Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

WOW It's been a month since I posted!!! OOPS:)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL...We have so much to be THANKFUL for this year...especially Cameron's birth family and our adoption agency for allowing us to enjoy this holiday season as a family of 3!!!!!!
I promise to try to post about our trips soon....this Mama has been super busy!!!!
Here are some pics to hold you all over!!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

WE'RE OFF......

I can't believe the time has finally come to board that plane!!!!!
We'll be squeezing you oh so soon Cam!!!! In less than 72hrs...but who's counting;)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

1 Week from today

1 week from today a decision will be made by the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Ethiopia (MOWA) with a favorable or unfavorable recommendation to proceed with our adoption. Of course we feel there is no reason why we wouldn't get a favorable decision, but we also realize that a lot will happen on this day. C's birth father must make it to court to relinquish his rights and confirm that he would like his son to be adopted. I can not imagine what an emotional day this will be for him. He will definitely be in our thoughts 1 week from today.

1 week from today we will find out if we can prepare to fly out on the 9th to meet our son.
1 week from today I will be a complete wreck waiting for my phone to ring with the news!

Our fingers will be crossed!!!!!!!


a little over two weeks from now, We will hopefully be holding our son for the first time and looking into these gorgeous eyes;)

Thursday, August 5, 2010


We received a wonderful update from Gladney yesterday on our baby boy!!!!

"A" is one delightful little guy. He’s so easy-going and seems to be really observant, too. He rests so easily in the caregivers’ arms and lies contently on the floor as he plays with toys and chews on his fingers. But don’t let his easy-going manner fool you. He’s a hard worker, too. Joan Surfus, a recent Gladney volunteer, who is a pediatric occupational therapist, called "A" her “rockstar” and said that he is her example for where children his age should be developmentally. So, though "A's" laid back, he seems to be a driven little guy, too! "A’s" also observant and is concerned with what’s happening around him. Today, when one of his roommates starting crying next to him, "A", craned his neck around to see what was wrong with him. He seemed to have genuine concern in his face as he stared at his friend in distress. So, not only is "A" easy-going and hard-working, he’s also concerned for those in need. He’s the complete package!"

Our little 'Rockstar' is going to fit in perfectly with our family!!!!
We can't wait to get you home baby boy:)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Happy Half

Happy Half Bday to our Precious Baby C!!!! It hurts to know that we have missed out on your first 6months, but WE WILL be there soon!!!!

Love Mommy

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


What a pleasant surprise!!!! Kristin just called with our court dates.
The first one is Sept. 30th, this is the one we do not need to be present for. But everything pretty much depends on this date!!!! MOWA is in control here:)
Our court date if all goes well on the 30th is Oct. 12th!!!!!
This means we will travel to meet Baby C from the 10-17th!!!!!!!
We are so excited, and definitely did not expect to hear about court dates so soon!!!!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Call

Let me start out by saying that I am completely drained right now, from the emotions of today and the heat and humidity here. IT IS GROSS! So if this turns into a whole bunch of rambling....Sorry.

I had pretty much written today off after 2pm rolled around, and my phone didn't ring. Although on Thursday night I was pretty hopeful, and even told Carl that it would be great if we got our "call" tomorrow, especially since he was in an awful training all week, he would have a great reason to have to leave in the middle of it!

So I watch a little boy T-Frank four days a week, and yes Fridays is one of them. I pick him up from Camp around 3, and I park my car and walk to get him (because i refuse to sit in the car pool line)! So I arrive a little early, and I start playing on my phone in the blistering heat and humidity to pass the time. (Literally sweat was dripping down my back). As 3:05 hit I opened the door to get out and my phone starts ringing!!!!!! I froze....I saw the number and my mind went completely mush. I answer the phone, and say Hello. Kristin says "Hi Brenda, its Kristin from Gladney". Believe me, She did not need to remind me who she was or where she was from!!!! ;) She told me our referral was ready and I just broke into tears. Standing on the street with my car door half open. I asked her if it was a boy or girl and how old (with Carls permission). A huge truck immediately drives by as she is answering my EVER so important questions! ARE YOU KIDDING ME:) I felt like such an idiot, so I apologized for the LOUD truck passing, and asked her to repeat. It's a boy and he's 4 months old!!!! I then had to explain where I was and what I was doing to Kristin. We agreed that I would call her back around 4, once I got a hold of Carl and met him at home. I must have looked like a freaking lunatic as I walked by all the car pool moms with tears flowing down my face and the teenage camp counselors just looked at me like I had ten heads. I quickly told them they were Tears of Joy!!!!!
We called Kristin back and saw our son and learned of his heart wrenching story!!! He is just adorable, with the biggest puppy dog eyes ever. We loved this baby before we ever saw him, but boy, Do I believe in LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT now. The moment still feels surreal, and we are floating on the clouds!


-Beastie Boys


Tuesday, June 22, 2010


8 Months Waiting...and BEYOND ready for the phone to ring!!!!!!!

COME ON "817"

Friday, May 21, 2010


The 22nd marks seven months since being put on the WAITLIST!!! According to the "FBI" we are in the top 5 for both a girl or a boy :) The suspense is killing me...I just want to hear the words..."It's a girl" or "It's a boy". Hopefully my phone will be ringing SOON! That moment will be everything but "TINY". For those Celtics fans out there...I was also tempted to put up another #7 of Dee Brown's blindfolded dunk....because this adoption process is very similar....Of course with a slam dunk at the end:)

Hoping all those Gladney Families with court coming up soon pass!!!! And those of you waiting for a court date and referrals all get those calls soon!!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

6 MONTHS!!!!!!

Tomorrow marks 6 months for us on the waitlist :)
And what better way to celebrate than a picture of the great Bill Russell who wore #6 . It is NBA Playoff time.......GO CELTS!!!!!!

The wait has really been getting to me lately, so we have been trying to stay busy. Carl ran in the Crescent City Classic a few weeks ago and did really well. I was so proud of him, and a bit jealous that I cant run like him. I also had other proud moments there, as I watched an Ethiopian, Tilahun Regassa, win the entire race. He is only 20 years old, so Im sure he has many great years of running ahead of him. An Ethiopian women also came in 2nd place in the womens division. I couldn't have been more proud to soon be connected to that country forever! We also plan on our little one being the youngest Ethiopian to cross the finish line next year.

We have also been busy putting together our nursery furniture. I'll post pics when the room is complete!!!

Wishing everyone the best who has court dates coming up soon!!!

For now.....more waiting, and hoping a referral comes soon.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mixed Up, Stirred, and Shaken!!!

I have completely mixed feelings about the news we just received today. The Ethiopian gov't is now requiring parents to travel and be present for the Court date. And then travel again 3-6 wks later to pick up your child(ren) and to attend your Embassy appt. So now we are required to travel twice instead of once. Which means double the cost of travel expenses. Not too happy about that!!! A positive thought is that we will be able to meet our baby a bit sooner than if we were required to pass court before traveling!! Which then brings on another not so pleasant thought....That once we have met our baby in person, we will have to leave him/her there and come back until we get our Embassy appointment and another travel date. All this while trying to finish grad school! We'll make it all work somehow:) Hoping this will help prevent unethical adoptions!!

What are everyone's thoughts on this new policy???

Monday, February 22, 2010


4 month anniversary on the wait list!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

3 MONTHS!!!!!!

Today marks 3 months on the Wait list!!!!! This last month dragged on, but it appears that referrals may be starting to pick up. A bunch of families also have court dates on Monday, so Best of Luck to them all! Hope you can all travel soon.

In the mean time...I've got to gear up for the Saints game on Sunday...and then the Mardi Gras crazies!!!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Got Injera?

December 22nd was our two-month anniversary on the wait list. Carl was able to come home from Afghanistan for Xmas!!!! So while we were visiting our family in Massachusetts we decided to spend a day in Boston and conquer our first Ethiopian restaurant to celebrate! We went to the Addis Red Sea... It was unbelievable! The food was more than delicious. So if anyone is in the Boston area, I highly recommend you try it. Now I just need to figure out how to successfully make Injera, and the fine food to go along with it myself! We meant to take a picture of the food before we touched it but we didn’t remember until it was almost gone, Oops. It was THAT good=)

Now back to Waiting...and mastering Ethiopian cooking!