For those of you who have kept up with my other blog (Hutchison Happenings), you may remember a couple of posts within the last six months (Beginning a Journey and Adoption Update) where I discussed our family's thoughts on beginning the adoption journey. Well, we're happy to announce that it's now "official" and we have taken the first step toward bringing home our child by sending in our application to the Holt International Ethiopia program (Eli assisted by holding the important document in his car seat on the way to the UPS store). :) We eagerly await our "acceptance" call/letter from Holt so that we can take the next steps and continue moving forward. I have spoken with other adoptive parents, read many blogs, joined online adoption groups, etc., etc., to start learning as much as possible about what is to come. The scary thing about international adoption is that you never can predict what might happen... every situation is unique, multiple government agencies are involved in both countries, timelines are always changing, and basically there are just a lot of unknowns throughout the process. We anticipate many emotional ups and downs throughout the process, and covet your prayers. We hope you'll bookmark our blog to your favorites and check back often for updates... we invite you to come along on our journey!