Good News!

We got an email today from Merrily, the Director of AAI, with the good news that our case was filed in court on May 6th and that she expects our court date will take place within the next 43 – 47 days (based on the last several batches of court cases). Of course, it is always possible that it will be sooner, but at the latest it should be the end of June. Travel is approximately four weeks later, although things have slowed down recently due to rolling power outages.

When I get news of a firm court date, I will be sure to post it.

Just when the day didn’t seem that it could get much better, we got a picture of Miss B. with her welcome bag. She is wearing glasses, which we have never seen before, and she looks a little bit tentative, but she is smiling. I wish I could tell what was going through her mind when the picture was taken. I can tell that she had just gotten the bag because everything is still in it except the small photo album and it is turned to a page with a picture of N, S, Eby, and Little Man.

We are very happy that she will probably make it home this summer!

My parents arrived today for graduation weekend. Sweet Pea just took her last final exam as an undergrad and Mimi is writing two last papers that are due tomorrow. Russ is busy grading his students finals and reading through a Masters thesis for one of his grad students. I love the flow of the academic life, but the last two weeks of the semester take a toll on the entire family.

My homeschoolers are nearly done for the year. S. and Rusty have a math final tomorrow and that is about it! Graduation for Sweet Pea and N. is on Saturday with a long ceremony at the university in the morning followed by a party and presentation of N’s diploma in the afternoon.

And in other good news, Little Man’s eye teeth are popping through – two down and two to go!


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Bradshaws
    May 9, 2008

    What a busy and exciting weekend you are heading into! Congrats on a successful court date!
    Cant wait to see the next family photo 🙂

  2. Munchkins
    May 9, 2008

    Congratulations, Lisa! I am so excited for you!

  3. Lori
    May 9, 2008

    Wonderful! We can’t wait to welcome the newest addition to the clan.
    Congratulations to Sweet Pea and N! I’ve got some things to get in the mail to them…but they will be a few days late. Wish we could be there with you to celebrate.
    Loads of love to all,
    PS That deleted comment was mine…I forgot and used names.

  4. Leslie
    May 10, 2008

    That is FANTASTIC news!!!

  5. Brandi
    May 10, 2008

    I just found your blog through RLC and fromhivtohome. I am starting something called KidsLake ( and we’d love to feature Ethiopia and AHOPE either in June or July! Check it out and let me know what you think!


  6. KelseyChristine
    May 11, 2008

    That is good news!! Congratulations 🙂

  7. Sherry
    May 12, 2008

    Wonderful news!

  8. jen
    May 13, 2008

    Oh, oh, oh! SO excited!!!

  9. Amber
    May 15, 2008

    Wow, you are amazing. 10 kids and you work with AHOPE. Amazing.


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