Neck-deep in adoption stuff

Busy day here. Hubby is off getting his physical done, as well as some of the paperwork necessary for our dossier (the set of paperwork required for an Ethiopian adoption.) We don’t have the official dossier kit from our agency yet, but I am hopeful we’ll be getting it soon, so I can double-check what I’ve already done and make sure that things haven’t changed too much since two years ago when we did this last.

I’m also housecleaning for that social worker, double-checking the paperwork we’ve already gathered, getting through school with the kids, and making dinner to run over to my sister’s this evening. My sister got home from Ethiopia with her gorgeous baby boy Saturday night– oh, he is yummy. I am so thrilled my girls have a cousin from Ethiopia now. Hopefully there will be more coming in the future!

One thing that surprised me about finally getting to meet my little nephew, though, was that it did not fill me with huge longing for another baby of my own. Not now anyway. Maybe it is partly because my two year old still likes to be carried around and is very cuddly…I don’t know. In any case, it made me realize again how right the idea of adopting older children is feeling to me. I can’t wait till we know for sure who is coming to us, so I can tell you all about them. I would really appreciate continued prayers for the paperwork, the children who wait, and for all the people both here and in Ethiopia working on behalf of waiting children.

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  1. I am dying to see her baby! Tell her to bring him tomorrow for homeschool PE. Selfish on my part! But squishy ooey-gooey babyness is hard to resist!!! ((smile))

  2. Praying, excited, anxious … can’t wait 🙂

  3. Praying that things speed along for you. How exciting!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Hi Mary–

    A question: what made you and your husband decide to adopt from Ethiopia when you had previously completed adoptions through Korea (is that right?)? Similarly, why are you staying with Ethiopia for this adoption?

    Just curious 🙂

  5. I will be praying for you. What a awesome thing to be doing how fun and exciting. God is good. Char

  6. for sure….

  7. We are adopting to, but from CHina

    Our adoption blog is at

    I cant wait to read more about your journey

  8. Hello, I have been viewing your blog for quite some time but have never left a message. I enjoy your blog very much and I hope you don’t mind if I ask a question. Is there any specific reason that you are adopting from Ethiopia? I don’t mean the question in any way that might sound offensive, I am just curious as to why you chose Ethiopia.

  9. May God continue to bless you all as you follow Him! “”But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day” Prov. 4:18

    Praying that all the details fall into place quickly!

  10. Jennifer and Jenn–

    We were led to Ethiopia after our family got too big by Korean standards to be allowed to adopt from Korea. We were allowed a special exemption to adopt our 6th child because he was ‘special needs’–ie, he was born missing his right foot and wears a prosthetic. (The kids he was chasing around the park going 90mph the other day had no idea they were being whipped by a ‘special needs’ kid, I’m sure!! The leg slows him down not a bit! grin)

    Anyway, after Korea closed to us, we investigated US infant adoption and had an adoption fall through. We decided we couldn’t take much more of that. We also ended up hating the way with a domestic adoption you write a letter to the birthmother and basically try to convince her to give her child to you. Just didn’t feel good to us.

    But we really wanted a stable process and a young infant. Ethiopia was the perfect fit. Since then we have learned more about the desperate need in Ethiopia– currently there are estimated to be 4 million orphans. As long as the Lord keeps the doors of Ethiopia open to us, that is where we will be adopting…


  11. I will be praying for the paperwork process for you, as well as praying that the whole thing goes smoothly and quickly for you.

  12. thank you for the answer and may God bless you on your newest endevour

  13. Jennifer says:

    Yes, thank you. I didn’t realize Korea had such standards. Is that typical of many countries?

  14. Many prayers to your family, as I remember the many prayers you have prayed for mine. To think, God has already chosen your children! Wow! Hurry home babies!!!