Yes, it's been a while. Today happens to be our 11th Week Anniversary bringing Mebratu home. He has kept us busy. What's kept us busier is my ship has been at sea for a while since we brought him home. Of the 77 days we've had Mebratu home, I've only been home for 34 of them. Alicia has done great as a single parent! My mother visited as well as Alicia's good friend Andi which greatly helped. We even had a date night thanks to Andi!
We've learned from friends of 2-3 year olds that nearly all of our challenges are the same as anyone with a 2.5 year old. We also admit that part of the challenge has been figuring out what he's been used to. The other challenge is what he wants actually changes from minute to minute. One morning he wants the banana peeled; the next morning it's Armageddon when we peel it for him. Luckily, we're through most of that phase. All three of us - make that four of us when counting Chloe - our 9-yr old dog - have adjusted well. It seems like Mebratu has already been a part of the family forever.
We have a great church just a few miles from our house. We have been taking him to Sunday School for a couple of months. He has done very well and I'm glad we started him early. From what we've read, it takes about 6 months for separation anxiety to take hold so we're about halfway to that point, and he doesn't mind it when we leave him.
We have already submitted the first report through the adoption agency. We will have three more reports due over the next year and then one yearly until he turns 18. That's the requirement from the Ethiopian government, and I kind of like it even though it's extra paperwork for us. It shows how serious Ethiopia takes its children.
We've been married for 13 great years! David has been in the Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer. Alicia has been a fantastic Navy wife who has gotten them through seven moves in 13 years, to include Indiana, Japan, Rhode Island, and California! We have become expert packers and unpackers!
We have partnered with a company that specializes in Fair Trade coffee (JustLove Coffee) which has a great selection of coffee beans - to include Ethiopia, the original source of the world's coffee beans!
When you order a bag of coffee (or other items) through our web site shown above, we receive a portion of the proceeds. Most bags are $12.95; shipping is $5.
We'll periodically update our expenses to date in our timeline below. Our initial goal is to finance the plane ticket for our son when we bring him home from Ethiopia. So join our journey!
The Other Member of Our Family
Chloe is the other member of our family.
Adoption Timeline and Expenses
09 Sep 09: Applied to AWAA \
25 Sep 09: Accepted into ET Prog.
08 Oct 09: Rcvd Paperwork via Eml
28 Oct 09: Home Study Orientation
Expenses to Date:$5,494.57 16 Nov 09 : Home Visit #2
19 Nov 09 : Home Visit #3
25 Nov 09 : Final Home Visit
04 Dec 09 : I-600A Form to USCIS
Expenses to Date:$6,558.75 14 Dec 09 : USCIS received I-600A
19 Dec 09 : Home Study Finalized
21 Dec 09 : Finalized HS to USCIS
05 Jan 10: Fingerprinted by USCIS
03 Feb 10: Received I-171H
04 Feb 10: Dossier Sent to AWAA
Expenses to Date:$14,331.50
19 Feb 10 : Dossier to Ethiopia! 05 Mar 10 : Moved to CA
12 Mar 10 : Met with Soc Wkr in CA
18 Mar 10 : Fngrprntd for HS Updt
Expenses to Date:$15,419.06 13 May 10 : Rcvd Referral!!!!!!! 20 May 10: Updated HS to USCIS
Expenses to Date:$21,330.86 02 Jun 10: Rcvd Updated I-171H
13 Jul 10 : Notified of Court Date
Expenses to Date:$25,876.14 23 Jul 10 : Meetcha Day!!!!!!!!
26 Jul 10: Court Date
10 Aug 10 : Gotcha Day!!!!!!!! 11 Aug 10 : Embassy Appt.
Expenses to Date: $34,272.08 15 Aug 10 : Finally Home!!!!!! 06 Nov 10: 3-Month Rpt / Visit
Label Index of All Postings So You Can Find What You're Looking For