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Feb 9, 2012

Adoption Update and Birthday Pics...

From Michelle

Here's an adoption update and we are working on birthday party pics that will go up shortly... try to see if you can continue life anyway despite the anxiety and expectation of seeing some of our family photos. :)

Adoption Update

Our adoption agency feels we are getting very close to completing this adoption. The last steps they have been all about making sure that the child/children’s birth family is choosing adoption for their child. I love that they are being so careful.

This process has been slowed down a little because of -20 Celsius temps and a lot of snow.  Europe is having a ridiculous winter. Yikes! When it is 50 degrees outside, I wear a coat that is marketed as “perfect for 0 degrees F”. I got cold just reading our lawyers email. I am glad God called us to adopt when clocked Montenegro’s temperatures at 70 degrees F... I doubt we would have chosen Montenegro if the temps were 50 below at the time. J

I have begun freezing meals for my kids to eat when we travel and talking to my family about thing the kids will need help with while we are gone. As silly as it may sound, I am enjoying doing the little things to get ready. It helps pass the time as we continue to learn PATIENCE which is a necessity for international adoption.


Anonymous said...

I was wondering how the adoption was going. I can't remember if you are adopting more than one??? I too like that the agency is being extra careful about insuring that the child is "legally" up for adoption.

My daughter-in-law loved the part of getting ready and doing all the little things for the children that would be left at home while they went to pick up their newest sibling. She didn't have to worry about the food part as whoever was going to be there with the children would also cook (I cooked a lot of "fun" things for them). Another thing she did was make surprise gifts for each of them to open every other day. One gift for the youngest was a self recording book where Donna actually did the reading for little Lainey. Lainey loved hearing her Mommy read to her. They also fixed a paper chain to represent the days that they would be gone. Each night (taking turns) one of the siblings would cut off a paper chain, say a prayer and then put that chain in a box. The little ones would see the chain getting shorter and shorter meaning Mommy and Daddy would be coming home soon.

Oh.... can't wait to see birthday pictures. Haven't seen pictures lately and know Abby and Landis have probably grown a lot.

love and prayers....
Ann Stegall
Wake Forest, NC

Sweet Joni said...

May this be a completed adoption with enjoyment for all involved; Kiddos need a forever family, even adults do! :)

Oh the days of the past when our weather was so wicked & I'd still be standing at the top of a ski hill... how did I do it??? I too, am chilled at 50° now (least till those darn hotflashes set in then I can't find cold enuf spot)!!!

Excited to see photos! And Happy Birthday Michelle!!! :)
Love & Hugs,

Mr. Mike said...

2 of our 4 children came to us through international adoption. Our son is from Guatemala and our daughter is from Ethiopia. It's certainly an experience!

trooppetrie said...

i am so excited for you and cannot wait to meet this new blessing