We wanted to let everyone know we are adopting a little baby boy from Ethiopia. We apologize to everyone that we weren't able to tell in person. This process has moved very quickly up through referral when it came to a screeching halt. We have waited for over two months for the southern region MOWA letter before we could continue down the road to receiving a court date. All I can say is I can agree with Russ' cousin Tammy, that adoption isn't for the faint of heart and we aren't even close to having him home yet.
In answer to the question why were are adopting, the simplified version is that God put it in our hearts. When we researched the countries to adopt from we fell in love with Ethiopia. We love their culture, people and are humbled by how much love they have for their children. Even though this decision is a surprise for many, it has been in my heart for over 3 years. God finally opened Russ' heart this last November and we officially signed on with our adoption agency at the end of December. Thank you Danielle and D.J. for your big push. We can't wait until we pass court and can show our little boy's pictures. All we can say for now is that his birthday is December 18, 2011.