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I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Announcement of Adoption

Good News to share!
We have decided to adopt our sons from Ethiopia! Oh yes, I said sons. We hope to bring home two boys, under the age of 5, to join our fun family. Yes, I said adopt! Why? you ask. Ok, it is obvious we have two biological children, hence the question. We want sons, you can not guarantee that with a biological birth-yet; we believe that the world is overpopulated for the current and practical distribution of natural resources and wealth; we know that there are children in the world, a great many, who do not have a loving family to call their own and every child deserves a family of their own; we are Christians and have taken to heart God's desire that we as Christians care for the orphan, and adoption as a means to do so fits well with our other beliefs and desires; we have wanted to adopt for, well, as long as we have known each other and the time is right. You may not agree with all those reasons, but they don't have to be yours. :) Yes, I said Ethiopia. Yes, that is in Africa. Why? you ask again. Well, why not!? Every child deserved a loving family of their own. There are other factors concerning stability and such too. After beginning our research on the country, we are totally sold on the incredible nation of Ethiopia! Take a look at our links if you are interested.

We are all so very excited and hope that you can share our enthusiasm too. I have decided to keep a blog so that others can easily access information about our adoption as they have interest and time. I should be able to update while we are in Ethiopia as well. Yes, we hope to all travel and see the country while we are there.

We began to look for an agency and research countries in late January. In late February we decided on Ethiopia. In early March we decided on International Adoption Net (IAN). We applied and began our home study. Most people we tell are very supportive and want to be part of the adventure in some way. Scroll down for some ideas of how you can be involved IF it interests you.

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