Sunday, March 1, 2009

six months!

Wow, 6 months waiting. It has come so fast. It is very hard to believe that sooner than later, we will be seeing our sweet son or daughter's face! We do have a new development in our adoption journey. When we applied with our agency, we were told that Ethiopia liked to have a 2 year difference between your youngest child at home and your adopted child. So, since Maya is 2.5 right now, we thought we would have to be referred a baby 6-8 months old or younger. I asked our family coordinator this question again last week, and things seem to have changed! She said that Ethiopia is actually now very relaxed with the ages, and that our agency just prefers to keep the kids 12 months apart. So if you are still following me at all (I know it's confusing unless you are in it!), that means we could get referred up to an 18 month old! We are approved up to 18 months. A lot of families ahead of us are only approved up to 12 months, so if there is a little surge of toddlers coming into the the orphanages, this could mean we could get our referral sooner than we thought. We really are trying not to get our hopes up, though. I also am having to adjust my mind to a possible toddler! I have just been thinking tiny baby all of this time! We truly are filled with so much peace about it. We know that God has THE perfect child for our family. We are just beyond excited to meet him/her! I just can't imagine actually getting the call! Wow.
In other news, our CD sales are going very well. It is so wonderful to see the funds coming in for this last half of our expenses. We still have a large chunk left to raise, but we are building it with each CD sale. We have had a table set up at Apex the last few weeks (Apexers, we will have the tables out next week too!), and we have sold a lot there. The coolest thing is being able to talk to people about our adoption. So many people are interested in the process and what God is doing in our family. I feel amazingly blessed. This baby is so loved already! We have been so humbled by this journey. Whether people have given prayers, encouragement, or monetary gifts, the love is indescribable. God is so good! Last week Phil got to meet a family that actually attends our church that have 6 children and are adopting a sibling set of 3 from Ethiopia! So cool to make that connection.
In other random news, I ordered a sling and I LOVE it! I got it from a seller on etsy called SnuggleBugSlings. She is having a clearance sale for $9.99! I got a black one lined in khaki. I wore Maya around in the hip position (she is 26 pounds) and it was so comfy. She loved it. I am encouraged that no matter what age child we get, this will be very helpful. It would be so easy to fold this up and throw it in a diaper bag. And, I know it will definitely come in handy while we are traveling in Ethiopia and going through the airports on the way home. Since we won't have a stroller, this, along with the bjorn, will be a huge help! I also think it will be a wonderful aid in the attachment and bonding process.
OK, I think I'm done rambling now. I will keep updating here as soon as we have any new news!

5 comments:

Amy McSwegin said...

Can I check out that sling sometime and try it on to see if I like it? I don't actually have one, and think it would be AMAZING for next baby.....

Rochelle said...

Thanks for the update. Phil's CD is awesome! I hope God blesses you with your new baby soon:)

Salty Star said...

I've never met you, but my family has been attending Apex for about 6 months now. I bought Phil's cd Saturday night and really love it! Glad we were able to support the adoption in a small way. Glad to hear you got a sling! We sit in the back (making it easier to leave if I need to change the baby!) every Saturday for the evening service and Brendan (my baby), is happily sitting in the sling or wrap about 90% of the time! I used them for years with my first and have tried about 15 different types,lol. A good sling or wrap is definitely the most helpful "tool" with a baby, and a wonderful way to help in the bonding and attachment process! Looking forward to hearing an update on your process!

Amanda said...

Your blog is so cute! Glad I found the link on twitter from Phil. Good thinking ahead about the sling, that is a great idea, and it keeps your hands free. Can't wait to meet little baby Wing! ~amanda boles

Gina said...

Hi Amber! We ARE getting closer. It's so hard for me to believe, since I have been in the long China line for soooooo long, that this process is actually showing movement you can see!! I was thinking the same thing about the fact that you and I requested 0-18 months. Maybe that will help us! Let's keep praying hard!!