Our Little Family

Our Little Family

Saturday, November 24, 2012

We Are Thankful For You

We would like to take a moment and thank each and every one of you for overwhelming us with love and support!  We are completely undone by you all!  We knew going in to this process that we had a lot of friends and family that love us, but the over and above way you all have showered us with love is nothing we could have ever even imagined!!

Our little Ezra is so blessed and loved, and she doesn't even know how much yet!  A friend of mine commented recently on how fun it is that they get to feel a part of the process to bring her home, and how much more it is going to mean when they see us bring her home.  I love that!!  That is a community my friends!!  That is people in each others lives, invested in each other, caring for others, and walking the journey along side another!  That has to be my favorite part of this whole process!  That is one of the main reasons we started this blog.  We really wanted all of you to be able to come along this journey with us and be a part of it.

Our hearts are so full when we think about each and every one of you.  During this Thanksgiving week, you all are what we are the most thankful for.  We wish we could hug and thank each and every one of you in person, but since that is not possible, please let us say thank you this way.  Thank you for taking time, love and resources and pouring them into our family.  Thank you for caring so much about us and mostly about a little girl that none of us have even met yet.  We cannot wait to be able to tell her the story of how she came home, and about all of the people who loved her so very much.

In conclusion, we have officially ended our States and Countries Game!  It was such a blast!  And the official winning region of our game, representing the most states is.............The Central United States!!!!  It was a SUPER close battle though!  The final stats are as follows:

STATES:
Kansas  -  Janet Z. and Jenni E.
New York  -  Emily L.
Kentucky  -  Micheal L.
Connecticut  -  Reagan H.
Minnesota  -  Tish Y.
Louisiana  -  Dianna G.
Missouri  -  Scott G.
Delaware  -  Laura E.
Maryland  -  Christian E.
South Carolina  -  OJ M.
Illinois  -  Suzanna M.

California  -  Jennifer C. / Nikki B. / Wendy Y.
Pennsylvania  -  Chip B. / Wendy Y.
Wisconsin  -  Joe G. / Wendy Y.
Alaska - Marsha C.
Utah - Marsha C. / David E.
Washington - Emily E.
New Jersey - Randy C.
Arizona - Eriza C. 
Texas  -  Sarah K.
Idaho  -  Scott and Elizabeth S.
Oklahoma  -  Koi H. / Ann Y.

COUNTRIES:
Germany  -  Aaron Y.

England  -  Paul K.

Once again, thank you all so very much for journeying with us to bring Ezra home!  Have a wonderful and blessed holiday weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

States and Fees

The Home Study is completely paid for!!!  Wow!  I can't even believe I can write that!  One by one, we are slowly checking off the fees in this adoption process.  Speaking of, to the right of this post you will notice a more detailed list of our fees, what has been completed, and what is yet to come.  Hopefully this will paint a clearer picture of exactly where we are and what we are moving on to next.  And honestly, it is mostly listed this way because I get a little thrill every time I get to write the word COMPLETED next to one! :-D

Now, on to our battle of the states!  The west came back with a vengeance this past week!  Our standings are now Western States - 8,  Central States - 8,  Eastern States - 8.  That's right my friends, we are currently standing at a three way tie!!!  We are also now counting each person representing each state, not just the state.  For example, you will see below that we have three people representing California, so California gets three votes, not just one.

We only have one week left in this battle of the states!  Who's going to win, the east, central or west???  It's anybody's game at this point!  So, if you haven't jumped in to represent your state, now is the time to do it!  Remember, it is just $10 to represent a state, and you simply had to have lived there at some point in your life.  Seven days and counting!!  May the best part of the US win!!

STATES:
Kansas  -  Janet Z.
New York  -  Emily L.
Kentucky  -  Micheal L.
Connecticut  -  Reagan H.
Minnesota  -  Tish Y.
Louisiana  -  Dianna G.
Missouri  -  Scott G.
Delaware  -  Laura E.
Maryland  -  Christian E.
South Carolina  -  OJ M.
Illinois  -  Suzanna M.

California  -  Jennifer C. / Nikki B. / Wendy Y.
Pennsylvania  -  Chip B. / Wendy Y.
Wisconsin  -  Joe G. / Wendy Y.
Alaska - Marsha C.
Utah - Marsha C. / David E.
Washington - Emily E.
New Jersey - Randy C.
Arizona - Eriza C.

COUNTRIES:
Germany  -  Aaron Y.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Home Study: Locked and Loaded!

It's official!  Our home study has started!  You know, it's funny how caught up we get in the "step by step" of this process.  So much of the time we are just focusing on what is next or right in front of us.  The whole point of this whole process however is not the paperwork or the money required for it.  The point is Ezra.  When I stop and think of her, when I picture her as a part of our family, it just makes me cry!  While this process can be long, frustrating, and filled with hoops to jump through, SHE is worth it!!!  We cannot wait for the day when we first receive her picture and get to see who she is!  Oh, then the day we get to fly around the world to go and bring her home!  But I think the thought that makes my heart sing the most is the thought of that first family of 5 picture we will take.  She is already so much a part of our family.  It's like there is a piece missing without her.  Whenever we do something as a family now, one of the boys will usually pipe up and say something like "when Ezra is here, we will ........"  Before that day comes though, paperwork and lots of it!  Here we go!

Now for the update on our States and Countries game.  Well, the challenge for the west didn't go over so well.  And, lest you all be wondering how long we can drag this game on for, we have named an end date!  The States and Countries game will officially end on Thanksgiving, two weeks from today.  So, we have decided to pit neighbor against neighbor until then! ;-)  For the next two weeks, let's see which part of the country we can get the most representation from!  Will it be the east, central or western US?  As of now, the central US is ahead with 7 states represented!  The east is right behind them with 6, and the west is represented by 1 state.  Okay, let's see who will win in the end!  (Remember, it is just $10 to represent a state, and you just had to have lived in that state at some point in your life.)

STATES:
Kansas  -  Janet Z.
New York  -  Emily L.
Kentucky  -  Micheal L.
Connecticut  -  Reagan H.
Minnesota  -  Tish Y.
Louisiana  -  Dianna G.
Missouri  -  Scott G.
Delaware  -  Laura E.
Maryland  -  Christian E.
South Carolina  -  OJ M.
Illinois  -  Suzanna M.

California  -  Jennifer C. and Nikki B.
Pennsylvania  -  Chip B.
Wisconsin  -  Joe G.

COUNTRIES:
Germany  -  Aaron Y.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Movin and Grovin!

Have I mentioned how much fun this States and Countries game is?!!  Okay, latest update, we are at 14 out of 50 states and 1 country!!

And just a quick shout out to our California peeps!  Not only did someone immediately step up for Cali, but we had TWO people represent!!  Oh yeah!  That's how we roll!!  California pride baby! :-D

STATES:
Kansas  -  Janet Z.
New York  -  Emily L.
Kentucky  -  Micheal L.
Connecticut  -  Reagan H.
Minnesota  -  Tish Y.
Louisiana  -  Dianna G.
Missouri  -  Scott G.
Delaware  -  Laura E.
Maryland  -  Christian E.
South Carolina  -  OJ M.
Illinois  -  Suzanna M.

California  -  Jennifer C. and Nikki B.
Pennsylvania  -  Chip B.
Wisconsin  -  Joe G.

COUNTRIES:
Germany  -  Aaron Y.



So for this next 5 days, we are going to focus on the western states and see how many we can get!  Do you or someone you know live in any of the following states?  Would you consider rep-ing your state by giving $10?  Let's see how many of the western states we can check off!  Ready? GO!!!

~ Washington
~ Oregon
~ Nevada
~ Arizona
~ New Mexico
~ Utah
~ Colorado
~ Wyoming
~ Montana
~ Idaho