I'll be brief because I'm tired. Libby has the croup. She's had fever for two days and it's been a late night. She is just falling asleep and it's 11:25pm. I have been fighting off an on-coming sinus infection this week as well. I am just beyond tired right now. We leave for Ethiopia in 2 days. I am so excited, of course. But with Libby being sick and with my being so tired I am a bit overwhelmed tonight and have some concern about the long travel. Our flights (plural) getting out of the states start early and last all day and then some on Wednesday. I just want Libby to be well for what is already going to be a difficult trip for her little body and mind.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Posted by Cindy Foote at 11:30 PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Posted by Cindy Foote at 10:28 PM
We leave one week from today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Cindy Foote at 8:20 AM
Friday, May 22, 2009
I was brought to joyful tears by an email that said we have "CONCRETE TRAVEL DATES". This means our daughter has a birth certificate and we have an embassy appointment set! This means that the ticket change fee we had to make and then the new tickets we had to pay extra for are all worth it and I won't have to pay change fees again! This means I can set my heart on that beautiful June 3rd date that we are set to fly out! We are in travel group ETG 23 which is the AWAA Ethiopia travel group for June 6-13. But we are flying out a couple of days early to spend 2 nights in Dubai. The flights out of here were a bit more tricky as the month of June also means many more travelers in the world. So now we fly out of San Antonio to Dallas and then to New York with a 5 or 6 hour layover before we head over to Dubai (really late at night), landing in Dubai at the end of the day on June 4. We really only have one full day in Dubai, but on that day we are going on a desert safari where there will be camels, a sunset, dinner under traditional tents and belly dancers! Libby's going to LOVE that!
Posted by Cindy Foote at 4:00 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
At 10:45 AM AW called to let us know the birth certificate was not ready. The office there did not do any birth certificates today. Then Duni's cell was having problems getting through to the US offices - which is why we found out so late.
Posted by Cindy Foote at 10:57 AM
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Posted by Cindy Foote at 10:01 PM
Prayer warriors, we just received word that our agency's staff in Ethiopia are still waiting on ONE PIECE OF PAPERWORK to be completed so we can travel tomorrow. They are waiting on our daughter's BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!! Please please, go before the Lord with us and ask for that paperwork to be completed by the time we wake up tomorrow (Wednesday) morning!!! AW staff said they would even check their emails from home in the morning before going to work to see if they have a final answer.
Posted by Cindy Foote at 1:14 PM
I was out on a "final date night before the baby comes" with my hubby tonight when I realized I never let my blog readers know what was going on.
Posted by Cindy Foote at 12:08 AM
Sunday, May 17, 2009
It is almost Monday in Ethiopia right now and on Monday Ethiopia will hopefully complete the necessary paperwork for us to travel. If they do - our agency will call in the morning and tell us that travel is a go for Wednesday! If the paperwork is not all ready and the embassy appointments and such are not made then our agency will delay our travel. Delayed travel =having to wait to see Lu, having to cancel our first week of camp for the summer, having to miss Jackie's wedding, and having to pay expensive fees to change our booked flights to new dates.... so we're really praying for travel to be a go for this week!
Posted by Cindy Foote at 3:26 PM
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Posted by Cindy Foote at 9:01 AM
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
All glory and praise to God. He has done mighty things for us!!!
Posted by Cindy Foote at 9:01 AM
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
In my Scripture reading tonight I have found several passages full of hope, encouragement and needed reminders of God's faithfulness. I thought I would share some of them with you.
Posted by Cindy Foote at 11:12 PM
Last night I was incredibly showered by dear friends here in San Antonio and I want to share ALL those details with you, but I have some things on my heart about our court date that I want to share right now and then later tonight/tomorrow I will post pictures and details of the shower. It was amazing, so check back in for that story soon!
Posted by Cindy Foote at 2:46 PM
Saturday, May 9, 2009
After tonight, we only have 3 days left before our court date on May 13! Ethiopia's May 13 comes during our Tuesday the 12th. night! So please pray with us before you go to bed Tuesday night, that God would give our paperwork, our family, our daughter, our agency favor! And also, pray that our daughter's biological mother will show up to court and be in agreement with this adoption. We need her to show up to that court date! We also need to pray that MOWA (ministry of women's affairs) in Ethiopia will have all their paperwork in order and God will give that paperwork favor as well. There is a whole lot that goes into a successful court appointment. Mostly, I am praying for the judge's heart to be persuaded to make our daughter legally ours!!
Posted by Cindy Foote at 7:00 PM
Friday, May 8, 2009
YOU ALL DID IT!!! As of this morning Children's Hope Chest's formula drive raised the $12,500 goal amount and will be purchasing 400 cans of Nutramigen formula for the malnourished babies in the America World transitional home in Ethiopia.
Posted by Cindy Foote at 1:26 PM
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Fun Fun! Our travel packet arrived in our inbox this afternoon. My heart was racing hoping to see tentative travel dates at the end. But the end announced that dates are not chosen just yet because our court date is happening so fast and there is a lot they're having to do to prepare our travel. However! - the email did mention that we should be receiving tentative travel dates by the end of the week!!!! The dates will be tentative mainly because we have to pass court in order to keep those travel dates. If we don't pass - travel will be delayed too.
Posted by Cindy Foote at 7:08 PM
Thank you Kari Gibson for the update.... Here's what Kari shared on her blog today:
Lets keep donating for the valuable formula for Ethiopia babies!!!! The goal is to raise $12,500 by mother's day!!
Formula miracles today:)
Posted by Cindy Foote at 1:39 PM
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Posted by Cindy Foote at 10:09 PM
Monday, May 4, 2009
If you've been following our journey you are aware of how we became aware of the need for Nutramigen formula for malnourished Ethiopian babies in our agency's transitional home. It started with our daughter. She came to AW's transitional home severely malnourished. They started shipping soy formula to her and she responded to it, but after some research and talking with our pediatrician we realized that a formula like Nutramigen was needed in order for her to be able to easily digest the nutrients she so badly needs. We immediately started shipping formula to her through other gracious adopting families who were traveling to ET to get their own children.
May 04, 2009
Famine and poverty are increasing the rates of malnourished infant babies in Ethiopia. Children's HopeChest has worked with the America World Adoption Agency (AWAA) on projects in Ethiopia and Russia over the past five years. This request came to us from their transition home where they are receiving severely malnourished babies into their care. This month, in honor of mother's day, I want to raise $12,500 to provide specialized baby formula to this transition home for these malnourished babies. (Please put "Ethiopia Formula" in the note section of the donate page.)
To kick this off, a friend of Children's HopeChest has offered a matching gift for the first $500 we receive toward this project.
Here's a view from the ground from Duni, an Ethiopian woman working for AWAA at their transitional home:
Even though I grew up in Ethiopia, I never knew just how badly babies suffered from malnutrition until I returned to Addis and started working at the AWAA office there. The children at our Transitional Home come from very remote areas. Their families are unable to feed themselves let alone their children and usually relinquish them to their local orphanage when it becomes evident their children will die if they don't.
It is hard to see malnourished babies, so tiny, with just skin and bones. I remember the first one I saw, we will call her Gracie. She looked like an old woman in a baby's body. She had big eyes that seemed so wise and testified to what they have seen in the short months Gracie has been alive.
That was a few months ago, since then we have admitted many more babies in such condition. And looking at Gracie today, I can't believe she is the same baby. I knew she was a beauty but it really came out once those cheeks filled up. She is still tiny but the pound she has gained in the past week has made a world of difference in her appearance.
I look at the others and feel the same way I first felt with Gracie, dejection and fear that she may never make it. The right type of formula for such babies is hard to come by. In fact any kind of formula is expensive and hard to come by. We have babies who need this today so we work tirelessly to get the best formula possible for malnourished babies shipped from the US.
It is not fair for a baby to have sad eyes like Gracie's or for a baby to cry out of hunger and not have that need met.
Worse yet, it is not fair for a baby to die because of malnutrition. And yet, that is what happens daily in Ethiopia. Today, I am praying for the babies lying still in their cribs. I am praying I will see them feed soon (they are now on feeding tubes). I am praying that their tiny lifeless legs will slowly fill with flesh and will wiggle and play like normal babies do.
Here's what we can do to help. CHC will raise $12,500 to purchase what is known in the U.S. as "Nutramigen" formula. This type of formula is necessary because traditional formula cannot be digested by malnourished infants.
You can participate by making a gift of any size. A gift of $30 will buy and ship one can of formula to the chidlren in need. Right now if you give $30 it will be doubled to $60! The first $500 we raise will be matched dollar-for-dollar. If we hit our goal, we can send 400 cans of formula to starving infants in Ethiopia.
Posted by Cindy Foote at 10:46 PM
The situation with USCIS does not affect our referral, court date or travel to ET. It's just something that has to get fixed here in the States and our social worker is already on it!
Posted by Cindy Foote at 9:23 AM
Starting today - we have 10 days until our court date - MAY 13!!!! Join with us in prayer for a successful court date - for the judge to find favor with all our paperwork and MOWA's paperwork. For our daughter's biological family to show in court if necessary and for everything to be just right in order for us to pass and travel to ET!
Posted by Cindy Foote at 12:09 AM