Friday, January 8, 2010

Movin' on up...

The process of adopting from Ethiopia is very different than China's process. For Ethiopia, adoptive families go on a wait list with their agency, which is working with one or more orphanages. After children are brought into the orphanage and relinquished by their birth relatives, the agencies notify the waiting family on the top of the list that they have a new son or daughter. Everyone else on the wait list then moves up a spot.

On December 16, 2009, we were placed on our agencies wait list at #24. We have since moved up a spot.

And today another child was matched with their forever family. For me, it is always a bittersweet celebration. I'm thrilled that a family has just been matched with the child that they've been hoping for and dreaming of for so long. I'm thrilled that a child will not grow up in an orphanage but instead with a family that loves them. But for every child that gets referred to an adoptive family, there may be a birth family mourning their loss.

We are now #22 on our agencies waitlist...


  1. I understand your sadness but totally get your excitement too! Number 22, huh? So what is the timeline (guesstimate) from here???

  2. It is definitely an emotional situation...but sounds as though things might be moving along quickly for your family :) Keep us posted! I feel the butterflies of excitement!

  3. Another blogging friend is number 22 also. How cool!

  4. What an amazing journey to witness, bittersweet, absolutely... I know, from my mom's point of view in having given up her firstborn for adoption, that it's also bittersweet for the birth family. Sad, yes, but also thankful to know their birth child will be raised within a loving family who can provide them with tons of love and opportunities they may not have had otherwise.

    Keep us posted... we're cheering you on, girl!

  5. I was going to tell you the same thing as Mimi...that there is another family out there with the number 22...exciting times my dear!

  6. Moving in the right direction. Sending good thoughts your way.

  7. Carey...if you want to play along I nominated you for an award.

  8. Yay!!! I'm so excited for you! Much closer than China, huh?

  9. Hey friend, you need to update!!! We are another step closer to our sweet girls!!!!! Sent you an email with updated info on myself.
    Blessings Sister,

  10. Me again... Forgot to ask. WHERE did you get those adorable Christmas ornaments? I would love to order both of those for my tree this year. (the ET & China children ones)


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