Finally, the post you’ve all been waiting for.

Not that one. It sounds like we still have 4-6 weeks left of waiting.

We have been approved by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) in Ethiopia as the parents of our boys. We appeared in court. They appeared in court. More documents were gathered and submitted. We heard news of another postponement because of the looming government shutdown. And, another delay because MoWA is trying to change regulations, which would result in an approximate 90% reduction in the number of adoptions processed per day. These regulations were supposed to go into effect today, March 10, 2011.

By the way, our letter was supposed to be processed March 11, remember?

I received a call this morning informing us that our case was processed a day early and MoWA has given its letter of approval.

What does this mean?


Our Gorgeous Boys!

This is actually one of the first pictures we received, the day of our referral.

I’m going to sit back and breathe a sigh of relief for a few moments and just post some fabulous photos. Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looking up to Big Brother.

Garrison Edward

Ivan Patrick

First Family Photo

Only Avery and Simon missing now.


  1. CONGRATS!! This is amazing. Love those lil dudes already. Praise God!!

  2. What an amazing day. Can't believe they actually did something ahead of schedule- in the adoption world that is a miracle. Can't wait to see those cute faces in person.

  3. Great pictures!!! How awesome this is finally happening for yall :)

  4. Oh...my..gosh...! That is so amazing! Garrison has the biggest smile ever! I am so thankful you can be these boys parents! This is unbelievable news. Praise God for the Kotrla's!

  5. THEY ARE JUST SO PRECIOUS!!!!! I can't wait to meet them!!!