Thursday, October 30, 2008

Our Schedule for our Ethiopia trip!

Saturday Nov. 1st
-Leave home 10 am drive to Boston Airport
-Leave Boston at 2:53 pm fly to Washington/Dulles
We will be meeting up with at least two other families in our travel group here...
-Leave Washington DC at 9:30 pm (on Ethiopian Air)
we will land in Rome for one hour to refuel, restock plane, and clean bathroom (we stay on plane) then it is off to Ethiopia.

Sunday Nov. 2nd
-We arrive at Addis Ababa at 7:30 pm Ethiopia Time (that would be 12:30 am EST)
after obtaining our Visa, passports, and luggage, we meet our drivers and head to the hotel.
- We are told at this time to just try to get a good nights sleep.

Monday Nov. 3rd
-10:00 orientation meeting
-lunch at Garden Paradise
-coffee at Kaldis (oops I have never had coffee! Thanks Grandpa)
-THE MOMENT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR, WE GET TO MEET OUR CHILDREN AND SPEND THE AFTERNOON WITH THEM!)
-Dinner at the Metro Pizza

Tuesday Nov. 4th
-10 am paper party for US Embassy (fill out papers for Daniel's Visa)
-Shopping
-Lunch at Family restaurant
-Coffee Ceremony and Team Meeting at Transition Home (My good friend Jody said she would drink my coffee)
-GOTCHA DAY- WE GET TO BRING DANIEL BACK TO THE HOTEL WITH US!
-Dinner at hotel

Wednesday Nov. 5th
-Morning with Daniel.....
-12:15 meet in lobby to leave for US Embassy
-1:00 Embassy appointment (apply for Daniel's Visa)
-back to hotel to hang out

Thursday Nov. 6th
-meet in lobby at 10:00 am
-Spend morning at Kids Care Orphanage
-Lunch at Blue Tops
-Visit Gelgela Orphanage
-dinner at hotel

Friday Nov. 7th
-second round of shopping if needed or just time on our own...
-meet in lobby at 6pm to check out
-6:30 leave for airport
-10:15 Leave Addis Ababa (on Ethiopian Airlines)

Saturday Nov. 8th
-arrive in Washington DC at 7:20 am (EST)
-leave DC 12:25 pm for Boston
-1:59 pm arrive at Boston Airport
-Welcome from our boys Michael and Benjamin, Grandma and Grandpa, and the Wonderful Steiger Family!
-head home....

Thank you for all your support prayers! We can't wait to post from Ethiopia and Share this journey with you!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Behind the green gates....

We started this adoption process in April of 2007. We have been praying for this day, when we would be able to go through the green gates and meet for the first time the precious child that God chose for our family. We are now just 4 days from leaving for Ethiopia to pick up Daniel Fitsum Laughner (his soon to be name). Right now his name is Fitsum Thomas Laughner. We should be entering through those green gates on Monday the 3rd of Nov. Daniel is living at the Transition Home that is behind those gates. He has been living there since June 10. Please pray for him as he prepares to meet his new family and start his new life. Please pray for our family as we fly to Africa to pick him up. Please pray for Michael and Benjamin as they will be anxiously waiting to meet their new brother on Nov. 8th.
Thank you to the wonderful Steiger Family for this wonderful photo of the green gates. They took this photo when they went and picked up their beautiful daughter (Daniel's future ET playmate). They are only a few weeks apart in age.

There are families that are in Ethiopia right now. These are a couple of the things that we have heard about Daniel from them...

We really enjoyed all of the children at the transition home. I know those of you waiting to go are just dying. Your children are precious! I was especially smitten with the Laughner's little one. He is a sweet heart! Of course, they are all wonderful! From the Schmidt Family

Lori Laughner & family: Oh! My goodness! You are going to have some serious “girl problems” when your little guy gets older!! LOL He’s just toooooo good looking and so fun to boot. He was always around and always happy. From The Lusse Family

What a special treat to hear these kind words this week.

Thank you for all the prayers and support. WE are blessed to know all of you. Talk to you soon from Ethiopia.


$12 each for remaining t-shirts and bags....

We have t-shirts and the large canvas bags left. We are selling these items at a reduced price of $12 each plus shipping. If you live close by just let us know and there won't be shipping. Thank you for all your support. I can't believe we leave in 4 days.



Saturday, October 25, 2008

Introducing Daniel!

video

This is a test....

We have been told that we will not have direct access to our blog from
Ethiopia. So we need to update through e-mail. This is a test to see if
I have it working.... I am also going to attempt to post a photo to see
if that works! Well here goes, wish me luck!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We leave in 16 days!

Daniel Fitsum Laughner is our son! We passed court! Praise the Lord, God is Great!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Donations From the Pioneer Clubbers!

I want to say a great big thank you to the Dwight Chapel Pioneer clubbers. They brought in all of these donations tonight for the Orphanage in Ethiopia.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Waiting for news...

Today is Tuesday, and we know that we have a court date this week. What we don't know is what day this week. This is a really difficult wait. We know that if we pass court that we will be traveling in 18 days! We will get to meet our son in person in 20 days! If the judge does not find favor in our case and does not pass us. Then we wait some more. It could be another month before we get another court date.

The hardest thing is not knowing God's timing. I think that I am ready, but it is not about my timing but God's timing. I pray that things go well and we can use the plane tickets that we have on hold. We have learned so much during this journey, and have made new friends.... Now we are just ready to travel with some of those friends meet our son. Please keep praying!

yesterday we found out that one of the little girls at the same Transition Home as Daniel passed away from Pneumonia. We are grieving with the Forrest Family who never got to meet their little princess. Please pray for this family as they go through this difficult time. Please pray for the health of all the little ones in orphanages and the Transition Home. Please pray for the people of Ethiopia. Thank you for your prayers and following our Journey to Ethiopia.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Prayers Please!!!

We were given tentative travel dates early this month. In order to book our flights and make everything a go.... We need to pass court this week! We have a court date one day next week (we are not told the exact date), we are guessing it is the 16th. Please pray that all the paperwork will be in order and the judge will rule in our favor. If we pass court next week, we can book our airline tickets and POST PICTURES of Daniel. If we pass court we will be leaving to get our son in 23 days! If we don't pass it just makes the wait even longer, it not that we won't pass. It just means that the papers weren't quite right!

We want to say thank you for all the prayers that have gotten us this far in the process. Adoption is a long and emotional process. One that does not happen in our timing but in God's! We have learned a lot in this journey and have made some good friends. We are very grateful for this experience!

I would also like to say thank you for all the donations and gifts. We have been given so much stuff! Your support is very generous and much appreciated. We can't wait to introduce our son to you!

Please pray for the seven families that are in our tentative travel group, that have court dates next week.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Travel Dates.... Nov. 1st.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We just received our tentative travel dates!!!!!!!!!!! We are part of the November 1st group! Depending on which airline we use we will either fly out on October 31st or November 1st! This means that we should return home on November the 8th. We have a court date in the next couple of weeks, if every thing goes good.... we will have concrete travel plans.
Boy do I have a lot to do!!!!!!!!
I sent an outfit to Daniel in Ethiopia to see if it would fit, here is the response that I received...
So, we got Daniel's outfit yesterday, sent from Duni. We put it on him, and it was a little big. But not too big to wear...we just hike those pants up to his chest and it was great! So, I hope that can help you to determine what size clothes to bring. I'm sure he'll soon fit great in that 18 mo size.
Alright since I don't think I want my son wearing pants hiked to his chest.... I guess I am off to buy 12 month pants.


OH MY: We are leaving in 29-30 days!
Keep praying for Daniel, us, our court, our flights, everything!
God is Good! We are going to bring our son home! In another month we will be half way around the world with him!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Our October Update!

Today we received our October update on our son Daniel:
Here is what it says:


Daniel is on Bebelac-2 formula, which is for children over 6 months of age. He also eats porridge-like cereal 3 times a day. He also sometimes eats "regular" food such as rice and vegetables and injera.

SLEEPING

Daniel is a good sleeper and usually wakes once during the night for a bottle, and takes 2 naps during the day.

APPEARANCE/DEVELOPMENT

Daniel is SO adorable. He has light skin, big eyes, and a great smile. He is now walking everywhere, and climbing on all the furniture.

SOCIAL

Daniel has a big personality and is so fun. He loves to smile and laugh, and is very easy-going. He is a definite favorite of all the staff!

MEDICAL/SPECIAL NEEDS

Daniel has been healthy since the last update.

MEASUREMENTS

Current weight: 20 pounds
Height: 76 cm or 30 inches
Head circumference: 40.5

We also received a new picture! I can't wait to introduce Daniel to all of you! It is now October and courts should open in one week. We are hoping to travel one month from today! Please pray that all the court dates are successful for all the waiting families. It is time to bring our son home! Oh and by the way in our picture Daniel still has hair. There was a rumor that all the kids in the Transition House had their heads shaved!