Saturday, September 27, 2008

Our Sweet Babies

Nicky refused to wear his "footy" pajamas until tonight. His big sister got him to put them on...both mommy & daddy tried several nights without any luck. These two have such a great relationship!!

Adoption Update

I haven't posted for awhile, mostly because there has not been much happening on the adoption front. Well, we do have some news. We sent our dossier off to our agency last week, upon review, it looks like we were missing one thing...a copy of Simon's passport. Darn it...I tried so hard to get everything in the first try, but I guess it was perfect otherwise. I sent off the copy on Thursday to the State for certification and hopefully they will get it to the agency early next week. We can't go on the list until then. I was kind of disappointed, but it is not a big deal considering we will be #3 on the list for a boy and #6 on the list for a girl. Our agency has not had any referrals lately, so things are not moving right now. We don't think a few days will make that big of a difference, so we are still being patient. We also have to apply with Homeland Security to bring the baby into the Country (I 600A). We did that last week and received the letter stating we can go have our finger prints done for the background check. We will have to do that in Denver at their offices so we will do it when we are down there on the 11th for our adoption training. This does not need to be done to get on the referral list, but needs to be completed by the time we travel.

On another adoption note, our Church is hosting an Adoption Expo the weekend of October 18th & 19th. Simon and I are having an Ethiopian Adoption booth along with a book table. We have contacted Red Letters and Russell Weir has graciously offered to send us some cards along with other materials they use to hand out. Thank you Russell, if you are out there!!! Also, if any of you have traveled and have pictures of the orphanages we can use, please email them to me at We really feel God is leading us to use this opportunity to get the word out about the need for orphan relief in Africa. If you are interested in ways you can help, read this post from a few weeks ago. Well, that is all for now, God willing, we will post next week that we are officially "waiting".

Thursday, September 18, 2008

On it's way back

I just checked the Fed Ex tracker and it looks like our dossier is on its way back from the Secretary of State. Hopefully it will get here tomorrow and I will get it off to our agency. Could Monday be the day we are offically "waiting"??

Saturday, September 13, 2008

EvansFest 2008

We were in a parade today! Our City has what we call "EvansFest" every year. Last year we started having a City float (one the staff of the City makes and rides on). I was not too excited about doing one this year, but it was fun. Our theme was "We'll Go To Bat For You!". It turned out pretty cool. Here are some pics....

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dossier off to Secretary of State

Well, the first of the last few steps....I am Fed Exing (is that a word?) our Dossier off to the Secretary of State of Colorado for the Certification! This is one of the final steps that we much complete before it goes to the Agency. I got a little tingle tonight when I realized we could be getting a referral as soon as next week! Stay posted....

Monday, September 8, 2008

Last Couple of Weeks in Pictures

We have been so busy the last couple of weeks, I haven't been able to get a second to update the we go:

We spent Labor Day at my parents in Montana. My parents have 5 horses right now. Simon rode one for the very first time!

Here is an action photo, too funny...

A couple of Bella

Nicky even got to ride!

Nicky & Grandpa talking about whether Nicky was ready to ride. He would not have anything to do with the horses until Grandpa took him out to the middle of the corral and he decided he wanted to do it and did!

We spend a few hours at a beautiful lake, the dogs loved it and swam and swam...
My uncle Terry & Nicky throwing rocks

So that was Labor Day, this last weekend we went up to Wheatland, Wyoming to see Simon's parents, grandma visiting from Australia and his brother and his family. We went to a Dachshund event and watched them was so cute

There was also a High School Rodeo going on and Bella got to see the barrel racing. She really is into horses now. We are joining 4-H and she is going to learn all she can about them. I am not sure when (if ever!) we will be able to get her a horse, but for now she can learn about them.

On the adoption front, we have seen the draft of our Home Study and sent it back to the case worker. We are waiting on the short version of it to submit with our dossier to the state for certification. Once we get that done (hopefully back to us by the beginning of next week) we can send it all to our agency. At that point we will go on the list for a referral! We will keep you posted....