Monday, May 11, 2009

Expecting from Ethiopia - The Adventure Begins

The documents arrived from our adoption agency at the end of March. The first page said it all:


You are about to embark upon the most frustrating, challenging, and ultimately rewarding experience of your life.

I can make you two guarantees.

One-if you stick through the frustrations and possible changes, we will find you the child that is meant to be part of your family.

Two-you will not be happy with this process until your child has come home.

The most important thing that you can do is to keep your eyes focused on the goal.

If you remember that the goal is to bring a child into your home, then the small frustrations will ultimately seem just that-small.

...surround yourself with people who truly understand what it is like to adopt internationally. The loss of control you will feel in this process is like no other you will ever know...

Most of all, do your best to see the light at the end of the tunnel.


Here we go. Join us as we embark on our journey to the child (or children) God has for us in Ethiopia. Hopefully, eighteen months from now, we will fly to Africa to bring home a little one to call our own. One who will be ours, always and forever ours.


nell ann said...

Hi! Welcome to baby blogland. I had the same background for awhile...I am so excited for you two. What happened to Raising Ethiopia? I was so looking forward to that. : ) Can't wait to read your next post!

Brian said...

The redhead thought "Raising Ethiopia" was a bit controversial and I reluctantly found myself agreeing with her. It'll end up as a blog post, though!

Liz said...

So excited for you guys and looking forward to reading through your journey!!

alexis said...

i'm so excited for you guys, and will be thrilled to follow your journey towards adoption!

Erica said...

Congratulations on starting this amazing road of adoption!

Autumn's Mom said...

My eyes hurt b/c I want to cry for joy for you both. We're all here supporting you! xoxo

missy said...

i'm excited for you as you begin this adventure!

Don Diva said...

Hey Brian & Tracy, my blog stalker wife forwarded me the link to your blog and obviously we're both excited to hear about your decision to adopt! Did you know that Aaron & Minda just got their homestudy approved and theyre on the queue to adopt in Ethiopia as well!

Hope you guys are doing well!

Don for the Divas