Saturday, April 28, 2012

Shirts are here!

Our shirts are finally available for purchase on Etsy!  Available sizes range from Youth Small through Adult 2XL.  Shirts can be purchased through our "shop": 

****Local family and friends, if you order through Etsy you will be charged for shipping.  Please see Jenny or myself for an in-person order.****
Please share this with others that might be interested in the shirts, i.e. Angelina Jolie, Jillian Michaels, Madonna... :-)

More information is available on Etsy but here are the front and back designs:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

New pics!

It's been just over 2 months since we accepted our referral and "met" our little girl so you can imagine how much we've been praying for an update and new pictures.  Well, the wait is finally over!  Jenny received some new pictures in her email this afternoon while volunteering at the animal shelter and raced home so that we could open them together. She is getting so big but we're thankful that she looks healthy and well-fed. We can't wait to pinch those cheeks!!  Doing her hair, well, that's another story...

We've also learned that she is in an orphanage, an orphanage that unfortunately has the same color scheme (i.e. the yellow, brown & orange floral print she's laying on) as my grandparents' old home. :-)

Hopefully the next pictures we get will be of her in some of the clothes we recently sent to her in her care package!

We're just about finished with all of the hoops, er, paperwork processing.  We've also been informed that the process has been changed a bit and that DR Congo is going more paperless than we would've expected.  Now if only we could get the US government to follow suit...

We're still unsure of how long it will take for our case to be processed, and the process evidently slows down in the summer months, so mid-fall is still our target. We're trusting God for His perfect timing. More updates to come as we have info to share!

Monday, April 2, 2012

8 weeks old!

A few updates from the past few weeks:
1) We finally got our home study approval back from the state!  It first had to be approved by the state, then notarized and then certified.  Whew!  It's good to finally have that hurdle out of the way.  

2) Last week we took a trip up to the Colorado Secretary of State to get our dossier documents state certified, which means they verify the authenticity and standing of the notaries that notarized them.  We stopped at our agency first to get a few documents notarized and to drop off the first of our care "packages" for our daughter.  We are able to pay to send a gallon-sized plastic bag full of goodies to her that the agency will package together with all of the other adoptive families' care packages to send over once a month.  Our bag was full of clothes and pacifiers this time around.  Turns out that Travis' wonderful packing abilities extend to baby clothes as well!  

3)  We celebrated our baby girl turning 8 weeks old.  I think Abby will definitely be a fan of these monthly photos! 

 We are anxiously awaiting more pictures and an update of our little girl!  Our agency's director is in DRC right now with families that are bringing home their kids and we've loved reading about and seeing pictures from their journeys.  We are praying for patience during this time and surrender to aspects of this process that are out of our control.