December 07, 2008

Austins First Wrestling Match

Austin had his first wrestling tournament today! He did awesome, he won first place and brought home a gold medal. He was so excited! When we first got there he was so nervous. He would not talk to anyone or move off the bleachers. After warming up with the rest of the team he loosened up and was not as nervous. I was able to video the entire first match which he won. I was shaking like crazy the whole time. I was more nervous than he was. The 2nd match he won by forfeit because the boy he was supposed to wrestle left, I guess Austin scared him off. :) The last match was the best and very intense, which he won. I thought I was taping the entire time but when we got home this evening I realized I had not pressed the button to actually record. How stupid could I be?!?! I pressed the button to "stop" recording after the match which actually started the recording instead so I got great footage of the floor as we walked around after the match. :( I am so upset that I did that. We had a great time, it was a long day but so much fun. Olivia made friends with a little boy wrestling that was her age, it was really cute. They hung out together the whole day.

December 06, 2008

November 30, 2008

Is this a great picture or what???

Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving weekend was very busy this year! My entire family was at our house for Thanksgiving Day, we did survive, and we spent Thanksgiving night and most of Friday with Nick's family. I love having everyone at our house for the holidays. It is a lot of work getting everything ready but it is worth it. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. You get to just enjoy spending time with family and eating all the yummy food! :) We just returned from our weekend trip to Callaway Gardens. We rode the trolley through "Fantasy in Lights" Saturday and visited the other attractions including the butterfly center Sunday. It was really fun. The lights were awesome and the kids really enjoyed the Christmas Village were they had their picture made with Santa.
Olivia had her face painted and loved visiting with all the various Christmas characters. Austin just wanted to shop and thought he was too big to get his picture made with the Christmas characters. The weather was rainy at times but could have been worse. We look forward to going back in the spring when the weather is better and we can enjoy more of the events at Callaway.

November 04, 2008

Fern Bank Museum

Since the kids were out of school Nick and I took the day off work to spend some time with the kids. After voting we took them to Fern Bank Museum. I had not been since I was little kid. The kids loved all the exhibits and the hands on activities. Austin's favorite was the dinosaurs and the science exhibits. They had different science experiments that you could try. Olivia loved the polar bear and penguin exhibit. They had an area where the kids could "dress" like a penguin and slip down a wavy slide on their bellies. It was really cute. We also watched an IMAX movie that was really cool. It was about the Ocean and based on a specific area off the cost of Africa. It was beautiful, informative, and interesting. I loved it, that was my favorite part. It was nice having a day to just hang out with the kids.

November 03, 2008

Halloween Fun

Halloween was a blast this year. We participated in "trunk or treat" at our church, this was the first time we had been to a "trunk or treat". I decorated the back of our car in a spider theme and had a kid friendly Halloween CD playing. Austin dressed up as "Anakin" from Star Wars and Olivia was "Vida" one of the fairies from Tinkerbell. Austin disappeared half the night and I thought for sure he was in the jumpy thing but I found him later sitting in the "trunk" of another car playing PSP. Olivia was given a set of scary vampire teeth from one trunk and immediately put them in and wore them the remainder of the night. She loves those things. I did get some cute pics and video though. It was fun doing something different than just walking miserably from house to house. We got to hang out with friends and meet a lot of people in the community. You could tell some of the kids that came really did not have a lot and had pitiful costumes if anything at all. It was nice to see the church providing a free fun event and seeing the smiles on their faces. Along with the candy from trunks the church had provided 2 jump houses and lots of food. This will be a yearly event for us from now on. I just love our church! :)

We joined our church only a few months ago but in the short time we have been there it has changed our lives. It amazes me everyday to see the difference in my life, my kids lives, and our relationship as a family and our marriage. I have always grown up as a christian, active in church, and once Nick and I married we attended church regularly. I now realize the difference in attending church and really being an active part of a church and submitting my life entirely to God. It has changed everything.

October 29, 2008

Olivia's New Glasses

A few weeks ago Olivia had an eye exam done at school and came home telling me she needed to "get her eyes fixed". She brought home a form saying that she needed to go to a professional eye doctor for an exam. Nick insisted there was NO WAY she needed glasses and I just figured she had goofed off during her testing. I did not think much of it until I received a phone call from the lady that tested her at the school insisting I HAD to take her, that her eyes were pretty bad. She threatened to call me repeatedly if I did not take her. SOOOO...just to keep her from calling me again, no seriously, I figured it was better to be safe than sorry and take her. She went Friday, the day before her birthday, and sure enough she needed glasses. I was shocked! She did great through her exam even when they put in all the eye drops. The doctor was very impressed. It took me forever to pick out her glasses. We had a huge crowd of workers and other customers watching and helping us pick them out. She really put on a show and had everyone wrapped around her finger by the time we left. I guess it is not often they see little tiny 5 year old girl getting glasses. She got 2 pairs, one is more traditional and the other is a stylish pair. I really wanted some cute girly fuchsia pink glasses but they did not have the best selection. She also got a "Hanna Montana" case which she was really excited about. We went today to pick up her glasses and she is so cute in them!!!! She really has the face for glasses. Of course all the ladies that work there came running when she walked in and basically the entire store stood still for her, watching her show off her new glasses. Ok, now I am taking bets on how long until they are broken... :) Good thing I purchased insurance.

October 27, 2008

We are officially a waiting family! :)

Our case worker with our adoption agency contacted us today to let us know our paperwork, A.K.A. Dossier, was back from Washington and we are now officially a "waiting family". Now the countdown begins. I am so excited. When I look back at the past 9 months we have been working on the adoption process it actually seems to have passed quicker than I thought. Now we are just waiting for our phone call saying we have been matched with a beautiful little girl. It will more than likely be a long wait but that gives us time to get ready. Since I no longer have mounds of paperwork to obtain, have notarized, authenticated, and certified I will focus on spending more quality time with Austin and Olivia, learning Amharic, and getting all the info I can to help us prepare for the adoption and transitions when we come home with our little girl. It is really exciting but also a little scary. Soon we will be traveling across the world to Ethiopia, a land so different from ours and meeting our little girl who will find us strange and probably a little scary. It will be an opportunity and experience of a lifetime and we look forward to every step of this journey.

October 25, 2008

Happy 5th Birthday Olivia

Today was my little baby girls, I mean big girls, 5th birthday. Boo hoo! Five!!! She is five!?!?!? I will use one of Olivia's favorite phrases, "you have got to be kidding me". :) Wow, how fast she is growing up. She is loosing all of the babyness and is turning into a beautiful, smart, and unbelievable young girl. If only I could turn back the clock a few years. I feel like I missed so much along the way. While I miss the baby years having a "big girl" is really fun. Everything is all about Barbie Dolls and gymnastics now. Her funny jokes, famous phrases, and animated personality make us laugh constantly. Even when she is supposed to be getting in trouble she always says something totally hilarious and somehow weasels her way out of it. I love that she is so unique and such a people person, I know she will carry that wonderful personality throughout her life.

For her birthday party we had a cookout at the park with family and friends. It was a blast. The weather could not have been better. The kids played on the playground and threw the football while the adults hung out. "Barbie" made a special happy birthday phone call to Olivia, which we thought she would just love, but instead she made a snotty face and acted like "who in the world is this crazy person on the phone". It was sooo funny. I got it all on video too. I think she as just too smart for the cheesy recording of fake "Barbie" singing happy birthday. :) After dark the park had a free "movie on the lawn" and we hung out with our friends and watched "Horton Hears a Who". We were all ice pops by the time we left. It was so fun and we will definitely be doing that again. :)

October 18, 2008

Austin's Flag Football and Olivia Being Silly

Nick gave me a new video camera for my birthday so today I tried it out at Austin's Upward flag football game. Ok, so I need to work on my camera skills but it's a start. Olivia was hamming it up for the camera as usual. I could not get her to do something "normal" for the camera, she just wanted to goof off and make weird faces. :) Austin was practicing before the game and trying to play it cool with the other boys. Poor thing, he runs so funny but he is really fast. Unfortunately I did not catch any spectacular plays on video today. A few weeks ago he made his first touch down, of course it was the one game I missed due to being out of town. :(

October 14, 2008


We are finally done, we really are done this time! :) Every document for our Dossier is notarized, authenticated, and certified and ready for the trip to Washington and then the Ethiopian Embassy. I know the lady at the Secretary of States office thought I was nuts, I gave her a big hug after she certified the last document. I am just so excited to get the Dossier out of my hands. We will officially be a waiting family in about 2 weeks. :)

It is really hitting me now, this is really happening. My little girl is somewhere out there right now. It makes me wonder what she is doing this very minute. I can't help but imagine and play out different scenarios in my head. Hopefully she is happy and healthy and enjoying the love of her birth mother right now. I know difficult days are ahead for my little girl until she comes home. She really needs our prayers. I just can't wait to see her face, know her name, and hold her in my arms.

Oh, and Happy Birthday to ME! Today is my 28th birthday.

October 03, 2008

One More Page.... again

Well, I thought we were finally going to be done with our Dossier and be able to hand it over to our agency for the final processing and again one little piece of paper is holding us up. I went yesterday to the Secretary of States office to have all the documents certified. My birth certificate is a certified copy that I just received from the department of vital records but they did not HAND SIGN it so the Secretary of States office will not certify it!!!! If I had not had my friend there with me for support I think I would have lost it. So now I have to drive to the north side of ATL to get a new "hand signed" birth certificate and then take it back to the Secretary of States office. UUUGGGGHHH! I am not sure if Satan is trying to frustrate me or if God is trying to slow me down because it is not time yet.

September 07, 2008

Oh Happy Day!

We received our corrected approval from immigration Saturday!!!!! :) :) :)
I am waiting on 2 documents that I had to send out to be county authenticated and 1 piece of paper I had to send to Texas to be state certified then I will take everything to the state of Georgia to be state certified and then we will be done!!!! It will be a huge relief to finally have this part of the process done and be officially waiting on a referral.

September 06, 2008

Sponsor a Child

Nick and I had been thinking of sponsoring a child in Ethiopia and we finally did it. We wanted to help a child to be successful in their own country also. We have sponsored an 8 year old little girl in Guraghe Ethiopia named Atelo through World Vision. For only $35 a month it provides food, water, medicine, education, etc. for her and her family. We chose an older child because they really understand more and she will even be able to write us back and forth. We chose a girl because girls in developing countries have even less opportunities than boys. She is beautiful and we hope to meet her face to face when we travel to Ethiopia to pick up our daughter. I urge everyone to sponsor a child. By not eating out once a month you can provide so much for a child. We will be choosing another child to sponsor in the next few weeks. Click on the "Sponsor a Child" title above to learn more and locate a child to sponsor.

August 31, 2008

Happy 30th Birthday Nick!!!!

For Nick's 30th birthday we went to Athens for the UGA opening game. Nick had never been to a UGA game and was very excited. It was ridiculously hot but we had a great time. They unveiled the new UGA bulldog which as pretty cool to see. We had a blast and had awesome seats. When we got back home we went out to eat and hung out with family.


August 27, 2008

CIS Problems! More Waiting....

Well, after being so excited about receiving our approval from CIS/immigration we realized that they put my maiden name on the document and not my married name!!!! UGGGGGGG! How frustrating. There is no way to get a person on the phone to have this corrected so we had to make an appointment with CIS. We figured since we could not send in our dossier until we had the approval corrected we might as well have any changes made in the meantime. We had our social worker do an amendment to our home study approving us for a little girl up to 4 years old. We thought about requesting siblings but decided 2 under the age of 4 at one time would be difficult, especially with me working. We are thinking a toddler or older child might be better for us than an infant since Austin will be going on 9 and Olivia going on 6 when the adoption finally takes place, due to the extended wait times. We also hope that with such a broad age range we may get a referral a little faster. We'll see what happens. We are just so ready to get our dossier processed and in the country. There are so many families that started the process much later than us that are already on the waiting list which is difficult to think about. Dealing with the CIS has been ridiculous and has held up our entire process. I know it is all in God's timing and that there are reasons for the delays but it is so frustrating not being able to control the situation at all.

August 22, 2008

Austin's 8th Birthday


I can not believe my little boy is 8 years old! It is weird to even think about. Wow, how time flies by. We had family and a few of his friends over for a "surf party". We had a kiddie pool, slip n slide, and water sprinkler for the kids and cooked out. I think everyone had a great time. The weather was not very good but it worked out fine. The kids did not seem to mind a few sprinkles since they were already wet. :)

August 13, 2008

IT IS HERE!!!!!! :)

OUR ADOPTION APPROVAL CAME IN THE MAIL TODAY!!!!!!! Whoooooooooo! :) I have never been so excited about a piece of paper in my life. It was a long hard 4 months, but we made it. Now the long wait for a referral begins. More prayers please. :) We are considering increasing our age range or possibly siblings. Who knows what blessings God has in store for our family. Right now I am just celebrating this huge step forward!

August 06, 2008

First Day of School!

Today was Olivia's first day of Pre-K!!! I can not believe she is now going to "big girl" school. I did good though, I did not cry. I teared up and had a huge lump in my throat but I did not cry. She was so funny, she did not want me to walk her to class. She made me walk behind her and the whole time she was telling me she could go by herself and not to come with her. She is miss independence. She was so excited when I picked her up and had a good note from her teacher. :) I knew she would do well.

Austin had his first day of 3rd grade, oh my goodness. Where has the time gone? He is really growing up fast. It seems like just yesterday was his first day of Pre-K. He loved his first day of school and also came home with a good note. He was glad to see his friends again and excited to move up to the "big kids" playground.

It is so sad to see how fast they are growing up. I am afraid that it will start going even faster.

August 05, 2008

Steven Curtis Chapman

We went to the Steven Curtis Chapman Concert this past weekend at Turner Field. It was an amazing experience. Check out the pics and videos on my Picasa Web Album. After an unbelievably hot day at the Braves game with no rain in the forecast a huge storm blew up during the first song of the opening act and John Smoltz giving his testimony. Perfect timing huh? Huge dark clouds, awesome lighting, strong winds, and heavy rain rolled in. I felt something was trying it's hardest to keep the concert from going forward and so did Steven Curtis Chapman. After about 30-40 minutes of the storm he came on stage, just him and his guitar, and announced that due to safety issues his band could not perform but that Satan was not stopping him from doing the concert. He put on an intimate concert singing, playing his guitar, and speaking to the audience alot. He spoke often of the adoption of his 3 girls, and the recent death of his youngest daughter, Maria. He told the story of how he came to meet Maria and bring her home. He told of her personality and how she lived so passionately in those short few years. He sang "Cinderella" and I am sure there was not a dry eye in the house. I cried through 90% of the entire concert and even thinking of it makes me cry. His wife and children were there and he said it was the first concert they had been at since the tragedy. Seeing the Faith in a family that has gone through the worst situation imaginable was inspirational. It really makes you think about your own family and faith. Would we have the Faith if faced with a similar situation?

The night before the concert Austin had asked me some difficult questions while I was putting him to bed. I stayed up until late talking to him. He is such a deep thinker, it scares me and brings me to tears. I am convinced he will do great things in ministry some day. He asked me to tell him the truth about EVERYTHING; the tooth fairy, Easter bunny, Santa Clause, God and Jesus. WOW! I knew right away I had to tell him the entire truth and hold nothing back. Nick and I had discussed this very issue last Christmas. We were afraid the kids would believe Jesus was all made up just like Santa Clause. Well, need less to say Santa will not be in our house anymore! Austin was upset I had lied to him about Santa, the Tooth Fairy, etc. He of course started asking deeper questions like why we can not see or touch God or why when he prays to God for help he does not actually see him helping. These are hard things to explain to a 7 year old. I found a great book in Barnes and Noble yesterday and sat right there in the store and read it to him. It asked/answered a lot of the same questions Austin had just asked me. I am glad he thinks about it so much, but he really thinks on a much deeper level than most his age. He may struggle in some areas but I think it is because his mind is so busy on other areas. I would rather his faith be strong as a rock than be on the honor roll any day. I am grateful that God has led us to a wonderful new church that will support our entire family to grow stronger in our faith and build a strong foundation in our home.

Ok, to give an update to the adoption, we are STILL WAITING on our approval from the CIS/Immigration, it has been 4 months now! We need prayers! Please pray for us that our approval will come soon so we can officially be on the list waiting for a referral. Also please pray that we will be led to the child God has chosen for us. We are struggling with what age of child to request.

July 14, 2008

Still no word...

Well, 3 months has now come and gone and still no word from immigration on our approval for the adoption. I am getting a little concerned. I am praying it will come any day now. I am so ready to start the next step of the process and it is so difficult waiting 3 months for one little piece of paper!

July 07, 2008

Braves Game

We took the kids to the Braves Game yesterday and had a great time. No, we did not stay for all 17 innings, but did stay for 15. I thought it would never end. I love baseball but not after 17 innings. All 4 of us were on the "big screen" which was really cool. Olivia thinks Chipper Jones is "cute" which was funny and scary all at once. We had great seats but got even closer once the game went into extra innings and the place started clearing out. It was raining soooo hard when we first got there, it always rains when we go to a game, but ended up being blue sky and perfect by the time the game started. It was nice just spending some time with each other and the kids after a very busy 4th weekend.

July 05, 2008

Happy Birthday Paw Paw!

We had a big party today to celebrate my Paw Paw's (grandfather's) 70th birthday! It was really nice and I got to see family I had not seen in a while. I do not think he was surprised, I think he figured something was up, but I knew it meant a lot to him. He has always been a big part of my life and someone I look up to. He loves his grandkids and great grandkids and has always made sure to spend time with each of them. Austin and Paw Paw will get in deep conversations for hours and Olivia adores him. Love you Paw Paw, Happy Birthday!
This is such a great picture of Paw Paw and Mee Maw!!!

June 28, 2008

Mary Kay

Ok girls, I am now offically a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant! I have posted a link to my website. I will currently be putting all of my earnings towards the adoption and then hopefully be in a position with my buisness to quit my job and stay home with the baby by the time the adoption is complete. If anyone would like to host their own "Skin Care Class" or "Color Insider Party", or a one on one complete facial and makeover let me know! I am eager to get started and offering lots of bonuses for girls that help me get my buisness started. I will be having a Mary Kay Buisness debut party at my home on July 11th at 7:00 pm, and would love for you to join us!

June 20, 2008

Kenny Rogers!!!

Nick surprised me yesterday with tickets to the Kenny Rogers concert at "the Fred"! I was so excited, I love Kenny Rogers. If you have not noticed I had named our blog after my favorite Kenny song, "Through The Years". I honestly did not even realize he was still doing concerts. We had a great time. He was really funny and interacted with the audience a lot. His wife, who is probably 22 years old, and his 4 year old twin boys were there. I guess he had the face lift for his very young wife, but I still think he was much better looking before all the surgery. It was really neat and lots of fun though, and it was sweet of Nick to surprise me with the tickets. I added lots of pics and video from the concert to our online photo album.

June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to... my Dad who is THE greatest man and father ever! I love you Daddy!!! And to Nick, who is an awesome, fun dad and wonderful husband. The kids and I love you very much. Sorry your card did not work... :) And to my father in law who is always fun, laid back, and a blast to be around.

This father's day weekend we went fishing on Saturday at my parent's church. Nick almost caught a bass, no one else caught a dang thing. We have not had good luck fishing lately. It was so much fun though just hanging out with eveyone by the lake. Sunday we went to my in-laws to go swimming. The kids had so much fun swimming, we basically had to drag them out.

June 10, 2008

Changes on our blog

We decided to expand our blog to have more info on all of us and not just the adoption itself. We have changed the name, outline, and info of the blog and will also do some back blogging. While we are still making the adoption a big part of our blog, we felt it made more sense to make it our family blog. I wish I had started this a long time ago. We also decided to no longer do the "blog name" thing and just put our real names. Yes, now you know who we are :)

June 09, 2008

Not a happy camper....

I am not a happy camper today! It has been 2 months since submitting our application to immigration. I emailed the CIS this morning to check status and was told we are looking at another month!!!! What?!?! They are just now processing applications whose fingerprints were done in April, ours were done in May. Our Dossier is done and just waiting on one stinkin little piece of paper. I know it is all in God's timing, I am telling myself that constantly, but for a control freak like myself (who also may be a little OCD and ADD) :) patience is not a part of my vocabulary. I just like having things all planned out. This whole process is turning into a much longer time frame than we first thought. It just keeps getting longer and longer. I am so ready to hold my baby and see her sweet face... I know I will at least feel better once we are officially on the waiting list. I just hope the extra wait will allow me time to prepare to be able to cut back, or totally cut out, work by the time she gets here. That would be nice.

With all the recent news coverage on the famine in Ethiopia it makes me even more anxious to get the adoption going. I wish I could do more to help the people there but I just don't know what to do. It breaks my heart to see the pics and hear the stories of children and adults starving to death. I can not even imagine. We have to choose to buy white bread or wheat bread but they have to choose which child to let starve hoping to save the other. Please read my article links if you haven't already!

We took the kids to see Kung Fu Panda this past weekend. I think I enjoyed it more than the kids. I love great animated movies! I think I am going to have to buy myself a "Po" stuffed animal. :)

June 05, 2008

New Family Member

We were the last people in Petsmart tonight and left with a new family member, a rat. Yes we actually paid for a rat. He is really cute though. He is grey and white and really sweet. Austin has been begging for a while for one and we finally broke down. Austin is just like me and loves all animals. If it were not for Nick keeping us under control Austin and I would have a whole farm by now. Oscar thinks he is a new toy. He has sat by the cage all night and they touch noses. Maybe tomorrow we will let him out of the cage and see what happens...

June 04, 2008

Not a Good Day

Ok, today was not a good day. It started off with a phone call from Mom. My Dad's doctor had called. The results from his biopsy showed he does have malignant melanoma skin cancer, as we had feared. He is having surgery and further tests on June 18th. The doctors feel they have caught it early and hopefully it has not spread. I will never tan again!!!! Now I am obssesing over every mole and spot analyizing and comparing them to pics online of skin cancer. I will have to go to the doctor for piece of mind before I drive poor Nick nuts. My Dad is only 47 and has already had a heart attack and now skin cancer. If he wasn't so freakin stuborn and go to the doctor!!! I am starting to feel like I am the parent.

CIS approval for the adoption did not come again.... We are coming up on 2 months since submitting our paperwork and a month since our fingerprints. Maybe tomorrow. I hope I am home when it comes, I think I want to take the delivery man's picture, like others have said they did. I know it sounds silly. The morning we had our fingerprint appointment was VERY dramatic and I wish I would've had my camera that day. The mad rush to get there in ATL traffic, standing in the long line unsure what to do, and then sitting and comparing which CIS worker was going the slowest taking fingerprints. Seriously, I could have done the whole room in about 30 miniutes! It is funny the things you go through having a biological child vs having an adopted child. I actually like going through the whole process, paperwork and all.

May 29, 2008

Still Waiting on Approval From Immigration

Well, we are still waiting on our approval from immigration. We did our fingerprints and have our dossier documents ready to go. I am soooo ready to get on the waiting list. Plus the dossier iteslf will go through a month long process before even arriving in Ethiopia. I do wonder what I will do with my time once we are officially waiting... I guess there will be a whole new set of paperwork to start on. We are trying to think of a way to raise money for the adoption expenses through a fundraiser of some sort. Plus I want to get our friends and family invloved. It is really sad thinking of all the negative reactions we have had when telling people we are adopting from Ethiopia. I have to be on guard with my whole spill of how there are so many kids starving to death, living on the streets, in orphanages, etc. It has been the people that I thought would be excited and uderstanding that have been the most critical. I know that we are doing the right thing, that God will reward us for our strong loving hearts, and hopefully people will see how great it is and beauty of it once we bring her home. Ok, I will stop with the mushy stuff now. Oh, if anyone is wondering what Jennah is all about we are planning on calling her Jennah and will keep her birth name as her middle name, unless she is closer to 2 years of age then we may just keep her birth name, or if we happen to like her birth name we will keep it.

May 14, 2008

Spirits High and Looking Forward!

I spoke to our case worker with our adoption agency today. She is great and always gets my spirits lifted. She gave me hope that our wait for a referral will not be painfully long. I am so happy that more and more people are making the decision to adopt from Ethiopia. I just hope the increase in applicants will produce an increase in referrals, orphanages working with agencies, and agencies working within Ethiopia. The quicker we can get these kids off the streets and with families the better. It is sad to think we are going there to bring home one child and leaving so many behind. If I could stowe another child in my suit case I would.

A family that lives close by recently came home from Ethiopia with their 4 year old daughter. She is such a cutie and has the biggest and most beautiful smile ever! We enjoyed reading thier blog about the trip, experiences in Ethiopia, and their wonderful daughter. I went from crying one minute and laughing the next. It is great to have others close by going through the same process for support.

May 11, 2008

It's Mother's Day - Waiting, Not so Patiently

We just completed our fingerprints this week for the CIS. Hopefully we will receive our approval from Immigration soon. That will allow us to finish our Dossier, get it to Ethiopia, and be officially waiting for our referral. I hope that by next Mother's Day I will be celebrating with all 3 of my children. I was bummed to learn that there are now 64 people ahead of us. That means the waiting list has doubled in the last couple months. I am sad that we will have to wait even longer but I am trying to remember that it is all in God's timing. I know he has it planned out for us already. Maybe he knows it will be a while before our child will be born and ready for us. Maybe he is knows when financially will be the opportune time.