Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Referral Day Video

Finally -- I know! It took us a little while to figure out how to upload our video. Apparently high def makes it a little more complicated. Sorry! We're rookies. I have a feeling we'll be video uploader experts within the next year once we have more material to play with!

Okay, I feel the need to give a little introduction to our video. First of all, sorry for all the gum smacking on my part. I HOPE I don't normally chew gum like this. I'm blaming it on the nerves.

Second of all, our first reaction at seeing our baby's picture was shock at how big and healthy he looks! We had mentally prepared ourselves to see a tiny, little malnourished baby since that is oftentimes the case of young infant referrals. That was not the case at all and while we are so, so thankful for that, it took us a little by surprise!

And the second round of excitement towards the end of the video is us discovering (after we scrolled further down in the email) that we had not one referral picture, but two! Another wonderful surprise! And he had a completely different expression on his face in the second photo -- hence our confusion. It was an amazing, surreal, crazy moment. As you will see, even as we were gazing at his pictures, we still couldn't really believe it was happening.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Baby Love

I just had to post a few photos of some gifts Baby Wasson has already received. Our baby is so blessed (and spoiled!) already by our wonderful friends. We do appreciate and understand your excitement, though. The last picture is an example of what eight months of retail therapy looks like. As you might guess, we are thankful it's a boy!!!

160 diapers -- that should get us through 'til potty training; right?
We can't wait to see some cute little baby feet in these!

Thanks, Matt & Meredith, for helping to keep our little man stylin'!

Yeah, I had a few rough days. Nothing a little shopping couldn't make better.

Friday, August 21, 2009

IT'S A BOY!!!!

Yes, that's right.....we have a referral for a baby boy! Roger and I got the call yesterday, August 20th, at 5:08 p.m. We were not expecting it, to say the least, even though we were right at 8 months of waiting and we were told to expect 6 to 9 months. But isn't that the way it always goes? Just when you least expect it. Although I did have a dream last Thursday night that our caseworker called my cell phone and said, "Hi, Abby, this is Crystal. I'm just calling to let you know that I'm going to have some good news for you very soon, so be sure to answer your phone." Amazing. Needless to say, we are over the moon, beyond excited, and still processing our new reality. Thank you to all of our wonderful friends and family who have prayed for us, cried with us, shook their fists in the air with us, kept the faith for us, reassured us, and encouraged us. Roger and I have had so much fun sharing this amazing news with everyone over the past 24 hours. Your reactions and excitement is absolutely priceless. Last night was pure shock and now today I think it's starting to finally sink in. I know this because the minute I have time alone to really think about this sweet baby and what this all means, I cry just at the thought of him. This is just such an awesome place to be. Please continue to keep our sweet little boy in your thoughts and prayers, that he will stay healthy and happy and thriving and that we will hopefully pass court on the first try so we can bring him home ASAP!

A little info on our little man:
  • He is approximately 2 months old -- date of birth listed on his paperwork says 7-9-09
  • He looks amazingly healthy! He weighed approximately 9 pounds on 7-24-09 -- chubby for an Ethiopian baby!
  • He has an Ethiopian name that we will use as his middle name and a first name Roger and I have picked out for him that we will share with everyone after we pass court (Sorry, Grandmas!)
  • He has big, sweet cheeks and gorgeous brown eyes
  • We are falling madly in love with him.

We would love nothing more than to share his beautiful face with everyone, but that will have to wait until we pass court. As for how things will progress from here on out, there is still a process. We are now waiting to learn of our court date. Ethiopian courts will be closing within the next week or so and will reopen the beginning of October. We will probably not learn when our court date is until AT LEAST October. Hopefully we will GET a court date before the end of the year and hopefully we will travel to bring him home in January or February. These are all estimates and that's all the information we have. We, of course, will post any new updates as we get them.

In case you were wondering who won the "guess our referral date" game, it was my mom who got it right on the nose -- August 20th!

I believe Roger will be posting our video of us seeing our baby's picture for the first time in the next day or so, so check back soon!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Today Abby and I are taking a "much needed" daycation to the beautiful city of Tulsa, OK. I'm not really sure this classifies as "much needed" but it sure feels like we could use 24-hours away. So we figured we would pack up and head to Tulsa. Why? Great question. Turns out Paul McCartney is doing a concert there tonight and we just happen to have tickets.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Friday Gathering

Basically all you really want to see on a blog is a bunch of cute photos. Here are a few from the past Springfield Ethiopian Gathering in downtown Springfield.

Zoe in her pink sunglasses. She always has these on. And keeps them on.

Cruz and Caden modeling the "7990" shirts.

Cruz offering to share his pizza.

Cruz in Roger's hat

*Editor's note. There were many more kids at the gathering, but they were mostly playing in the fountains. And each time I went to take a picture Mr. Cruz wanted to see what was going on.
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