This is our beautiful son Nicholas. When he was born he changed our lives forever. I will never know this kind of love between a mother and her child in any other form of my life other than "mom". It is this love that led us to the only option we thought made sense, adoption.
We have left it up to God to decide if we are to love, cherish, and raise a boy or a girl. Doesn't much matter (it did when we began the process) to us. The right child has already been chosen, it's just a matter of time until we are all holding one another.
After much research about adoption we were literally pulled into Ethiopia by absolutely everything about the country, the history, the children, and the process involved. There are very different paths for adoptive parents to take, but this was simply not a question once we were made aware of the possibility.
We are truly blessed to have so many friends and family that are supportive and are continually asking for updates on our journey/adventure, Mom, you're the biggest (surprise). That's another reason that I thought this would keep us all bonded in a circle of awareness throughout the process. Our decision to adopt really impacts the lives of everyone around us. So, anytime someone wants a brief update (I'll try to post something every week unless there's nothing to report) they can simply log in and read on!
I've been reading other families stories and blogs and thought, heck, why don't I get my thoughts and feelings out "on paper" too. All adoptive parents are at different stages of adoption and we can all learn from one another as I already have this early in the process.
Okay, okay - what's our current status right now you ask?
We are currently waiting for our fingerprinting appointment/CIS approval. Our dossier for Ethiopia is basically done other than a few little things and we'll button it up and have it ready by the time we're approved by CIS. It's amazing how you become a mini expert (or so you think) on these subjects when your faced with them in your lives. That's another reason for starting a blog. It's a glorified journal with pictures etc. that's much simpler for me to do. We'll be able to look back on this one day and giggle about all of the terminology "we once knew oh so well"!
Well, this is the end of my first entry - I'll alert Michael that I started it and hopefully he'll be able to add to this as well. He is a much better writer than I as he has his degree in journalism!