Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Work in Progress

January has come and gone. I can’t believe it’s already February. How did that happen?

Not, much to report on the adoption front except that we found a new lawyer. She was adopted herself and seems really straight-forward and down to earth. Hey, as long as she doesn’t lead us down the same path that the last lawyer did – that’s all I really care about.

As far as Ethiopia, things are pretty much at a stalemate (at least for us). In our agency’s monthly newsletter, we found out that we are among 140 families waiting for a referral with 75 percent of us requesting a child 3 and under. So if I’m doing the math right, we are 1 of 105 families –and with a trickle of referrals coming in each month – the wait could be extremely long. 

Although today they did report that they got 8 referrals in the month of January. So things are looking up for some families, which is always nice to hear. 

And even though Ken and I have been waiting just over a year, some people have been waiting 26 and 27 months! I can't imagine. 

I am keeping my fingers crossed that good news finds them soon.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing lots of yoga (trying to find some inner peace!) and we’ve been working on the house, finishing up some projects that were started in the fall. Everything is a work in progress, but here are some updated photos:
New console in mudroom

New mudroom doors with branch handles

new daybed (that took 3 months to get here) in Ken's office

new bathroom color (used to be teal!)

updated front entry

stenciled stairs (with sandy paint) so no one wipes out anymore

my new work area

lounge area next to my desk

And here's the guy that drools all over everything new in the house! The one and only Charlie




  1. I think I am in love... with Charlie... What a gorgeous boy. :-)

  2. I agree with Jennifer! Charlie is a cutie.

    your house is also nice. :) love the stairs, what a great idea

  3. As someone who spent nearly our entire wait (only 20 months) painting, I can definitely appreciate the home makeover. And love your dog!

  4. Thanks for reading ladies! As you know during this time you have to preoccupy yourself somehow and painting and redoing things around the house has really helped. And of course Charlie man is always a good distraction.

  5. Love the makeover you've done! Projects like that are so much fun (when completed; in process, not quite as much). And Charlie looks like one seriously awesome dog.

    I was glad to see the 8 referrals; it is certainly helpful to see SOME movement. However they were spread out over the various age ranges so then again it seems like little movement when it's one family at a time who's ahead of you, you know?

    1. Kelly - I agree. It's extremely hard when you don't know how many people are in front of you. In a recent email exchange with our caseworker - I explicitly asked her that question. And as usual, she said "we don't give out that information because there are so many different variables." OK, I get that to a certain extent. But I am sure they could give each and every one of us a better idea if they chose to do so. Such BS policy if you ask me. That's my vent for today. But I know you guys are at the very top of the list, so I feel good news is coming your way soon. We all just need to stay strong, hang in there and drink lots of vino! Haha. Good to hear from you.