"Sometimes I would like to ask God, why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it... but I'm afraid He might ask me the same question." Anonymous

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I dreamt of Aerie

Some of you know that back 1 1/2 years ago when Tim and I were trying to make a final decision as to which country to adopt from I had a dream/vision.
Call me crazy if you want...
but one night as soon as I lay down in bed and shut my eyes I stepped into a 3rd world classroom. It was dusty and dark, only a couple windows brought light into the room. I stepped into the room with a tall blonde woman. We were standing toward the back of the room, in the isle between two rows of hand hewn-desks. At each desk sat 3 children. On my right toward the front of the class was the girl we came to see. The guide beside me stated "There is your daughter... Aerie(s)". As she said this our daughter turned to look at me with recognition in her eyes. Immediately upon hearing Aerie/s I opened my eyes in my bed and cried. Up to this point I had prayed over and over that God would "show" us where our daughter was.
The next morning I told Tim "Our daughter is in Africa", to which Tim replied "well...let's get going". That day I contacted AWAA about their Ethiopia program. We began our journey to Aerie.
As a side note:
About 10 days after the dream/vision I typed "Aerie Africa" into Google. I had no idea if Aerie was a place, a name, or a thing. To my suprise an orphanage in Soddo, Ethiopia came up. When I looked at the web-site I knew it was confirmation that 10 days earlier God had shown us where to go and that signing up for Ethiopia was correct.
I also learned that an Aerie's meaning is "a safe haven, a place high of safety, where eagles or hawks nest". What a blessing to know Aerie is safe, in a haven.
(There is a video of Aerie, Africa in the video pane to the right)

God bless you on your journey. May God make clear our paths, Amen.
Love, Angi & Tim


  1. God can give such gracious gifts. He wants us to have the desires of our hearts. He once spoke to me in a clear audible voice. He told me He had my youngest and that she would be safe. This was the third day after she was taken from out home in a dissolved adoption. She was returned to me that evening and has been home ever since. Her birthmother is now a dear friend who accepted Christ through our difficult process. Several others have found Christ or direction in their lives as a result of that difficult time in our lives. God wants to use it all....for His Glory. Praying for you and your beautiful daughter. Keep listening...He will direct your path.

  2. What an amazing post!! i had chills the entire time i read it.

  3. That is awesome, Angi!! Can't wait until you are able to see her face and look into the eyes of the daughter God has called you to! It will be amazing and we will be rejoicing with you!!!

  4. Yes, our God amazes me more and more each day, I am thankful, so thankful HE is with us...in the good and the bad- HE will use it all for HIS glory- Praise HIS Holy name :) Angi


Current time in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

Adoption Time-line

02/02/10- Ethiopia adoption application & fee sent.

02/17/10- Accepted into America Worlds Ethiopia Program!

02/20/10- Paid initial AWAA program fee.

Start paper chase...

03/02/10- Ordered our birth certificates.

03/02/10- Spoke w/and chose GLAD as Home-Study Agency.

03/03/10- Got Angi's employeement & life ins. verification.

03/04/10- Received Tim's birth cert. in mail.

03/04/10- Went to courthouse, got Marriage Cert.

03/05/10- Received Angi's birth cert. in mail.

03/05/10- Scheduled Tim's phys. letter doctor appt.for 3/8

03/08/10- Mailed GLAD application letter & fee.

03/10/10- Ethiopia made big change- 2 trips required now.

03/11/10- Rec'd GLAD/AWAA Post Placement Agreement.

03/11/10- Rec'd Tim's Health/Life Ins. letter.

03/12/10- Jack & Annie rabie shots/Home Study Requirment

03/13/10- Rosie & Sara rabie shots.

03/21/10- Began Hague on-line required training course.

03/22/10- GLAD beginning our background checks.

03/22/10- Our HIV tests and Tim's HEP B blood draw done.

03/23/10- Tim's TB Test scheduled for 3/30/10.

03/25/10- Notary notarized all paperwork we've collected.

03/26/10- Kyla, our social work came for 1st & 2nd home visi

03/26/10- Adoption Tax Credit raised to$13,100.00! Go God!

03/27/10- Kyla finished 3rd Home Study visit.

03/27/10- Finished family photo pages.

03/30/10- Tim rescheduled TB Test until 4/6/10.

03/31/10- Picked up Tim's HEP B test results.

04/02/10- Received Archie's referance letter.

04/06/10- Tim had TB test placed.

04/06/10- Angi got bloodwork records.

04/06/10- Re-did Financial Statement/faxed to AWAA.

04/09/10- Tim's TB test results- negative :)

04/10/10- Completed Hague On-line training course.

04/10/10- Dog vaccines done.

04/20/10- Faxed Florida CPS request to FL today.

05/03/10- Had our physical visits today.

05/26/10- Angi's bloodwork drawn.

05/28/10- Angi's bloodwork result- normal.

05/28/10- Tim's bloodwork drawn & normal result.

06/01/10- Our 14th Annivesary- Renee notarized physicals!

06/07/10- Picked up our physicals & faxed to GLAD/AWAA.

06/07/10- Found out GLAD rec'd FL CPS checks 6/4/10.

06/07/10- Requested Dr. letter for Angi.

06/10/10- Picked up & faxed Dr. letter to AWAA.

06/10/10- Waiting for AWAA to approve Home Study.

06/15/10- AWAA read Home Study & requested corrections.

06/23/10- GLAD corrected and sent H.S. back to AWAA.

06/24/10- AWAA approved our Home Study!

07/01/10- Got money order for final GLAD payment.

07/01/10- Met Klya/GLAD in Vincennes, got final HomeStdy

07/02/10- Mailed I-600A application & fee.

07/09/10- Renee notarized rest of Dossier paperwork.

07/09/10- Sent 2 papers to IN State Dept.for Authentication

07/12/10- Fed-Ex package received at IN State Dept.

07/13/10- We rec'd Authenticated papers in mail!

07/14/10- Rec'd Immigration Fingerprinting appt for 8/9/10

07/23/10- Went early-Immigration/Indy. for fingerprinting.

07/26/10- Called USCIS & left msg for Immigration Officer.

07/29/10- Officer Opfer called, USCIS back-logged 3 weeks.

08/05/10- Rec'd I-171H today!Thanks Officer Opfer-speedy

08/06/10- Renee notarized new MOWA letter & I-171H.

08/06/10- Got Cashier's check to go with Dossier.

Paper chase completed!

08/06/10- Shipped Dossier to AWAA by Fed-Ex.

08/10/10- AWAA received Dossier packet.

08/13/10- AWAA approved Dossier, maybe DTE next Fri?

08/13/10- Rec'd U.S.State letter stating I-600A sent to ET!

08/19/10- AWAA Fed-Ex'd our Dossier to Ethiopia!

08/25/10- Dossier arrived in Ethiopia today!

The WAIT begins...