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Monday, August 18, 2008

Ethiopian Adoption UPDATE!

Okay, I want to get everyone up to speed, and I am feeling ready to start talking more about the process this go around! At this point, we have FINISHED the paperwork! WAHOOO!!!! And of course I sent it to our agency in perfect OCD order, only to have them let me know I forgot to get all of the documents State Certified! Ding Dong! I am not sure how I possibly forgot that IMPORTANT detail. So, I am either driving to STL on Wednesday or will overnight the documents there tomorrow.
Our homestudy update in HOPEFULLY being completed as we speak. Have been waiting a bit for it now, and once it is complete, we can go up for fingerprinting with Immigration...Such EXCITING DETAILS!!! ha ha But actually for anyone who has gone through it- you would not believe how exciting these details are!
From this point, we basically wait....I am hoping we get a referral by Eric B-Day September 15! I might be pushing it a bit but hey, it could happen!
We are working with a great smaller agency out of Colorado, so the wait list is not nearly as long as it is for some of the bigger agencies. Also, I think this is different than most, we will get a referral once our dossier is submitted-then the Ethiopian side of things begins.
I am putting this in writing so I can look back later and remember what my initial thoughts were...I am thinking the end of January to bring home our new baby girl. Some might think that is nuts, but I think it is just about the perfect time. We will see as things progress. This process is so much different than the adoption process in Guatemala, I am not sure I totally understand the process at this point!
Okay, enough for now....I am going to have to come up with a "blog name" for new baby while we wait. I will be thinking about this one and get back to you!
Have a fantastic week!


Kelly said...

Oh this is so exciting!!!! I hope to get more scoop on your agency. I feel as though God is telling me something I am just waiting for His guidance right now. If you catch my drift ;)

Suzanne said...

Some how, some where I found your blog and recognized that you are friends with Cheri and Malaena -Sloan. I am excited for your new Ethiopian adoption and look forward to following you on your journey. I so wish I could adopt another child, currently we have our hands full with our four.

My thoughts and prayers are with you on your new journey

Leah Reeves said...

I love your new cute. Did you do it yourself? Did you know we are starting an IAN blog. It will keep us all updated on families in process and families already home. Can we add your blog to the IAN family blog role? Once we have it up I, Aneata and Courtney will each email the link to each of our families.

Cheri said...

I see you daily, and talk to you daily and get my update here....shame on me for not asking. Of course, when we are together, most of the time we have two small distractions (soon to be THREE!) We will have a rodeo non-stop then! Cheri

Ruthanne said...

Woo Hoo!! I love that your blogging again and I can spy on your lives from afar! ;)
I'm SO excited to hear all the details of your adoption.

Matt and Laura Gower said...

Hi, We brought home our daughter from Guatemala a little after you brought home yours. That is how I came across your blog.We have been following along for some time. Reading your blog brought me much encouragement as we were waiting. I wanted to let you know that we are praying for your precious family and are so excited about your new adoption. We look forward to following along your new journey and seeing the Lord bring home another child.

With Much Love, Laura

Debbie said...

It is always fun to read about other's journeys through adoption, but going down the same road makes it even more enjoyable.

Susie said...

Oh Chantalle, I am so very excited for you and Eric! On to another wonderful journey....cant wait to see this new "seedling" God has impregnated in your heart. Oh He is soooo good, all the time! Blessings, Susie
p.s. Cute new blog!

Maria and Family said...

Hi there :) thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, I will check out your clothing site. Your daughter is beautiful! Is that the westin I see? We are using AGCI this time for Ethiopia, who are you using? I hope your journey is smooth.Maria

Angie said...

WAHOO how exciting! Can't wait to watch the rest of this journey!

Matt and Laura Gower said...

Hi Chantelle,

Thanks so much for coming over to our blog to visit. Please feel free to e-mail me at I would love for us to chat more. Praying for you guys -