Today an Ethiopian judge confirmed what we felt like God has been telling us all all along! She said the 3 sweetest little words we have ever heard in Ethiopia.... She said "HE'S YOUR SON!"!!!
WE PASSED court and today we became a FAMILY of 5! So happy to finally show his SWEET face to all of you!!! :) Meet our youngest son who became ours November 10th, 2010! :)
We were also able to see and hug Mamo's Dad today and say our goodbye's. He said that we answered a prayer that he had been praying to God for one year. He has been praying for Mamo to have a better life and to be cared for. He was unable to do so.
Welcome to our family meet Daniel Mamo Payne! We celebrated today with lunch - Grilled cheese, club sandwiches,f rench fries with Ketchup and Mirandas (a.k.a. as Orange Crush) that Daddy went and picked up from a local French Bakery! Mamo loved the grilled cheese, french fries and ketchup! :)
We are hanging out the rest of the day playing with Play-Doh (funniest thing ever really! Lots of ooh"s and ahhh's! So sweet! We willl catch up on the days in between when we get back! There is so much going on and it takes me too long to blog! I want to spend every minute with this sweet heart! We are heading home tomorrow night, so we dont have much longer to memorize everything about him! Our new prayer is that we get to come back VERY soon to bring him home-- we begin the next steps of the process! Prayfully 6-8 weeks he will be home with us FOREVER!!! Hugs and Kisses Robby and Caitlin- we love you- we miss you and your brother has been showing all the nannies your pictures! He tells everyone that you are his brother and sister!! See you soon!
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!!!