I Will Not Leave You As Orphans. I Will Come To You. John 14:18

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

About Me!

My journey began 1-1-06 when I began chasing my paperwork for my China adoption...still waiting. In the back of my mind I have always had a desire for two children. Although I have remained confident that the China adoption will eventually happen I was not sure how or where child #2 would come from. Six months after I was accepted to the China program CCAA announced that they would no longer approve additional singles to adopt. I now have that answer... Ethiopia! My adoption agency has expanded to other countries and allowing those of us that are still waiting to do concurrent adoptions. Journey #2 has now begun ...GOD'S LITTLE SURPRISE!

Adoption Timeline

Adoption Timeline
4-6-09 Received e-mail from Great Wall that they were expanding there adoption to include Ethiopia, Rwanda, & Mexico and that they would allow concurrent adoptions while there families wait to be matched in China.
4-7-09 Spoke to Beth at Great Wall about the details. Found out that there would only be 4 single slots this year and submitted my application later that day.
9-17-09 Received completed homestudy.
9-18-09 My Dossier for Saige Elizabeth Burke was mailed out today.
11-6-09 Power of Attorney sent to Ethiopia.
10-19-09 Dossier sent to Ethiopia.
11-9-09 Spoke to Susan Payne and I am #3 on the list.
11-24-09 It's official #2 on the list.
12-22-09 #1 on the list. We will see Saige's precious face in January.
1-18-10 REFERRAL DAY!!!!!
2-10-10 Sent CPR to Illien
4-1-10 Received court date 4-28
4-6-10 My managers gave me a suprise baby shower
4-10-10 Mom and Shannon gave me baby shower
4-28-10 We Passed Court

Thursday, June 17, 2010


I can't believe in 3 days I will be holding my daughter. I've been so busy with work and home details. The time has went fast. Let's hope the flight goes fast:) lol

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


My mom and I leave for Ethiopia tentatively on June 18th. It's hard to believe I will finally meet my baby girl in one month. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. This long journey will finally be complete and a new chapter in our lives will begin. I can't wait. It's so hard to wait. I know the time will go fast, but right now it feels like time is standing still.

One day at a time or as a friend of mine would say 29 more sleeps!!!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Brother's So Sweet!

Can't believe he thought of me on Mother's Day, but love that he did!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010



5 1/2 MONTHS



I received the call from Brett with my agency at 9:45AM telling me that WE PASSED COURT!!!!! I am officially a mom!!!! Alemnesh offically has a family!!! Oh and Alemnesh(Saige) will turn 8 month old in two days. 7 weeks from tomorrow we leave for Ethiopia.