Finally

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Today, I had to go to the court house to get a copy of Cody and my birth certificates and our marriage licenses because I didn’t want to send my only copies to Colombia. The clerk who printed them out for me said that she was the person who issued Cody and me our marriage licenses 5 years ago. She and I started talking about where life had taken us in the past 5 years. She was impressed with Easton showing off his jumping skills and was excited to hear about our adoption plans. Another clerk was there too and we had a nice chat with these sweet ladies. It is nice to be able to share our journey with people and give them a glimpse into our journey. They said they were going to follow our blog, so ladies, if y’all are reading this, it was nice to meet y’all today!

Today we also got all of our paper work notarized and tomorrow it will go to Austin to be apostilled. I remember when we first got the dossier process started it was so overwhelming and seemed like it would take forever. So many times it seemed like the end would never be in sight. Now seeing this pile of papers all grouped together and ready to go, makes all the stress diminish.

I also want to thank so many of y’all for doing fundraisers for us and helping us pay for this adoption, we really really appreciate y’all! Many people do not know it costs over $35,000.00 to adopt a child. We have been so blessed and have been able to meet every deadline and so far we haven’t had to go into debt either. A few people keep asking where they can make a tax deductible donation. if thats you you can Click Here and make a donation. These next couple of weeks are going to be expensive, but we serve a BIG God and we know He will keep providing for us to be able to bring our Ellie home.

Easton has been asking about Ellie every day lately. He says “Ellie sissy Mommy baby” He also asks if she’s “bye bye?” It is challenging to know how to explain adoption to a 2 year old, but it is so sweet to see how loving he is already towards her. I love my sweet boy and I know he will be such a great big brother.

Thank you all for following along with us on this journey, we appreciate each and every one of y’all. We are one step closer to bringing our Ellie home.

 

 

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Last night was our fundraiser dinner and silent auction at Joe Willy’s. It was a HUGE success! So many people came out to support us. We met a nice family with 6 adopted children who saw the event posted in Facebook and they wanted to come out and encourage us during this process. We also met a family who adopted their daughter from Russia. It was wonderful to be able to talk to these families and know that they have been right where we are now. They were all so encouraging and told us that the adoption journey is full of ups and downs, but is wonderful.

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The silent auction was a big hit! Thank you so much to everyone who donated to it! We had a great variety of items and people really enjoyed the shopping.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to have dinner and to help us work. I was so busy I didn’t get very many pictures, but I have the images in my mind!

dreams

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I have been dreaming about Ellie very often lately. Most of the time the dreams take place in Colombia and I feel the excitement of getting to meet her and hold her. I never see her face in my dreams, but I did feel her weight in my arms. When I was pregnant with Easton I could feel him kick and wiggle, since I can’t fell Ellie inside me, feeling her in my dreams is the next best thing. I long to hold my baby girl and my little boy together. Easton is saying “Mommy two babies. Ellie and Baby” He refers to himself as “Baby” so he is starting to understand that we are going to have two babies in the house. He asks about Ellie multiple times a day and asks if she’s “night night?” He makes my heart happy. He is going to be the best big brother.

We got our home study back and we have been approved! Woo Hoo! So, now everything has to go to Austin to be authenticated and then we can send everything to Colombia. We have also been working on our family book, it is pretty impressive, if I do say so myself!

Next week we have a fundraiser dinner at Joe Willy’s in Rockwall. If you live in the Dallas area, please come out to Joe Willy’s and have a delicious dinner and help us bring Ellie home. We will also have a bunch of great silent auction items there too. I am so excited!

We have made some really cute cards that have our blog address on them and some cute pictures. We made them to give to people so they can follow our journey and can keep us in their thoughts and prayers. If you would like one, let me know, I will drop one in the mail for you.

Also, if you haven’t ordered your Ellie shirt yet, please order one HERE. We are doing a collage on the wall in Ellie’s room with individual pictures of people wearing their shirts. We want your picture on the wall too! Only 3 more days left to order, don’t miss out!

We appreciate all of the support, encouragement and love on this journey.

a pile of paper work.

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We have finished the paper work part of our adoption journey. Not to toot our own horn, but we broke the record for getting it all done in the shortest amount of time. We are pretty proud of our accomplishment, it was no small task. We are just waiting on our home study report to come in and then we will send everything to Austin to be authenticated and then it will all be sent to Colombia. It is such a relief to have all of this finished.

We have been praying for Ellie every night when we put Easton to bed. He now asks about “Sissy Ellie” everyday and talks about her before bed. I really believe he will be a wonderful big brother. He has such a sweet and tender heart and loves to share when his friends come over.

We are working on making our photo book to send to Colombia and the photo collage for Ellie’s bedroom, please send us a family picture for us to put into our book! If you bought an Ellie shirt, send us a picture of you wearing it. If you did not get one, order one here and when you get it, send me a picture of you wearing it.We are sooooooo close to reaching our fundraising goal, so please consider buying a shirt to help us!

This week please be in prayer for Ellie. We have been praying for protection for Ellie. This week I have really felt a burden on my heart for her safety. It is strange to love someone you have never met, have a child who isn’t growing in your tummy or in your arms and to wonder who is taking care of your baby. We already feel protective over her and like she is already ours. So, please be in prayer for her.

Thank you for joining us on this awesome journey!

A Big Week

This week was probably the biggest week we have had since we started this adoption journey.

Wednesday we had our first home study visit. I was nervous and wanting my house to look perfect. I baked fresh cookies Wednesday morning so the house smelled warm and inviting. Our social worker was super sweet and we really enjoyed having her over. She walked through our house and everything checked out A-ok! She came back on Friday to do a parent training course and go over some requirements that Colombia has. It was extremely informative and inspiring.

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Saturday morning was our garage sale fundraiser! People have been donating items to us for the past month and we were abundantly blessed! Some friends of mine also helped me bake some cookies for the bake sale we were having too. It was amazing! Easton loved it, he ran around and interacted with all the people who came over. At the end of the sale we had made almost $1400.00 and we have a couple of things people are coming to buy this week. Everything (which was very little) that didn’t sell was donated to Helping Hands.

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We got to meet a couple of other families who have adopted children. They had been right where we are and were such a source of encouragement to us. We got to meet their kids and see their happy families. One family had two beautiful little girls and they bought a couple of toys from us. About an hour after they left the dad and one little girl came back on their golf cart. The little girl had opened her toy and found $2 in there. She came back to donate it to us. It was precious and really blessed us.

When we first started this journey the financial part of the adoption was daunting and imitating, but God has opened doors and we have been very blessed. We have a goal of not going into debt for this adoption, so we have been doing different fundraisers. Each one we have done has been super successful too, thanks to y’all!!!!

Thank you all for all of your support, help, prayers, encouragement and excitement for us. We love you and appreciate you all so much.

 

a little dress

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I bought Ellie her first little dress to go in her closet. I remember the very first outfit I bought Easton, and it was always one of my favorites. I can close my eyes and see her wearing it, her hair in a braid with a little bow. Oh my! Having a little girl is going to be amazing! I am so excited for all the girly things we will get to do together. Oh boy!

Tomorrow morning, Cody and I are going to Austin for a psych evaluation that is required for our dossier (the huge file of info that goes to Colombia that shows we want to and are qualified to adopt). It was extremely difficult to find a doctor to do the testing that Colombia requires. We called 7 different doctors in the area and none of them could/would do the testing. I was getting overwhelmed and stressed out over it. Thankfully I was introduced to another mom who adopted her son from Colombia and she told me about the doctor they went to in Austin for their evaluation. I quickly called them, only to be told he wasn’t accepting new patients. I pleaded with the receptionist to talk to the doctor and let him know our situation. She said she would call me back after she talked to the doctor. Thankfully he agreed to see us, but we had to come this weekend and he would do the testing all day on Saturday. I am excited to be able to cross this off our to do list! After this, we only have our two home study visits and then we are finished with everything we have to do for our dossier! Woo Hoo! We are getting so close!

Our garage sale donations have been awesome! We have so much stuff! We have been so very blessed by friends, family and complete strangers. So many little details have come together to make this adoption possible, it is so obvious that God has his hand on this. For example, the day we joined our church, Lake Pointe, we met a lady who knew a woman  who had adopted her son from Colombia and she gave her my email address. She is the one who told me about the doctor in Austin, who knows how long it would have taken for me to find him. Another blessing was a very nice lady donated a coffee table and some blinds for the garage sale, she is from Colombia and offered to help us in anyway she could. It is truly incredible.

Our T-shirt fundraiser is going great, if you haven’t ordered a shirt yet, click here to do that now. I want pictures of everyone in their shirts to put in Ellie’s Life book. Also, I am going to make a picture collage for her room with everyone’s picture in their shirt. I want her to be able to see how many people helped bring her home.

Thank you all for your prayers, support, encouragement, love and excitement for us in this awesome time. We love each of you and appreciate you!

One Step Closer

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Today has been a wonderful day. We finally became members of our awesome church Lake Pointe after attending together for almost 4 years. This afternoon Easton got to go on his first Easter Egg hunt with all the kids in the neighborhood. While I was watching him gather eggs, my heart got excited that it is a real possibility that next year we could have two little kiddos hunting eggs. We cannot wait to have our family completed!

Tonight we finished signing and sorting all of our papers for our home study. We are one step closer to having our baby girl home! On our weekly call with the adoption agency on Friday, we found out we have broken the record for getting all our homework finished and our online training courses completed. Woo Hoo! Go us!

If you haven’t checked out our t-shirt fundraiser click here and order a cute shirt. We want to get pictures of all our friends and family in the shirts to add to Ellie’s life book and into the book we send to Colombia to introduce ourselves.

Thanks for all of your support and encouragement on this journey!