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

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.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Tomorrow night while I sleep (try to sleep) my adoption agency will petition the court in Addis Ababa to make Almenesh (Saige) my daughter. Someone from my agency, a representative from Beta Saida orphanage, and someone from MOWA will be there. I hope and pray that we will pass court the first time around. After passing court Almenesh (Saige) will legally be my daughter. Then we will wait for travel dates. I have been given a tentative date of June 21st to pick up her VISA at the U.S. Embassy in Addis. Travel dates are dependant on the Visa date which is usually 8 weeks after passing court.

Keep your fingers crossed and say an extra prayer that we will pass court without any challenges. Please, Please,Please!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Let's see.... My mom and Shannon had a shower for me on 4/10. It was wonderful to see everyone and celebrate the upcoming arrival of my little one.

My second cousin Olivia made the cake. Isn't it AWESOME!?!

Mom made the diaper cake.

Opening presents. Lots of little helpers.

Donna. Trina, and Jill.

Mom, Jane. & Shannon. Thanks for the shower!

Kate, Aunt Jane, & Alex. Aren't my niece and nephew too cute for words!?! I love them!

The early the next day Cindy and I headed for L.A. to start our week long cruise on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas.

Had a great time. Very relaxing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


It looks like the China process is speeding up. If it continues at the same pace I will be able to bring Chloe home in the first half of 2012. Yes, I said 2012! Yes, that means I will have waited 6-6 1/2 years for her!

By then Saige will be 2 1/2 to 3 years old and Chloe should be just under 1 year. I will not be matched until 6 weeks before I leave for China.

It's all so complicated and ever changing, but I know it will be worth it after I have my baby girls in my arms. Lord please hurry!

Catching up!!!!

Well, it's been a while and life has been a bit crazy. From drama at work to changes in the Ethiopian adoption process, but time seems to work everything out. My daughter turned 7 months old on March 28th. I received my court date last week(April 28th) and tentative travel date (June 21st). So as always things could change, but for now these are the dates we are going with.

What else? Spent a week at our corporate office. My contractor finished my basement which looks amazing.

My managers had a suprise baby shower for me "TODAY" which blew me away.

Saturday, mom and Shannon are having a shower for me too. Sunday, Cindy and I leave on the cruise I won through my company. I can't wait. I need this vacation like no other. It will also be great to get caught up with Cindy. I miss having her here in town.

Oh, we also completed Saige's room! It's just perfect! Whew! I'm tired!

That's all for now!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My daughter is at Bete Saida also in Addis!

This is an update from a family from my adoption agency on conditions and needs at our agencies orphanages. So great to here from a family that was just there.

Lissa says...

I wanted to post my thoughts on both locations of BZ. There are many good
things about both. I spent several hours on 3 separate days at BZ Addis so can
tell you more about it. There are 9 cribs, all sets of 3. There are 3 older
children (ages 3,5,10). The 10 year old boy is amazing and has not been matched
with a family. I've been told he likely has polio. There is also a 2ish girl
with some physical/developmental delays.

Each time I was there only 2 nannies were working. Fewer than I had expected
but it seemed to work out. The older kids appeared to do their own thing with
the babies getting the majority of the attention from the nannies. The babies
don't all sleep at the same time so the nannies were able to manage all of them.
When babies wake up they are usually held and/or put in this toddler bed to
play. Babies don't cry long before receiving attention. Bebelac is the formula
being used. In some ways this is good since their tummies aren't constantly
adjusting to new formula. I don't think older babies received anything other
than formula. ALL of the children are VERY loved!!! When we first arrived there
were maybe 4 rattles between all of the children. The biggest problem I observed
was diaper rash. It's a big problem. The babies appeared to sit around wet for
long periods of time. I don't know how to get that changed. Maybe by sending
tons of cloth diapers???

We brought many, many toys. I hope that they are brought to both locations. I
offered to do this, but the orphanage manager told me to leave everything in
Addis and she would distribute it. If anyone else goes to Sebeta, please check
on this.

BZ-Sebeta: Let me tell you, it was a real task to get there! I felt like an
undercover agent. I had heard from other families in the past that Biniyam and
the orphanage manager discouraged visits to Sebeta. So, I didn't tell anyone I
was going. Much easier to ask forgiveness than permission. I arranged with
Abraham the driver to go to Sebeta on Saturday to see the town since our son was
born there. Right as we got to town I casually mentioned that I also wanted to
go to BZ and deliver some care packages. He called Biniyam and Biniyam told me
it was too complicated to give directions. He suggested we call the orphanage
mgr. Instead, I asked Abraham to find the local police station and get
directions from them. He flagged down some man to ask about the police. Next he
went inside, came back and made a phone call and told me we had to wait 15 min.
Later some lady knocked on our car window, got in the car and lead us to BZ.
Mission accomplished!!

BZ Sebeta is very comparable to the Addis location. There are definitely more
older kids, but about the same # of babies. I can't exactly remember, but it
seems like there were 2 walls of 4 cribs, but maybe it was 3 walls. There were
at least 4 nannies present. It was definitely a surprise visit, so I feel that
this is how things operate all the time. The kids are also on Bebelac formula
and looked incredibly healthy! The nannies were very kind and let me take
pictures. They were happy to see our son after so many months. I really wish
Sebeta hadn't been such a mystery for months or that Susan would not have told
me that her best guess was the kids were on goat's milk. That created a lot of
unneccesary worry.

> The needs at both orphanages are great. They are probably set on toys for a
while (particularly rattle-type baby toys), but you really can't have too many.
They do need more baby gyms or activity mats. I only brought 2. Other baby toy
needs are things for sitting babies, you know those 9 month and up baby toys.
They need cloths for all ages, crib sheets, blankets, as much diaper rash creme
as possible, lotion, vaseline, powder, bottles, crib mobiles, crib mirrors,
EVERYTHING!! Another project that needs to be taken on by a crafty person is
making new baby pillows. These pillows are used for everything-putting under
baby's head, under tummy for tummy time, to prop the bottle, etc. To say the
pillows are disgusting is an understatement. They need small pillows that are
made with shower curtain material and stuffed with pillow cases to go over them.
I think if you made the pillow cases vinyl instead, the actual pillow would
still get gross. I will post some pictures of each location and try to respect
the privacy of families. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

If you do take a day trip to Sebeta, stopping at the all-female monastary is
also a nice thing to do. Abraham now knows where BZ is, so it shouldn't be a

Saturday, February 13, 2010

We Are The World-Now or Then?

The original 25 years ago. Can you believe it?

Friday, February 12, 2010

How will I keep myself busy for the next 3 months?

Let's see...

Next week mom and I will purchase the baby furniture and the paint for the baby's room. Don, Shan, and the kids are coming this weekend to help paint the baby's room and register for the baby shower at Babies R Us and Target. Monday I leave for our annual meeting at the home office in Akron Ohio. March 1st my contractor will begin finishing the basement. It's projected to be done by April 1st. Mom and I will get our second round of shots. The baby shower is April 10th. April 11th my friend Cindy and I leave on a cruise I won through my company this year. That will give us a month to get everything put away and pack for our trip to pick up baby girl! Whew!!! I hope it goes fast and we don't have any setbacks(ha ha).

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Dr. Keck looked over the additional medical information we requested and it looks like she is progressing with her milestones even though she is very small.

So the next hurdle is passing court. According to Susan it should be in about 7 weeks.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

You Are the World!!!!

Alemnesh is my daughter's Ethiopian name. Ethiopians speak amharic. Alemnesh means YOU ARE THE WORLD!!! How appropriate. She's not even here yet and she has taken over my world. 3 months to go!!! By the way, she is 5 months old today.

Friday, January 22, 2010

And now we wait!!!!

Here are the upcoming events that need to take place before we can go to get my baby girl.

1-Medical records reviewed by Riley's Children Hospital-As we speak!
2-Send acceptance letter-Hopefully on Monday!
3-3 weeks to process paperwork and schedule court appointment
4-Court will be 1 month after appointment scheduled
5-After passing court my mom and I leave 6 weeks later to meet Saige and bring her home to her FOREVER FAMILY

It can't happen fast enough!

Monday, January 18, 2010

For this CHILD I have PRAYED....

and the LORD has answered the DESIRES of my HEART.
-1 Samuel 1:27

Today I got to see my daughter's precious face for the first time. I learned that she was born August 30, 2009. She is simply beautiful and my heart is filled with joy. I pray the Lord will keep her safe, loved, & healthy until we get there to bring her home. I also pray we are able to pass court without any challenges. I am blessed!