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Thursday, June 25, 2009


We are finally all confirmed and clear to travel and our USCIS problems are FIXED!!! Yes you read that correctly! We leave Thursday July 9th and return Friday July 17th!! We are so excited! I can't believe it.

Update on my 90 day Challenge: I am a little behind because of all that has been happening this week. I am still reading everyday, just not as much as I should. But I suspect that a 15 hour plane ride should do the trick:)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Travel Dates Changed

We were just informed that we wont be traveling until the following week. I am upset but at least we have a CONFIRMED embassy appointment. Now I am just waiting to make sure our USCIS problem is indeed fixed since the embassy doesn't seem to think it is. If you are reading this shortly after it is posted please say a quick prayer that someone will pick up the phone at the National Visa Center because I am tired of being on hold.......

I will post more later.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

WE PASSED!!!!!!!

I just heard from Christy that Olivia "S" is OURS!!!!! (I am not sure if I am allowed to post her picture or name yet though....I'll add that to my TO DO LIST)


Please keep praying because I don't know if our USCIS issue has been resolved yet but I will be contacting our congressman if it isn't! I should know more soon!

We are totally freaking out around here!!!! Baby girl we are coming for you!!!


Mrs. Aarseth,

Your request has already been processed and mailed out. You should be receiving your notice in the mail shortly.

All documents have been mailed to the National Visa Center .

The National Visa Center will send all documents to the designated countries.

Thank you,

Dallas District Adoptions US C.I.S.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

90 day Challenge

I decided that in the midst of all of these trials we are going through with our adoption, I wanted my mind set not on earthly things but on my Father who I need to run to. So I am joining Rebecca (who has a great homeschooling blog that I just found) on her 90-day challenge of reading through the bible! I told Paul and he said I was crazy! He said, "You do know how many books are in the bible don't you?" But that's ok because I am pumped.

Do you want to join me? I need some accountability. I don't think I will post about it every day but I will at least tell you how it is going on a weekly basis I think. If you want to join in just click the button. I think she will start on Monday but jump on in anytime!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

We didn't pass......

Christy finally called to tell us that we did not pass court last Thursday. Olivia's birth mother has two last names (which is common in the southern region of Ethiopia) but the paperwork that the court had only stated one last name. Now she has to travel home (I think it is like a 7 hour bus ride) and get her paperwork sorted out and then travel back to the capital in order for the judge to finalize our adoption. Please pray for us while we wait yet again. I just want to bring my baby girl home.

Waiting for Good Things

Jackson's morning devotional brought me to tears this morning:

Kaitlyn is so excited! She and her family are going to a camp where they will have lots of fun. She waited and waited. And now the special day is here. Have you you ever had to wait for something special? It's hard to wait for something that we know is going to be very good. The Bible says that God has many good things for us on earth. But he will also have good things for us in heaven someday. Everything that God has for us is worth waiting for.

My Bible Verse:

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5

My Prayer:

Lord, it's sometimes hard to wait, But what you give is very great.

Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to me.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Still no news

We took a random trip to Chicago over the weekend and we just got back in town......but I still haven't heard anything. Some families on the listserv with June 4th court dates posted that they passed today so I have called and emailed Christy (Julie our caseworker is in Ethiopia right now so we have Christy now) but she was at lunch I think................I am frustrated and just want to hear the news either way. I am tired of waiting.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

No News

I know you are all wondering about our court date and well, so am I! I have been told that some families find out that day and others have to wait a week......So I will update when I hear something!

As far as CIS goes, our meeting this morning went better than last week and I was able to email the actual person that deals with our case......of course the reply I got was, "Thank you Mrs. Aarseth for your inquiry. When your request is processed you will be notified." Well that was helpful! So I guess all we can do now is wait and pray........

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tonight is the night!!

Tonight while we sleep a court in Ethiopia will decide on whether or not Miss "S" will become an Aarseth!!! We are a little nervous, ok I am A LOT nervous, but standing firm on God's promises and blessings to us. Please pray with us tonight for "S"'s birthmother and for our agency and for the judge! We may not know the outcome for several days but I will post as soon as I hear something!

Oh and our CIS problem isn't fixed yet so your prayers for that would be greatly appreciated as well!! I am going in the morning to see if I can get some more information.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Potty Training

So I have decided to start potty training Jackson today to get my mind off of our court date and our current paperwork predicament...... Potty training isn't quite as fun as I thought it would be. (who actually thinks potty training is fun anyways?) Well it is currently 10:11 and Jackson has had 1.5 sippy cups of Sprite and 1 of Gatorade and .5 of water and still NOTHING......It is like a ticking time bomb. Every 15 minutes I make him sit on the potty for 5 minutes. But nothing........so now we are watching some Elmo to help pass the time. We also started our first morning of Tot School and it went really well! Since school is over and I won't be going back to preschool teaching next year I decided to put my energy into some homeschooling or I mean tot schooling.....oh timer is going off! Time to Potty!

If you have any great potty training advice, please leave a comment! I am a total newbie at this!

Tot School