Our growing family

Our growing family

Friday, August 12, 2011

Adoption update...

Well, it has been awhile since I actually posted any updates on our adoption...NOT because we aren't still in love with our precious "Baby Ethiopia" but because we don't have anything new and exciting to report to everyone. We are still on the waiting list and moving VERY slowly up towards the top.

Our current numbers are...
#25 for boys 0-12 months old
#28 for girls 0-12 months old
#8 for boys 12-24 months old
#14 for girls 12-24 months old

The courts are closed in Ethiopia right now due to the rainy season over there and they will remain closed until October. This will probably cause things to SLOW DOWN even more. We are simply trusting in God's timing for our family right now and trying not to worry about the details. Baby Preston is due to arrive around December 2nd and we are hoping and praying hard that "Baby Ethiopia" will arrive before the end of next year. For now, we are still saving, saving, saving and spending precious time with our little ones before they grow up too quickly!

We greatly appreciate all of your questions, concerns, and most importantly prayers. We are truly blessed to have so many friends and family members that are praying for our adoption journey and "Baby Ethiopia".

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Vacation...part 2!

On Wednesday night, we left Delaware and headed half way home. We stopped in Norfolk, Virginia and spent the night in a hotel. We woke up bright and early on Thursday morning and headed to the zoo in Norfolk. We had a great time but IT WAS HOT!!! We rode the train around the zoo and checked out all of the animals. We left around lunch time and headed back to South Carolina. We got home around 6pm. We had to quickly unpack and repack our luggage because at 5am on Friday morning we were off again for another adventure...this time in Florida! Todd's uncle Mike retired from the post office after 40 years of service and we wanted to be there to celebrate with him and most of Todd's family. It was a fun weekend in Orlando, Florida with lots of family. We were definitely excited about sleeping in our own beds on Sunday night. It was a great ten days with lots of adventures but "There's no place like HOME"!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Vacation...part 1

We went on vacation for ten days and traveled through 7 states. Our first stop was in Lewes, Delaware. We stayed there from Saturday - Wednesday night. My mom's best friend, Bobbi, lives up there and invited us to stay at her beach condo. We really enjoyed our time up there and look forward to going back again some day!

The beach was very calm and relaxing. Todd and the kiddies enjoyed playing in the sand and collecting beautiful rocks. They even found a few surprises in the water.

Leah is telling Jay Tyler about all of the historic things she learned about Lewes, Delaware in the book she got at the book store.

There was a great park right near the beach condo that we played at one morning while we were there. Mommy and daddy enjoyed the big swing too!

We went on a "tour" of the Overfalls boat near the park too! The kiddies loved exploring the boat.

We enjoyed being spoiled by Mr. Drake too. He had juice boxes for us, showed us how to look for crabs in the marsh, and fed us icecream:)

Mr. Dean took us on a beautiful boat ride while we were there too. Todd and I enjoyed the peaceful water while the kiddies ate and then took naps on the boat. Thanks Mr. Dean!

Stayed tuned for the next part of our trip...the Virginia zoo!