Wednesday, June 26, 2013


We got a fun surprise yesterday!  Another email!!!  Those of us in the adoption world get so excited about emails.  Every bit of movement is encouraging. So here's the news-  our SARA was approved (State Clearance).  Whoo hoo!!!  Now we just need the NOC before getting into the court system.  We are delighted with how smoothly all the paperwork has moved thus far.  And yes, I just knocked on some wood.  HA!  Seriously though, I'm impressed with all the people who have worked hard to  get paperwork done in a timely manner.  We're all smiles!


  1. So great to hear! Movement...I love movement!

  2. Good afternoon,

    I saw your blog and am hopeful the following adoption story might be of interest to you. Our goal is to raise the funds that will bring Ethiopian siblings Malachi (2) and Willow (4) home to their forever family. By sharing the following story/links with your readers and inviting them to make a year-end gift to Gift of Adoption, we can achieve this goal. Through many people sharing this story, gifts of any size will go a long way toward giving Malachi and Willow what they need most - a permanent family.

    Gift of Adoption is a national charitable organization that fills the void that separates child from family. We inspire adoption by providing grants to qualified parents —giving children in need of families a home and chance to thrive. We believe every child should grow up in a loving family environment and with the sense of belonging that comes from being a permanent part of a family and home. Through Gift of Adoption, everyone can make a difference. "You don't have to adopt to give a child a safe and nurturing home." A donation to Gift of Adoption will make this adoption possible, giving a child in need of a family a place to call home. Once Malachi and Willow are home, we will be happy to share an update with you so you can let your readers know what they helped to make possible.

    If there is any additional information we can provide, please don't hesitate to ask.

    There are several ways to help:

    1)Post the text of Malachi and Willow's story (pasted below) on your blog with a request that your readers make a gift and/or share the post with their networks.

    2) Use the "Forward email" link at the bottom of this email to share the story via email with anyone who you think might be interested in helping bring this child home.

    3) Visit the giving page ( and use the "Share" features to post it to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and/or Pinterest feeds.

    4) Share the link w/ your Facebook friends directly from our our FB profile:

    5) Retweeting from our Twitter feed (

    Thanks so much for anything you are able to do to help give Malachi and Willow a permanent home and a chance to thrive.

    I hope to hear from you and may you and your family have a wonderful summer.

    Malachi (2) and Willow (4) - Ethiopia

    "My husband and I visited Ethiopia four years ago and that really kick-started my heart to think about real children who need real families. Before then I knew there was an orphan crisis but I really didn't grasp it until I saw these children with my own eyes."

    Malachi and Willow were placed in an orphanage at birth and already have been moved to three different orphanages in an effort to keep them cared for.

    "I once asked our adoption agency about what would happen to these children if we were not adopting them?”

    His answer sobered me. 'They would have died.’

    He said it with such a calm certainty that I dug for more information. “What do you mean?'

    'Well,' he said. 'In their village there is such poor medical care, that a slight cold or minor health condition would probably go untreated, and, on top of that, they would have very little food on a consistent basis. In all likelihood, they would not have survived.'"

    A Gift of Adoption grant is changing completely the trajectory of Malachi and Willow's lives. They will go from orphans to having a family and a household of abundance. They will have a last name, a story and, most importantly, hope for the future.