Sunday, August 31, 2008


So USCIS has an issue with our I-824 (for those non adoptionists, that is the change of country form that we needed to file for switching from Taiwan to Ethiopia). Evidently something is missing. NO, we don't know what is missing, only that they requested a homestudy with all of the *checklist items. NO, they didn't send us a copy of the checklist. It only went to the HS agency. We are a bit concerned as we don't want to have our court date delayed due to not having our paperwork overseas in time! Please pray that this is a simple and quick fix!


Thursday, August 28, 2008

I want to win this!! Wandering Waif Collection GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

This would look awesome on Ruthie! I hope she picks me to win it!

Wandering Waif Collection GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

5 months - Noelle Style

Happy 5 month birthday to Eli and Ruth! They turned 5 months old on the 24th. Enjoy! I can't wait to see them in person! We are praying for you, our precious babies!

credit goes to Amanda Walters designs for all bits and pieces of scrapping for thsi page! Thanks!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Apple Orchard Overalls GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

This is a really awesome website that has frequent giveaways on beautiful handmade kids clothes. I am hoping to win this weeks fantastic ovrall set. Wanna see it? go here: Apple Orchard Overalls GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Care Package Leaves on Saturday!

A family heading to Toukoul orphanage was kind enough to take a care package over for Eli and Ruthie. We included woobies (of course), two small rattling and squeaking animals, and cameras for the care givers to hopefully ake pictures of the kids. We are so thankful that our gifts are going over, but wish we could be delivering them ourselves. :( Nothing much new to report as we don't expect to get regular updates or pictures from the orphanage. We can only dream about the babies right now and stare at their referral photos.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Farming, a bit OT

Our first crop of tomatoes came in today. We planted Beefsteak, Mr. Stripey (Noelle liked the name), Best Boy, and Mortgage Lifters. We also planted some peppers - not knowing they were HOT jalapenos! Jeff took a bite (with seeds) and was very unhappy for quite some time! Our pumpkins alas, did not produce any fruits. We had a gazillion flowers and bees and things seemed to like them, but never made any pumpkins. Noelle wanted to bake the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving this year. Did I mention she really enjoys cooking? Anywho, here are a couple of pics of my beautiful tomatoes.

Noelle and her Faces

Noelle wanted to make some faces for the blog. Here are two: the first was spontaneous, the second she requested :) She has grown so much since the 4 month old pictures I posted yesterday! Where does the time go anyway?

My babies are 4 months old

Since I can't share their pictures with you, I thought I would do the next best thing. I will be posting pictures of Noelle during the same month just to give you an idea of how my twins might look :) Enjoy these great shots of the "Big Sister"

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Thanks secret pal!

I have been sharing gifts with my secret pal to make the wait seem shorter. This month was a clothing theme and boy did my pal do fantastic! Just the right sizes and they are such cute outfits! Love the faux fur on the pants for Ruth! Thought I would share a pic with you all. Thanks again secret pal!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Beauty of a Name

We have decided on names for our babies. Since Ethiopia has such a rich Christian heritage, we decided to go with Biblical names. Our new little man will be named Elias (Eli) which means "the Lord is my God" with his given Ethiopian name as his middle name. Our new daughter will be named Ruth (Ruthie) which means "Friendship" with her given Ethiopian name as her middle name. Hope you like them! So here is our whole family:

dh Jeff
dd Noelle (5)
ds Elias (4 months)
dd Ruth (4 Months)

Monday, August 11, 2008


We got "the call"!!!! Our precious new loves were born in March and are just adorable. We will post more soon, but remember we can't post pictures due to Ethiopian regulations. Trust me - you could eat them up :) One precious boy and his beautiful sister


Friday, August 8, 2008

Wings over the Ocean!

Our dossier has left the building! It has officially been shipped to Ethiopia! We will be watching that little airplane symbol every 15 minutes (who am I kidding - every 5 minutes!) to see where it is in transit. Woo Hoo!!

Big Changes for the Os

Sorry for the silence. We have done much praying and contemplating and have decided to request only 1 child at this time. Twins sounded and still sounds like an awesome adventure, but we are feeling led to only 1 child, etiher gender, ayap. We will keep you all posted on the progress. As afr as we know, we are still awaiting the return of our dossier from DC.