I came across this picture from the day we first started the adoption process back in November on Orphan Sunday- Can't believe how much Ellie Kate has grown since then! She is almost ONE!
!!! All 14 pages.. basically our whole lives on paper!
! Over the next few weeks while we wait for that letter, we will be finishing up our Dossier, which is a fancy word for all the paperwork we will send to Ethiopia to officially be placed on the waiting list! We are almost finished with it and are hoping to be on the waiting list by end of May/ early June based on the time it will take to complete everything and get it mailed off. After that, we will not have anything to do but wait and pray! The wait time with our agency is about 12-14 months to receive a referral (when we are matched and receive pictures and information on our child) once the dossier is officially in Ethiopia.. this time frame is just an estimate because international adoption is so unpredictable and depends on many things.. It has been awesome to get to be a part of seeing other people from our agency receive referrals/ travel to bring their children home! We are preparing for a long wait, but of course would be so excited whenever God's timing is!
The Lord has been faithful to walk us through this process and continues to provide all that we need- even when we doubt that we will have enough to make it to the next step. We have been blessed to see Him use people to come around and support us- praying for us, encouraging us, buying t-shirts, and just the most generous ways people have blessed us.
! A good crazy though :)
We have some extras, so let us know if you missed the order and want one!! T-shirts have been a huge fundraiser- bringing in over $4,000 and counting..THANK YOU!! We have also applied for grants and have been blessed to receive one to cover most of our home study along with more we are in the process of applying for. It is a humbling thing to have to ask for help, but God has been teaching us to humble ourselves and allow others to be a part of caring for an orphan in this way.
! Thank you for walking with us on this journey!