Thursday, May 24, 2007

Serious Face

Ok, my blog is getting really mommyish so sorry those of you who are out of mommy world. Humor me for a little while, this is new!

We got Sophie's birth certificate today! Here's the new picture from it!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

the latest

We had an UNBELIEVABLE shower given by the church on Sunday. Our friends are so amazing! Our families all felt so loved. Sophia already has so many friends and family ready to love her, too. Our nursery and closet are now well equipped for her arrival!

Thank you to Cindi, Mitzi, Kim, Jesse, Amy, Jean, Karie, Connie, Ann, Shannon, Leslie, and Shawna for being wonderful hostesses and friends.

Thank you to all of our friends and family who are so generous and supportive!
Today we received a report that little Sophia is not feeling well! She is being treated with antibiotics. Prayers on her behalf would be great. It is ironic because I have had a sinus infection this week and am being treated with antibiotics too... maybe this is "sympathy pains"?
Seriously, I feel good about the care she is being given, but I am aching to bring her home. Wish I could go get her right now, snotty nose and all!

The countdown at work has begun... only 5 more days in the office till I am off to pack then leave!

Friday, May 18, 2007


Today I was told I can post her picture! Apparently she had not seen a camera before! Everyone who sees it gives it a different caption! A popular one is the title of this post.

So without further ado, we are so happy to introduce...

Sophia Yenenesh Ray

Monday, May 14, 2007

Remembering those who are left behind

Several of you have asked about this so I think I'll go ahead and post about it.

We are going to pick up our baby girl in three and a half weeks, which is amazing! But there are many children still in Ethiopia who are orphans and will perhaps never be adopted. We never want to forget those children.

So, we are going to be taking some donations with us to Ethiopia for both our Care Center (where Sophia is right now) and to the AHOPE center in Addis Ababa. AHOPE is an orphanage for children who are HIV+. Currently there are 84 children living there, from babies to teens. They obviously have many, many needs. We can't fill even a tiny margin of what they need, but we hope to help a little bit.

I have been looking at the "needs" list and trying to figure out what would be some things they need but also some things we can carry! :) Here are the things I want to begin to gather for AHOPE. I'll need to have them by 6/1 in order to pack them. (If I gather more than I can take, I can send the extras to the AHOPE supporter who will be traveling to Ethiopia in the fall, so they will still make it there.)

Diapers (disposables are very expensive)
Children's clothes (especially need for ages 11-14) - gently used are ok
Hand sanitizer
Pretty much anything medical (If you are a medical person and want more specifics let me know, there is a list)
Games or puzzles
Simple English books for the new library (preferably lightweight)

If you want to contribute to our donations, you can bring them to my office or house at anytime.
Thanks for asking, by the way.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Countdown begins

Well, I guess the official countdown has begun. I have to get my office in order, my house in order, the nursery finished, our bags packed, donations for the orphanage collected, travel arrangements made, OK, I better stop before I have a heart attack.

We are getting so excited, but it feels so surreal. This little person who already existed is going to be in our arms in a few short weeks. I actually feel like its a blind date, and we've been fixed up online. :) What is it says: we match you on 100 characteristics. Sophie is definitely a "match" for us, and I hope she'll feel likewise! This "blind date" with us won't ever end!

Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there. Hope it was a fantastic day. Today we spent the day with family. My grandmother and aunt and sister and brother-in-law were in town too, so it was extra special. It was a great first Mother's Day.

I have a mom question for all you: What book has been the best book for you when you had questions? (I see myself having TONS!) Some people like What to Expect in the First Year, others say Dr. Sears books? I just want whatever book would be helpful in figuring out foods, medical stuff, etc., plus tips for how much sleep she needs. Just all the basics for a rookie like me!

Friday, May 11, 2007


This morning Alexa called to tell us we have a travel date to pick up Sophie!!!

We have to arrive in Addis on Friday June 8!

I am sorry if I should have called you with this information first but I am at work and just wanted to get the word out!!!

Sophie will be 6 months old on June 13 (while we're there)!

Obviously I'm about to burst, I'm so excited! More news about this later!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Update on Sophie

Today I got an email from Alexa at CHS about Sophie's updated measurements. She has gained almost a pound and has grown a centimeter in length. We are excited that she is apparently doing well and being well fed!

I was hoping for another bit of news (LIKE A TRAVEL DATE!) but I guess I need to be thankful!

MEMPHIANS: Please click here for news on Ethan Powell Bone Marrow Drive going on this Sunday!

Friday, May 04, 2007

A gift from the heart

Sometimes kids do things that make you go, WOW. I have neglected to share the best story here for some reason. It's so sweet, you're going to eat it up. And probably tear up.

One of Josh's coworkers/friends stopped by our house unannounced one evening a couple of weeks ago. He had his 9 year old daughter with him, and his wife and son were waiting in the car. At first we told them to come in and sit down and he said, no we're only staying a minute. There was a pause, and then he gave his daughter, a beautiful brown haired girl with a small dusting of freckles on her cheeks, a little nudge. She stepped up and said, "I want Sophie to have this...I named him Sherbert - but she can change his name if she wants." She handed over a box that said "Build A Bear" on it. I opened it and inside was this cute pink bear named Sherbert!

We were so touched by her sweet gift. Especially when we realized this was not a "prompted by the parents" gift. Apparently she had gone to one of those "Build A Bear" birthday parties, and while there asked her parents if she could give the bear she made to our new baby girl. SO sweet, I was tearing up so much when I realized this was a bear that was meant for her, and she wanted to give it away! Those parents are doing something right, huh? That lesson on sharing and generosity-- yeah, I think, she gets it!

So, this is my official thank you and shout out to this precious family. Brenna, I hope our little girl is as sweet as you someday!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sweet Home Alabama

This weekend we spent with old friends in our former town, Tuscaloosa. It was so fun to see everyone. We were able to meet our friend Brendan's fiance, Beth, at a shower for them.

Then on Saturday, our friends from there, headed up by Tes and Julie, threw us our first baby shower! It was so fun opening up those little pink packages! I have loved looking through all our gifts, and thinking about the people who gave them to Sophie. We have dear friends there, that though we don't talk everyday, we love each other a lot! It was such an encouraging weekend!

These pictures are some of the event and some of the kiddos we got to visit! You may notice that I, going with the current fashion trends, wore two different outfits which are sort of "pregnancy looking". That is a current style (I promise they were from H&M!), yes, but I should have thought not to wear it to an adoption baby shower. It just confuses people: "I thought she was adopting" or "Has she put on a few pounds?" (It's the latter.)

For those who read Anna's blog, there's a current pic of her kids on here too (the one with Josh and two kids.) This is instead of her blogging it herself. :)