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Sometimes I'd 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 God might ask me the same question.

Mother Teresa

"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Half a year

Today is six months at #4 on the baby girl wait list. There hasn't been a baby girl referral in half a year.

Am I worried? Yeah, I am a little. I know there have been TONS of referrals lately for other ages/gender. Twin and triplet baby girls have found their forever family. So, it's just a matter of odds. Which gives me hope that this crazy streak can't go on much longer. Right? To all my fellow friends out there on the top of the baby girl wait list who haven't moved in six months - go eat some chocolate! It will happen!

“Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.” Barbara Johnson

“Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue.” Ambrose Bierce

Monday, August 30, 2010

I've been shot!

...and I survived! This must mean true love for my future child to think I voluntarily have had six vaccinations now for our future trips!!

I know, everybody hates shots. But, I've had a traumatic experience in high school and I always wonder if it will happen again. We were only pricking our finger to test our blood type in Science class. I remember the needle poking my finger and one drop of blood came out. Next thing I know, I woke up on the floor. One student was heckling me because she thought I was faking it. It was so embarrassing and I was sore because I fell backwards on a chair. So, that would explain why I broke into a cold sweat when the lady called to confirm my shot appointment :)

The cheapest place I found to have shots is the county health clinic. Ours was located in a city hall and was super fancy. She prints out all the information on Addis Ababa and reviews it with you. You can decide which ones you feel comfortable getting. We chose:

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
(already had Tetanus)

and if we travel outside the capital of Ethiopia, we will be going back for:
Yellow Fever

If you are thinking about which shots you might get for your trip, remember the Hep A and B are a series of shots and require about 6 months to be complete.

Also, ask your health insurance if they will pay for any of these. When I inquired about "travel shots" they immediately said no. When I called back and asked specifically about Hep A and B, they agreed to pay for that.

The lady at the clinic explained to me "I would not feel like going to Six Flags today" after all those shots. And it was true, I was very tired for two days and ran a fever off and on.

So, now that's done...I'm ready for my referral :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

This and that

Things are very exciting at our agency lately because there have been a TON of referrals! Congratulations to all the happy families out there :) Weird part is, there still hasn't been one baby girl in almost 6 months. Craziness. The courts are closed now until late September and there is already a big back-up of cases through December. A big part of me is ok with not getting a referral right now until the courts start moving at a regular pace again.

We have also made a big decision to buy a different house. We love this area, but a little bit bigger house with an extra bedroom for baby would be really nice. We started looking at foreclosures and you would be shocked what great deals are out there! Some are almost twice as big as our house for the same price. We would really like to rent our house out as #2 in Mike's plan to collect rental property. That means we have officially pulled out the paint brush and will be fixin it up over the next several months. We are trying to wait until after our embassy apointment so it doesn't slow anything down with the adoption.

Mike has decided to change professions and become a police officer. He took the physical exam and a written exam this Saturday and passed both!! He has several more tests and interviews...I'll keep you posted. I've always wanted a man in uniform :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Sometimes I'd 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 God might ask me the same question."

unknown (Anon?)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sprinkler Fun