• September, 2006:  Started feeling strongly that our next baby was going to be through adoption. We had always discussed adopting, and we knew it was definitely our heart’s desire to do someday, but we didn’t really understand the process.  So, we started the initial research and realized HOW MUCH there is to an international adoption!…
  • October, 2006:  After a lot of prayer and discussion, we felt that this was the right time to begin the process.  We started praying about which country.  We also began working on the addition to the house.
  • November, 2006:  We decided that our hearts were being drawn to Africa, and researched both Liberian and Ethiopian adoptions initially, but because there seemed to be so much more information on Ethiopian adoption, we decided to head in that direction. We received information packets from three adoption agencies and found a local agency in Spokane to handle our homestudy.  We mailed in our homestudy application with the understanding that things would be on hold until we were farther along with our remodel.
  • December, 2006:  Spent the month working like crazy to get the house done!!
  • January, 2007:  Kept working like crazy on the house.  / We decided that we wanted to explore the possibility of adopting from another country in Africa because of the increased numbers of people adopting from Ethiopia and our desire to adopt from a country with a great need for applicants. / Also started gathering documents for the homestudy.
  • Febuary, 2007:  We finished gathering documents and wrote our biographies for the homestudy. / We mailed in all the documents to our SW for the homestudy.
  • March, 2007:  We finished the addition! / We got a call from our SW about a date for our home visit!! / I applied for certified copies of birth and marriage certificates.
  • April, 2007: Had our “home visit” by our SW and were approved! / Applied to an adoption agency for a position as a pilot family in a new program to a country in  eastern Africa, but soon after, withdrew our application due to some red flags and unforseen complications. / We re-visited the idea of adopting from Liberia and felt a strong pull toward the people and culture. 
  • May, 2007:  We decided we wanted to use Acres of Hope/ We also prayed about being open to two children and asked our SW to update our homestudy (which she agreed to do) / We received our certified birth/marriage certificates and the first official copy of the homestudy. / We mailed in our application to Acres of Hope with a copy of our homestudy (and were accepted!)  / We mailed our I-600a to USCIS with the copy of our HS and ten days later received our finger-printing appointments. / Mailed our completed dossier to AoH!!  / (we also initially inquired about Henry at the beginning of the month, recieved the diagnosis that his condition was actually cerebral palsy, and after agonizing for weeks over the decision, told them we didn’t think we could say ‘yes’ at that point… )
  • June, 2007:  Fingerprints taken at CIS office in Spokane (June 4)/ RECIEVED OUR I-600a APPROVAL! (June 20) / Officially on the list waiting for a referral!   (After three weeks of still feeling so strongly about Henry, we agreed to take a couple more weeks to pray about it and talk to more specialists and other families who had adopted children with cp…)
  • July, 2007:  (July 8th) Called Donna At AoH to let her know that we wanted to start the process to adopt Henry!
  •  August, 2007:  Waiting…
  •  September, 2007:  Waiting…
  • October, 2007:  Henry’s adoption is finalized!
  • November, 2007:  (Nov 22) Left for Liberia (Nov 26) GOTCHA DAY!!  (Nov 29) Arrived home with Henry!
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