Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Year Ago Yesterday......

A year ago yesterday we found out we had not passed court.  It was our first court date.  We ended up passing approximately two weeks later on November 9th, but on the 27th it was just so disappointing and discouraging.  We were very lucky initially to have received a court date in mid-October, right after the Ethiopian courts had reopened.  That was beyond wonderful news and such a pleasant surprise!!  But as our court date approached, I had a feeling that we weren't going pass.  It just didn't seem like things worked that easily for practically anyone, so I was trying to prepare myself for the worst most likely.  When we got word that we indeed had not passed due to missing paperwork -- a day earlier than we were expecting -- after venting our frustrations, fears, anger, and disappointment to each other and our parents, Roger and I picked ourselves up by our bootstraps and tried to stay optimistic.  After all, we had nothing to complain about; right?  At least we had a court date, unlike many families with our agency who had been waiting much longer than us.  And that fact was not at all lost on us.  So, nevertheless, we were very relieved to get word shortly after the 27th that we did, in fact, have a new court date rescheduled for November 9th.

There are details I remember so, so clearly about the week leading up to that second court date.  The Tuesday before Roger and I traveled to his alma mater Westminster College to talk about our adoption process.  Really good for us.  Just talking about it to strangers renewed my faith that it WAS going to happen.  It also made me talk about it in a positive light, rather than moaning and groaning about all the unknowns.  That first weekend in November Roger went to a NASCAR race while I traveled up to Iowa to visit my friends and family.  I spent Friday night with my cousin Megan in my old dorm building at AIB.  It brought back so many memories and was comforting in a weird way to revisit such an important time from my past.  Those two and a half years of college were my first years of independence, pursuing the direction in which I wanted my life to go, and true adulthood, not to mention a lot of fun too.  That night Megan and I went to a Mercy Me concert, at which point "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles was randomly mixed in with one of the songs in the middle of the concert.  It was so subtle that most people probably didn't even realize or notice it.  If you remember, that was the song I had chosen (in August) for Ari's picture montage (that I put together in September) that I could only post after we had passed court.  I know without a doubt it was God speaking directly to me, reassuring me that everything was going to be okay.  It hit me like a freight train when I heard those lyrics, and I laughed and cried all at the same time.  I still get goosebumps just thinking about that moment.  I then visited my great-grandma up in Manson the next morning and came back to Des Moines later that day, going out to eat with some friends at a restaurant my Grandpa Bill used to frequent often.  It is really difficult to explain, but God's presence was so palpable that weekend.  I felt like it was Him taking me back to revisit all the times and places He was with me and to remind me of how far I'd come; the people, places, and experiences in my life that made me who I am and got me to where I was, and that He was going to prove nothing but faithful in the future and with all He had planned for me.  I came back to Springfield feeling very much at peace that weekend.  It was exactly what I needed, whether I knew it or not at the time.

We were told that Monday, November 9th, that our case did not get heard.  Four days later, Friday the 13th at around noon, we received word we had passed!  I will also never forget where I was at that glorious moment, how it was a beautiful day and probably the happiest I'd ever been.

Once we got to Ethiopia in January and obtained Ari's court documents, it was right there in black and white that our court date had, in fact, been November 9th and was indeed the day that we passed.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Another Step Closer

Does this look familiar to anyone?  It is our dossier picture!!  We received our approval letter from USCIS in just a little over two weeks -- thinking it could very possibly take up to two months.  What an awesome surprise!  So that therefore means our dossier is now complete and is on its way to our agency via FedEx as we speak.  We took this same photograph almost two years ago when we sent off Ari's dossier (December '08) and now here we are sending off the dossier for Baby Girl Wasson!!  Another huge step closer to a sweet little someone in Ethiopia.  We are so excited!!  We are anticipating a 6- to 9-month wait until our referral, give or take, which is of course subject to change.  But in case anyone is wondering, that's what we're anticipating next! 

Ari has now completely transitioned into his new routine with school.  He is loving it!  Still exhausted every day after school but really loving it.  And, in recent developments, just in the past few days his vocabulary has started to expand.  His repertoire now includes:
  • Da-ddy, Da-da
  • hi
  • up
  • down
  • go
  • hat
  • light
  • hot
  • ice
  • bu-bu (bubbles)
  • car
  • a-dee (again)
These are words we are absolutely positive of.  Then there are "words" I hear frequently that I have yet to figure out what they actually are.  I think I can count on one hand how many times he's said "ma-ma," but that's okay.  This past Saturday morning Ari woke up at 6 a.m., so Roger went in and gave him his sippy cup of milk and turned on his rainforest light thingy to try to buy us another half hour or so of sleep.  About five minutes later we hear "Dad!" coming across the house in the clearest, most direct little voice you ever did hear.  It was hilarious!  That was the first time Ari has ever called for one of us by name.  No crying or whining or moaning -- just "Dad!  Da-ddy!"  So, so cute.  It was very reminiscent of the time we turned on the monitor and saw Ari standing in his crib for the first time.    "Ice," "car," and "bubbles" are all very new and recent, so I'm excited to hear what he'll say this week!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

I Am The Child


I am the child. All the world waits for my coming;
All the earth watches with interest to see what I shall become.
Civilization hangs in the balance, For what I am,
the world of tomorrow will be.

I am the child. I have come into your world,
About which I know nothing,
Why I came I know not; How I came I know not;
I am curious; I am interested.

I am the child. You hold in your hand my destiny.
You determine, largely, whether I shall succeed or fail.
Give me, I pray you, Those things that make for happiness.
Train me, I beg you, That I may be a blessing to the world.

~~ Author Unknown ~~

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Last night Abby told me I should blog.  But really all anyone really wants is to see pictures....

First Sucker.  In Church.  With Flash from iPhone.  Classy.

Ready for First Day of School.

Typical reaction three-minutes after being picked up from school. 

Looking for Pumpkins and rocking his "dirty" jeans and new kicks.

Asking for "more" rides on his Tractor.
(Notice the broom handle - we have to use that to hold the gas down....for now)

He's like Vanna White -- rarely in the same outfit twice!