Friday, July 13, 2007

Our angel Nicholas

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!



  1. I am so glad you decided to share this adventure with us. Your decision to adopt from Ethiopia and leave the gender of the child in God's hands is the right one. It will be most interesting to see how everything plays out in the days ahead.

    I know the blessings are just begining for all of you.

  2. You guys are awesome. I look forward to watching your family grow. And thank you for sharing your adventure with my family.

  3. What a great idea!!! No surprise, tho, that you guys would come up with this kind of an idea!! :) I can't put into words how excited I am for you guys! I am so glad to be able to share even the smallest part of it all with you but greatly look forward to the biggest part of this all - meeting your new addition!! I love you guys!!


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  5. You Guy's are full of so much LOVE!!!! We need to just set a date & time for some wine and chat. I can't wait catch up. Tell Nick, MoMo misses him very much :-)

    Love Michael J

  6. Loved the picture of Snoopy!

    Gotta get him a bone....he needs something else to chew on, now that he has finished with all the furniture legs and corners in the rooms.

    What a doll!

  7. Hi Lor,
    I love the blog! The kids think it's cool too. We'll all be following your journey together. I love that you actually take the time to do these things. It's great to be able to be updated regularly since we don't talk nearly enough on the phone (Ha Ha). Anyway as I've already told you I can't think of two better (three counting Nick) people to welcome a new little one into their home. He or she has no idea what's in store for them. I mean that in a good way of course.
    Tell Michael hi and squeeze Nick for me. Talk to you soon.
    P.S. I do have a gripe about a picture but I'll keep it to myself. At least you didn't say I was obviously than Cindy. Poor Michelle.

  8. Me again,
    I left out the word OLDER in that last comment. See Ya!