses, the person who found our child and the police officer who prepared the report.
When we read this email we were overjoyed to think that one day we would be able to share with our child on video his/her life story from the beginning. Praise the LORD!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Still waiting..

All we are doing as far as adoption goes is......waiting!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

a long needed update..

Sorry that I have been so lazy at updating our blog. My excuse is that we moved and had a baby=) But to update everyone on our adoption process:
We are simply waiting. We have been told that the current wait is around 5 months which means we could expect a referral around the first of the year. We are hopeful, yet realize that things could change at any time.
We are also going to update our home study on Tuesday, Oct. 4, which will add our new place and our new son!
Please continue to pray for our family as we wait for yet another addition and please continue to pray for the funds to finish the process out!
We are thankful for you guys!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011


It is official!! All of our stuff is in Ethiopia and we are waiting for our paperwork to be approved in country then the placement process begins. We have been told this process could take 4-5 months yet we are unsure. We know that the country is in its rainy season which could delay things some. We also want to let you guys know a few details of this process. It seems like we are asked often about the sex and age range. We originally were adopting from Rwanda and felt peace about pursing a girl. When Rwanda closed and we switched to Ethiopia we no longer felt peace pursing a girl so we decided to purse either sex. That means we could get a boy or a girl. Also the age range that we desire is 0-24 months. This means that upon the time of referral the child could be anywhere between birth and 2 years old. We are excited about this time in our lives and are thankful for the many prayers, encouragement and financial contributions you guys have made over the past 16 months!! We ask that you continue to pray for our Ethiopian baby, or as Jackson calls him/her, Best Buddy Clark. Also pray that the Lord would provide each step of the way!

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Friday, July 22nd, we received our USCIS approval!! We are 100% done with our paperwork!! Now for the waiting game!!=)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

our big mail off!

Tuesday of this week we were able to send off our last bit of paper work to our agency. We are only waiting on our fingerprints at this point! We are super excited and super nervous that we have FINALLY made it to this point! It has taken us over a year to get all this paper work together! I am not sure that it should take this long but with the switch of countries, a move and a baby on the way things seemed to get put on delay! We ask that you join us in prayer as we wait to be placed with our child and continue to save/raise the last bit of money needed to finish this process!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


This past Friday we went to New Orleans and got our fingerprints(I-600) completed. We only have to wait for them to be returned. Our next step is to submit all of our paper work to our agency. Our agency will then review the paperwork and send it to Ethiopia. The current wait for a referral once Ethiopia gets all our paperwork is 4-5 months.
I am amazed constantly at how the Lord causes me to rest, rejoice, and be thankful for what He is doing in and through this adoption process. We have had several more set backs with some paperwork being done wrong and needing to be redone and notarized. It causes us to rest in the provision of the Lord knowing that His plan is perfect! We also get to rejoice in the Lord because we have learned His heart for the orphan and His heart for our family. We rejoice that He is preparing all of us! We rejoice that the Lord is in control and we don't have to fret!! For all these things we are thankful!! We are also thankful for you as you pray for us! We know that the Lord is the only one that can provide all that is needed for this adoption.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


So this past week we received our I-600 paperwork returned!! I was so upset! It was returned because we had not signed one part of the the paperwork. It made me upset because I felt like I was so careful to make sure everything was perfect! It is frustrating because April made one year that we have been in this process and little things like this keep happening! Not only did the I-600 get returned but our medical forms are wrong and another piece of paperwork has to be redone! It seems like these little things that seem so easy to fix yet not easy keep coming up! We are trying to remain calm and know that the Lord's timing is perfect and these small set backs are just part of the bigger picture that will lead us to our child! But we just ask that you continue to pray for us as we wait and continue to trust the Lord and his plan for our family and future children!

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Since the last post things with Ethiopia have picked back up. We are supper excited that we aren't put on yet another delay. We learned on Friday that our Home Study is complete, in the mail, and on its way to us. This means that we will be able to send in our last mailer to our agency and send in for our I-600. We are just steps away from sending all of our stuff to Ethiopia. Then the waiting game begins... Thanks to all of you who have been huge supports!! We couldn't have made it this far without you!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


So as of March 24, 2011 we received a message from our agency that said:

"Below is a notice released by Joint Council on the current status of Ethiopia. Overall, it seems like Ethiopian adoption is proceeding without many changes. Please let me know if you have any further questions."

It seems like they are only going to be cutting back to about 50 per day which is GREAT news!!

We also have other shocking news to share. We are also pregnant. We are currently 20 weeks and expecting a boy!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

UPDATE.. Below is part of an email from our agency... Hope this helps you all understand where we are in the process... Please keep praying as we have been encouraged to wait to see what the final outcome will be. We are waiting and praying and hoping you guys will join us!
I,erin, am experiencing many different emotions daily. It is easy some day and hard others. I am finding that the hardest part is learning that the Lord's ways and timings are not my own. All I can simply do is let go and trust that He will provide and move at just the perfect time. Hard concept to grasp sometimes!!!


Citing the need to work on quality and focus on more important strategic issues, the Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) will reduce to a maximum of five the number of adoption cases it processes per day, effective March 10, 2011. Under Ethiopian adoption procedures, MOWCYA approves every match between prospective adoptive parents and an Ethiopian child before that case can be forwarded for a court hearing. The U.S. Embassy is working with Ethiopian government officials and adoption agencies to learn more about this change in procedures. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.

Given MOWCYA's current caseload, the U.S. Embassy anticipates that this change could result in an overall decline in case processing of some 90 percent. If this change is implemented as proposed, we expect, that parents who have begun the process of adopting from Ethiopia but have not yet been matched with a child could experience significant delays. It is not clear if this change in procedures would have any significant impact on cases in which MOWCYA has already approved matches.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Please pray!!!!

We are asking for urgent prayers as we are learning about adoptions in Ethiopia! We aren't 100% sure of all the details but things are yet again looking bleak. Rumor is that adoptions are going to slow down from some 50 adoptions daily to around 5 per day. This, first of all, means many children will wait for that family to love them. This detail breaks my heart! Also, this means that many families, including us, will have to, yet again, wait. I am trying to remain positive! I don't long for the 'miscarriage' feelings that come from delays. Please just pray! Pray first for the children and then the families that long to adopt! We will update as we learn details!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

friday report

Friday we met with our social worker and did the finishing touches on our home study. It was a nice feeling to actually put action towards our adoption considering over a month we have just been in waiting. We still have a few steps before all of our paper work will be officially completed to send to Ethiopia, but actually taking steps makes this process much easier.
Thanks for praying and giving during this amazing time in our lives. We long for that sweet baby God has picked out for us!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Home Study completed... well soon=)

Sorry that I am not a good blogger. I look at a lot of other blogs and realize that my blogs are pretty lame. I am not a good writer, and my creativeness only comes at others' expense. Oh well, this is me, and this is our adoption story no matter how great my blog is our how creative it may or may not be....

So January is almost over and I can't believe that we have been in Hammond for almost two months. Things are going really well here and we are settling in nicely. We are starting to make friends and learn our way around this town. It has been fun thus far. Students came back this past week and it was SO nice to see them and get to know them. They really are a cool group of students and I think we are really going to enjoy doing ministry with them.

As far as the adoption, we will finish up our home study next Friday! We are so ready and glad that it will be done. We were hoping that the move wouldn't set us back too much and we are thankful that it only set us back about a month and a half. We are constantly blown away by the Lord's timing and KNOW that this is all up to Him. We rest in Him knowing that His time frame works out perfectly even when it sometimes drives us nuts!! Once the home study is completed we will be able to do a few things. 1. Send our last mailer to our agency. 2. Apply for grants=) 3. Finish our fingerprints. 4. Send our paper work to Ethiopia and wait for a referral.(which is a wait of 2-12 months)

We ask that you guys join us as we pray for our little sweet baby. We think about him/her a lot and long for the day when we get to bring him/her home!!

update on shirts: as of right now they are put on hold.=( sorry....
update on status gender: when we were adopting from Rwanda we felt peace about a girl. With Ethiopia we don't feel that same peace so we are going to take the first available. That means we could get a girl or a boy..

Monday, January 3, 2011

yet another needed update!!

So Christmas is over and we are preparing to finish our home study. Once that is finished we will be able to send our last packet of information to our agency and be ready for our final fingerprints. After that we sit and wait! We are anxious and ready for this part of the process to be over. Thanks for praying and giving so generously. We will send a HUGE payment at the end of the month and without your help we could not have made all this really happen! Please continue to pray for us as we prepare, save, and wait!