Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Update

It's update time again!  I can't believe how big Matthew is getting.  Please pray as he has had some respiratory issues  but is on antibiotics so he should be fine.  Here is the udpate for this month:


  • Weight: 23.5 pounds
  • Height: 67 cm
  • He eats solid foods such as mashed meat, fish, potatoes, carrots, cornflakes, pastini, yogurt, mixed cereal porridge, vegetable soup, seasonal fruit juice etc with the above fixed schedule of the TH.
  • He rolls from back to tummy and tummy to back.
  • He can sit for adequate time when positioned to sitting.
  • He is sociable and easy going child.
  • He wears size 18-24 months (not sure how accurate this is)
  • He will play with anything around him, doesn't have a favorite toy
Daniel is worried that Matthew won't like racing or cars.  What will we do?!?!  That is our life according to Daniel.  His solution, just keep taking him to the drag strip he will eventually like it!  Gotta love that kid and his reasoning.  Oh I can't wait to see the 2 of them together.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Submitted to Pair!

We received the email we were submitted to Pair today!  Yea!  This means that our process is moving forward.  This is one of the next 2 pieces of the puzzle we need to get our adoptive family court date and meet Matthew. What does this process look like:

  • NBC will review the documents and either Request more evidence or will approve and send on to the Ethiopian embassy for the I604 investigation to start.  This could take awhile depending on if the Request for evidence is needed or not.
  • Once the Ethiopian Embassy gets the paperwork the I604 investigation will start.  They could request more interviews or more information.  This process can take 1-3 months.
  • Once we receive the email that the I604 investigation is complete we will wait to receive our PAIR approval letter in the mail.

Once we recieve this approval letter in the mail (as long as we have our MOWCYA letter) we can apply for our adoptive family court date.

Please pray with us as we move forward.  Here are some things you can pray for specifically:

  • The officials to process our paperwork quickly so we can move onto the next step in this journey.
  • No requests for more evidence!
  • Patient hearts as we wait.  The wait is getting harder and harder as we are watching him grow in pictures (reminds me of Daniels process watching him grow).
The timing is in God's hands.  Personally I am praying his timing is fast!  

Friday, April 3, 2015

March Update

I love opening my email to new pictures with the big brown eyes and crooked smile!  It is update time again.  I love getting updates on Matthews development but my heart aches that I don't get to experience these things with him.  Praying we get to see him soon! Here is the update for this month:

  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Height: 65cm
  • He can roll.
  • He can support his head and shoulder when he is on his tummy.
  • He can sit with support.
  • He has a good sleeping pattern; he sleeps for 10-11 hours during the night. He also takes a nap from 12AM-3PM.
The wait is getting harder and harder, especially when Daniel asks when his brother is coming home.  Please continue to pray for Matthew that he is healthy and we can meet him soon.  We are so ready for him to come home!