So the craziest thing happened recently.  We sent out a few emails to some folks telling them about our decision to adopt and a ton of people were like “Hey! Keep us updated on this whole thing, we want to know how its going and if there’s any way we can help!” OK well, this of course is not exactly what each and every person said, that would be weird and scary.  But for the most part we were overwhelmed by all of your support and encouragement as well as your desire to be in the loop as this whole thing progresses. So as a result we decided to finally take the big leap into the world of blogging. And this is it… the first post. We have managed to keep out of the blog world for a few reasons.  Partly because of the fact that Ellie has already been keeping up a photography blog which has taken some work, and also the fact that people can only read so much about an out of control Siberian husky and an orange housecat (albeit the greatest housecat that has ever lived).  The biggest reason though is that compared to most other blogs out there we thought it may just irritate people to read about how we get 10 hours of sleep every night, spend an unusual amount of time together at coffee shops just doing nothing and how often we are just sitting around going “what should we do tonight, should we go out to eat AGAIN?” Chili’s has been getting a good portion of our income for some time now…  But now we have more important things to talk about, like our forthcoming adoption from Ethiopia, and then whatever comes after that as we begin the adventure of starting and raising a family.

So be sure to check back every once in a while, especially if you are interested in knowing how the adoption is progressing.  As far as where things are at right now, we are just drowning in a sea of paperwork and lots of waiting for the next step. We just passed our physicals and blood tests with flying colors, though I (ed) was kind of expecting Ellie to fail the Hep B test, (she showed all the classic signs- jaundice, inflamed liver, itchy skin, etc).  Our social worker is coming by on Thursday to look at our house and make sure there aren’t any spike pits (that are uncovered at least) bear traps, knife collections on display dangerously low to the ground or swimming pools disguised as sandboxes.  After that and a few more meetings with her we are then we are waiting on the government to approve some immigration stuff and we can submit our dossier (which is the actual packet of documents/papers that tell the Ethiopian government who we are) and then if they accept our dossier we are just waiting for a referral of a child which usually takes around 6 months because of processing and stuff.

So thanks again for all of your words of support and check back soon! We’re off to Chili’s!

amy.lashelle - August 23, 2010 - 12:14 pm

yes, i am jealous (exceedingly) of your 10 hours of sleep… and the time spent together… and your orange cat. :) Excited to hear how the proces of getting a kiddo goes. love you guys!

Megan Pierce - August 23, 2010 - 12:25 pm

I’m so excited about your blog! It’s really cute! Love you guys!

Tasha - August 23, 2010 - 12:35 pm

I am so excited that you guys are writing a blog! I look forward to hearing about your adventures! Enjoy those Chili dates now, because getting out can be a bit of a challenge at times with a little one!!!

I read a blog written by some people who are working in an orphanage in Ethiopia. They rescue children who would be killed by their village for being mingi. Some of these children were labeled mingi simply for having their top teeth coming in before their bottom teeth. You can check out the website which has a link to their blog at

admin - August 23, 2010 - 12:40 pm

The link is already up in our Resource page on this blog – they’re actually based out of a local ministry here in Roseville!

lorie - August 23, 2010 - 1:13 pm

I love this. All of it.

And I’m uber jealous about all the chilis. Eat some chips and salsa for me, k? ;)

Becca - August 23, 2010 - 4:19 pm

Of course I am so excited you started a blog! And totally jealous of your ten hours of sleep and endless time together. Enjoy it now…once that kiddo gets here you will long for those hours together. ;) I am so so so excited for you guys and this adventure God has you on! Can’t wait to meet the precious little child God brings into your life! I love him/her already! You are in our prayers!

erin b. - August 23, 2010 - 6:38 pm

let’s be honest here ed, the 10 hours of sleep will most likely continue for you and ellie will carrying the brunt of the baby rearing during the night hours. Heck I will probably be more of an influence for this sweet baby…think about it…enjoy your chips and salsa they are all you can eat!

bandofbrothers - August 24, 2010 - 11:35 am

So excited about your new blog!

um, you used the word albeit.

Chilis gives me the runs.

10 hours sounds just right, though I am averaging 8 or 9 these days! i need my zzzz’s. these boys tucker me out plumb good. you can still squeeze in enough sleep if you go to bed at 11, and kid gets up at 7. and then take one nap.

can’t wait to meet your new little person!!!

Carlotta - August 27, 2010 - 11:25 am

How did it go with the “home inspection” yesterday. Did Kingsly behave?

Katie Mac - September 2, 2010 - 8:37 pm

Umm..when you start a blog, you are supposed to update it. And I took your 10 hours of sleep comment very personally by the way. Don’t think I didn’t know that was a jab right at me :)

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