Here’s a rough timeline of our adoption
July 2010 – fall 2010
Start talking about adoption…Maybe someday?
December 27-January 9
Carla visits Rwanda – heart shattered for orphans
Fast and pray about adoption
Make the decision to start an adoption
Start talking to agencies, talk to friends, think Ethiopia program
May 20, 2011
Hold a yard sale to raise the last bit to get started (raise more than $1,200)
May 26, 2011
Request Application for International Adoption from agency
Get a call from agency that the Ethiopia program isn’t accepting families – crushed.
Pray about an agency, country all over again
August 26, 2011
Apply to adopt from [a country in Africa].
August 29, 2011
September 13, 2011
Started home study
October 4, 2011
November 5, 2011
Hold second yard sale – raise more than $1,300!
November 21, 2011
Home study completed and approved!
December 2, 2011
Apply for advanced approval to adopt an orphan
January 12, 2012 Passed court in DRC!
May 27, 2012
Begin travel to Kinshasa
May 29, 2012
Hold Ephrem for the first time
June 6, 2012
Arrive in the US and are finally a family of three in one country