"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

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Esther has a home!

See a fellow adoptive friends blog post below about sweet Esther, Angi
remember esther? the little girl that i posted about on monday. the one

that lexie loves like a mama, but knew she wasn't her mama.

despite 'just' being a teenager and despite being busy

with college orientation & life--she took that love and did something with it.

she advocated to find who esther's family might be.

and now?



meet Tammy and her beautiful family.

they are whole-heartedly in love with this precious treasure waiting on the

other side of the world and are working through the steps necessary to be her family!

here are some thoughts from Tammy:

I always knew that I had children in Africa but I didn't know who or when...and even though I was on a path to Ethiopia, God tugged at my heart the minute I read Love's blog post about a young girl named Lexie who was fighting for this precious little girl named Esther. I wept reading about her life and looking at her picture and I began seeking Him for guidance and after a sleepless night and constant prayer...I began getting support and encouragement from all over the world and it made me feel like a proud "Mommy" just to hear just how many people loved Esther! Before I knew it, I was falling in love with her and saying things to other people like, "I can't get there fast enough"...or "I just want to hold her right now"....and then I began asking God to whisper to her that I AM COMING...that its HER TURN...and that I would be her Mommy and that she would have a DADDY and LOTS OF SIBLINGS that already love her...and that her pain will soon be over"....and in the crazy 24 hrs, I talked to about 10 people that love Esther, scheduled a home study, and received hundreds of responses from other orphan loving Godly friends offering love and prayers for MY LITTLE GIRL:) I became Esther's Momma overnight...all by the Holy Spirit working through people that love her...and because of Jesus and those women - I now love her:)

thank you to everyone that prayed and spread the word about esther! you are

part of her story whether anyone else knows it or not. if anyone would like to

help bring esther home to her family, they are going to have to raise this money

much quicker than what their original 'plan' of adopting in a couple years was.

but, we get the blessing of being able to come alongside them to help!

basically you donate $10 on the sidebar of their blog HERE & for every $10 donation,

they will write your name on the back of a 500 piece puzzle. the puzzle

is a beautiful African scene & it will be a tangible reminder of how God literally uses

hundreds [and thousands?!] of people to piece His journey for us together.

let's allow ourselves to be used to bless this family's love and obedience....

He sets the lonely in families. Psalm 68:6a

[praise God.]
Thank you God for answered prayers, Angi

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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...