We are home now, but our hearts will be forever in Ethiopia!!!
Robby and I arrived home last evening and it was sooo great to step back on the good 'ol USA soil! This really is the land of the beautiful and the plentiful! Robby and I toured some of Washington DC on our 7 hour layover and saw some of the National treasures in the dying 100+ degree heat. I am stuffy today because my body is in shock from going from the cold rainy 50 degree temps in ET to this heat wave we are having! Our flight home was good and we both got some sleep which is crucial on a 15 hour flight and coming back to an 8 hour time difference.
So sorry I wasn't able to blog from there like I had told you I would. There were major internet issues, so after day 3 I just gave up and committed to blogging it all when we got home. Honestly, my heart was so full of new emotions that I needed time to process what I was feeling and how to turn it all into words for all of you. I think now I can try. I think it will still take awhile for us all to feel what we saw and process what it all means and how we are to act after what we saw, heard, and felt. This was a LIFE CHANGING jounrey for all of us on our trip. It was the MOST meaningful trip I have ever taken and yes, we want to go back. Our family vacations to Mexico and Aruba have been great and relaxing but this was a journey of a lifetime. We gave so much of ourselves at times that I was running emotionally on empty to find out the next day I could give even more of myself to these precious people of Ethiopia. I have such a love for them and their HARD lives that they live. I appreciate every comfort I have here and realize how I take simple things like food, clothing and shelter for granted. My heart has been forever changed. I will blog each day we were there with pics and videos to try to SHOW you the beauty of this land and their people. If any of you are interested in this journey for yourselves of your family then start planning for it NOW! This will be a yearly trip with Ordinary Hero. Our time was amazing and I would so encourage YOU to go! My biggest regret is that Philip and Caitlin weren't able to be with us, so sign up and take the whole family! It will forever change your life! :)
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!!!