Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The view from here is amazing!!

Sarah has been in Ethiopia for several days now, and I have had the chance to talk to her via Skype. (If you don't know what it is, and you make international calls, look it up.) Olivia is beautiful! Very active with lots of cooing, and she is very ticklish. I had a profound effect on Olivia when I saw her on Skype, because she was saying dadadadadadada. I'm that strong of an influence!!

This is incredible. Just knowing that God has blessed us with this amazing little girl, and that she is doing so well despite the circumstances she has come takes my breath away!

I can't wait to have my wife and daughter come home. The past week has been long, and the next several days will be even longer, but I can only imagine what emotions will pulse through my body on Saturday when they get off that plane.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Trip begins

Yesterday I drove Sarah down to Denver Colorado for the first leg of her flight to Ethiopia. After dinner at Olive Garden, we crashed and set a wake up call for 3:15am. At 5:30am, I sat upright in bed and looked at the clock. CRAP!!!! Got to love a reliable wake up call from the night shift of the hotel!

After rushing to the airport and spending a few extra bucks to re-schedule the flight, Sarah was off to Washington DC. Sarah's mother and oldest sister are also going with her. I won't go into detail about the different stories from her family about their feelings of us being late!

It's hard to believe that Sarah will be flying over the ocean tomorrow. I start to get the shakes when I think about a new baby coming home next week. How cool is that? AWESOME!!! Olivia is gorgeous, as you can see by the pictures from the previous post. Crazy......just crazy. The whole thing puts me at a loss for words.

Please continue to pray for Asher. The courts have yet to announce any decisions about the abandonment cases that were under investigation, which leaves Asher in limbo. A big thank you to everyone who has prayed, helped and encouraged us throughout this process. You guys are awesome!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Our new daughter! :-)

Meet Olivia Gadisse Dunn! and please continue to keep Asher in your payers as we wait for the courts to start hearing cases again.

Friday, May 29, 2009

A true test

Forget the roller coaster. Forget the third time is a charm. Forget the ball going flat. BOOM!!! That ball has simply exploded.

When we thought the frustration couldn't get any worse, today happened. We received news that Olivia didn't pass court again. This time it appears that a holiday in Ethiopia prevented someone from getting things ready in time, and once again we are delayed in our efforts to bring home our daughter.

The new court date has been set for June 12th, and the new Embassy date is July 6th. If Olivia passes court on the 12th, that would put everyone on a plane over the fourth of July weekend.

If everyone could diligently pray over the next two weeks for those in charge of this case to prepare properly, we would greatly appreciate it.

Monday, May 25, 2009


So just when we thought the ball was rolling again, the darn thing gets a hole in it!

We received a phone call from our adoption agency that said some paperwork wasn't in place to complete the court hearing on May 22nd. Irritation was quick to set in, but things are obviously out of our control. The hearing has been reset for May 29th, and hopefully this time everything will be ready to go. Third time's the charm, right?

The ban on adopting children that is effecting Asher is still ongoing. The last time this happened was about a year ago, and it took six weeks to get things resolved. That is the tentative time frame we are hoping for, but since we can't hold our breath that long.........we're not!

Despite the ups and downs we have experienced lately, we have to remember that things are actually going quicker than we had hoped. Since we started the process in late October of 2008, with the mind set that it would take 1-2 years to complete everything, we are still blessed to be sitting where we are.

Thank God for his love and kindness to bring these beautiful children to our family. We are truly blessed!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The roller coaster....Part II

So after your stomach settles, and the fear of certain death has subsided, the thrill of the ride kicks in! Your heart is pounding so hard in your chest that you aren't sure you can catch your breath. The adrenaline is screaming through your veins and you can't stop shaking. You want to get back in line and go again! about amazing! We got news that since Olivia was found abandoned outside of town she is not affected by the investigation that is occurring. Her court date was moved to May 22nd, but we can go get her at the end of June as scheduled!!! AWESOME!!!

Asher is still on hold due to the circumstances in Ethiopia, but our baby girl is coming home!! :-) Sarah is going to fly with our oldest son Carter, and when Asher is approved to come home, then I will go get him. I am thrilled at the opportunity to be the one who gets him! Maybe I can talk our youngest son Justice into going with me.