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Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Time in El Paso

Well, this was the first Christmas that I didn't spend with any family. I cried at first, but it turned out to be a great day. We had a relaxing morning. Drinking coffee. Eating breakfast. Opening presents. We even managed to take the bike out for a ride to Starbucks. We enjoyed dinner with friends. And ended the night playing games with more friends. Its fun to think about how different next year will be. We won't be able to sit and sip coffee all morning. We'll be chasing Levi around and assembling toys!! I can't hardly wait!! So even though I was sad to not be with family, I soaked up the time alone with Jason, cherishing this last Christmas just the two of us.

Jason preached a few weeks ago and I've thought a lot about his sermon since then. It was a Christmas message and the focus was on the Christmas story. Jason challenged us to see that the story of Christmas isn't just about Jesus being born. It's actually a rescue story. or a rescue plan. God's rescue plan. And so this Christmas season, I've found comfort in knowing that despite my failures. Despite my sin. Despite the fall world we live in. God sent His Son to save us. Our prayer is that you too, will find comfort in God's rescue plan this year.

It's now a couple of days past Christmas. I'm anxiously waiting for it to be January. This time next month we'll be IN Ethiopia. That's crazy to me. It still seems so far away, but I know it will be here before we know it. Sweet baby Levi, we'll be there soon. We can't wait to meet you. And to hold you. To kiss you. To tell you how much we l
ove you. See you soon!!

Jason opening up his gifts
me opening up a box from my parents with goodies for Levi
out for a Christmas treat at Starbucks
Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Court Date!!

We have a court date!!! JANUARY 28, 2011. :)

Tuesday morning I was sitting at the computer, drinking coffee, facebooking, blog stalking, and waiting for my friend Christie to get here so I could take her to the airport. A new email popped up and I casually clicked on my email to check it. (I say casually, because I've been a bit obsessed lately about checking email in hopes of a court date.) So, I see an email from our agency. The subject line is "update." I think nothing of it because I'm pretty sure I've beyond annoyed them with my impatience. I figure they are just letting me know there is still no date. BUT! To my surprise, I read the email and it says,

Hello Lindsay,

You have a court date of 1/28/11.

Pretty plain jane if you ask me. But, I don't care...I literally jumped up and down. Cried for a second. Took a lap around the house. And then called Jason. No answer. That's ok. He'll call back. 2 minutes later I call him again. (I'm SUPER impatient) No answer. I send him a text. I call his government cell. I call his personal cell. This goes on for about 3 hours. He was in a meeting...go figure. Anyway...I finally got to tell Daddy that we have a court date and we will be traveling to Ethiopia in January.

I gotta tell ya that after it all sunk in and I really thought about it, I was disappointed. That's 2 months away. That means Levi can't come home until March-ish. He'll be almost 9 months old. I want him now. I went to PWOC the next day, and my sweet friend Marta, gently chastised me for not being grateful for the court date. She reminded me that we prayed for a court date, and God delivered. Talk about a smack in the face. Thank you Marta for reminding me of God's goodness and helping me to be grateful for the blessing of a court date.

Since the news of our date, I've been a little overwhelmed with thinking about the plans of our trip. Unfortunately, I don't think our agency is being all that helpful. I won't go into details, but I feel like I've learned more about the trip from stalking other blogs. Its super frustrating to feel so in the dark when preparing for such a big trip. I feel like every time I ask questions, I'm a bother to the staff at our agency.

At the end of the day, what makes me happy, is knowing that next month we get to meet our baby. We get to hold him. kiss him. love on him. and tell him just how much we love him. That makes me happy.

I feel like I should add some kind of picture. I hate reading tons of words and seeing no pictures on other people's blogs. So...this is random, but here is the most recent picture we have. It's from family day for Jason's unit. Some of the guys (including Jason) spent a week in the field, and then they invited us out for a few hours. We explored some tank like vehicles. Watched them shoot stuff. Ate chow. (gross) And sat through a change of command ceremony. Jason prayed since he's the chaplain and all...he looked super cute...I was looking!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010



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to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until somethingexpected happens (often fol. by for, till, or until ): to waitfor the bus to arrive.
(of things) to be available or in readiness: A letter is waitingfor you.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Adoption Progress...and lack thereof...

So, it all started over a year ago. Jason and I have talked about adopting forever, but seriously started talking about right after he deployed. He was in Iraq and told me to start doing some research. So I did. But then I quit. I don't know. It just seemed so overwhelming. What agency do we go with? What country should we adopt from? How much money is this going to cost? Not to mention, Jason's on the other side of the world demanding, or maybe asking nicely, for daily updates on my research. Like I said, finally I quit and prayed that Jason wouldn't ask. And he didn't for several weeks. came up again last fall and as winter approached I found myself spending endless hours on the couch looking at agencies, home studies, website after website, and countless blogs. When Jason came home for mid-tour leave, we decided on Ethiopia. It just felt right. Then as the weeks went on, I found an agency. And then I found a home study agency. It was all falling into place. The only problem was that I was in El Paso, and Jason was in Iraq. Not exactly conducive for filling out applications, getting fingerprints, etc. We went ahead and applied to Hope Adoption Agency in February and were accepted. Whew. But then came the waiting again. Now I was waiting for Jason to come home. He came home in April, we were gone almost the entire month of June and I started hitting the adoption stuff hard in July. We did our FBI fingerprints, finished the home study packet, and did a lot more waiting. We breezed through our home visit. I was way more nervous than I needed to be, but that's just me. The home study was written, we were just waiting on our FBI fingerprints to come back saying we were clear. That part seemed to take FOREVER!! But, it finally happened and our home study was issued. In the meantime, I was preparing our dossier. Our desk was taken over by papers, and doctors notes, employment letters, and other crazy documents. While I was not so patiently waiting for our home study to come in the mail, I realized that the next step was to get the dossier state authenticated. One problem. We had two letters of reference that were notarized in Missouri...everything else was notarized in Texas. I called our agency and asked in a panic what to do. Because God is awesome, the girl at the agency told me that I could send her the entire dossier and she would take it downtown to the courthouse and get it authenticated. Because its an official adoption document and she represents the agency, it could happen this way. Low and behold, our home study arrived that day. I frantically made copies of everything and overnighted our dossier to St. Louis. This was Tuesday. By Friday, we could be on the waiting list. Whoa!!! I called Wednesday afternoon to make sure it arrived (because I'm a control freak) and she said she had it on her desk. Now, she was going to take it to the courthouse Thursday and mail it to the Assistant Stork on Friday, which is when we are officially eligible to be on the waiting list. But, she threw me for a loop. She asked me if I wanted some crazy news and of course I said yes. At that point, she told me that we already had a referral. WHAT??!! I almost ran off the road due to excitement and instant tears. WHAT??!! She told me she would email me the referral. I called Jason immediately and since I wanted to surprise him, I just told him I needed to come by his office for him to sign something. As soon as I walked into his office, he whipped out his pen, and I nervously laughed and said there wasn't anything to sign...we have a referral!! I think he didn't believe me but I started taking over his computer trying to pull up me email account. So, there we sat, in Jason's office, on a Wednesday afternoon...about to see our baby for the first time. I don't know that there are words to describe the emotions that were going on inside of me. It finally pulled up and we read the information. Our SON, we have a son!! is 3 months old. We read the email first...with the basic info, and then opened the attachment. There was his face!! The sweetest little face you ever saw. Jason and I both laughed, I cried, and we just kept staring at his picture. Every once in a while we'd look at each other, smile, laugh, and then look back at his picture. It was amazing. There was one minor glitch with our dossier. We had the old power of attorney. Attached with our referral was the new one. Laurie couldn't take our dossier to be authenticated until we faxed her the new one. Another hold up...Jason doesn't have a printer in his office. We emailed everything to his buddy and ran over to his office. We ran into several guys that we know and I couldn't contain my excitement. So, we get the power of attorney form and race off to the JAG office. Go figure that their notary isn't in. That would be our luck. We got it notarized the next morning and sent it off to Hope as fast as we could. The first 24 hours of knowing about our son are still a blur. We called our families and shared the news. Jason and I went to dinner to celebrate and bought two little outfits. Everything with the dossier worked out and it has been in Ethiopia for a little more than a month. At this point, we are just waiting for our court date. This is the hardest part. I can look at little Levi's picture, but I can't hold him or kiss him or tell him mommy loves him. There are days that are just overwhelming. Some days are fine. Some days the littlest things make me cry and long to have Levi home with us, where he belongs. So, that's our story in a nutshell. Ok, maybe more than a nutshell. I tend to overload with details. But, that's not always a bad thing...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Almost 9 months Later...

So, here we are. Almost 9 months after my first post. This is exactly why I didn't want to start a blog. I knew it would be like this. But, oh well. Here we are. I am really only doing this because we're at such a crucial and exciting time in the adoption. And I would love to be able to help others out as they start their own adoption journeys.

Before we get on to the adoption progress, I'll do a quick recap of the last 9 months...

  • Jason came home!! Words cannot even describe the joy that comes with seeing your husband for the first time after a year long deployment. I'm pretty sure that it was the happiest day of my life...maybe second to the day we got married.
  • We went on Mexico!! We stayed at the Catalonia Riviera Maya. It was beautiful. The food was great. We had perfect weather. And it was so nice. To just be together without a care in the world.
  • We went home. We visited Jason's family in Tulsa. And then we visited my family in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, Jason officiated his first wedding. (he was awesome!!)
  • We went to Phoenix with friends from Ft Bliss to see a Yankees game.
  • We enjoyed a hot summer in El Paso. (lots of cornhole, bbq with friends, & even some fishing)
  • Made lots of progress on the adoption. (more on that later)
  • Celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary.
  • Celebrated my 29th birthday. (yes, I got a shot gun)
  • And most of all, just enjoyed life together. The way it should be. :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Here we go!

Ok. I've taken the plunge. I've given into the peer pressure...I've started a blog! Although, I have to admit this is my second blog. The first one didn't last very long. Jason made fun of me, and honestly, I didn't have much to blog about. So. I'm gonna try again. Who knows how long it will last, but it was lots of fun setting up my page and picking out cute backgrounds. I probably changed it 30 different times.'s to the blog...