Sunday, September 30, 2007

Shimeliss is coming home!

Our adoption coordinator is FINALLY coming back to the States!! He sent me an email this morning which said that Fitsum is doing better every day, but is still not very good at sucking her bottle. They are going to keep her in the hospital until they are confident that she is able to eat enough to sustain herself. Pretty good news all in all. He also said that my dossier should be back from the translators this week. I am still hoping for a late October, early November court date. I need to get these girls home!!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Fitsum needs a name

What about Hudson Biset Fitsum?

Friday, September 28, 2007

Fitsum update

Mommy talked to Shimeliss, the adoption coordinator on Wednesday and found out that little Fitsum is in the hospital! My poooor little baby sister!! She has an IV and is getting alot of fluids and nutrients so that she can become stronger and come home!! We talked to him again today and he said that she is already doing TONS better so yay for her!!! So everyone just please keep sending her positive thoughts so she knows we are all so excited to meet her and have her home! I swear I wish I could just drop out of school, go to Ethiopia and spend the next few months getting to know my sisters and living with them in their homeland. Especially when I heard that my little Fitty is so sick! Oh well, I will see my sweet little sisters soon enough! On a better note, Shimeliss said that he received mom's dossier and has already began to translate it and everything looks great! Today a church had an used children's clothing/toys sale and we got A TON of clothes for the girls. Especially Fitsum. We also got the cutest little pink glider for Vivi. My Mimi is coming to visit this weekend and I am really excited because she finally gets to see all the great pictures we have of the girls and look at the progress we have made on their room! So everyone just keep praying for little Fitsum and hope she makes a rapid recovery so we can bring her home in December!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


I am feeling frustrated today! Still no court date. I have heard that the courts won't be opening until Monday and that is after Shimeliss leaves. I don't know if that means I will have to wait for him to go back on October 22. I also haven't heard any more news on Fitsum. I am hoping that no news is good news still is the case. Finally, I haven't been contacted by USCIS. No fingerprint appointment or anything else and it is impossible to speak to anyone live.

I just keep reminding myself that this is the path I choose and that it will be so worth all the stress in the end. I just want to hold my babies!!!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sweet little Fitty

Shimeliss emailed me and as of this morning Fitsum was doing a little better. I would have preferred a lot better, but at this point I will take it!! Everyone keep those encouraging thoughts and prayers coming her way!

Still no court date, but the upside of that is Amy(also adopting from Hope) doesn't have a court date yet either. I am hoping this means we will have ours at the same time and be able to travel together!!! The way Julia (also with Hope) is plowing through she may be right there with us!!! That would be so much fun!

Queen of the Castle

Next up in the dog preview is my old lady of a dog Sadie. She is almost 11 and pretty much runs the house from the comfort one of her many beds throughout the house. There is nothing Sadie loves more than a freshly laundered bed/blanket as exhibited here! Well maybe to be petted. Silly girl!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Caesar and his corner

My dog, who weighs in at a hefty 120 lbs, LOVES corners. When we started clearing out the girls room, and the computer took over his beloved corner, he moved and found a new one. So here is a picture of my Caesar contorted behind a chair in his new corner. I looove him!

More on Fitsum

We got some more great news today--Fitsum is doing much better. I didn't get a lot of details but just knowing that puts our minds at ease. They will be taking her back to the Doctor next week so maybe we will learn more then. We just need for her to be strong and fight!!! Just a couple of months until she comes home and we will give her more love and attention than she will know what to do with!

Thanks again everyone for keeping us in your prayers and thoughts!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dear Statistics,

I hate you.


waaaiting for the weekend

So we haven't heard for Shimeliss, but he told mom that no news is good news so hopefully that means that little Fitsum is doing okay! I got up super early because I have an important statistics test that I am scared about ahhhh. But enough about that, look at a picture of Fitsum's adorable high chair, it has a button to lift it like a barber chair! We even put one of Vivi's (Eyerusalem's nickname) dolls in there with a book its so adorable!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

my sweet little fitsum

Mom talked to Shimeliss at 6 this morning and he took my sister to the dr. and said he is sure she will be JUST fine! We think she probably has failure to thrive because she is so young and not used to the orphanage system but Shimeliss has promised to look after her while he is in Ethiopia. Thanks for the prayers!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

baby fitsum

We just got word that my sweet little sister fitsum is not doing well, has lost weight and had to go to the doctor. Please keep her in your thoughts...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


WE GOT THE REFERRALS!!! A GORGEOUS little girl named Eyerusalem who is around 2 and a half (working on the little info we have!!!) and an amazing sweet little baby named Fitsum who is two months old! How perfect is our little family going to be! I wish I could post the pictures of my new little sisters, but of course I have to wait until the court date! I am going crazy, I already ordered a Ethiopian cook book, a new Ethiopian CD, three books for the girls, three books for us, an amazing highchair, a diaper bag and a cute little umbrella stroller for Eyerusalem! I will post more later!!! YAAAAAAAAY!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

very busy week!!

The dossier has officially been sent out!! That means (fingers crossed) we can bring home the girls sometime in December! We have been going crazy trying to get all that together along with my first week of school and my BIRTHDAY! It was amazing I got a beautiful free trade diamond necklace from Africa which I adore. It has the palm print of a diamond worker with a pretty little diamond in the center! I love it because it makes me feel like I can really help others. I also got a juicer, a cuisinart, a pretty dress and a loverly sweater! After my birthday, I think i got the flu or some time of extreme stress tummy sickness so I have been bad and not gone to school for two days. Oh well I still did my homework at least! Also on the baby note, we have decided that Zara is out and now we are considering Ella or Sophie. I love Ella but we are having trouble finding an Ethiopian middle name that flows well. Wish us luck, and for me to stop having a stomach illness!