Mama (Anne) & Reese

Daddy (Mike) & Lilly


This book is a MUST read for all interested in Ethiopian adoption.

Melissa Fay Greene

Here's a great video summary of the book by MF Greene and here is the full length version

Thursday, March 15, 2007

one week left before we step foot in africa!

I think that we set some sort of world record on the number of things accomplished between referral and leaving to pick-up the baby! We managed finish major renovations in our basement (thanks to Dave for all of his hard work!!) The carpet was installed just two weeks before departure day. Then, we had to completely dismantle the office upstairs, and set a new office up in the "new area" of the basement and prime, paint, and assemble the furniture for the nursery. And, get remaining immunizations, buy supplies for the trip, pack our clothes and the baby's, and the donations for the orphange, etc... I cannot even remember everything anymore. Oh, and yes, I (Anne) did just switch jobs this last week also. Okay- no more major life changes, please! :-) Thanks so much to Holli and Henry for jump starting the baby Elizabeth's room. There's NO WAY we would have had it done in time without you guys. Then, a big thanks to the family for getting the baby's room decorated while we were in Ethiopia. You guys are amazing. And, arrange little Reese's schedule for the next ten days while we are gone. :-P Leaving her behind is the hardest thing we've ever done. We love our little Reesie and she goes everywhere with us. Typically, she travels well, and is our buddy. But, taking her along at her young age would result in more risks than benefits at this point. We know that she will be in great hands while we are gone because our family has been nothing short of AMAZING and once again, they came through for us! Beth & Don, Aimee, Alex & Ted, and Grandma & Grandpa will all have their turn staying with Reese (or her with them). And, she will receive visits from MJB and the Ben Man, Michelle, Teri, and Uncle JP. Beth even took vacation time to stay here with Reese. Many Many Many thanks. It's the only thing that makes us feel okay about doing this--knowing that she is in great hands and will be having a blast with her crazy aunts, cousins, and grandparents. As the time for us to leave approaches, she can tell that we're leaving soon. We talk about the trip and how exciting it is that we're going to get her new baby sister a lot. We pray for the baby, and we read books about having a new sibling and even about adoption (thanks, Cara for that great book). So, Reese knows it's coming and has tried to convince us to take her (as if we wouldn't LOVE to do so). She said one night to Mike "I want to go with Mama and Dada to get my baby sister. I'll get my clothes, I'll get my Teddy, and I will go." Talk about heart-wrentching. So, then after Daddy reminded her of how much fun it'll be here with her family, and that we'd be back soon she said, "Okay, I'll stay here, but God will stay with me...he'll give me a BIIIGG HUUUUG."


Amy said...

So, pretty much I cried all the way through your sweet slideshow! It is fun to see the places that we will actually be in a few weeks! Props to you for knowing how to assemble one with music..nice added touch. :) I am enjoying reading through everything...I am interested in the church you connected with. I am going to call you with more questions about that though. :) Great blog, really really great!

Heidi D from CT said...

WOW! I know that I'll be emotional when we are in Ethiopia, but who knew how much I would cry watching your journey! What an awesome account of your trip. We have just submitted all our documents to CIS and Gladney, so we're now waiting for all of our approvals. We have 3 bio kids (boys 6 & 2 and a girl 4). I'm sure I will have lots of travel questions as we get closer, so I may be in touch. I hope everything is going well at home and that Reese is adapting well. Congratulations!

InGod'sHands said...

We are beginning the process with Gladney. We're working on our HS and dossier at the moment. We have a daughter who is Hispanic/African American and who will turn three at the end of July. We would like to take her if her pediatrician feels that it would be safe, with appropriate precautions, but we also wanted to talk to someone who had been. Knowing what you know now, would you have taken Reese? We would appreciate any thoughts you have--you can email us at Thank you!