Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Leaving on a jet plane TOMORROW! Ethiopia or Bust!

Well, the time has finally come that we have been waiting for for over 2 years! Tomorrow we embark on the most exciting adventure of our lives, we meet our precious baby boys for the first time. We have prayed, pondered, waited, and waited some more for this day to come and now that it is here it seems so surreal.

Over the last couple days I have found myself nervous with excitement. I don't really know how to explain this new emotion. I am anticipating what it will be like to see and hold my boys for the first time and to be honest I really don't know what I will feel and that is what scares me a little. Even though we have not met the boys yet we have fallen in love with them already. However, we are preparing ourselves for a less than climatic response from the boys when they see us because we know that until we bring them home, we may simply be viewed as another couple white people coming to visit the children at Hannah's Hope. They are very young still and up to this point every adult figure has come in and out of their lives. We know that it will take time for bonding and attachment to happen and that is why we will be taking at least 6 weeks off work after we bring them home (hopefully in January:)

Anyway, I am sitting here now in our living room as family members are "helping" us get all packed and ready to go! My sister-in-law Carolyn pulled out our brand new Moby baby wrap and helped me figure out how to use it so we will be ready! It holds a stuffed panda so it should work for our 7 month old right?

We are taking off a week early and spending a little time in Austria, Germany and France before heading to Ethiopia. My wonderful mom is coming along with us for this first trip too which makes it even more special. I am taking my husband and mom to see where I went to school and worked as nanny in Schladming, Austria when I was just out of high school. We are also possibly meeting up with Andrew's uncle in France. We are excited to make the most of this opportunity to do a little extra traveling as well but of course our main focus and source of excitement hits when we land in Africa :-)


Please pray: 
***For our boy's hearts, that they would be prepared to meet their new parents!

***My mom's foot. She broke it several weeks ago and she is currently wearing a boot on it and she still has some pain.

***That the boy's birth mom would show us for her court appointment tomorrow so that there won't be any delays in the processing of paperwork. Also for

***For safe and smooth travel

We will be updating the blog as often as we can while in Ethiopia. We are told that the internet at the hotel in Addis is hit and miss so we will do our best!

Thank you all for your support and prayers! We look forward to sharing our journey with you all!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

We need your help!!!

We are collecting items to take with us to the orphanage (called Hannah’s Hope) that our boys are living at in Ethiopia. We will be packing up the donations to take on our second trip (probably in January). There is a great need for donations, especially the expendables listed below. If you would like to donate some of these items please let us know! Thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of these children!

Needed Donations:
• Baby wipes (this is always needed)
• Bibs
• Hand sanitizer
• Diapers of all sizes; please include preemie sizes
• Infant and children’s vitamins
• Formula: vegetable-based Similac, soy-based Similac, as well as regular formula
• Bottles: Avent bottles for both 8-12 ounce feedings.
• Diaper rash cream: Desitin is preferred, but A&D ointment or Butt Paste is also useful.
• Baby shampoos and baby oil
• Shampoo, conditioner, and lotion for older children
• Age appropriate development toys for infants and toddlers
• Blow up balls/outside toys
• Sidewalk chalk
• Bubbles
• Children’s DVDs and CDs
• Men’s and women’s deodorant
• Kleenex boxes
• Twin sheets (mainly flats) in children’s patterns

***If you can donate any items please let us know by email: or find us on facebook! We would be happy to come pick up your donated items or meet you anywhere!

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