WOO HOO, We have been officially accepted into the America World Ethiopia Adoption Program!!! We were told that we will have to fill out some initial paperwork, sign agreements, and make our first payment to get Scout. After that we will begin compiling our dossier (international adoption application)and completing our home study. This is such an exciting time in our family's lives. God has been so good to us, and has joined us with other families who are adopting or have already adopted. Please pray for Scout, the finances to support this endeavor, and that the home study and the compiling of the dossier would be put together without a mistake and in a timely fashion. We are thankful for all our friends and family who are encouraging and praying for us through this magnificent journey!!!
On Sunday, September 2, 2007, Kevin led our family in a prayer, and then Hally pressed the enter button on our computer to send our adoption application to America World. We are all very excited as we have been praying about this for TWO YEARS!!! Even before we started praying for this two years ago, Kevin and I knew that we would adopt some day. It is exciting that our process begins now. The next step is to hear back from America World stating whether or not we have been accepted into their adoption program.
We have requested a baby girl under the age of 12 months from the nation of Ethiopia. We are hoping and praying to get her by the end of 2008. Tentatively, her name will be Scout Clover. We gave Hally the task of picking out her middle name, and before we could offer her suggestions, she immediately chose her own and mother's middle name, Clover. It is also the first name of my aunt and great aunt. Scout is the name of one of my favorite book characters from To Kill A Mockingbird. It is also so appropriate because we are on the look out for this wonderful addition to our family.