In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Big Day - Bigger Day Coming Soon

 Today is a BIG, BIG day at our house and I don't even have a picture to prove it. JD and Moriah are at Fed Ex. this moment shipping our dossier overnight to the adoption agency. It is the end of my paperwork trail until time to travel - the end of ongoing medicals, background checks, endless training and notarizing until the cows come home. My last trip to the notary today to "tie" up the last few details was at least 10 more documents. The notary has pages and pages with our last name. Normally, the dossier makes six stops in America before it goes to Ethiopia, then hits the waiting pile to be matched with a child. In our case, we may already have a "soft" referral; hopefully, we will have an update on that Friday. 

Because I didn't get a picture of the packet heading out the door, here's my dossier file. I know this paper work frontward and backwards now; only a few months ago I read through the original 82 pages and felt like crying. By the grace of God, it's on my "big accomplishment of the last few months" list. 

Here's my rarely seen oldest son writing a paper (and eating the little guys gold-fish.) He never looked up and noticed that I started taking pictures of him. We'll see if he reads this post.

We are the first generations of man that actually expected to find happiness here on earth, and our search for it has caused such unhappiness. Peggy Noonan


  1. Congrats on all that paperwork. That's huge!!! Ginormous!!! Amazing!!!

  2. oh my word Gabriel looks like a man..a handsome man...but i guess it's because he is! where does time go? where did that little wild 2 year old boy go that use to run all over the place? and i'm thrilled for you on the paperwork being done. now if you could just get us some info on your new baby we would all be happy!