Happy Four Months!

Dear A,

Here’s the deal, sweet one… don’t expect a party every month once you’re here or anything. BUT, since you’re not here and we really, really want you to be, a little celebration is in order.

We (ok, I) have been a tad crazy/overwhelmed/excited about getting everything here ready for you. Friends have been sending us packages with clothes and other goodies for you. Others have donated to your grant fund that we were awarded to help bring you home. Your soon-to-be best friend’s parents came over and helped paint your room. And another friend is making lots of goodies for you/your room. We also have a couple of potential husbands for you… we’ll have to see how they grow and mature πŸ˜‰ Everyone coming together to bring you home… it is definitely a picture of the church caring for its fellow brothers!

Getting your room together has been fun, but we have also tried to keep it simple in light of knowing that bringing you home is more important than having a super cute room for you to someday sleep in (especially since you’ll be in OUR room for awhile!).

Brooklyn’s daddy. He’s kind of crazy..

Your room! Without curtains…

“With” curtains! Daddy sure loved standing here for this pic for me =) He’s the best.

Ok, so come home already! See how excited we are??

However, I must say, Momma is a little sad sometimes too. Like last night. I was sad and tired and missing you. So I decided I just wanted Fazoli’s bread sticks for dinner. So I ate 6 bread sticks for dinner. I have still been having stomach issues since coming home from visiting you (I started probiotics this week, and it’s helping!), so eating a bunch of bread sticks for dinner did not help my tummy this morning.

I hope you had a wonderful day over there in Ethiopia. I’m sure you just had your bath and are in your cuddly pajamas. Can’t wait to cuddle you every day!

Maybe you’re wearing these cuddly pajamas tonight =)

Love,

Momma and Daddy

Becoming a Family

As Ryan and I prepare to bring A home, we must also prepare you all for a process we call “cocooning” in the adoption world. Cocooning is a lot like it sounds. We will hold up in our house for awhile and not do a whole lot. We won’t have a lot of people over, and if we do have people over, they will be planned and usually after A is already asleep. I will probably go insane some days, just wanting to get out and do something, but it will be worth it in the long run. But why do we need to do this exactly?

In many ways, A will be like the children who have entered your families through birth. We will parent like other Christian families as we bring her up in the instruction and discipline of the Lord. But there will be a few, initial differences. For a little over a year now, we have researched bonding and attachment in children, especially those coming home through adoption from an institutional orphanage setting.

We are confident of this: God’s design is PERFECT. His plan for parents and children is a beautiful and meaningful picture of His love for us. Attachment between a parent and child occurs over time when a baby has a physical or emotional need and communicates that need. The primary caretaker (usually momma) meets the need and soothes the child. This repeats between a parent and child over and over to create trust within the child for that parent; the baby is hungry, cries in distress, so the mom nurses & calms the baby – which teaches him that this person is safe and can be trusted. By God’s very design, an emotional foundation is laid in the tiniest of babies, which will affect their learning, conscience, growth, and future relationships. The security provided by parents will, ultimately, give children a trust for and empathy towards others.

Children who come home through adoption have experienced interruptions in this typical attachment process. The loss of a biological mother at an early age can be a major trauma on their little hearts. The good news is that we can now, as A’s parents and forever family, rebuild attachment and help her heal from these emotional wounds. When A comes home, she will be overwhelmed. She will not automatically understand that we are her parents and trust us. Everything around her will be new and she will need to learn not just about her new environment, but also about love and family. She has not experienced God’s design for a family in an orphanage setting. And even though Hannah’s Hope does a fantastic job loving on the kiddos, it is not equivalent to being in a family of their own. The best way for us to form a parent/child bond is to be the ones to hold, snuggle, instruct, soothe, and feed her. As this repeats between us, she will be able to learn that parents are safe to trust and to love deeply. We are, essentially, recreating the newborn/parent connection. Once A starts to establish this important bond, she will then be able to branch out to other, healthy relationships.

A will have, what may seem like, a lot of structure, boundaries, and close proximity to us. Please know that these decisions are prayerfully and thoughtfully made choices based on immense amounts of research and instruction from trust adoption mentors. We will be doing what we believe is best to help her heal from those interruptions in attachment as effectively as possible. Why are we telling you all of this? Because you will actually play an awesome and vital role in helping our sweetie settle in, heal, and lay a foundation for the future.

There are a few areas in which you can help us:

The first is to set physical boundaries. It will help us immensely if adults limit what is typically considered normal, physical contact with A. This will (for a while) include things like holding, excessive hugging and kissing. Children from orphanage settings are prone to attach too easily to anyone and everyone – which hinders the important, primary relationship with parents. Waving, blowing kisses or high fives are perfectly appropriate and welcomed! A should know that the people with whom she interacts are our trusted friends.

Another area is redirecting A’s desire to have her physical and emotional needs met by anyone (including strangers) to having us meet them. Orphans often have so many caretakers that they, as a survival mechanism, become overly charming toward all adults. A child struggling to learn to attach may exhibit indiscriminate affection with people outside of their family unit. It may appear harmless and as if they are “very friendly” but this is actually quite dangerous for the child. To share this is difficult for us because we have snuggled, cared for, fed and loved so many of your children. Please understand that we want nothing more than to have A hugged, cuddled and cherished by ALL of you (she’s totally irresistible and huggable). But until she has a firm understanding of family and primary attachments, we would be so grateful if you direct her to us if you see that she is seeking out food, affection or comfort.

We are incredibly blessed to have so many loved ones around us. We couldn’t ask for a better extended family & circle of friends for our precious A. Thank you so much for your love and support over the past year. And while we understand this may be hard for many of you, as you have walked with us along this road, please know we are doing what is best for A. If you have any questions please feel free to ask at any time!

Q & A

I am going to attempt to answer the recurring questions I am getting from friends. Since everything has been happening so quickly, I have been rather sporadic with information I have given simply out of oversight/my brain moving a thousand miles a second. I had also planned on spreading out information on the process over a time, so trying to do it smooshed together has proven difficult for me!

I’m going to start with one question that I debated even discussing, and while I know there is no need for me to explain our situation for the nosey, I do want to explain it for those of you who sincerely care and are interested.

How did you get A’s referral so quickly?

First let me say, no one has outright asked me this question 1) because my close friends and family already knew the answer to the question and 2) because most people know that’s kind of rude to ask. BUT, I know people have asked this question to my friends, because they have had to ask me about whether it was OK to share. I am not posting this question/answer because I am angry, but because I want to educate and because I know many of you genuinely care to know.

Yes, we were only on the wait list for 3.5 months, and yes, it was expected to be more like 24 months. Throughout the adoption process, we felt God’s convictions about opening up our parameters to include some medical special needs. We did not announce this as it was a personal decision and we did not feel we “owed” it to anyone to publicly announce it, especially since we didn’t know how that would work out in our personal adoption process. We told people who knew our hearts and would support us in our decision. Since our referral of precious A, sadly, we have heard of some gossiping about our motives behind this decision. This has hurt us greatly, and while these people will not play much of a role in our daughter’s life anyway, it’s still hard to hear. Above all, we believe God is sovereign, so even if our motives behind opening to include some special needs was to get a referral sooner (false, false, false), that wouldn’t change what God was doing. The story God has woven together throughout this process is precious, and every tiny detail lines up in a way that only someone far superior to us could do. I won’t go into it here, because it is personal to our family, and we choose to share in person as opposed to the whole world (OK, not that the whole world reads this).

So yes, our little lady has had some medical concerns, but let me tell you… God is bigger. He continues to show us that daily as we hear reports of our sweetie’s status. She is a miracle, and He continues to work miracles in her life.

When will A get to come home?

As with many questions in adoption, the answer is not certain. We are waiting, yet again =) The process from here goes something like this:

-Be submitted to the US Embassy in Ethiopia.

-Have interview with someone who knew A.

-Be cleared for travel and be given an embassy date.

-Travel, pick up A, and go to our embassy appointment.

-Come home!

Obviously, it’s not as simple as it looks… lots of little steps for each big step to occur, but still. So, right now we are waiting to be submitted to embassy (they are working on getting A’s passport ready and a medical examination completed). On average, lately, it is taking 4-8 weeks after court, so we could have just another month or so, or maybe two. I will definitely keep you all updated as we progress through each step.

What do you all still need?

A lot. But, we aren’t even worried about that anymore. God just keeps proving He is God. We currently need both finances for travel and material items for A. I wrote about the matching grant we were awarded here, and the webpage to accept donations on our behalf officially opened a little over a week ago. As of this morning, we were at $1700 of the $7500 we need to raise in just over a week! We cannot say THANK YOU enough to those of you who have given and have told us you will be doing so. Thank you for following God’s nudges. Some have asked about a deadline for this grant. We just need to have the money by time we are cleared to travel, so about another month or so.

Matching Grant

As far as material items go, we do have a registry on Amazon.com with some things we need (and ok, a few wants) for little A. We basically need about anything a baby needs. Since our age parameters were open to a child through 5 years old, we couldn’t really buy anything before our referral, and with everything happening so quickly, purchasing items for A has gone to the back burner as we focus on simply bringing her home. Thank you to to those of you who have already purchased items from our registry or donated items to us. Both are equally appreciated!

Tenges Amazon Registry

And, above all, we need prayer. Prayer for our sweetie’s health, for our future attachment and bonding, and that the process at the US Embassy would go smoothly. All for God’s glory!

Where is A right now?

Our girly is at our agency’s transition home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, called Hannah’s Hope. It is a beautiful place for these kiddos to grow and develop. The special mothers (women who care for them) are just that, so special. The staff at Hannah’s Hope adores the kiddos there. I have been to several orphanages, and this is not an orphanage. They are definitely fattening up our sweetie! πŸ˜‰

Here is the room A stays in… the turtle room =)

And here is the courtyard right after laundry/washing for the day.

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave one in the comments section or shoot me an email at bctenges@gmail.com. If you have some questions that you are afraid to ask, ask those too. I know some of you are just as excited as we are, and we’d really like to do our best to explain as much as you’d like!

Something Fishy

Tuesday morning, we woke up and took our showers, ate breakfast, and sat around like normal. I got my only good night’s sleep while in Ethiopia this night, and maybe it was for good reason. Two families left that morning to head to court (they both passed yay!). We spent time with our precious A that morning, and then headed over to the Riviera (a hotel where families also stay at) for lunch and to meet up with another family who had gotten in town the night before.

For lunch, we just ate the buffet. The whole trip, we all made sure to stay away from water based type foods such as fresh veggies or some fruits, and we were leery about meat at times. However, I decided it was a good idea to get the fish that was on the buffet (so did others, hey). It wasn’t the best fish I’ve ever had, and I honestly never really order fish, but I figured why not? We headed back to the guest house and I video taped a family meeting their girly for the first time. So sweet and such an honor!

That evening we went out to dinner for our cultural dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant. There was dancing and yummy, yummy food!

One of the dancers (lady in green) came around and found people from the audience to dance with. After some lovely dance efforts from some folks in our group, Wass (remember, my hero??) got up and showed us what’s what.

When we got back to the guest house, my stomach started to feel funny. Without giving gruesome details, this began a really great cultural experience of an Ethiopian bathroom and then finally an Ethiopian hospital. I just couldn’t keep anything down, and so no medicine could help at all, because it just came back up. Finally, around 1:30am, Ryan woke up another family there, and the husband, Brad, called around for us until he got a hold of someone (Wass, our hero!) to come and bring us all to the hospital. Brad was so sweet to come and stay with us the whole time. I was given two bags of IV fluid with some other medicine in there as well. A little before 5 o clock, I was done, and went back to the guest house to have my last vomit session. After that, I started to feel better bit by bit, especially after I could keep down the medicine we were given by our travel doctor. Everyone kind of poked fun at me for the fish causing it, but I guess we’ll never know!

After getting zero sleep, Ryan got ready and went to court (Wednesday morning now). We were nervous about how things would go since I would not be there. If just one parent goes for court, you are supposed to bring a power of attorney paper signed and notarized, but we didn’t have that of course. However, our lawyer (provided by Hannah’s Hope/AGCI) thought we might be OK since we had my passport and visa as proof of being in the country, and we had hospital papers and a photo of me in the hospital. Yes. Here it is…

However, the judge understood completely and didn’t even care to look at the “proof” because she believed my hubby and the lawyer. When Ryan got back and told me, I was so thrilled! We were official, legal parents of that sweet, precious baby! And what a testament this whole ordeal was of God’s character and the fact that no matter what circumstances arise, His will is still accomplished.

By the end of the day, I had eaten a few crackers and drank a liter of pedialyte. I also held a whole new level of respect and admiration for my sweet hubby. He is a pretty squeamish guy, but he didn’t bat an eye while constantly cleaning up after me and carrying me to and fro. He constantly prayed over me and showered me with love. OK, I need to go give that man a hug right now.

I only got to see my girly for about 10 minutes, but no matter. Soon it will be forever.

The Beginning

We left for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday, August 4th. Our first flight from Lexington left at 3:15p.m., went to Detroit, then to Amsterdam, then onto Addis in Ethiopia. It was all that quick too. Not. But soo worth it!

These are the donations we were given, even on such short notice. We ended up transferring everything to one big duffel bag. I also drank one of those pedialyte liters when I was sick, so thank you, Jennifer, for donating them!

Our good friends, Cathy and Tony dropped us off at the airport. We are on our way, girly!

Waiting for our first flight.

I peeked out the window to see Africa for the first time! There’s the ocean and then the top of Africa. I was so excited.

Getting closer…

Once we got to Ethiopia (Sunday evening in Ethiopia), I didn’t take any pics that night, because it was dark, I was tired, and I was so confused. I was in Africa… Ethiopia. What the heck?!

When we got through customs and got our luggage, we looked for Wass, the man who would be picking us up. The only problem was, there was no man standing with a sign for AGCI. Uhh. So Ryan decided to go look outside, and told me to stay in with the luggage. Yes, he just left me in an airport in Ethiopia all by myself. He’s very protective of me. Once he went outside, he was told he could not come back in apparently, and had to go all the way to the other end of the airport to go back through security. Except I didn’t know any of this, because I was inside, by myself. The people were so sweet though, and kept coming up to check on me, especially when I started crying and such. Blah blah, Ryan came back wearing no shoes as he ran through the airport to get back to me. We went outside together and found Wass in the parking lot. Apparently, the airport had stopped allowing the drivers to go inside, but this was not communicated to us or any of the other families there that week haha. It has been now, though.

When we got to the guest house, two families were waiting up to meet us. Two others were already in bed, so we would meet them the next day. We sat and chatted with them for awhile, and then headed to bed. It was such a blessing to be staying in the guest house with these families all week. I will never forget how special this trip was, and a lot of it was due to the other families there.

Ryan and I’s room for the week. We stayed in the blue bed there… it was bigger and much more comfy. The bathroom was down the hall. If only I knew when I took this picture that I would be soon spending much more time in there than I’d like… ha!

The next morning (Monday), we woke up, ate breakfast and chatted with the other families while waiting to go see our sweetie! Some day, I will post a video of us meeting her, but for now, here is our first family photo! Not my favorite, because she was looking at the ceiling, but it’s still our first =)

Our sweet, sweet baby girl.

We played with her for the morning and I fed her our first bottle! Nap time came, and we all had to leave, so we headed out to lunch and go shopping. I think that lunch was one of my favorites, because everyone went around the table and told their family’s story on how God led and directed their steps up to this point. God was so obviously involved in each family’s story, even though they were all different in some way. We were so blessed to witness a part of their journeys.

We headed back to Hannah’s Hope to play with our kiddos again, ate our leftovers for dinner, chatted more again, and then headed off for a good night’s sleep.

It was all so surreal. Surreal meeting our daughter. Surreal being in Ethiopia. We never imagined we would have a referral so early on in the process, but she is ours. It’s normal now, and maybe some day I will share the story of how she was placed with us, but just know this could not have happened without our God. Every little detail lines up perfectly, and we are certainly not perfect.

Tuesday things got a little more interesting…

We are home! More later…

Hello everyone, just wanted to say we finally made it home. We had a few canceled flights before we just decided to rent a car and drive home, not knowing if our connecting flight would actually leave when estimated or get canceled again. So after about 36 hours of travel, we are HOME and so happy. I know once I get some sleep and am able to function again that I will be aching for my girl (not that I’m not already). But for now, I know she is in the best possible hands she can be if she can’t be with us. Plus, God is Sovereign.. I kept saying that on our trip regarding to all types of circumstances. Here is a brief synopsis of our trip, and I promise to go into more detail later.

Saturday afternoon – fly away

Sunday evening (Ethiopia time) – arrive in Ethiopia. Meet some great families/new friends.

Monday – meet our baby girl for the first time and go shopping.

Tuesday – more fun time with our girl, Ethiopian culture dinner. Also, cue vomiting and diarrhea (I know, I know, but I don’t even care).

Wednesday – hospital early a.m. , Ryan goes to court, and baby A is ours! We have a daughter! I also ate some crackers.

Thursday – play with our girly, hang out with families, kiss A goodbye, be sad, leave.

Now we are home, and now we are going to attempt to stay up all day to get back on the time zone here (Ethiopia is 7 hours ahead of us here in KY).

Also, for those of you not on Facebook or just didn’t see me post about it, our Brittany’s Hope Matching Seedling Grant webpage has been set up. All you will do is click on the link below and type in your information. We are currently at $400 raised already in just the past couple days we have had the page up. Thank you all so much for helping to bring our sweetie pie home. Tenges Matching Seedling Grant Webpage

We can’t wait to show you pictures of her face soon, but for now…

A Full Heart

Tonight, I am exploding.

Today was Ryan and I’s 2nd wedding anniversary. It was perfect (well, sleeping in with my hubby and not going to work would have been nice, but besides that…). I woke up to a card lying on my pillow from my sweet man. Then this evening we went down to the pool so I could give swim lessons for a sweet little lady whose parents just adopted a little guy from Ethiopia (also through the same agency as us). I even got to hold the little guy as they are just starting to allow others to hold him. He is so stinking cute! And chunky, which I love. I love that they chunk up our kiddos over there for us. I have so loved getting to know this family a little better, and can’t wait to marry off our little lady to their little man! We’ll see.. πŸ˜‰

Then, Ryan planned a dinner at Mellow Mushroom, my favorite pizza place, followed by smoothies at Jamba Juice. We had a great anniversary date. Our last one as a family of two. Eee!

And then, one of the most precious moments of our evening was when a sweet new friend, Jennifer, stopped by to give us two big boxes full of donations for
Hannah’s Hope (our agency’s transition home, where A is being taken care of). We met Jennifer a couple of months ago, but did not really have a conversation with her and her hubby until this past Sunday at church. Her family is also adopting from Ethiopia, found out about donations for Hannah’s Hope, and brought them by tonight! It was so, so nice to just stand on our front step and talk for a few minutes about our journeys and to learn more about her heart. I’m so excited to get to know this family more!

I am just so in love with all of these families I have been so privileged to meet and know some of their adoption stories. Adoption is hard on so many levels. But it can be so beautiful. Tonight, I can clearly see the beauty.

Brittany’s Hope Matching Grant

So you know that grant I mentioned and asked for your prayers? Well, we didn’t get it. But, that’s a good thing, because our agency told us we would be good candidates for a matching grant through Brittany’s HopeΒ instead and would get much more money that way than if they just gave us a small cut of their agency’s grant money. So, yay!

Here’s how it works. We had to specify an amount we wanted as a grant. So, let’s say we said we needed $6,000. In order to get that amount, we need to raise $3,000, and then they will match that for a total of $6,000. The great thing is, it is tax deductible for people who want to give, and it’s like doubling your money! So if you feel as though $10 is the most you could give, then “magically” it becomes $20. Nice, huh? We think so too.

Here’s the thing though. We HAVE to raise half or else they won’t match ANY of it. So if we only raised $2,999 instead of $3,000, we would only get $2,999, not $5,998. That won’t happen though. It just won’t.

Here’s the other thing. We can’t donate to our own grant, because that’s kind of like cheating. However, we are crunching numbers and moving funds around to get as much freed up as possible for traveling to see/bring home A. So we will have some, but certainly not the estimated $15,000 to stay debt free from this adoption. Not to mention that we have already put a ton of it on our credit card/my parent’s credit card knowing that God would provide and we could pay them back quickly.

Here’s the final, kind of big thing. We asked for $15,000. Yep. We are going all in and trusting that God will do the rest. That means somehow, $7,500 will end up in our grant fund, Brittany’s Hope will match it, and we will be given $15,000 directly toward all of our travel expenses. We don’t even think it’s crazy. We absolutely KNOW it will happen.

I just cannot stop smiling. We knew God would follow through, because He’s God, and that’s what He does. However, there were a couple of specific times I remember saying to Ryan, “What is He doing?!” I started tearing up earlier thinking how I had questioned our God for even a few moments during this process.

What we do now is wait on a package to arrive. We sign an agreement that we will raise $7500 and then send it back to our agency. Then an account will be set up through Brittany’s Hope and we will be able to track our “progress” as our family and friends give. I will definitely let you know when all of that is set up, but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up to this. Many people have asked how they can help or what is the thing we need most, and we always say money. Yes, we need material things to care for A, but we have to get her home first to do that. With that said, though, we really do appreciate everything that anyone has given or offered to give us, and I don’t mean to make light of those donations at all! Please be in prayer about giving toward our grant. Every dollar really DOES count, especially when it is doubled.

THANK YOU ALL for praying. We have felt it and we are beaming right now. We cannot even believe all of this is happening. We have received a referral, a court date, and now this grant that will help us remain debt free from our adoption all in a matter of weeks. Shock is about the best emotion to sum it all up. And joy. Yes, joy.

First Trip/Court Date

Ok. I know I haven’t been very clear about this whole process with traveling/court dates/embassy dates/etc. I haven’t been clear, because this has all happened so fast, so I never thought through how to explain it to everyone. Plus, I thought we would still have a long time before we even had a referral, let alone be traveling to meet A! It has been a whirlwind in the Tengi household. People ask if I’m excited, how Ryan is doing, etc. I’ll speak for myself and say that, yes, I am excited. But I’m completely overwhelmed, and that is kind of trumping the excitement right now. Once we hop on that first plane, I’ll be fine, but there is a lot to get together before then! Yesterday, we sent off our visa applications to have them expedited, and I called and made flight arrangements. Thank goodness for travel agents! So for the short amount of time left before we leave, we need to pack, get a prescription filled, pack, make sure we have documents in order that we need to bring with us, and pack some more.

When we are in Ethiopia, we will be having our court date. This is when we will stand before the judge and say, yes, we want to adopt A. The judge will (hopefully) say, “She is yours.” We will legally be a family at that point! However, we can’t just go get on a plane with her and leave. The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia will need to prepare various documents and make sure her paperwork is in order before she will be allowed to leave the country. So, we will come back home and wait another few weeks to hear that our case has been cleared, we will go back and pick her up, go to our Embassy date thinger, get her visa, and leave soon after! Kind of like that, I think. Haven’t done it before, sooo we are just going by what others say, and how I understand it to be πŸ˜‰

When we do travel, we are encouraged to bring donations that others may have given us. We just received an email last night about some urgent medical supply needs for our agency’s transition home in Ethiopia (Hannah’s Hope – where A is being cared for – they rock!). I will paste the list below. If anyone has access to/wants to purchase any of these items and have them sent over with us, please let me know! If you’re nearby, you could drop them off at our house, or you could always mail some items if you would like. We will try to bring the donations with us on our first trip, but that means you would need to get the items to us quickly! If you can’t, that’s fine… we will try to bring some on our second trip as well.

Medication and Medical Supply Needs for HH and Orphanages AGCI Supports:

  1. Drops for Pink Eye
  2. Iron — 15mg drops and tablets
  3. Otrivin Nasal Drops
  4. Miconazole Oral Gel (Nystatin)
  5. Pediatric Electrolyte Solution
  6. Vitamin B12 (MTR)
  7. Antihistamine Syrup
  8. Hydrocortizone Ointment
  9. Candacort Cream
  10. Ketaconazole 2% Cream
  11. Permethrin Cream 5%
  12. Clotrimazole 1% Antifungal Cream
  13. Salbutamol Syrup
  14. Cotrimoxazole Syrup
  15. Triaxon IM/IV 1gm inj, 500mg, 250mg
  16. Syringes – 3cc and 5cc
  17. Sterile Gloves
  18. Digital Weight Scale
  19. Thermometer

Keep praying for God’s providence! We continue to see Him provide in sometimes not-so-obvious ways, but it is totally Him. Keep praying for the grant application we sent in last week… we really hope to hear something soon. It would help so much!

Ok, off to try to relax for just a bit…

Vaccinations

This morning, Ryan and I went to a local travel clinic to get travel vaccinations done in hopes that we would be traveling soon (we were just waiting on that court date…!). We ended up getting most of the recommended vaccinations for Ethiopia, because we know we will probably be back again some day, maybe even for quite awhile πŸ˜‰ On top of those and the routine boosters that we needed, I ended up with six shots and Ryan received seven! I am just hoping I do not get sickish! And even better, on top of that, our insurance won’t cover any of it since we went to a travel clinic. Blah.

After the 5th shot, I had to lay down, because I was getting dizzy. Over the years, I’ve become more and more of a wimp when it comes to getting stuck and such. Ryan is usually worse, but he did just fine! He decided to lay down before he started getting his injections =)

We were there for almost two hours, but it’s worth it! She’s worth it.

And, actually, it’s a good thing we went ahead and got all shot up today, because about 2 hours later, we received a call from our case worker. We have a court date before closure! And it’s really soon. Like super, duper soon. I have this weird thing about announcing when we will be gone all over the internet, so I’m not going to say when, but it’s soon. Really, really soon. I’m freaking out because it’s so soon.

Ryan heading off to the UPS store to expedite our visa applications. Hurry back, passports and visas! We really need you…

Thank you everyone who has been praying for us! We still have about zero dollars to pay for everything, but we know God is THE provider.

Ok, time to go run around in circles as I try to get things done! We are coming, baby girl!!