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!!