Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.
Our First Gingerbread House
Money Shot of the Day!
The Shirt Says It All
I love NYC...on my daddy's back!
Look at that face!
Why Is This Bathtub SO Big!?
plus a nipple shot of Radames :)
PLEASE don't cut my hair!
WHY are those cupcakes on fire!?
What a handsome angel
My two favorite men
Addison at 3 mo when we were matched
Another 3 mo old pic
Is this Radames' son or what!?
Hey, Addison! We're your new family!
Your big sis thinks she's a princess
Hey, Addison...get used to this face!
It's your new mommy and daddy!
I'm excited to meet you, Addison!
Our Adoption Calendar
Feb. 5th, 2010 - Got Addison's adorable little "green card" in the mail (the second one that is not messed up anymore)
Dec. 31st, 2009 - Got Addison's "TN Report of Foreign Birth" certificate in the mail
Dec. 14th, 2009 - Had our re-adoption case heard by the judge in TN and little Addison was declared to be Addison Miles Tyree-Rodriguez, our legal US son
Dec 1st, 2009 - Met with our lawyer to sign court petition for re-adoption court date
Nov 20th, 2009 - Had our first appt with the local attorney who is doing our re-adoption. 100% uneventful. :)
Nov 7th, 2009 - Met with our social worker Janelle to do our 3-mo post-adoption report that's due in a few weeks
Sept 5th, 2009 - Arrived home with our new baby boy! FINALLY!!!
Aug 31st, 2009 - Arrived in ET and met little Eyob for the first time!
August 5th, 2009 - Eyob X was officially declared Eyob Radames Rodriguez. He's ours!
July 13th - Told the new court date would now be August 5th instead, because MOWA would be closed on the 20th
July 9th, 2009 - Given a new court date of July 20th! Please let it happen!
May 8th, 2009 - Our court date. Case wasn't heard. :(
March 16, 2009 - Finally got our CIS approval extension! Addis Abeba, here we come!
March 6, 2009 - Sent our updated home study addendum back to CIS
March 5, 2009 - Got three of our vaccines - ouch!
February 25, 2009 - Got word back from CIS our approval extension was not approved
February 17, 2009 - Sent the revised CIS request with homestudy back to CIS
January 30, 2009 - CHI received our approval; they'll notify Ethiopia today to start to translate our dossier and get us a court date set up!
January 28, 2009 - Sent our "we accept" paperwork back to CHI. It's a done deal!
January 27th - Got our dr to check out his medical records. He's a-okay!
January 26, 2009 - We got our referral! Born Oct. 12th, 2008 (approx.), he's in for an exciting ride!
January 23, 2009 - Sent our request to extend our orphan petition approval to CIS, becuase ours expires at the end of Feb
October 2, 2008 - Went to Charlotte to get our fingerprints redone, bc ours have expiring. After 15 months!
June 27, 2008 - DOSSIER SENT TO ETHIOPIA!! We are officially a waiting family as of today!
June 17, 2008 - Dossier was sent from CHI to Washington DC embassy for final approval
June 16, 2008 - Children's Hope Internationl received our completed dossier
June 14, 2008 - We Fed Ex'd our final dossier and extra passport photos to CHI offices for Monday arrival. Woo hoo!
June 13, 2008 - Radames drove from Johnson City to Williamson and Davidson county courthouses in Nashville and then to Sect. of the State's office to have our final paperwork state certified. He left at 4am, got there at 9am, run from office to office until 1-ish and then drove back home for another 5 hours! The paperwork is all done!
June 11, 2008 - CHI sent us back our full dossier saying it looked okay and that we could get state certified now
June 3, 2008 - Passed our online "how to be good adoptive parents" course. WT = 100% and RR = 96% :)
March 27, 2008 – sent request for country change to Ethiopia to CIS (immigration) and social worker and CHI
March 19, 2008 - Got a "welcome to the Ethiopia program" from CHI in St. Louis
July 6, 2007 – Got our final home study back in the mail
May 17, 2007 – Met with Janelle (our social worker) in Knoxville to do 1:1 interviews
May 14, 2007 – Sent Janelle our completed autobiographies
May 10, 2007 – Terrance (bro and reference) mailed his reference letter to CHI
Where is Ethiopia?
the green one next to the big orange one
a zoomed in shot
it's the green one
The Addis Ababa Airport
The Bole airport looks really nice and modern and new. Yippee!
On March 13th, Addison was moved to HOH to wait for us
Where We'll Stay
There's a place for us to stay at the House of Hope (where our son will be until we pick him up), but we found this amazing Sheraton Luxury Collection hotel that's calling our business traveler names. It looks pretty amazing! I think it should be free, given everything we've been through, and still have yet to go through, but it's $400 a night! What!??? Time to put those Starwood Preferred Gold Points to use!