Sunday, August 31, 2008


Hey Stuck in Cincinattie.  Borrowing hotel computer.  Did not have a way to email in ET. That bummed me out.  About had to kill someone to get 10 minutes of cell phone time!!!  It was a good trip, "cause I got to meet and keep my kiddos.  I am SO in love with them!!!!  Amanuel is a daddy's boy!!  Seriously!!! I guess they say they are supposed to be in ET from what we were told.  Bethi loves us both!  But really , she's a mommy's girl.  She definatly is onery!! In a smart way.  I'll have to ecplain more on that later.  They are both tineir than we thought they would be.  Amanuel was sick with upper respitory and an ear infection.  Luckily we took and antibiotic with us.  Bethi hasn't been sick.  Amanuel REALLy scared us. Because he got to where he wouldn't eat or drink.  I KNEW I wouldn't take him to a ET hospital.  The cook at the HOH tried her own remedies (or wanted to try) as did others there.  
Okay I have been typing with a sweet sleeping baby over my shoulder at the Marriot in Cincinati, so need to go check on kiddo in pool with daddy..  I was trying to explian to Bethi that this insn't our home, becuase we have been doin the "so many nights sleeps" till home.. Hmmm.  I do need room service everyday..   It has been hard, rough, amazing, sickening, be we made it back to US anyway!! Thank God!!!

(Sorry about any typos, I am writing this in a hurry, but know as you, many of us have been so eager to hear from Lisa!!!!!!  Thank you Lisa! Can't wait to hear more! Elise)

Friday, August 22, 2008

We're off to get our babies!!!!

Our baby Amanuel!! Ahhh!

Our precious daughter, Bethelhem! My last day of work was the 22nd of August. My wonderful bosses bought the kiddos a ton of toys. A bike for Bethi, a walker and riding/pushing lion for Amanuel. Plus LOTS of other smaller toys. It really was wonderful!Then Shawn came home from work Wednesday, and they had a shower for him! I thought that was so cute!! They had champagne and glasses for Shawn and I,
gift cards for Chucky Cheese, Applebees, and Video store! Disney blankets for both kids, stuffed monkey and lion, and a beautiful Enesco lamp. How wonderful we are to have such great workplaces!

While we are in Ethiopia, my friend Elise will "co-post" for me!!(thanks Elise!)

Shawn and I are trying to fit everything in the suitcases, but the weight has to be 50#'s or less! That isn't working for us! Remember, we are bringing home two little ones! We need clothes for both of them, and of course a few toys. We don't know for sure what sizes our kiddos are,so we have to take more clothes than we really will need.We are also taking toys, and other donations for House of Hope.
Luckily I have been talking to another CHI couple that will be traveling with us. Kate and Nathan will be traveling to their 10 month old baby girl!
We are all excited and nervous!It is so funny that another person is having the same feelings about the same thing. It is so weird that after all the paperwork, all the wanting, wishing, praying,crying,praying some more,that it is finally TIME!!!!
Goosebumps for sure! And this last 2 weeks have flown by,and seems i don't have anything done, yet it is. Just little things going through my mind!
Thanks everyone for helping me through to this point!XXOO

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Here's how things are going, plus i HAD to get a new haircut!!

This is how life has been lately...
There is a picture of me with the little photo albums that were taken to our babies.(Thanks Brooke)
A picture of our new rocking chair! Gotta rock the babies!!!
Sophie the wonderdog, is in one of the pictures. She knows we are preparing for something....she is being so good, she even started sleeping on the rug at the foot of our bed.Sometimes she'll sneak back in bed with us. The kids room she notices, have went through alot of change. She checks everything out.
We leave the 23rd! I can't believe it!!! We are flying out with at least one other CHI family. I have been emailing back and forth with Kate.We are both ready to get our kiddos. We will be spending Saturday night in Dubai. I hope the airport hotel isn't to bad. When we wake up we will get to see our little ones, in about 5 hours!! I can' wait, i am so excited! I am having a hard time packing! Hard time sleeping.
I do not like our travel agency!! No help at all. They act like they have never done this before. Yet, they are a popular agency! Uggh!
Friday is my last day of work. I am going to miss all the people!Boss,(best friend) Coworkers
(i now love our blondie) and the people we insure are mostly wonderful people. So many have made me tear up this week, they tell me I can't leave,or I have to bring the kids to their house. I got a big hug from one of our guys today, and i think one of my ribs moved!
Anyway,I should be able to get everything finished with the week before, off work.
Big change is, I was growing my hair out so i could have it in a ponytail in Ethiopia. I really got sick of it! I got 8inches cut off! The stylist said 2 more inches, and i could have donated to Locks of Love. Let me know what ya think! Shawn loves it!
If i figure out how to blog from ET i will!!! Thanks everyone!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

We're getting ready to go!!!

We are trying to pack all that we can! Yep, we're fighting over space in suitcases and duffel bags!! We are taking clothes,toys,and even a toaster for the HOH and orphanage!! And did i mention toys? LOL!It's summer clearance time!!!WOO HOO!
I had 2 baskets full at Walgreens this morning. Now i have to see how we are going to organize and FIT everything!Shawn is a LITTLE upset because we have so much stuff.He says "we need to get stuff going, and you just keep buying more!"
He says, that's what upsets him. But me? I can't pass up toy bargains that we can take to Ethiopia!
We leave 2 weeks from today! EEEKKKK!!
I always imagined we would fly Ethiopian Air.This is a very busy time, so tickets when available,are VERY expensive. So,we are going to be on Emirates.Still expensive, but the dates are good! We will leave Kansas City flying to JFK, then hopping on the Emirates to Dubai. Long flight.
We have to spend the first night in Dubai,then leave the next morning for the short jaunt to Addis Ababa!
We just found out we will have another CHI couple on the trip, same itinerary.
Also just met via phone another nearby couple that are adopting from Ethiopia!!
She loves to talk adoption, like i do! Imagine that!!I think we will become quick friends. (Hey Jessie!!)She is waiting for their referral.
I have wonderful updated pictures!!! You can see Amanuel holding(crumpling)the picture of our house. Bethelhem looks mellow in one picture...ready to GO in the next!
Shawn and I are SO excited about our upcoming travel! Don't know where we are going to stay now, we just heard recent news from another adoption agency(IAN)that Hilton, Sheraton, and Ghion doesn't want adoptive parents staying there with their children!
If anyone else has heard this,or anything about it, let me know please!

Stay tuned for our travel adventure!! Shawn and I are BOTH bad navigators!! more thing!!!!! CHI hasn't had any referrals for over a month! Tsegay, the in country coordinator, will be in the U.S. for 2 weeks beginning August 29th.

My theory is he will be making referral calls while in the U.S. I hope so!! I have lots of friends that have been waiting a long time! YOO HOO, COME ON REFERRALS!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Our babies, we can't wait to bring them home!
It's funny how we love them so much, already!