Wednesday, March 25, 2009

WONDERFUL NEWS!!!

Our caseworker just called...we have a court date!!!!! I am so thankful. The big day is May 21st. We are praying that this is the day Julianne legally becomes our daughter. Her first birthday is mid-June so there is a chance we will be able to wish her a happy birthday in person :o)

PRAISE GOD!!!

Our huge prayer request is that we pass court on May 21. If not, we will be assigned a new court date and wait again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Rest in Peace Haregewoin Teferra

If you have read the book, There is no me without you , you will never be the same. It is the amazing story of Haregewoin Tefferra, a foster mother in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since having children, I haven't been a huge reader. However, I literally could not put this book down. Her dedication to orphaned children, many with HIV, is so inspiring.

I just read today that she has passed away.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Julianne - a sneek peek :o)

The sweetest little fingers!
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We can't wait to meet you, baby girl!!
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We are so blessed to have new pictures of our baby! Laura traveled last week to pick up her beautiful daughter, Mercy and took pictures for us. Thank you!!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Great Deal!

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Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic Coupon

Monday, March 9, 2009

A few details...

Thank you for all of the well wishes! It is so nice to "know" our next child :o) We couldn't be more thankful to God for blessing us with another beautiful daughter. There are so many details of Julianne's referral that are direct answered prayers that we had during the wait. There are also many new prayer requests we have now that we know who she is. I have had alot of people ask questions about Julianne and questions about what happens next, so I hope you guys don't mind if I just answer it here :o)

Today we mailed Julianne's acceptance papers to our agency! Very exciting. The Ethiopian staff was informed last week that we happily accepted Julianne into our family. The next step is waiting for a court date. We have been told that this typically happens between one and three months from now. We have seen families receive court dates much quicker and unfortunately we have seen families wait MUCH longer for a court date. It is truly heartbreaking to watch families be delayed month after month while their child is growing up without them. The average wait time from the date you hear your court date and the actual court date is 12 weeks. Again, we have seen much shorter waits and longer waits. If you are lucky enough to pass court the first time, you will travel 2 to 4 weeks later. When you pass court, the adoption is finalized which means Julianne will officially be our daughter :o) I can't wait for that day!!

Several people have asked if I could share more information about Julianne and our referral call. Sorry for the lack of details :o) Believe it or not, after 8 months of waiting, we were actually caught off guard when the call came. We received the call late Wednesday afternoon. The number did not come up "unknown" as the urban legend suggests :o) Julianne is eight and a half months old. Our HUGE prayer (and we would love if you would join us in praying for her) is that she will continue to grow stronger each day. Right now she is very tiny, but we were told that she loves to eat. She especially loves eggs. She weighs about what Sophie Le weighed at four months and Hillary Ashton did around three months. So you can imagine that we are praying that she continues to put on weight and grow stronger.

We were told to expect updates about Julianne once a month. You can bet we will be keeping our eye out for those updates. The agency said to expect a little information about her progress and a picture. Our specific prayer request for this month is that Julianne will learn to sit on her own without support. We are also allowed to send packages to Julianne with traveling families. I "know"a family, through the blog world, that is traveling this week to pick up their adorable baby girl. We overnighted a soft pink lovie and a photo album for them to take to Julianne. We are so thankful that they still had a little room in their luggage and a willing heart! We are so excited that Julianne has something that we have touched and prayed over!

Here is BIG sister Sophie Le putting the papers in the mail.
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It is such a blessing to have Sophie Le experience this journey to Julianne. She told me that baby sissy's nannies take care of her like Le Le's nannies did when she lived at the baby house. She also said that baby sissy's nannies love her and Le Le's nannies in Vietnam love her. So sweet. I can't wait to have all of the sisters together!!
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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Baby girl has a name!!!

We have finally decided on our daughter's name...
Julianne
We will use her Ethiopian first name as her middle name. Coming in close second was Hillary Ashton's pick...Sweet Tulip Arnold. Gotta love four year olds! Please pray sweet Julianne will continue to grow stronger each day and that we will be able to bring her home soon!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

We have our first foster baby!

Click here to read more Email me at neilandamyarnold@yahoo.com for the password.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The girls singing the books of the New Testament

Happy Hillary Ashton


Sweet Sophie Le...28 months, NOT 26 months :o)

We are so happy to announce that...

...a beautiful baby girl will be joining our family!!

Ethiopian law prevents us from posting a picture until the adoption is finalized, but I can tell you that she is absolutely stunning. She has huge brown eyes, a precious smile and the sweetest pouty lips!!

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7