Wednesday, December 28, 2011
1) Looks good! Come bring your daughter home in two to three weeks.
2) We have some questions about this and that, please resubmit after you find the answers, if you don't know the answers, then we will forward your case to our office in Nairobi to review. This could delay your homecoming for weeks or months.
3) We are going to forward your case to Nairobi and then possibly to Rome. Be prepared to wait several months.
Emily recently wrote an article about our experience with the Kolfe Orphanage in Ethiopia.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Well, light with the exception of the whole court thing... We had court today, where were went to the govt office to appear in front of the judge as a condition to adopt our daughter. The judge 1) emphasized the importance of us learning Ethiopian culture (check), 2) made sure we had support from our family (check), 3) made sure we fully informed our kids of the adoption (ha.. check), 4) made sure we realized that once we confirmed with her of our intention to adopt that our daughter would be legally our child under Ethiopian law (check) After getting through those, she announced that our daughter is ours. Wow. Emotional.
Now we have to go home until the US embassy reviews the case and issues our daughter a visa to come home. Hopefully this will be painless and quick. Best case is likely one month before we return to bring her home. We wont focus on the alternative cases unless we get there.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Another great hour with our new daughter. An amazing experience with the Kolfe boys. The feast was unbelievable. The boys threw us a celebration to start the night with coffee, popcorn, music and dancing. They honored our gift but in reality we were giving a gift of an amazing experience. The last time they had a feast like this was about 11 months ago.
More later..... Bed time.
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Monday, November 28, 2011
Great day. We met our daughter today. She is a complete ham! She is a complete chatterbox and Definately loves the attention and spotlight by any and all. We spent an hour with her today and I would guess that she spent the better of 40 minutes complete attached to Oscar. She made him take his sweatshirt off and let her wear it in the first five minutes! I wish I could post some pictures but it is not allowed. So you all will just have to wait a little bit longer. It will be so difficult to leave her here but for now she is in a great house with caregivers that absolutely love her.
After our brief visit, we arranged for the feast. Apparently there are now 300 boys at Kolfe (vs 150 3 years ago). So we will feed those tummy's tomorrow with an ox, sheep, injera, veggies, bananas and sodas. Tonight we go over to kill and butcher the animals in preparation. The Kolfe mommas will likely be cooking most of the day tomorrow to prepare. The rest of the Gladney gang are going to join us for the preparation tonight then we will go to a traditional Ethiopia restaurant that showcases dancing and music from all the regions of the country. It will be fun but exhausting. Thanks again to all that helped purchase the feast. They boys get one of these about once a year if they are lucky.
Today we also visited a handmade silk factory. Very cool. Going to sleep well tonight!!
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Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Emily and I have a room full of old bags and a crazy amount of diapers, clothes, wipes, blankets, etc. You guys are awesome.
This foundation was kind enough to send us 200 pounds of infant formula: http://brightontheirworld.org/. They ship formula to traveling families that are willing to act as mules to deliver to orphanages in Ethiopia (insert Scott mule jokes here).
Again, thank you so much for the support. I look forward to sharing pictures and stories of our adventure and your generosity.
All is well with the Lydick family. Nevaeh is a princess and keeps her older brothers in line. We decided about 18 months ago that she needed a little sister.
Very long story short... Emily & I and our 2 oldest sons (Oscar 9, Bryce 7) will be boarding a flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in two days for a court visit to help finalize the adoption of our precious new 3 year old daughter. With Nevaeh, we only needed to travel once and were able to bring her home on that trip. Since then, the rules have changed and we needed to travel twice.