Friday, January 29, 2010

Rollercoaster Ride!

That's what I feel like I'm on! Today I was told that although some other families got a court date, that we did not. There is no reason for it. Our phone call will come soon and our court date will probably be within a week or two from Feb 16th (the date that the other families got). This should be OK right????? Well, in the real world yes, but here in Adoption world every little wait seems like an eternity. Don't get me wrong, I am really, really happy for the other families, but I want our date. You see International Adoption, or probably any adoption for that matter is a roller coaster ride with your emotions. Ups, downs, twists, turns, you can't control it. In my head I know that a week or two won't make a difference, but my heart says something else. You know the feeling you get a week or two before you are getting married, or a week before or after your baby is due, or a week before you are about to go on a trip of a life time, well I've done all three of those things, and this feeling doesn't compare. Your stomach gets tied up in knots, you feel like you are going to cry or throw up at any minute and your mood drops instantly. All this because your phone didn't ring today. It's crazy, and in the end it will all be worth it!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Waiting for Court

Well it's been over one week since we got our incredible news and saw our son for the first time. We now sit here waiting to get a court date. That is the day that Tegegn will hopefully become our son. That is the day that our happiness is caused by great pain in someone else's life. That is the day that a father will have to walk into court and give up his child. So we wait, we wait patiently with this knowledge and sadness, because although I desperately want him to be our son, I think it is a horrible thing that anyone in the world would have to give up a child due to poverty. My hope is that we can give Tegegn all that his father dreams of for him. That we will make him proud.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Referral

I've decided to start a blog so that anyone who wants to follow our journey to Ethiopia can! It started about 2 1/2 years ago (20 years if you count all the years I've been thinking about adoption) and we don't know when it will end. We recieved "the call" on January 14th (6 months after our agency went bankrupt) and the acceptance was in Ethiopia on January 15th. I've been told that this was a record. His name is Tegegn Chamasa. I unfortunatley can not post his picture until we pass court and he legally becomes our son, but believe me when I say he is beautiful. We are told that court dates are being booked about 4 weeks away, so we wait. And then we will wait for more medicals, passport, visa and then the call to travel. We have no idea how long this will all take, but we are hopefull that we will have in in our arms soon. I can't explain how I feel right now except to say at peace. It's been a long road to get here, but seeing his face has made it all worth it. The Laferriere's are now a family of 4 (6 if you include the dogs, which Celine tells me I should).