Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The beginning of our journey

Ryan and I are thrilled to announce that we have begun the process of adopting a baby from Ethiopia!

Getting to this point has seemed like a long journey of it’s own, many trials, many prayers. We’re officially on the road to adoption and are looking forward with eager expectation of what God is going to do through it. We’re so thankful for God’s leading us to this decision and opportunity.

Luckily, choosing a country was easy, after finding American World Adoption, through the 88.1 the Joy FM. Out of all of the international adoption program, Ethiopia was our best match, no questions asked!! Mainly due to the health and age of the baby, care of the orphanage, efficiency of the process, travel time, and cost. We have absolutely no doubt that we can love a child of any race. Although some may have concerns about having a multicultural family, we are confident that we can overcome these challenges. A huge factor that sold us on this country was that it’s one of the only countries that has a need of adopting infants. We’d be able to get a child anywhere from 3 months to 15 years old. We would LOVE to have an infant. Ethiopia is also one of the most affordable of all international adoptions. ($25-30K)

You can follow us every step along the way through this blog, if you’d like to! After being accepted by the agency (step completed!!!), we begin our homestudy. This can take up to 3 months, that consist of 3 intense interview by a social worker. They will talk to us about our motives for adoption, ability to parent a child, check out our home for cleanliness and safety, and write up an official report. While the homestudy is being written up, we can also be working on our dossier, which is a collection of about 20 documents that will be sent to Ethiopia to be approved by their government. Once our dossier is sent, the wait time for a referral from Ethiopia is currently 5-7 months. Upon receiving a referral, which will include a picture of the child and known medical/family history, we’ll need to accept or decline. Once accepted, we’ll buy plane tickets and make plans to travel to Ethiopia. The travel time in Ethiopia is about 7 days. Our agency will arrange everything from hotels to translators to food. We will be able to meet our child right away and spend time with them in their country while we wait for their government to finalize it all. We’ll travel to Addis Ababa, which is the capitol, and then take a day trip to see the orphanage in which our baby was cared for.

That is the basic information, I’m sure we’ll learn much more about the process as we move forward. Affording an International Adoption will be very challenging, however, we are trusting that the Lord will provide. We are working on a few fundraising efforts, in which we hope that you will participate. So we will pray and "wait upon the Lord."

Please follow along this journey with us! Feel free to write comments and ask questions as we look for encouragement and support through this process. We know that God has placed this on our hearts and we are eager to see his mighty hands work in our lives.

Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west...Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth-Isaiah 43:5-6

Love, Ryan and Ashlie


Real Simple said...

Hey there new friend....(from betsy): Your tears this a.m. reminded me that YES you are excited about the news of your acceptance but yet you still have some emotions to what you have to let go (for now, you never know God). So pour your tears out...God has a jar for each tear you shed (let me know He has a couple for me already!) and He wants you to come sit at His feet and feel His love. "Call on Me, and I will anser you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." (Jer. 33:3) Pick a verse for your son and pray over that verse for him. I will continue to pray for you and Ryan and your son, that the Son is preparing for you NOW.
Your blog is way cool and made me cry (yes Jesus caught a few more tears for my tear jar in heaven!) visit my is not as fun as yours...but i am going to snag some ideas from you! Praying for your son-to-be and you all. And remember my saying GAP...God Always Provides (get yourself a GAP shirt)

aliarrington said...

Hey Ryan and Ashlie. I love your new blog, this is such a great idea. We'll definitely be following along and praying for yall.
love ya,

cfulmer88 said...

Love the blog! Faith, hope and love ... your greatest assets. May God bless you on this path. We will support you all the way. Love, Dad and Mom Fulmer

Anonymous said...

Hi! As someone who has been home for 8 months, just know you're in for the ride of your lives! It's an amazing journey. Our daughter from Ethiopia is our only child (so far!) and such an incredible blessing from God. Let us know if we can help you in any way!

Ricki Kitchner said...

Ashlie and Ryan.... Your blog is awesome!! We are so happy for the two of you. You will be amazing parents! :) We will be here for you throughout your journey.

Josh, Ricki, and Lindsay

Bre said...

How awesome! I will be thinking of you and praying for you through this process. Friends of ours adopted a little girl from Ethiopia just last year and are looking forward to the day they can go back and do it again!

lisa said...

Ryan and Ashlie,
I LOVE the blog and look forward to following it through your wonderful adventure!
How ironic that your cab ride in DC would connect you with someone from Ethiopia. That is soooo exciting! I am so happy for you!

Barbara said...
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Barbara said...

Ryan & Ashlie, I love your blog! We are so excited for the two of you and we look forward to following you through every step of the way! We know that the two of you will be very loving and caring parents! We love you guys and we will pray for a smooth journey through this whole process!

Uncle Patrick, Aunt Barb, Cara, Evan & Brandon