My house if full of AFRICA everything!!!! Love already in my heart for this place and we haven't even left!!!
Last night several of the girls from our 'hood got together! It was sooo much fun!! First of all, we haven't had a "girls night out" in ages so were were long overdue to catch up!! We all signed a soccer jersey that I will give to the kids on our trip!! I also received MORE donations!!! Thanks Sherry for hosting and putting this fun night together! It really meant a lot to me!!! :) Y'all all Rock!
Here is the latest update regarding my donation status...!!! I have stuff coming out of my ears!!! Ha! Serioulsy, I started to have a breakdown yesterday when I got home we have so much stuff. I brought 3 or our 4 suitcases down and told 2 tennagers (Robby and nephew Austin) and Caitlin to pack it all up! They got 3 suitcases full -- one is 49lbs, one is 50 and one is 51. Look at how much I still have left!!! I sent an SOS out to others in my group and wil be sending some of my donations their way, so we can get it all there!! If I have to, I will just pay for an extra bag in hopes the airlines won't kill me on the price to do so! :)
If you are still want to donate bring me your items asap!! ***A suggestion would be to donate cash (any size amount) in lieu of "stuff!" I can use the cash when we get there and I won't have to carry an extra bag! Ha! Cash is universal and easy to pack at this point!!! :) This is what I have packed and what I have left!!
My kids are busy decorating their soccer jerseys today!! We did real well selling these! I will take some pictures later and put them on the blog!! They are soooo creative!!! The kids in Ethiopia are going to love them!!!! Thanks to all of you!! I have loved sharing this journey with you! I have loved coming home to our donation box full of goodies!! I have loved the packages of stuff that arrived in the mail!! I have loved getting your favoirte team soccer balls! I have loved seeing how creative you family is decorating soccer jerseys from the kids! I have loved getting emails and envelopes filled with cash to support our trip and the Ethiopian children we will meet!!! I feel so blessed! God is Good!!! I am so thankful to have such wonderful friends and family that support Robby and I on this journey!! 5 days until we leave..... WOW!!!
Feel free to use anything that you find useful on this blog. We are all in this together, all trying to advocate for the orphan and raise awareness of the need to ADOPT. I am not trying to attach my name to anything, just trying to bring attention to the fatherless.
We are a family that has truly been blessed! Phil and I were married 9 years ago and we NOW have 3 amazing children! Robby is 15 and Caitlin is age 13, and Mamo age 5. God sent Robby and Caitlin into our lives shortly after we were married and each moment has been a joyous one! In December 2010, we adopted our youngest from Ethiopia, Africa. We are a family who has been created by adoption and have been blessed beyond measure! I have the most amazing husband in the world...Philip you are my ROCK and my BEST friend! :)
July 20 Met Daniel Mamo in Ethiopia on Mission Trip with Ordianry Hero
July 21 Phil says YES and schedules Homestudy AppointmentJuly 24-Robby and I Return Home from Ethiopia
Jul 29 FIRST Homestudy Visit
July 29 Sue with CCI agrees that we may pursue Mamo!
Sept 8 Dossier completed and submitted
Sept 9 I-600a completed and sumbitted
Sept 20 - Daniel receives care package from us and learns he we are coming to him to be his FOREVER family!!
Sept 28 Ethiopian Courts RE-OPEN!!
Sept 28 Payne/Mamo case submitted to the ET courts Oct 12 Received FIRST Court Date of Nov 10th! Travel booked! Woo hoo!
Oct 19th Fingerprinting Appointment for I600-A Nov 4 Begin Journey to Ethiopia Nov 10 Court Date in Ethiopia - WE PASSED!!!!
Nov 12 Come home! Praying to go back SOON to bring him home FOREVER!! Nov 22 Mamo's Birth Certificate issued!
Nov 29th Mamo's Medical Clearance and Passport Issued Dec 8 Receive email that we have been cleared for travel for Embassy appt Dec 16 Dec 13 Begin Journey back to Ethiopia Dec 16 US Embassy Appointment Dec 19 Return HOME as a family of 5 Forever!!!