Wednesday, April 14, 2010

So what do we do now?

There was a comical moment during a call with our agency caseworker several weeks ago when she was explaining some of the remaining steps in our adoption process. She said once we got on the waitlist there was a "quiet period" where you don't hear from the agency as much as when you were turning in paperwork and getting feedback on it. She began telling us all the things we could do to "pass the time" while we were waiting to be matched with a child. Then she stopped herself mid-sentence and said, "Of course, you guys have three children, I'm sure you don't need ideas for how to fill your time!"


But, even so, as we were swamped in paperwork we did begin a "to-do" list of all the things we wanted to do once we got to the green pastures of "the waitlist".

So here it is,

13 Things we hope to do over the next several months we are waiting on our referral for a child in Ethiopia:

Complete our remaining adoption training via on-line training courses.

Learn more about the Ethiopian culture

Read the book
There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children by Melissa Fay Greene about a woman who took in hundreds of AIDS orphans in Ethiopia.

Read the stack of books we have on parenting an adopted child and trans-racial adoption.

Eat at the nearby Ethiopian Restaurant.

Learn to cook some Ethiopian foods.

Do more research on caring for and styling African hair

Continue cleaning out our home to get ready for a 4th child to live here.

Learn to speak Amharic (the official language of Ethiopia) - a lofty goal, I know, we are aiming high with the realization that we'll probably only learn 10 words! But hey, we know 2 already! Passport and credit card are pronounced the same in English and Amharic!

Start an adoption support group at our church (we've joined one at a different church, but strongly believe there should be one at our home church, too)

Get passports for our 3 children and make countless pros & cons lists regarding if we should take any of them with us on either of our 2 trips to Ethiopia and which combination of kids to take (no kids, only oldest, oldest 2, or all 3)!

Pray for God's perfect timing and provision over our referral, court, and travel steps!

Pray for God to comfort, care for and protect our little girl in Ethiopia until we can bring her home!

Find more Thankful Thursday, Thursday Thirteen


  1. Congratulations on making it to the wait list! I think this sounds like a great to-do list.

    We recently had Ethiopian food and really loved it! I'm actually hoping to learn to make injera from teff because my daughter can't eat wheat, so let us all know if you ever try to make that!

  2. Congrats, praying for your family.

  3. I hope it all goes smoothly for you.

  4. Waiting must be so hard but you have a lot to keep you busy.

  5. How exciting for you. I bet in no time you'll hear back from them with the one suited for your family.

    My 13 is posted, I do hope you can stop by sometime if you have time today. It's 13 catch phrases I really like. Have a glorious Thursday!!

  6. Congratulations on getting so far along in the process. I hope it all works out for you.

  7. GREAT list...all valid points...will pray...Have a good day. = ) HUGS

  8. Oh wonderful! Best wishes to you and your family.

    Have a great Thursday!

  9. Oh I know that list is going to get longer, even as you cross things off of it. LOL!

  10. I'll keep you in my prayers. Hugs for having such a big heart!

  11. Nice to see how you are preparing. I wish you and your family love.

  12. what a great list of to dos and thank yous you have what a decision you have ahead of you deciding which if any to take with you

  13. Loved your list - keeping busy by preparing helps to make time fly as you wait.


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