2007-2008…….Began asking God to break our hearts for the “least of these”
10/2008……….Began seriously praying about adoption. It was always in the back of our mind as something we would do “down the road”, but we began to wonder why we were waiting…
11/2008……….Decide to move forward with international adoption. We researched agencies, read blogs, collected information and decided to go with All God’s Children International (AGCI) and adopt a baby girl from Ethiopia. We are SO VERY EXCITED!!
11/2008……….Mailed application to AGCI.
12/02/2008…..Orientation call with AGCI + accepted.
12/2008……….Told our families the exciting news!
1/2/2009………Shared the news with our friends via mass email
1/14/2009……..Mailed first check and batch of completed paperwork
1/22/2009……..Received Dossier packet…now the real fun begins!! Paperwork galore!
1/22/2009……..Mailed Fundraising Letters to family + friends…praying many will feel led to financially partner with us to bring home our baby daughter.
1/23/2009……..First Home Study meeting completed. FBI Finger printing at the police station. Not a bad way to spend Emily’s 29th birthday!
1/26/2009……..Dossier orientation call.
1/30/2009…..Got our first response cards back in the mail today. We are completely overwhelmed and humbled to have such amazing friends who believe in us as we chase this calling that the Lord has set before us.
2/4/09…..working diligently on papers for our Dossier.
2/12/09….beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. our Dossier is almost complete (after several Notary mishaps and having to have forms re-done.) We are just waiting on a few last items to be returned to us. This is a labor of love!
2/18/09….Home Study and Dossier paperwork 99% complete.
2/19-20/09…Bryson and I each had our individual Home Study meetings with our social work. The meetings go great!
2/21/09….We have raised half of the $27,000 needed. Only $13,000 to go!
3/6/09….Final Home Study meeting. Now we wait.
3/21/09….Still waiting for our home study report. Learning what patience is all about! We have raised $17,000 of our funds. Only $10,000 to go!
4/1/09….Frustrated that our homestudy report STILL has not arrived. The hold up is with the agency because they had some people out on vacation the past week or two and are trying to catch up on everything.
4/15/09…Spent the week praying about adopting a boy or a girl. We both have a strong peace that we are supposed to wait for a girl even though the wait will be longer than we anticipated. Trusting in God’s timeline, not my own.
4/20/09….Got word that our home study was approved and is on it’s way to us. Lord willing our Dossier will be turned in by the end of the week!
4/22/09…The Dossier is in the mail to our agency! Whew!
4/30/09…AGCI approved our Dossier and we are #30 on the waitlist for a baby girl. Praise God!
5/2/09…Went to Atlanta and completed our fingerprinting for the USCIS I-600A Form at Homeland Security
5/5/09…#28 on the wait list for a girl.
6/15/09…Celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. Still waiting.
6/16/09…(Baby Opi is born…but it will be 4 more months until we get The Call about her!)
7/10/09…Moved to number 16 on the wait list!!! Doing a happy dance!
7/24/09…Received our “Favorable Determination Letter” saying we are fit to adopt (according to the government.) Thanks fellas! 🙂 To date we have raised $21,651.05 to cover adoption fees. Amazing.
8/6/09…Moved one spot this month to #15 on the waitlist.
8/12/09….Total funds raised: $23,651. Praise God!
9/1/09….When we asked Nash what he wanted to pray for or what he was grateful to God for tonight he said out of the blue, “Baby girl Opi” (our nickname for our baby girl). My heart soared, so grateful for Nash and what an amazing big brother he will be.
9/3/09…#10 on the wait list for baby Opi!
10/5/09…Phone consult with Vanderbilt International Adoption Clinic
10/7/09…#5 on the wait list! Single digits baby!!
10/14/09…WE GOT THE CALL!!!! A beautiful 4 month old baby girl awaits us in Ethiopia!
10/16/09…Baby Opi turns 4 months old today. Got the “green light” from our international doctor to move forward with the adoption! One step closer! BV is working on the papers while I am at a Passion2010 planning weekend.
10/20/09…AGCI recieved all of our post-referral paperwork. Now we wait…again! This time for a court date.
10/29/09…Found out our Court Date will be November 24th! Praying that we pass court and travel soon after to pick up our baby girl!
11/6/09…Sent a care package to Baby Opi with a lovey, photo album and a letter for her birth family. That was a difficult and humbling letter to write.
11/26/09…WE PASSED COURT! What an amazing Thanksgiving Day blessing!
11/30/09…Told the world our daughter’s new name: Evyn Olivia
12/7/09…Confirmed travel dates + booked our tickets. We fly out on Christmas Day and back home on New Years Day! What a fun holiday we will have!
12/25/09…Christmas in the air as we fly to Ethiopia to pick up Evyn Olivia.
1/1/10…Arrive home with our daughter and head straight to Passion2010 in Atlanta.
1/3/10…Nash meets his sister and loves her to pieces!
1/6/10…Arrive home to Athens…now our real journey begins!
1/13/10…Evyn’s first doctor visit. She has wheezing in her chest and needs to be on simple breathing treatments. Nash has an ear infection.
1/17/10…Evyn is getting into the groove of napping and sleeping. She took a 3 hour nap AND slept through the night (12 hours!) without waking up for a bottle! Yay!
1/18/10…Evyn’s first tooth (bottom middle left) is starting to break through!
1/20/10…Evyn’s first shots at the doctor.
1/28/10…1st post adoption meeting with our social worker. 1 month check up.
2/3/10…Evyn offically has 2 teeth popping through.
2/10/10…Evyn received her green card in the mail.
3/1/10…mailed Evyn’s announcements
3/10/10…Ethiopia adds some extra steps in the adoption process. Praying for my friends who are on the waitlist.
5/6/10…Evyn got her blood work done. 5 viles! Ouch! All test came back great. She’s a healthy girl!