Thursday, October 29, 2009


Today, I got the e-mail we've been waiting anxiously for. Our court date is December 1st. This is definetly later than what we had anticipated, or hoped for, but soon enough she will be ours!! We were informed that presently only 50% of kids are passing court the first time. Whether it is the family not being present, judges rescheduling, paper work not being correct, or simply having electricity, there are several possible delays. We have a POA from our agency that will represent us in Ethiopia, so we do not travel until our case passes court. After passing, we will travel usually in 4-5 weeks.
So, we've got 33 days to pray :) Here's a few things to pray for:
1. Winnie to stay healthy during this wait.
2. Her uncle must come to court, and we need to pray that he would be willing and
able to travel hundreds of miles to get there.
3. All our paper work would be perfect and present for court. We've done so much
paper chasing in the last 9 months, we pray perfection over it :)
4. That the Judges have favor on our case, and PASS it on the first go!!!!!

While we count down these next 33 days, we are learning to trust God in this time. It's tough not having any control, and we know that God's timing is paramount in this whole process, so we give it to Him.

We are sending a care package to Winnie today. It's so sweet, some of our family members sent letters to enclose. I'll post a pic or two later today. With a carepackage comes more pictures!!! We can't wait, thanks to the Kavanaugh's for doing this!
More later, Abigail

Psalm 68: 5-6

"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, He leads forth the prisoners with singing…"

Monday, October 26, 2009

Orphan Sunday from Christian Alliance for Orphans on Vimeo.


...BUT NOT AS MUCH AS YOU, YOU SEE!! OK, I promise, I'm not Kip from Napoleon Dynamite. I am singing the praises of a little toy that looks like a cell phone. It's a "toy" phone that allows you to record your voice for your child. We are sending a care package next week, and got to record a message for Winnie... IN AMHARIC!!!!!!!!!
We went out to celebrate our littlest friend Micah's 1st birthday at Abssynia, Ethiopian restaurant. The owner there is so sweet and kind. She took time to teach Tim and I how to say "we are your new mom and dad, we love you and are coming soon." After practicing it several times to get the right pronunciation, Tim recorded it. We practiced so many times, that the batteries are starting to go, and he sounds very robotic :) Tim tried the Kitfo raw last night, If you know Tim, this is NOT surprising. I shared the cooked kitfo with Julia, and was glad I did.

We also had the pleasure of hanging out with a little boy who's been home from Ethiopia for a little over a month. By the end of the night he was running around with Winnie's new toy and sitting on Tim's lap. I can't tell you how encouraging it is to see newly adopted kiddos doing so well. He knew his colors, please and thank you, mama, and... coffee. Yes, he loves to drink coffee. The earlier mention of him sitting on Tim's lap was really a ploy to get closer to his coffee cup :)

I'm missing Winnie today. Are we capable of missing someone we've never actually met?? I would have been skeptical, until recently. I see her picture on my screen saver at work, on our fridge, in my purse, I talk about her constantly... and I just feel a little empty spot, like I'm not complete right now. There is so much I want to know about my daughter and her little life. I wonder what information she has about us, and what she thinks about the idea of a new family. I see postings of the famine in Ethiopia, and sickness, and I wonder if she's ok today. I wish I could sing her my silly made up songs... I torture the cats with (and sometimes Tim.)

... I bet she has a pretty voice.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Searching for the perfect pink ball

Wow, I haven't been blogging long, and already I'm a bad blogger!! The truth is, there's not much new on the court date. We got word that there is a potential "slow down" due to some investigations into a case in Ethiopia(not ours). I don't have many details, but our agency asked us to overnight yet another packet of info to them.
We did receive four new pictures of our daughter. She has a HUGE smile on her face in every picture. In our September update, we learned she loves to play "nurse" and pretend to pass out medication to the other children. I'm sure any mom would love this, but as a nurse myself, I was just BEAMING when i read it!!! We also learned that she did not speak Amharic (Ethiopia's primary language) when she came to the orphanage. My heart is sad when I think of how scary that had to be for her. The update also said she is VERY FUNNY. I think we have evidence of this in one of her photos, where she is posing :) She's growing fast... I can't wait to post all of these pictures. She's 3 feet and 34 pounds, wearing a 3T.
Tuesday night, Tim looked at me with a really deep, sad expression, which I thought was regarding my tuna noodle casserole with broccoli. He said he just about couldn't handle the wait anymore, and that he just wanted her home now. I can't tell you how much it means to me to have a husband that cares about orphans, injustice, bringing our daughter home, being a servant, loving the Lord, etc. I found a book about Dad's related to their daughters in his computer bag :) ok, he had about 10 books in there, but he cares... and I love it! Anyone who knows us, knows we have our "moments" when it's not rainbows and ponies, but I just had to mention how blessed I am to have Tim. He's going to take some time off when Winnie gets here, I'm sure they will be speaking amharic and making jokes about ol' mom.

We are anxiously awaiting a court date. We have plenty to keep us busy until then!! We are both working a few jobs each, and trying to finally get situated in the new house. Sunday we'll be going to enjoy injera bread, kitfo, coffee, and our little friend Micah, who has been home about 6 months from Ethiopia. Happy 1st Birthday!!
Check back soon, hopefully we'll have a court date :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

court delayed

We got an email on Friday afternoon stating that the court in Ethiopia is going to extend it's leave. SO, we will be waiting for a court date a little longer than expected, and our care package for Winnie will not be delivered until the family is rescheduled for court. I'm still looking for the pink ball, so at least I have more time to find that perfect one!
You know, we were aware going into this that international adoption certainly has it's share of problems and challenges. The waiting and uncertainty is just part of it. We will certainly keep posting as we get a court date, and come closer to traveling :)Of course we are a little bummed.
Thinking postively... we should get our September update of Winnie this week. YEEAAHH!

Friday, October 2, 2009


This week has been a week of waiting...
1. We are waiting on a court date, courts should reopen next week (they have been closed for rainy season.) We are hoping to have a court date at the end of October or early November. She will be officially ours, and then we can make travel plans to pick her up!!
2. We are waiting for our September updates on Winnie. We got to ask 5 questions about her, and her nannies will respond. We get new height, weight, and PICTURES!!
This update is better than Christmas for us!! We have 12 pictures of her at this point, and they are like GOLD.
3. We were waiting to see if there was a family to take a care package over in October... but, we got our answer today!! The heddleson's are taking over our package when they go to get their sweet little one. This will keep me occupied for the next few days, trying to find a pink ball(she loves balls, and playing chase.)

While waiting, we're working on Winnie's room. Our friend Wendi from Ugly Duckling Studio has volunteered to help us decorate her room... A HUGE RELIEF. We figure she'll be going through so much change, can't communicate with us much, and will be arriving in the dead of winter, so she deserves an amazing, beautiful room! Wendi's got that covered. We'll post some pictures soon.

Also, we are trying to cram in some parenting/adoption books :) I try not to panic when thinking about how to care for a 3 year old, it's in God's hands. Tim, on the other hand, is cool, calm and collected about the whole thing. I love the balance we have with that! We sat on our porch swing the other night, surrounded by hand me down little tyke toys, laughing and dreaming about our future with Winnie.

That brings me to my last thought, we are praying while we wait. There have been lots of sick babies coming home from Ethiopia (a few are in the hospital.) We are praying that Winnie stays well. Also, that God would begin to prepare her heart (and ours) for the BIG changes that are coming soon.

The family that met Winnie a few weeks ago wrote this on their blog...
"I was especially touched to share a care package with a beautiful little three year old who saw her parents for the first time! The smile on her face made my heart sing. She is absolutely beautiful, in spirit and in face!"

We wait with Joy and yearning.