Dossier is off! Feels so good to get that off the chest.

What we know so far about the situation in Ethiopia is that they don’t really know for sure what’s happening with the 2-trip rule. I know that adoption agencies in Ethiopia are hoping to get more clarification in the coming weeks.

Our agency did call us soon after news broke about possibly needing 2 trips. They told us if we could get our dossier in to Ethiopia before April 9th then we should be grandfathered in under the 1 trip rule. This, according to them, doesn’t mean we need a court date by then, our file just needs to be in the system. Now, the thing is we are in the midst of an international adoption, nothing is certain. We’re riding these waves with a little bit of grace, little bit of humility and a lot of Tyelenol PM (did I just write that?).

We should know within the next few weeks whether we made it under the wire or not and if it really mattered in the first place (perhaps they’ll hold off on the new rule for a few more months).

Prayers and happy thoughts for that big stack of paper to fly on an angel’s wings to Ethiopia.

Until then, check out this guy. His second front tooth is finally growing in! Unfortunately his two front teeth look to be as large as mine once were. But he’s got the looks to pull it off just fine.

World Water Day

Because we never forget, and neither should you.

Water for Christmas is all about World Water Day, of course. So here are these pins. They’re a perfect conversation starter. Put them on your backpacks, your purses, jackets, whatever.

You can buy them here. Buy them for everyone you know. It’s not an exaggeration to say I have one on every purse, backpack and jacket I own. Hope you will too!

A quick, related, aside. Today I overheard Tariku and Dailah playing house. Tariku said, “Dailah, we have to work hard so we can make money and give everyone in the world clean water.”

They’re listening, so talk about it with everyone you know.

Lovin’ It

Saturday we were the recipients of about 1-2″ of snow but by yesterday the snow was melted (mostly) and it was high 40s/low 50s. 45 degrees is kind of our cut off, anything higher than that the kids are outside most of the day. I think it’s SO important for kids to be able to run around outside, it’s amazing how better we all behave when this happens.

We were even able to take a small hike (though for living out at camp, my appropriate boot/shoe selection is sorely lacking). I seriously, seriously love living out here.

For being a very big “girly girl” she does love to splash around.

The Transformation

You all saw this post, right? Well, my hubby is a new man. It’s weird because he’s never had quite that bushy of a beard. I was, in all honesty, less than thrilled. When I was trying to figure out why I didn’t like the beard I came to one conclusion.

He’s too good looking. This is not to say good looking guys can’t have beards but it looks like he’s covering something up. He’s got just a beautiful mouth, and please, those eyes? So that’s what I figured out. My husband is just simply too pretty to have that hefty of a beard.

Now he’s shaved it, but this guy does nothing the “normal” way. He wanted to go out with a bang. So here we have the progression to a clean shaven face.

We start here,

then go here,

after which this would be the only obvious step,

and of course this has to be the grand finale. (Note, he purposely posed and smirked in such a way that we would have good mug shots should he turn psycho on me).

Isn’t he beeeeeeautiful?

Baseball Fun

The boys are playing coach pitch baseball this spring on the same team. It’s a team of 7 and 8-year-olds so, naturally, we assume Tariku will be just fine.

They had try-outs the last 2 Saturdays which was fun to watch. In between each throw or each at-bat Tariku turned to us and waved. Precious.

Just the brothers. Tariku’s ‘fro is super sweet.

All my little Cubs.

Dailah at try-outs.

See? Turned to me and smiled after he hit the first ball.