Our Adoption Time Line

I've noticed that a lot of adopting families have their time line in their sidebar. I've decided to make a post and it will forever reside in the link "Our Ethiopian Adoption" up at the top. I'll be able to update it monthly, or as things progress. So here we go...
  • September '09: Seriously discussing domestic adoption, then the Lord leads us to Ethiopia
  • October '09: We are approved by All God's Children International
  • November 6, 2009: We have our orientation phone call
  • December 12, 2009: 1st home study appointment
  • December 14, 2009: Officially contracted with AGCI
  • December 30, 2009: Final home study appointment
  • Jan - Feb 2010: Working on Dossier
  • February 18, 2010: Finish Dossier - waiting on notarized home study
  • March 5, 2010: Dossier arrives at AGCI - correction needed 
  • March 6, 2010: Drive to state capital to make correction and overnight to AGCI
  • March 8, 2010: Get on the wait list!! #32
  • March 11, 2010: Receive word that Ethiopia will now require adopting families to make 2 trips... one for court, and again for our embassy date and to bring home our son
  • April 13, 2010: #26
  • May 11, 2010: #20 
  • June 10, 2010: #13
  • July 9, 2010: #11 
  • August 5, 2010: #9 
  • Sept 8,2010: #8 
  • Oct 5,2010: #7 
  • Oct 25, 2919: REFERRAL!! Tucker M. is 4 weeks old!
  • Oct 29, 2010: Referral paperwork done and accepted.
  • Nov 2, 2010: Next Steps phone call
  • Jan 15, 2011: Day we meet our son!
  • Jan 17, 2011: Court Day - we passed!
  • Feb 12, 2011: Pick up our son from Hannah's Hope
  • Feb 14, 2011: Embassy Date
  • Feb 17, 2011: Walked through our front door with our new baby boy - home forever! :)


Kristin said...

Hooray for moving up 6 spots!!

Carrie said...

That's wonderful!!

Millers521 said...

Yahoo for moving on up!!! Come on Tucker, we want to play!

Sandra said...

Thanks for posting your time line! We're still in stage 1, so getting an idea of how quickly the steps go is exciting!

Kelly said...

How wonderful!!!!

3 Blessings said...

I LOVE what you have done to count down. The links and his name sign are precious!!! Now if we could only get seven referrals this month...we would have ours :) and you would be so much closer. HOPE!!! HOPE!!! Hoping!

He & Me + 3 said...

OMGosh...Lauren. 6 spots in one month. That is awesome. It is so close now!
Woo hoo!

Jayme said...

TOTALLY AWESOME!!! YAY for six spots! WOW, before you know it you will see the picture of your little Tucker! So excited for you! Can't WAIT to see May's ##.

The Kirk Fam said...

YEAH for numbers getting lower! I love your countdown links...So cute!
It would be great to travel together, and while we wait I'll be praying for our sweet boys,

Jim and April said...

#26 oh how exciting! Hoping the waiting part goes fast for you!

Karen said...

This is so encouraging. Praying for you and Tucker!

Lara said...

I am so so so excited for you! And I love that picture. God is telling us we need to wait about a year before we start our adoption. Not what we wanted to hear but we have peace about it. That means I will be doing a LOT of vicarious living for now :-)

Alicia said...

Wow!!! 26!! Awesome!!

Joyeful said...

Yeah!! How encouraging to be moving so fast! I was just thinking about little Tucker the other day and praying for your little boy--it will be so amazing to finally see pictures of you holding him in your arms!

Jenny said...

love your chain! hope it shrinks quickly :-) and LOVE the name Tucker! very cute!!!

Darcie said...

That is SO wonderful! So excited for you!

Amy said...

Whoop whoop! #26!! I'm so happy for y'all! :D I was just thinking about you, because we have a friend named Tucker at our house right now!! I'm so excited that the time for you to meet your little Tucker is approaching! God speed!!

Critty said...

I am doing my snoopy dance. I am so excited my friend. Every day is a day closer to you holding your Tucker in your arms.

I <3 You and your faithfulness....and your beautiful heart.

Lynda Young said...

Praise the Lord. This is exciting news!! :)

Monika said...

Lauren, it is amazing news!!! I´m so happy for you!!!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

congrats on moving up 6 spots!!! that is amazing progress - praise the Lord!!! i love how you have the number hanging up - so sweet.

Franchesca Cox said...

Lauren I am beyond EXCITED for you!!! :) :) :) love the timeline idea!

Franchesca Cox said...

Lauren I am beyond EXCITED for you!!! :) :) :) love the timeline idea!

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Katie said...

It won't be long now for little Tucker!!

Kimmie said...

Yeah! How good to have moment with your number and how great to be getting closer.

God bless you as you walk out this journey of faith.

Enjoy the ride!

mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted (soon!)

Anne said...

I love reading about your adoption journey! We adopted our son from Guatemala. You may be interested in reading a series of posts I did on adoption...


I will keep your family in our prayers!

Anne @ My Open Book