Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Do More.

Here's an organization working in Africa.
Creating jobs that help women and, in turn, restore families.
In Ethiopia and beyond...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy 2nd Birthday, little boys!

We had a great day celebrating the gift of these two boys. They are amazing little creatures with personalities as big as their smiles. It is so much fun getting to know them more and more each day.
Adoption is forever a part of our life and we are so grateful God granted us the chance to experience the mysterious beauty of it all.

Monday, July 12, 2010

All done

It's a good feeling to wrap things up. And under these circumstances it couldn't be better.

As the title of our blog states, these pages are dedicated to the Raines Adoption. We've been home for 6 months but I've actually been thinking about this particular post since January, wondering when the right time might be to end this chronicling of our process. We received the boys' US "birth certificates" last month. As far as the US is concerned, these kids are about as adopted as you can get. Case closed. Ethiopian adoption complete.

Our paperwork continues to sit rather quietly in El Salvador. This summer begins the 5th year that our dossier has lived in Latin America. We no longer receive official updates or reports on the status of adoption in ES, but hear that progress is nearly immeasurable.

We do reserve the right to post on a whim, but for now are ending the unofficially official log of this adoption journey. Lord willing, we'll be here again someday!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

One year ago

A year ago, this week, we first heard about our boys, saw their pictures, and were on the road to making them part of our family.

Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way? Proverbs 20:24

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May's days

Garden work, playing like crazy, Mother's Day, TN court appointment...and the month is only halfway through!

A Mother's Day photo with two of my boys.

This picture was taken a few hours after we first met our boys. I loved those plaid shirts!

And here they are today, in those same plaid shirts, being recognized by the US court system as the Raines' boys.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Three Months

April 4th was a great day at the Raines home. All four of us went to the Easter morning church service together. Praise God for His great mercy we see through Christ!
It was a great message and was the first time I had sat beside my husband during a worship service since December.

April 4th also marked three months since we first met our boys. It's amazing to watch them change and develop. They're tiny humans! G is now walking and A practically runs everywhere. They both have more than the barely 4 teeth they had at 15 months when we first brought them home.
The work of growing our family through adoption has just begun! We love this adventure that continues to prove itself the most difficult and beautiful thing we've experienced.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

POA to AWAA for ES

A new El Salvadoran lawyer has been hired by our first adoption agency. What does that mean for us? More paperwork. In order to continue to keep our file current we are needing to send an updated form. It is something we've done dozens of times before; I could probably walk through the steps blindfolded.

But executing the steps this go 'round was just a bit more tricky. Something about two little monkeys we've got hanging around these days...

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Something new every day!

Things have been moving along, here. Four weeks in and I can barely keep track of what we've been doing. We're exhausted!
In three weeks time, the boys have experienced the following things all for the first time: sleeping in a crib in their own room
falling asleep without their bottle
riding in a car seat
being fed something other than formula
being fed with a spoon
feeding themselves with their fingers
drinking out of a sippy cup
drinking milk out of a sippy cup while holding it themselves
meeting their dog
meeting the chickens
taking a bath in the tub
listening to Guaraldi
listening to a book being read
roaming around their home freely
How are their little heads not spinning!

It has been amazing, to say the least. These kids are awesome!

As far as the adoption process goes, we're working on US readoption paperwork and will also begin our first post placement paperwork soon.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Trip in review

There is so much to write and there are so few minutes to spare right now.

So, in lieu of a thought out, thorough, written synopsis may I offer a brisk overview of our trip?

In photos, by my awesome husband.