Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Almost Passed Court

Unfortunately we didn't pass court today. But the whole proceeding seemed to go pretty well, and were hopeful that when one last letter arrives next week, we will pass court without issue. We spent another great morning with our energetic new son, which was wonderful. Winnie is such a great big sister, we knew she would be. We got to meet with the psychologist today, which was a good time for us to get some questions answered. The staff at the transition home is so wonderful, they are all such a blessing to these children. Please pray for the rest of our time here in Ethiopia, our time with our new son, and our trip to southern Ethiopia to visit Winnies bio family. Please pray for everyone sleep and health as the jet lag is been a little bit tough to get over this trip for some of us. We miss you all and will post again soon. As soon as we get the finalization of the court proceedings today we will be so excited to share some pictures and video of our new boy.

Monday, June 25, 2012

He is AMAZING

His smile, his long eyelashes, the tight squeeze on the ambulance toy that we brought him, the little circle his mouth made(kinda like a baby bird) when he wanted something to eat... I'm in love.

It's not just me either, his sister, father, Gigi and I have not slept in 36 hours.  We went straight from the airport, showered, ate lunch, and then went to meet him.  His sis can't stop holding him, hugging him, rubbing his hair while he plays, praising him, feeding him drinks of water from a bottle, you get the drift.  She also is in love.  Tim loves how little he is.  He is much smaller than Winnie was, although we have no idea how old he is.  My mom loves that he is full of energy, in fact, reminds us of our first experiences with Winnie.  He was afraid for anyone to touch his stuff.  Very protective of his orange ball and ambulance.  He would run and hide with it and say , "NEH" or (come) to get us to come after him.

We've had our old favorite tibs and shoro for lunch and dinner tonight.  It's so nice to be able to eat as much of this stuff as you can on every street corner.

Mom's having a little hard time with the food, but we got her right in that toddler and infant room and she was just what they needed!  So happy and perky to be around.  Mesay says Gigi already.

Well we are off to make up for a serious lack of sleep.

When we left the orphanage tonight, M gave me the sweetest kisses (well all of us, not just me)  and I whispered in his ear, "ewhedeshalow Mesay"  meaning I love you.  He just smiled that killer smile and hugged me.

Hope to be able to post some of our amazing photos of today soon.

The Shaw's

Saturday, June 23, 2012

9:22 am

The screaming and pouncing on our bed began way before sunrise this morning.  Actually, at 5 am my pops came over to pick us up, apparently we got our AM's and PM's mixed up on the message for pick up time.  "We are going to Africa today!"  "Today is the day"  "we get to meet my brother"... could all be heard around 6 am from our excited seven year old's smiling face.
Tim and I were still holding our breath and muttering prayers that fedex would live true to it's promise and deliver the passport in time.
9:22 am the fedex truck came, and Winnie now has a U.S passport.
We are about to embark on a trip that we have imagined for years...
Winnie gets to see her nannies, her old orphanage, and perhaps meet her biological family.  We will become a family of four.  We get to hold, hug and love our adorable boy, M. 
If we pass court, we will post some pictures promptly...
Now for pop's to come back at the same time in the PM, we are off!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ethiopia bound


Yesterday at work, I got the call that would make any adoptive parent squeal with delight..."you have a court date."  I did not squeal, I stared in disbelief, probably drooling from my mouth staying open for so long.  We are one of the quickest families from referral to court date from our agency.  In a world of slower than expected waits, this is a miracle.  A miracle that had me stressed out and feeling uneasy.  You see, Winnie doesn't have her passport back yet, and has been so excited to go with us on this trip.  She may or may not get to go.  I had to cancel the bachelorette party in Florida that I had planned for my best friend.  I had to tell my boss, who had at least two people out that week.  My joy was stolen in the details. 
But Today has been different.  Tim called me from home to ask had I seen any suspicious activity around our house.  That someone had left something in the mailbox.  My mind immediately raced to the evening before, when he shot a squirrel in the chest with his bow and arrow, and it lay dead in the neighbor's leaf pile.  Had the neighbor seen this Katniss Everdeen style bow and arrow show?  It must be the neighbors stuffing the old dead squirrel into our mailbox.  or a disgruntled acquaintance may have written a ransom note.  My mind was racing.  Really, it was a card with a huge amount of money in it, given anonymously to us. 
The Bible verse written in the card said, "Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?Look at the birds of the air;  they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable then they?" 

I made a list of the big and little things that God has done today for us:
-Money in our mailbox anonymously
-we received our first photos of Mesay and he received his first carepackage.
-my boss is very gracious with me.  I was given  weeks of paid maternity leave when I need it.
-Mesay's update shared that he was very excited to see our pictures.  He looked at Winnie's photo, and asked"Ethiopian??"  and when he was told his new sister was Ethiopian, he lit up and started laughing with joy.
-we found a backpack for Mesay that winnie wanted to buy him... on clearance for 5 dollars.  Then we were running late and stopped to grab a quick bite and we got half our meal comped tonight because Tim is a figherfighter.
-He has given me peace and joy about going.  I am no longer as worried.
- we got perfect airline tickets, good times, little better prices than they could have been.

Stay tuned, we will update you in Ethiopia and when we pass court, we will get to post pictures of our little guy.

Please keep us in your prayers.
Tim Abigail and Winnie

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Our Son.

We are dying to tell the world.  To shout it from the roof tops.  WE HAVE A SON!! 

Winnie says he has a nice smile.  Dad thinks he might like the name Abraham for his middle name.  I like to compare him to all the 3.5-4 year old boys I know to see what size he might be.

I have a sweet little friend Fin who is 4, I have been telling him that we were going to have a friend for him to play with soon. Today at church he said, " Hey Abigail, when does my friend come?  Like how many days 'til he comes?  I want to play swords with him.  Will he be here in 3 days?..."  He likes police helicopters and trucks.  He suggests I fill our son's room with these, and then he will come over to play :)

Ahhh, talking to Fin makes me believe he will be here soon.

Please join us in praying for our sweet son.  protection. peace. preparation for joining our family. patience for the Shaw's as we wait to unite.