When I returned home last night from getting my hair cut, I walked in the door to be greeted by my 2 year old daughter with the biggest shiner I've ever seen!!!  Yep, my little girl was climbing on a chair...it fell...and now she has a HUGE black eye.  All night she would stop what she was doing and say, "I need to go look at my eye in the mirror."  She'd then go look in the mirror and say, "Ohhhhh, owie...I need to show (and then she'd list random friends from daycare)!"  She's SO darn proud of her shiner!!!


A notice from CHSFS

We received this message from our agency today.  Next Thursday marks our 20 months waiting.  Here's hoping that our timeline doesn't extend any further than they are predicting.  
"The Ethiopian government and the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa recently began revising several components of the adoption process.  We are supportive of the improvements that have been (and continue to be) made and appreciate the efforts of the authorities to ensure that children, birth families and adoptive families are protected during the adoption process.
As a result of the  revisions, the processing of adoption cases through the Ethiopian court and the U.S. Embassy has been taking more time and we have adjusted our estimated travel time lines to reflect the change. In addition to lengthened estimated travel time lines, we have begun to see a lengthening of the current estimated wait to referral.  This is especially true for families waiting to adopt a child who is 0-12 months of age with no known medical concerns and/or who is a specific gender; most recently these families have waited 25 months for a referral.
Given the current dynamics in adoptions from Ethiopia, it is possible that families who are waiting for the referral of an infant and who entered the program prior to September 2009 may experience a wait of 25-27 months. 
We continue to anticipate that families entering the program in late 2010 and 2011 will experience an estimated wait to referral of 13-18 months.  (This is due to the fact that they stopped accepting applications for children 0-24 months for over a years time and have only recently began accepting applications again.)
We regret the stress and uncertainty that a lengthened wait time may cause you, but are committed to providing you with the most accurate information available so that you can make informed choices for your family.  We encourage you to contact your adoption social worker for support and your country specialist for information about your case."
For those of you who aren't familiar with the Ethiopian adoption process, Ethiopia has a rainy season (August-October) where the court system shut down completely.  If we were to receive a referral (when we are matched with our child) prior to or during the court closure, we will have to wait to receive a court date (our first trip to Ethiopia) until after courts open which will then push our second trip (when we bring our child home) back even more also.  We really were hoping to get our referral a couple of months prior to the court closure and then hopefully get a court date prior to court closure.  It now sounds like that's not much of a possibility.

We are trying to take everything in stride.  We know that when we hold our baby in our hands, all our pain and tears will melt away.  In the mean time we are going to continue to enjoy our first little miracle, work on moving, and possibly tackle a project or two.


Snow, snow, and more snow!

Last Friday...early out at 10:20
Today...2 hours late
Tomorrow...2 hours late (so far!)

Man I LOVE my job!!!

p.s. I also am taking a much needed personal day on Friday.  Me and my hubby are going to Sioux Falls for the night!  A little supper, a concert, and a little shopping on Saturday.  I'm excited to shop for some things for our new house!

p.p.s.  Tomorrow we are meeting with our contractor to discuss the changes we are going to make to our new house.  It sounds like we'll be able to get into the house (fingers crossed) to begin work February 1 or shortly thereafter!

Caught off guard...

Last night as Cory putting a towel on Allie's head after her shower stood up, looked in the mirror and said, "I look just like birthmommy T (insert her name here)!"  Cory and I looked at each other, smiled, and said, "Yes you do sweetie!"

I was just blown away by her putting her looks together with T's.  Now keep in mind, Allie has only met T once when she was 10 days old.   We have two pictures up of T in our home and we do pray for her each night, but other than that we don't get too deep into the whole adoption thing yet.

Before going to bed last night, Cory and I both prayed that someday Allie is given the opportunity to meet and get to know T.  We never met Allie's birthfather due to a rough breakup that the two had very early in T's pregnancy.  We also pray that someday we are able to meet him and for them both to be able to see how amazing this little girl is!


Tomorrow marks 19 months officially waiting...

but who's counting?!?!  Only five months until we hit the two year mark!  2011 is going to be our year!