Two and a half year olds don't recognize shifting clocks to Standard Time. That's right. Sunday morning when the clock says it's 5:30am, Mebratu's internal clock says it's 6:30am and time to play......with the loudest toy he can reach from his closet. The funny part (not really) is our internal clocks welcomed the extra hour of sleep.
We learned two lessons this morning - one old, one new. The new lesson is we are looking forward to shifting clocks back to Daylight Savings Time when the clock shift works to our advantage! The old lesson we re-learned is to better place toys in his closet (i.e., the loud ones on the top shelf).
We had our first Social Worker visit yesterday and it went very well. She helped us update our package after we moved here so it was good to see a familiar face. She will be coming back two additional times for the required 6-month and 12-month reports. Ethiopia requires three Social Worker reports for the first year: 3, 6, and 12 months after arriving home.
She was amazed that Mebratu feeds himself without wearing most of the food, can drink from a real cup, and mimics everything I (David) do.
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
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